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    Consumer Reports: Best Online Services to Print Photos

    The holidays are approaching, and you may have some photos to print for cards. The team at Consumer Reports checks out several options available. (Published Monday, Nov. 13, 2017)

    Many of us use our phones as a photo album these days, but the holidays are a perfect time to print those pictures as cards or frame them as gifts.

    But not all photo printing services are picture perfect.

    Consumer Reports checked out 10 online photo printing services, looking at everything from the ordering experience to editing options to costs. And, of course, CR's trained photo experts also rated each print for quality.

    The big takeaway is price doesn't determine quality. Walgreens and Adorama Pix had the best quality for around 30 cents per 4x6 print. But Walmart and Amazon had excellent quality for only 9 cents each.

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    At the bottom of CR's ratings were photos from Mpix. The pictures were less saturated, less clear and a little bit blurry. But all photos examined were all still better and cheaper than using most home printers.

    CR also looked at online editing options like auto-cropping, a feature that should enhance a photo, but some photos were actually cropped so severely that they cut off people's heads.

    CR's advice: Make sure you review your order closely before you click buy.

    Consumer Reports also says you shouldn't make decisions based solely on how much each print would cost. Be sure to review shipping costs, too, because they can have a big impact on the final bill. CR suggests checking for free shipping offers or free in-store pickup.


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