Which Photo Printing Site delivers the fastest prints?

One of the key service metrics of any photo printing site, besides photo quality and price, should be delivery time. Unfortunately, this is something that is very hard to find. There is virtually no information available at how long it will actually take from the time you click order until the time the photos show up at your door.

I ordered from 4 of the top photo printing sites on the same day, for the same number of 4×6 prints. I choose the cheapest shipping option so I could compare apples to apples. Who would deliver first? Here are the results, exclusively at photosharingreviews.com

Order Date: Wednesday 9/3, 20 4×6 glossy pictures from ClarkColor, Smugmug, Kodak Easy Share Gallery, and Snapfish.

Ranked in order of arrival

1st: Clarkcolor – Sat 9/6 – only 3 days! Fast.

2nd: Snapfish – Mon 9/8 – if it wasn’t for the weekend, it would have been that much faster, but still 2nd place

3rd: Kodak Gallery – Fri 9/12 – 9 days

4th: Smugmug – Mon 9/15 – 12 days

Please note that these are not scientific results, as I didn’t run the test many times to account for differences in delivery and printing from the factory, and your experiences may vary. But it was very illuminating to see the different speeds at which each service delivers the photos.

Up next week, printing quality. Lets compare the exact same prints, from 6 different printers. Which company has the best color correction, skin tones, and low light photos?

Questions or comments, leave a note below!


6 Comments

  1. Posted December 23, 2008 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Good! I have never tried Clarkcolor before, but I would give a try based on your information.

  2. Suzzie
    Posted December 29, 2008 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    I am also interested in using Clarkcolor or Snapfish . Thanks for the info !

  3. DK
    Posted January 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the info! I used Clark to order my prints for the first time, and they arrived quickly!

  4. apelle40
    Posted January 11, 2009 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    i like Snapfish.com the most.I used Shutterfly in the past but i think they are more expensive and slower in delivery.

  5. Xio
    Posted January 11, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    This is extremely helpful. It’s good to know who is the best photo printing site.

  6. historytrivia
    Posted January 11, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I think it is great that I can upload my photo to the website and make a request for the photos to be printed and delivered. If it only takes three days to receive photos by mail, that is one fast service.

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