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?

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