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Amazon quietly launches Prints, a photo-printing service

By Shawn Knight
Sep 22, 2016
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  1. Amazon has quietly entered a new market with the launch of Amazon Prints, a photo printing service that already has one key competitor reeling.

    The new service, which went live last week but is only now being reported on, allows Prime Photos and Amazon Drive customers to print individual photos and photo books with prices starting at $0.09 and $19.99, respectively. The landing page notes that custom stationary and calendars will soon be offered as well.

    At $0.09 per 4x6” print, Amazon is undercutting market favorite Shutterfly by $0.06. A 5x7” print, meanwhile, will cost you $0.99 on Shutterfly but only $0.58 through Amazon while an 8x10” print will be $2.20 cheaper with Amazon. A savings of six cents here or there isn’t much but it can quickly add up to significant savings if you’re ordering a lot of prints (assuming of course that you’re already a Prime member).

    One unknown at this time is quality – how will Amazon’s prints compare to what Shutterfly offers?

    Victor Anthony, an analyst at Axiom Capital Management, told Bloomberg that Amazon’s new service couldn’t have come at a worse time for Shutterfly, a company that earns nearly half of its annual revenue from customers printing cards and calendars for the holidays.

    The launch was felt in the stock market as well as Shutterfly experienced its worst single-day decline in more than eight years on the news.

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  2. risc32

    risc32 TS Booster Posts: 197   +87

    Print quality.?
    well, I usually leave the speculating for my wife, but If I was to assume... I mean, money is no object. picks up phone, says get it done into a handset. somewhere a building is built, and some state of the art equipment is installed. done.
     
  3. jukeyjunk

    jukeyjunk TS Rookie

    Just ordered a 19.99 photo book from a recent vacation. Not sure what the quality to expect is but ill post back when we receive it. The photo builder and layout system is pretty slick, one could spend hours and hours doing just configuration of the book. I'm sure thats a similar system like all the other big hitters in the online photo print game.
     
  4. jukeyjunk

    jukeyjunk TS Rookie

    Print quality is okay I could have spent hours and hours with their designer software to make a better more custom product in the end. When you are going to order something like this truly have an idea what you want and take the time!
     
  5. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,508   +499

    Could you talk a bit more on print quality? Have you used shutterfly or you have a way of comparing their service? Just want to know here =)
     

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