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Mpix Review

Hello, friends!  I am constantly printing pictures for scrapbooking and decided it was time to change vendors.  For years, I ordered from Shutterfly but then stopped when shipping prices went up and it seemed to take longer and longer to receive my orders.  Then, I started using Walgreens because it was cheap and fast – can’t beat one-hour printing.  That said, lately, I haven’t been impressed with their services.  I had at least two orders where prints were missing, I’ve picked up and not received all of my items (they package orders in multiple envelopes/boxes sometimes) and I’ve noticed lately that the cropping isn’t what I set the pictures to crop to online.

I looked around online and read reviews of several services but everything kept coming back to mpix.  I cringed a little at the prices (mainly because I always use coupons with both Shutterfly and Walgreens but I think the quality also shows in the lower price point) and then realized their prices are basically the same as both these sites without the coupons/offers.  That being said, as soon as I signed up on mpix they emailed me a coupon for a discount off my first purchase.  I went ahead and ordered several pictures to change out the pictures in frames in our living room and some of the bedrooms – these pictures were also a combination of professional and iphone pictures.   I was very pleased with my order – it was a fast turnaround, great quality and the packaging was the best I’ve experienced.

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After this test order, and an email offer for 25% off my next order, I got to work deciding which pictures to next order for Carter’s scrapbook.  The timing was perfect because the next batch of pictures were the professional pictures from his 1st birthday party and his 12-month pictures.  I ordered about 175 pictures – mostly 4×6″ but also some 5×7″ and 8×10″.

I received my order within 4-5 days and thought I’d share how it looked when I received it:

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Nice sturdy cardboard box
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Ignore the terrible lighting, it was late and I was snapping these pics quickly!  The order is wrapped in a plastic wrap with a summary sheet and then there’s foam padding around the pictures.
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Sorry about the glare!  See comment from above! 
Crystal clear pictures!  Cropping is right on too, exactly how I had it set in the preview before I ordered.  The stacks of pictures also come in clear plastic bags
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I love that each picture has the file name on the back – I’ve previously shared the way I map out my scrapbook pages and having the picture number to reference quickly will be a huge time saver.  I know shutterfly prints on the back like this but Walgreens does not.  You can pick a message for the back of the Walgreens pictures but it’s either apply to all or you can label each one before you order. 
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You can really get a good idea of their cropping here with this picture’s white border.  Excellent quality.  These are all professional pictures whereas the one below are from my iphone
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Same great quality even tho these are just iphone pics.
These pictures feel a little different than any others I’ve had – they’re almost a combination of matte and glossy.

Mpix also has a rewards program you can join.  You earn points with every purchase that can be used toward future purchases – nice little extra.

What’s your go-to photo printing service?

 

 

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