The ability to order prints and other products for same-day pickup is a perk that few other services offer and enables Walgreens to stand out from its competitors.
A unique feature from Walgreens is the DVD transfer service. Customers can upload photos for transfer to DVD or bring VHS tapes and film reels to a local Walgreens for the subsequent transfer of content to DVDs. There is even the opportunity to edit the content before the final DVD is produced, which is something previously relegated to expensive specialty photo stores. Another service unique to Walgreens is the ability to order passport photos.
Customers are free to create their own products, including photo books, from scratch using the “custom” choice in any pull-down menu. But for ideas and templates, you only need to browse through the various themes for hundreds of templates available to use, including everyday ideas, patterns, travel, family, wedding, and holidays.
Ease of Use
The Walgreens photo website is very easy to use, complete with a wide variety of templates and designs to make products unique and perfect for gift-giving. The site offers special help with uploading photos, even the ability to upload from Picasa or Shutterfly. Saved projects are easy to return to at a later time, and a live chat operator is available for any questions throughout the process. Navigating the site is simple for even the most amateur of photographers.
Sizes and Styles of Products
Photo prints and enlargements are available in standard sizes: 4″ x 4″, 4″ x 6″, 5″ x7″, 8″ x 8″, and 8″ x 10″. Posters come in 11″ x 14″, 16″ x 20″, 20″ x 30″, and 24″ x 36″. Two types of banners are available in 2″ x 6″ and 2″ x 8″ sizes. Photo books start at the 4.5″ x 6″ and 5″ x 7″ sizes and go up to 12″ x 12″, while premium lay-flat books range from 8″ x 8″ to 12″ x 12″. Calendars range from desktop to full 8.5″ x 11″ sizes, and canvas prints go as large as 16″ x 20″. Other products include posters, magnets, drinkware, bags, apparel, keychains, office supplies, and other gifts.
For products that do not require same-day pickup, processing times range from 1 to 2 business days for prints and 3 to 5 days for specialty prints. Shipping times will then depend on the size of the shipment, with the cheapest option being the US Postal Service. For example, a standard shipment of 1 to 5 prints in 4″ x 6″ size is $0.99, while a rush shipment of that same order will be $8.99. No information is available on international shipments.
The quality of the photos is generally good, but the paper on which they are printed is limited to glossy photo paper only. Most photo books offer only soft covers and no choice of paper, though most customers report that the quality is good.
Many other photo printing sites offer more size and paper options for photos, books, and even calendars. But the limitations on product sizes are compensated by convenience and fast processing. In addition, uploads are limited to computer, Facebook, and Instagram sources, leaving out a number of social media sites in popular use today.
Photo printing starts at $0.12 for 4″ x 6″ up to $3.99 for an 8″ x 10″ print. Posters start at $10.99 for an 11″ x 14″ size, designer prints begin at $4.99 for an 8″ x 8″, and collage prints are inexpensive at $0.39 for a 4″ x 6″ product. Wallet prints are as low as $0.99, with wood paneled-photos starting at $16.99 and 2″ x 6″ banners at $24.99. Photo books start at $6.99 for a softcover book with 20 pages, and extra pages can be added for $1.99 per every two pages.
Passport photos cost $13.99, and the transfer of home movies to DVDs begin at $29.99. Canvas prints start at $29.99 for an 8″ x 10″, and magnets cost $6.99 for a 4″ x 4″ size.
The Walgreens photo website offers some frequently asked questions for assistance, but other questions and concerns can be directed to the customer service team via email, a toll-free telephone number, or an online live chat that puts you in touch with a representative immediately. Make sure to access help from the photo section of the website, however, in order to avoid general Walgreens help in favor of a photo department specialist.
Walgreens is an ideal choice for fast and easy photo printing. Prints are easy to process or transform into a variety of products, all of which can be picked up at one of thousands of Walgreens store locations. Most products are available for same-day pickup, making it one of the quickest ways to complete the entire printing process.