Mpix.com = Awesome prints

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  1. mcgraths

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    Originally posted on my blog, I thought I'd share it here:

    After reading a great review of the online photo lab Mpix.com I was eager to try them out. Well about a week ago a friend of mine asked if he could buy a print of one of my photos, so I figured it would be a great time to test them out. In the past I have used Apple’s print service and was always very happy with them, but they do have their limitations.

    So I ordered the print he wanted in 16″x24″ and also tacked on a few prints of photos in my portfolio at various sizes and paper options to compare.

    Here’s a rundown of my experience:

    PROS:

    - Prints are very high quality. Their lustre coating looks great and their metallic paper is outstanding. I really recommend the metallic paper if you really want a print to pop off the wall.
    - Fast shipping to Canada. My order took less than a week to arrive.
    - Prints are shipped flat (not rolled). This is a huge thing for me. Large prints I’ve ordered in the past have been rolled and it seems impossible to get them totally flat.
    - Prints are well packaged and separated.
    - Website works great and has tons of features for uploading you photos for prints
    - They offer a lot of different print sizes. I ordered several 6×9 images which are just great. A much better option than 8×10 prints for me since I hate cropping my photos to a 4:5 aspect ratio.

    CONS:

    - Not sure if this is really a con, or a side effect of having so many “pros”, but prints are a little pricey.
    - A flat shipping rate of $15 to Canada makes it hard to justify smaller orders.

    So the bottom line is Mpix.com is now my number one goto print shop. You pay a bit more, but you are getting great products and service in return. The prints looks great (especially the metallic paper) , the packaging is outstanding and the size options are great.
     
  2. grahamr

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    If the metallic is the thing you like, check out cameracanada's print lab - they provide almost all the same services as mpix, on our side of the border. They have been great to me in the past, both for prints and gear :D
     
  3. SheOfManyChildren

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    Do they have Boutique Packaging Graham?
     
  4. grahamr

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    hmm i dunno - i have only ran a few print through them when i was testing the look of metallic for a few makeup shots i did, i just got them loose..
    give them a call - they are probably the most phone-helpful company i have ever ordered from, both retail and print!
     

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