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Photobooks- Snapfish vs Shutterfly

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#1 rodent


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    Posted 25 October 2008 - 08:45 PM

    I recently ordered 5 photobooks of our wedding pictures for our family. I had both snapfish & shutterfly coupon codes, so it's a great opportunity to compare the two.

    Short review- Shutterfly books are all around better

    Cover- The shutterfly cover is sturdier at the end of the book with the binding. other than that they are the same.

    I ordered both leather & satin covers. I really prefer the satin. my favorite cover type is the photocover, but that is not available for the 8.5 x 11 size.

    Inside- the shutterfly book has a black cover page & last page. it is not in the snapfish book. The binding in the shutterfly book is slightly exposed.

    print quality- the shutterfly colors are more vibrant and the pictures are much sharper. on some pictures in the snapfish book, the print has subtle stripes in the color.

    page thickness- the shutterfly pages are thicker.

    shipping speed- i ordered the snapfish books 2-3 days earlier & they arrived on the same day. both were very fast. I think it took less than a week to get them in.

    Overall the shutterfly book wins every catagory. I am VERY happy with the quality of every shutterfly book I've bought. This was the first snapfish book I've ordered. I am not dissapointed because I got it for 1 cent. I do still think it's a nice product, but I will not order books from them again unless it's a great price.

    I will be ordering an MPIX book of my wedding pictures eventually so I can then compare that to shutterfly.

    #2 DLyteful

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      Posted 25 October 2008 - 08:54 PM

      Thanks Morgan!!!!! I cant wait to hear about your MPIX book. I'm still trying to figure out where I'm going to order my books from. This helps tons!

      #3 MsShelley


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        Posted 25 October 2008 - 08:56 PM

        this is great, Morgan, I just starting making my wedding guestbook on shutterfly, so I am glad to hear that you picked them :)

        #4 JUSTUSTWO


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          Posted 25 October 2008 - 11:43 PM

          Thanks for the review Morgan. I'll definitely use Shutterfly for the albums that I have left to make for other family members.
          I used MyPublisher for our personal wedding album & loved the outcome but Shutterfly may be more cost effective for the other albums that I have to make.
          I also can't wait for your review of Mpix.

          #5 Jacilynda

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            Posted 01 November 2008 - 01:53 AM

            Morgan you are GREAT! This is exactly what I was looking for earlier! Can't wait to see your review on MPIX

            #6 lmg970

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              Posted 01 November 2008 - 09:47 AM

              thanks for the review, I too found that snapfish had lines in the pics. I had to return over 700 pics from our last cruise. they were good about it but I definitely didn't like the quality

              #7 Leia78

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                Posted 01 November 2008 - 10:31 AM

                Great Review Morgan! I'll keep this in mind when I do my photobooks.

                #8 MelanieS

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                  Posted 08 November 2008 - 10:59 PM

                  I just ordered a photobook from Shutterfly with pictures of my parents' 50th anniversary celebration - Morgan's photobook was my inspiration and gave me the confidence to try it. (Yes, Morgan, I'm STILL "borrowing" your ideas!) My parents loved it and have about worn it out looking at it! As Morgan said, the pages are thick and the quality is great. I chose to use the photo cover. I do wish there was an option to design your own pages in addition to using their templates for inserting pictures. There are many backgrounds to choose from, but by the time I chose them for all the pages, I was wishing for more.

                  #9 cougs


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                    Posted 09 November 2008 - 04:27 AM

                    good to know, but kinda sucks since i usually use snapfish for everything (usually comes out cheaper for me with pre-paid print credits). thanks for your review tho ... i have never made a photobook from any service and was wondering about page thickness, photo quality, etc. i intend to make books for myself, and both sets of parents after the wedding.

                    #10 ginainabottle

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                      Posted 09 November 2008 - 04:33 AM

                      Thanks for the info! I was just looking at the sample photobooks they now offer at Target photo center. I will consider Shutterfly now as well.

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