Pros / Some photo card designs have same day pickup.
Cons / The cards don’t cover as many holidays as other services.
Verdict / CVS Photo produces low priced photo cards with beautiful print quality and a simple interface. This is the perfect option for anyone needing a printing job in a hurry or on a budget.
This is one of the least expensive services we compared. The holiday designs offered are beautiful and well implemented and the printing quality is excellent. We did note that this photo card service doesn’t cover as many holidays as some others. When in a rush, this is a great service to use since it offers same day pickup on select photo card designs.
CVS Photo’s low cost allows you to purchase 20 cards for $35 with shipping and taxes included. When we ordered our own cards a shipping and tax charge were also added. These charges will change depending on the state you live in and the time of year.
Our experts loved the photo cards printed from this service. We purchased 20 matte photo paper photo cards and 20 - 110 lb premium cardstock cards. The print clarity on the one-sided photo paper was amazing, as was the coloring. The graphics and holiday elements also printed clearly and in vibrant color. There is no logo or mention of CVS’s name anywhere on the card. The card itself was flimsy, as expected for photo paper, but that’s why this set was so cheap.
The 110 lb cardstock’s coloring printed a little duller and a tad grainy but only enough to be noticeable when comparing the two cards side by side. Keep in mind that photo cards, whether matte or glossy, will always have more vibrant coloring than cardstock. Our experts noted that the text and graphics printed rich and clear. This card was double sided. The backside featured a design that complimented the front but also displayed CVS’s logo in the bottom center. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing unless you don’t want a logo or brand name distracting from your creation. You can also choose to order a glossy photo paper or regular cardstock.
The envelopes themselves are decent, not super thin but not anything special. Your only option is white and this service doesn’t offer lined envelopes either. You can feel confident when making your card since the interface warns you if your image will print blurry. There are various trim options but the trim options available to you will depend on the design you choose. This card has a decent thickness to it that can take a bit of pressure before creasing.
This service does not offer to print recipient's’ addresses or to mail cards for you. If you want these services, we suggest using Shutterfly. CVS Photo is one of five services that takes order for same day pickup. If you need your photo cards in a hurry, simply select one of the design options that can be printed at your local store. If you’d rather have your cards delivered, express shipping cost $9.99 for two day or $14.99 for next day delivery. Keep in mind that the order still needs to get processed for one to three days before shipping can occur.
While it definitely didn’t have the worst smattering of holidays to choose from, we did note that CVS Photo didn’t cover as many holidays as some of the other services. You will find Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Holiday photo cards, but we didn’t see any for Diwali, the Chinese New Year or various others. We also didn’t find any ornament photo card options for hanging on trees. The smallest number of cards you can order is 20 so you won’t be able to make a test run when purchasing cards. If you have questions about your orders CVS Photo can be contacted by phone and email.
CVS Photo’s inexpensive yet quality printed photo cards are a great option, whether in a hurry or simply out of preference. You won’t be disappointed in the holiday and special occasion design options they offer but you might not find themes for certain holidays. If an event or holiday has snuck up on you, this service can help you get photo cards in a hurry whether through same day pickup or express delivery.