Pros / This service has really nice card designs.
Cons / It covers the least number of holidays of any service we tested.
Verdict / Meijer Photo is pretty pricey, and while the photo cards are beautifully designed, you might not be able to find a design that fits your holiday or occasion.
Meijer offers plenty of Christmas card designs but you might not be able to find themes for other holidays. The photo cards can be pricey depending on the designs you choose. Since the company is mainly in the midwest, shipping increases the further you get away from it. The card quality is very good and got the approval of each of our testers.
If you know Meijer, the midwestern superstore chain, this photo service will be familiar to you. Like many other photo card services, this one thrives on wedding announcements, save the date cards and Christmas cards. We were disappointed in the number of Christmas cards offered by this service. If you want more holiday design options, consider Snapfish. It had the smallest number of deliverable options out of all the companies we compared. Ship to home orders come in a minimum pack of 12 cards while pickup orders can be purchased individually.
When ordering a pack of 12, the total came out to $35.49 with shipping and tax included. The real cost for these cards comes in the shipping charge, which for us was nearly $10. This made it one of the most costly shipping prices. The cost will depend on what state you live in and how near you are to a Meijer printer. Pickup orders cost much less since they are printed on photo paper. With some designs you can get as many as 60 photo paper cards for $35. We didn’t count this pickup pricing into our scoring since it’s only available in certain parts of the contiguous United States.
For those needing photo cards printed in a hurry, Meijer Photo offers both same day pickup and one hour printing. You will need to make sure that there is a location near you before using this service. Standard shipping takes seven to 10 business days. If you’re looking for express shipping, there are both two day and overnight shipping options available. Just remember that Meijer will still need time to process your order before shipping it out.
The design we chose only allowed us to print on 115 lb premium cardstock. Same day pickup designs are printed on matte or glossy photo paper. The premium cardstock is pretty thick and less likely to get bent before reaching its destination. The print color turned out beautifully, keeping true to the photos we submitted. Since the card was printed on cardstock the images were a little grainy, but nothing more than what’s expected. Our testers noted that the fine text in the middle of the card was hard to read and didn’t print very well. There is nothing on the backside of the card. You also won’t find a Meijer logo anywhere to distract from your photos.
The envelopes we received with our cards were much better than average. The paper has a nice texture to it and it’s thicker than most of the other envelopes we received. Like all of the other services, this one warns you during the creation process if your photo isn’t high enough resolution to print. There were no foil finish options, no address books and no envelope color options. You’ll have to mail these cards out yourself once you receive them.
When looking for a card, we were able to search by price, theme, holiday, occasion, the number of photos you want to use and the trim type and size. There is no size filter and no photo orientation filter. If you have questions, contact a Meijer representative or check out the FAQs page.
Meijer Photo is a great option for anyone living near a brick and mortar store. The one hour pickup orders can help save you in a pinch. However, there aren’t as many card designs or paper options to choose from compared to other services. Those who need to ship their order will find that these cards are relatively expensive.