Pros / You can pick up Snapfish orders at Walgreens Photo or Walmart Photo.
Cons / You cannot choose from various envelope colors or inner linings.
Verdict / Although Snapfish has one of the best holiday libraries and offers decently priced cards, the printing quality varies.
Snapfish offers a wide selection of photo cards, with a handful of personalization options and features to make card creation easy. There are many designs for creating photo holiday cards, invitations and announcements. You can even start using a blank card template. However, there are not as many embellishments, like embossing and glitter, as you get with competing photo card services.
The minimum number of cards you can order is 20. If you order on the least expensive paper, you can get 20 cards for under $35, making Snapfish one of the most affordable photo card services. For our order, standard shipping was roughly $6, and tax was about $1.80. These prices vary depending on the state you live in and the time of year you order.
Snapfish had mixed reviews among our testers. We ordered two Christmas cards: one on matte photo paper and the other on premium cardstock. The matte photo card printed true to color, with good image clarity. The testers especially liked the coloring of the graphics; they popped on the page. The cardstock was sturdy, but the photos and graphics came out in a pale-green hue that made the premium card look amateurish, especially when we placed it next to the matte photo card. The print clarity was decent but a little blurred. This card is double-sided and features a continuation of the front design. Note that Snapfish’s name is printed on the backs of the cards, and the company’s logo is imprinted on the middle of the bottom.
The cards were rather slow to arrive in the mail, taking seven business days to arrive. Another small complaint was the plain envelopes, which were rather flimsy and did nothing to enhance the cards. You cannot choose from different envelope colors, and there are no envelope linings. Additionally, this service doesn’t allow you to print recipients’ addresses and doesn’t offer a mailing service.
However, Snapfish got a perfect score for template selection, as it offers a wide selection of photo cards for all of the major holidays. Unfortunately, at roughly 10 cards for $25, bulk orders cost more than those from most of the services we reviewed. This service also lacks many of the search filters that other websites offer; you can’t filter by photo orientation, photo quantity, size or price range, meaning you’ll have to do a little more work to find what you want.
Snapfish works with Walmart Photo and Walgreens Photo to print your works at a brick-and-mortar location. You cannot pick up your order the same day, but it usually takes only about three days for your order to be ready. Some designs are available only through one of the pickup locations, so make sure you have the right store near you if you want to go that route.
Outside of card making, Snapfish’s greatest strength is customer service. Its representatives are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful throughout the card-making and ordering processes. Snapfish's 100-percent satisfaction guarantee offers a full refund or card replacement if you are dissatisfied with your order. This online card store also offers several support resources in case you have any questions or concerns while using the service. You can contact a customer service representative via email, telephone or live chat.
The more photo cards and envelopes you order, the lower the price per card is. This is especially convenient because Snapfish includes envelopes in your orders, no matter the size. This photo card maker can also add customized address labels to match the design of your card, saving you the time you'd spend addressing each envelope. You must do your final review of the product digitally. Although this gives you an idea of how your cards will appear, it does not provide an accurate image of how your photos will translate to print.
The site offers a wide selection of designs with customizable elements on the front and back of the cards. They cost a bit more, but it is nice to have that flexibility. The two-sided designs are printed only on heavyweight paper. If you upgrade to premium card sets, Snapfish will print the return address directly on the envelope for you. Once you find a design template you like, you can add photos and text that fit. The site offers a color-palette window to help you get the look just right. Paper choices include glossy photo-style paper, matte photo paper and writable cardstock.
Snapfish is one of the best photo card services because it offers features such as customized address labels and some of the best template selections in our testing. The holiday cards we ordered through the company’s website got high scores for the cards and the design quality. However, Snapfish lacks web search filters such as photo orientation and price range. Still, you can rest assured that Snapfish provides quality cards and outstanding customer service.