Online Photo Printing
Ted's is the most popular camera store on the internet, so it was a logical progression for them to branch out into photo printing. The service they offer is based on AGFA's infrastructure, and is competitively priced when you buy in bulk.
- Cheap if you buy in bulk, Panoramic shot
- Clunky software, Expensive postage
If you want a few 8x12 inch prints or some bulk purchases, check Ted's service out. For smaller batches the postage and higher costs mean there's better options elsewhere.
Price$ 0.39 (AUD)
The cost is comparable to Harvey Norman's prices when you purchase over 100 copies. $0.29 for a standard shot and $1.00 for a 6x8 is as cheap as they come and $1.75 for an 8x12 is nothing short of phenomenal. That said the cost goes up to about average when purchasing a more normal amount of prints. Standard 4x6 shots will then cost you $0.39 and 6x8s set you back $2.00, but the 8x12 is still fantastic value. For bigger prints this should be your first choice.
Ted's doesn't offer the greatest range of shot sizes, with this print being their maximum, however they do have a 4x12 inch panoramic shot, which may be appropriate for those that enjoy stitching together multiple pictures. No other options are available to customise your prints.
The low cost is somewhat mitigated by ridiculously high postage costs. Some companies offer delivery for as little as $2.50, so Ted's $5.5 for under 100 shots, and monstrous $11 for orders over that amount will significantly add to the cost of some orders. Postage will typically take 5-7 days but we found it to be much quicker, and got our shots in just three days. You also have the option of picking up from a Ted's store, of which there are several across the country.
We found Ted's interface to be useable, but not fantastic. The proprietary software doesn't quite walk you through the process like others do, and it took us a few minutes to successfully navigate our way to payment. Like most of it's competitors, it offers basic image editing options, but nothing too fancy.
Images produced by the AGFA printing service were quite good, but noticeably darker than the competition. In comparable foliage shots, the shadows around the leaves were a very dark green, compared to a lighter shade in other shots. The one exception to this seemed to be the colour red, which was much lighter than in any of our other shots. Edges were crisp and reasonably sharp. Overall, these were not the best shots we've looked at, but there will satisfy most people.
Read our roundup for a direct comparison with the other vendors.
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