Review of "Photobox"
I’ve used many of the online photo development websites, most of them offer so many free prints etc. if you sign up to them and one I’ve used and taken advantage of is Photobox. There is a running offer for all new accounts where Photobox will give you 40 free prints when you register with them.
PRODUCTSPhotobox sell a wide variety of different products and from the website it is easy to find whatever you want to purchase. Near the top of the screen there are headers for the different categories: Books, canvas and décor, home gifts and mugs, cards, cases and prints. Under each header there is a list of different things you can buy from each category.
Photo books are a great alternative to do it yourself photo albums and can even match scrapbooking now with the different designs available to purchase. Of course, the personal touch won’t be the same as a scrapbook but the different designs make them a little more special than a basic photo album. There are a huge range of different photo books to choose from, and the prices vary on what size, how many pages and the style you choose. There are soft covers, hard backs, tiny spiral books, portrait, landscape, square and even a very soft baby book; there really is a huge choice to choose from.Creating photo books are pretty simple, once you’ve chosen which style you want you can choose a theme for the book. The style of book you opted for determines what kind of themes there are available to choose from, the small soft cover photo book, for example, has five different choices, bold, classic, modern, pastel and vibrant. Once this is chosen you need to either upload photos from your computer or use one of the albums in your account then you can begin to build the book. This process is pretty straightforward, drag photos to where you want them and you can zoom in or out and reposition them if you wish, there is also an option to add text so you can caption each photo if you wanted to.
Canvas and décor
This section of products is mainly different canvas and print styles. There are classic premium and even split canvases available to purchase in different sizes and shapes. These seem quite pricey, a classic rectangular canvas with a 50.8cm x 40.6cm costs £54.99 which I think is a little expensive compared to other photo sites. To make the canvas you choose which one you want to order then are told to upload a photo, once it has been uploaded you can zoom in and out and adjust it to your liking. You can have it either portrait or landscape and choose whether or not you want the photo to wrap around the canvas or if you want the sides to stay white.
Home gifts and mugsThe most diverse products are found underneath this heading, anything from photo snow globes to fridge magnets and even mouse mats are available to buy. Again, it’s simple to personalise whatever you want to purchase by either uploading a photo from your computer when prompted or use one from an album if you have already uploaded some photos to an album in your Photobox account. The prices vary depending on what you are buying but I personally don’t think the prices are that steep for what you get.
Personalised cards seem to be an in thing at the minute and instead of using a site that just sells cards; you could choose to buy a personalised card from Photobox. They have a huge variety of different designs with over 800 to choose from. You can personalise the cards with your own photos and can even create a collage of photos on one card. Once you’ve chosen your design and photos you can also change the text to whatever you fancyOne thing I like about these cards that Photobox offer is that you can order a single card for most designs but at the same time, you can also purchase a pack of cards so for Christmas, invitations etc. you have an easy option to buy more of the same card at once. The standard price for a single is £1.50 and a pack of 10 cards usually costs around £9.99 so you do save a bit if you purchase a pack.
I’ve never looked at this section of the site, I have quite an old Sony Xperia phone and there isn’t a hope in hells chance that they may even consider to sell a case for my phone! If you have an iPhone or iPad then you can personalise a case for them in this part of website.
PrintsThe main reason I signed up for a Photobox account was for the free prints and I have gone on to order prints from them again so it shows they deliver good quality, value for money prints! There are a few different prints you can order; just simple, standard prints, enlargement prints, collage prints or passport prints are a few of what you can choose from. If you just want standard prints
There are three different sizes available to choose from either 5”x3.75”, 6”x4” or 6”x4.5”. Once you’ve chosen the photos you want to print there is an option to edit the pictures and here you can zoom in and out, crop pictures etc. Photobox offer a bulk buying service so the more prints you order the less each print will cost. I upload pictures from my 10 mega pixel camera and once I had received the prints, I was extremely pleased with the outcome and the quality of the photos. The paper used for the photos has a high quality and I can’t fault them at all.
YOUR ACCOUNTFrom what I remember, the registration process is pretty simple. After you are registered, simply put in your email address you used to sign up then the password you set for your Photobox account and that is it, you are in. Once in your account you can view the albums you have uploaded. I definitely find that uploading photos you may want to use into various albums makes it easier to create the products you want to purchase and speeds up the process somewhat. It’s easy to do, just click on add an album, then choose the pictures from your computer and wait for them to upload, you can change the album names which makes it quite easy to identify what album you are choosing when you need to. You can also see past creations you have made from your account, I was going to order my mum a photo book for Christmas and set it all up ready but changed my mind at the last minute. The photo book I created, although I didn’t order and pay, is still in my account if I want to go and purchase it, you can also reorder past creations too.
Depending on what type of product you order, delivery charges vary, they start from £1.99 for things like cards and go upwards in line with the size and weight of the product you are ordering. I paid £2.99 when I ordered 150 prints, and this was great value for money when the prints arrived a coupl of days later in stiff packaging so there was no sign and no chance whatsoever of the prints getting damaged in transit before they got delivered. Inside the packaging the prints came inside a normal, flimsy card photo holder type packaging which is what I was expecting. On the whole, the delivery for normal prints is great.
OVERALLI originally signed up to Photobox just to take advantage of their free prints for new sign ups offer but have used the website again for more prints as I was pleased with the quality and overall service from the website. I do think some items that Photobox offer are on the expensive side for what they are but I wouldn’t say they charge a huge amount more than similar sites. The diverse range of products mean you can buy pretty much anything you would want personalised from Photobox and the ability to upload photos and create albums in your account makes it so much easier to sort out what photos you want to use on what products.
On the whole, the process from choosing what products you wish to purchase to personalising them, adding photos, editing them and ordering the products in question, is extremely easy and relatively stress free which is definitely needed if you are going to order a big photo book or a lot of prints from there. I will definitely look at using Photobox again if I need any more prints so on that basis I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
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