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Online Photo Printing sites in India September 20, 2006

Posted by Laxmi Goutham Vulpala in Ebusiness.
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Here are some sites in India that operate the snapfish business model.

http://www.merasnap.com/
http://www.sendphotos2india.com/
http://www.eyaadein.com/

Most of the time its cheaper to use one of these services to send photos to India for NRI’s than to send via postal mail  to their friends and family backhome.
Snapfish (http://www.snapfish.com/) is one of the pioneers in this area and one of the first site to operate this model in the US.It has since been  aquired by HP . There are tons of sites in US which copied this model and it eventually spread to India. The main problem with this model is that the barriers to entry for other internet sites to offer these services are very low.

Eventually everyone who own a decent sized photo printing firm will be able to offer these services on the web, when there are critical mass of customers around.

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1. Aparajita - October 16, 2006

Hi Gautham,

I agree that the barriers to entry are very low. I think the key would be to enter the market, but innovate and iterate quickly to differentiate your product. You must also check out the Kodak India site and itasveer.com. I quite like the latter.

2. goutham - October 16, 2006

Aparajita,

I agree with you that innovation would be key. For the folks that cannot innovate, this industy will be commoditized soon. Indian customers are known to be very price concious and they will go to the site that offers them the greatest value for the lowest price.

3. Avnish - November 9, 2006

we challenge it. target, walmart, and hosts of other stores offer the same thing. It is easy to talk about innovation for IT folks. Real world is lot different.

I still like eYaadein.com and hosts of others have copied eYaadein to promote photography to india.

Jsut hang in there and see the brand name of eYaadein being created.

4. Nik - March 2, 2007

recently checked out itasveer’s blog and they seem to be doing something good. they’ve tied up with microsoft and launched an online gift design tool, DoodlePad

5. Nitin - May 25, 2007

Hey,

Just stumbled across this blog about online photo printing. I’
ve been using a site called Picsquare (www.picsquare.com) and that seems to really work for me..Rs 3/- per print..and also photo-gifts (though not as much as snapfish…). But considering that the gifts are pretty new concept in India, its doing pretty well and neat job.

6. Prasad - October 9, 2007

@ Nitin,

I have compared picsquare and itasveer. IMHO, itasveer picture quality is good. I did receive few bad prints from them and I complained. I got a coupon of few free prints.

7. rohit - October 12, 2007

This space is really hotting up off late. There are 2 new entrants in this market. Snapfish backed by HP and http://www.Zoomin.com backed by Sunny Balijepalli (of the $350 million Half.com legend).

Both these are finally geered towards India. I must say this because all others are focussed on NRI’s as though the indian market is not hot enough. This surely must get the PicSquares and itasveers to stand up and take notice that the indian market has way more potential.

Lets see how it pans out in the next few days

8. nalin3085 - October 18, 2007

i do not recommend snapfish india (snapfish.co.in). they took my order and fled away with the money, no email for confirmation or anything. customer service is only thru email which doesn’t work. yet to receive response after eight days. cannot cancel either because nobody replies to your email after submitting the form. there is no phone no. or any individual’s email address either where to contact. Stay away from snapfish!! They fleeced me of my money, but i won’t let that happen to others.

9. Prasath - October 26, 2007

How funny nalin, a million dollar company fled away with your 200Rs order?
lol

10. djsays - November 13, 2007

I’ve ordered two times from SnapFish India and they have delivered photos to me both the times. I highly doubt that they have run away with your money.

I’ve asked you somewhere else, have you contacted/checked your spam folder. Support is a bit slow but, they do respond. Even I didn’t like the lack of phone nos.

I however don’t think that a company like HP will run away with so small an amount.

Check my detailed review here: http://darshanjog.com/2007/11/06/snapfish-india-online-photo-printing-service-review/

11. Information Madness - December 28, 2007

I have compiled the list of sites and have compared it. Check it out

http://www.informationmadness.com/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=593&Itemid=9

12. djsays - January 15, 2008

Hi Guys!

I’ve just completed my review of PicSquare.

Kindly have a look at it and lemme have your comments.

http://darshanjog.com/2008/01/14/picsquare-review/

13. Mythili - May 8, 2008

I recently ordered prints from sendmyfoto and found that they have an excellent print quality, service going besides the lowest price for prints in India.

Size Price per print (Rs.)
4″ x 6″ Rs. 2.95
5″ x 7″ Rs.8.00
6″ x 8″ Rs. 15.00
8″ x 10″ Rs. 40.00
8″ x 12″ Rs. 45.00

Besides unlimited Storage and sharing, you can
+ print directly from your Flickr, Facebook and Picasa Accounts
+ Add Whole Albums or use multi photo uploader
+ Mix and match Matt and gloss Prints in the same Order
+ Edit Photos online.
+ Very simple UI and enables quick check out

Also the first 10 prints re free and you can get 10 prints for every referral. Thats a great deal.

The only drawback I found on Sendmyfoto is that they are not promoting the pricing they have aggressively. They are too straightfor

14. Mukesh - July 20, 2008

I ordered the photos for printing at printbucket. Got my prints in 3 days. the quality is good and service excellent. Most of my pictures were underexposed and were dark. The guys out there did a wonderful job. When I saw my prints, I couldn’t elieve that they have been brighten up that too with reduced noise. SIMPLY FABULOUS! It would be great if they can supply a free album with that. But they did supply a good quality carsboard mount for picture framing.
They had used fujicolour paper for the prints, I wished Kodak had been used for that. My pictures were shipped within 48 hours. The guys out there know there job. Its better to get your pictures order online then getting them printed at the guy in the corner of your street. In India it will soon pickup like the west as more and more people prefer to shop online.

15. Ravi Nandan - August 5, 2008

Snapfish India Products and price range

Mug – Standard RH Rs. 195.00
Mug – Standard LH Rs. 195.00
Mug – Standard Mug Full Image Rs. 195.00
T-shirt Rs. 399.00
Mouse pad Rs. 149.00
Key ring (rectangular) Rs. 99.00
Key ring (round) Rs. 99.00
11 ounce collage mug Rs. 349.00

16. vinodh - August 26, 2008

i first tumbled upon picsquare, then came to know about zoomin. When zoomin started to offer 25 free prints on sign up, I made the most of it by creating multiple IDs and got my pictures delivered several times free of cost.The print quality is awesome and the add ons like sample metalic 5X7 snap, free album and just 25 rupees flat courier charges are big pluses.

Seeing the competition heat up, even picsquare started to offer 10 FREE prints of 6X8 size, and I snapped it up at once. The print quality was good enough. Then I stumbled upon snapfish.in which offers 30 FREE 4X6 snaps, but then the courier charges are quite high here (comes to Rs. 50 almost including service tax).

Going by the number of photo printing sites and competition hotting up, you can fill in a cupboard full of photo prints for FREE. Hurry Up ! Make the most of Now!! 🙂

17. send photos to india - September 19, 2008

I still like eYaadein.com and hosts of others have copied eYaadein to promote photography to india. I recently ordered prints from 16frames.com and found that they have an excellent print quality, service going besides the lowest price for prints in India.

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