E-commerce juggernaut Amazon has just announced a whopper of an addition to their services in the form of Amazon Prints. The introduction of the service – which allows Amazon users to order and print photos, photo books and soon calendars, stationery and much more – caused a nosedive of around 14% in the stock of current leading online print company, Shutterfly.
Amazon Prints features pricing that other companies will be hard-pressed to beat with 4×6 prints costing just 9 cents each and 5×7 and 8×10 prints priced at 58 cents and $1.79 respectively. While they advertise stationery and calendars as “coming soon,” currently they have photo books available for purchase, starting at a very reasonable $20 which increases based on the size, cover and paper choice made by the customer. Even more great news? For a limited time, standard shipping is free and expedited shipping on orders of $15 or more are also free.
Of course, there is a slight catch to all of this. You can only get these fabulously priced printing services if you are an Amazon Cloud Drive member or if you hold an Amazon Photos account. Cloud Drive memberships will cost you $60 a year while Prime costs $100 for a year. However, Amazon Prime members will automatically get an Amazon Photos membership for free, so no need to worry about additional costs in that respect.