DotPhoto, a privately-held company, looks the least polished of the five services we looked at, but the website is nonetheless easy to navigate. The merchandise offered is fairly basic, ranging from calendars to mugs and posters. We particularly liked the site's selection of bags and purses. New features include the EuroBook software for easily creating hard-bound photo books and products. Movie fans take note: DotPhoto also allows you to create photo gifts based on the movie Batman: The Dark Knight.
Pricing: DotPhoto charges 9 cents for a 4x6 print, but the largest print size they offer is 8x10 for $2.89.
What started off as Seattle Filmworks 25 years ago, Photoworks was recently acquired by American Greetings, the world’s largest greeting card company. Besides the usual offerings of merchandise and prints, Photoworks also offers a film service that let you send in a roll of film for processing (the other four companies also offer a similar service), which can then be turned into framed prints or stored in photo albums. Photoworks also has a Community feature that lets you share topic-based photos with other users.
Pricing: A 4x6 photo costs 9 cents, and a large 24x36 print costs $34.95.