Off the Beaten Path
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada.
There are two types of photo printers - good and cheap. There are no good cheap printers. If you get your photo printing done at a grocery or drug store you may be disappointed at the quality, particularly if it is a complex photo. Automated services like London Drugs or Safeway calibrate their equipment once per day (at most). They cannot correct colour balances, tone shifts, etc. Dedicated photo print shops like ABCphoto employ high skilled personnel to tweak every photo. There is a reason why they are so popular.
Like most things in life, you get what you pay for.