Picwing Takes the Pain Out of Mailing Photos to Family

Y Combinator-funded photo startup Picwing started out in 2008 as a typical photo-sharing service that also beamed your photos to a fancy, $249 digital picture frame that you could use to easily share photos (i.e. baby pictures with your parents). Turns out people weren’t willing to drop that much cash on a digital frame when similar products were bigger, cheaper, and similar in functionality.

Picwing then decided to focus on printing photographs, and realized that many people would like to share more physical prints than they actually do. For example, people might want to share photos of their young children with relatives, but don’t have the time to have photos printed and mailed.

Using the Picwing app for iPhone application or Android, you can send full-res photos directly to the service from your phone. Picwing then automatically prints and mails the photos to up to 6 recipients for a subscription fee starting at around $5 a month for each recipient. Photos can also be added to accounts from your computer or through email, and you can choose to have 15 photos mailed up to twice a month (for a slightly higher fee).

We like the business model, and think there’s definitely a need that Picwing meets. Is this a service you would use?

(via TechCrunch)

  • Edward

    Thanks for covering Picwing!

    We have a free Mother's Day shipment promotion right now: Any photos you add to your Picwing account before May 1, 2010 will be mailed to your recipients in time for Mother's Day. This is in addition to the normal twice-a-month photo shipments

  • Lori McKee

    Any progress on this? My mother in law has this problem ; she has a tablet that she is not very good at using, and even a printer. I am very bad about printing pictures anymore. I want to get in to the habit of getting hard copies to her (and others, even myself for posterity, in case the Internet goes away some day) regularly of our children and grandchildren – trying to send to Costco – she can pick them up there – pretty good prices, too.