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Get 1,200 free photo prints from ArtsCow

Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch? New ArtsCow customers can get 100 free 4x6 prints and 50 free 5x7 prints each month for the next eight months.

Free stuff! ArtsCow offers 1,200 free prints to new customers. ArtsCow

You've probably seen freebie deals floating around from dotPhoto, Snapfish, and other online photo developers--50 prints here, 25 there--but nothing like this: is offering a whopping 1,200 free prints to new customers--600 4x6s and 600 5x7s, and in your choice of glossy or matte!

What's the catch? For starters, you're on the hook for shipping charges, which seems only fair. I tossed half a dozen 4x6s into my cart and the shipping came to $2.49. When I bumped the quantity to 100, the price went to $5.99.

I priced the same order at Shutterfly: $4.99 to ship 100 prints--plus $1.20 for tax. So ArtsCow actually came out ahead.

The other "catch" is that you're limited to 100 4x6s and 50 5x7s per month--and they expire if you don't use them. (Check the Credit & Discount section of your account to see the dates for each set of credits.)

Other amazing freebies for new members include two 11x8.5 photo calendars and two 20-page photo books. (Again, you pay for shipping.)

If all this sounds a little too good to be true, make sure to read the ArtsCow terms and conditions. There's nothing critical in there that I haven't already mentioned, and it's not like you're on the hook for anything if the company decides to terminate this offer.

I haven't tried ArtsCow yet, though I did sign up for an account (click the My Account link, as their "Join Us" banner doesn't seem to be working) and plan to start ordering some prints! Also, I poked around some user forums and found that most customers seem to be happy with the print quality.

If you've had any experience with ArtsCow, good or bad, tell your fellow Cheapskaters about it in the comments!