HP to Shut Down Snapfish Photo Service in Four Countries
Snapfish India said that HP is halting the service in order to "invest in the development of core markets."Hewlett-Packard revealed Aug. 5 that it is planning to shut down Snapfish, its Web-based photo storage, sharing and printing service, in India and three other countries—Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain—within the next several weeks. Snapfish India said on its Website that HP is halting the service to "invest in the development of core markets." Snapfish then directed all its users to complete any saved projects and place their finals orders on Snapfish by Sept. 16, 2013, following which HP will be shutting down the service. The photo storage and sharing service, which competes with others such as Google's Flickr and Target's Shutterfly, suggested that Snapfish customers move their accounts to an alternative site, Photojaanic, before Sept. 16. Photojaanic has been printing and shipping all Snapfish India's orders since its launch in 2007.
Snapfish, which started up in 1999 and is a pioneering online photo storage and sharing service, was acquired by HP for $300 million in 2005 and currently does business in 21 markets, including Germany, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United States and the United Kingdom.