i was going to use vistaprint, but they seem to have many hidden costs i'm not crazy about. i'm sure there are dozens of places to get cards, but i was wondering what everyone else uses if any? i would probably go for a 1000 matte cards, double sided. anyone have any places? in the US - i should clarify.... thanks
I used vista print, but wasn't all that happy with their service and yes they want to charge extra for everything, including timely shipping. I've ordered postcards from next day flyers and was very pleased with the price, quality, and service. I think I will use them next time for business cards, too.
Check locally with some smaller print shops, I did this years ago for something and phoned around (this was before internet) and the larger shops would only print a minimum, say 100 or 1000, but I found one small print shop and the fellow said he would print one.
I've tried the cards at Zazzle, Vista Print and 123 Print. Vista print did have the better quality cards. All three had decent print quality. For the next round, I'm going to try someone local and see how it comes out.
so far based on price next day fliers is the cheapest. i couldn't find anything more than ask for a quote on vista. i asked a place that we have locally, which to this day i have never been too. but the quality must be pretty good having been there so long. i'm still looking for those sticky notes. though wondering if it's still a good idea to place my mark everywhere.
Mike, if you have ever made a purchase from Vista before just be patient and wait for one of their spam emails for a huge % off the regular price. I always go in and design my brochures, which are saved for about 90 days. Then wait for the offers to roll in before ordering
I subscribe to the weekly email from Vistaprint and wait until the FREE 50 x postcards or FREE 250 business cards to become available. The only 'extra' charges are ~$8 to upload your image and ~$7 postage (slow postage 2-3 weeks to Australia). I Opt out of the other offers on the way to checkout. The only thing I suggest regarding business cards is change the font size to 2pts larger than the example. It is easier to read. eg. if they use 8pt change it to 10pt. Other than that I am happy with Vista's business cards and the website is quite user friendly. A colleague of mine loved his business cards from MOO (as mentioned by Richard). Good quality and he had different images on his cards. Good luck!
I have used Vista print and they have always been wonderful - I also found that if you use the cheapest shipping you still get them in the same time that if you pay more for expedited shipping. A friend of mine just got some from moo.com and they were nice but then you said it is too expensive from zazzle that is a shame.
I'll second the suggestion of moo.com. Nice heavy card stock, and I love being able to put up to 50 different images on the cards. Letting people choose their own business card turns a 2-second transaction into someone spending a couple of minutes concentrating on my images.
Just received my cards from Kinkos/FedEx and I am not impressed. I even upgraded to a better quality of paper stock and went with 4 color on the back side but just don't feel the printing was worth what they charged. My advive, No.
Uh...just hearing about all these bulk quantities, I have to ask: How long does it take you folks to go through your stash of cards? How, when and to whom do you dispense them? It takes me forever just to go through a dozen. OUCH! Then again, I don't get out all that much if I'm not shooting.
to be honest i'm not sure how it will work out with the cards. but there have been times where people offered to bring them to a show or the like and i didn't have anything to show them, and that's never good. i'll keep some in my father's office, and probably just have a bunch left over.
I've used vista print time and time again. The cards are excellent. If you're truly that much against them, have you checked out MOO business cards? While more expensive, they have some unique varieties of cards and can do full photographs on them w/out any additional charges. Last I knew of you could get a test pack from them just pay shipping. Comes from the UK so it does take a bit to process, but they are well worth it, I have seen the results in person, as a fellow photographer ordered them.
Mike, I've been using Moo. They are simply the best! I have tried many places including Vista and Moo beats them all in regards to quality. I haven't read through the posts so I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned them yet. You can try a sample pack from them at n/c. They are pricier than most, but worth every penny.
MOO - they are great. I ordered 100 with ca. 30 different photos (makes 3 or 4 cards with the same pic). Every time I give away a card I let the person choose one. Some are looking at all the cards I have with me which I think is great. At least they remember me as the guy with the many different cards to choose from... ;-)
i looked at moo - very expensive. maybe i was looking at the wrong column, but it looked like 400 cards were like $132? something like that... so far the avg low price is about $32 for a 1000 4 color, double sided. one place had no shipping charges. i'm almost done with that card, it's taking longer to make a card the size of my hand than it is a huge poster. right now i'm trying to figure out how to make another mailbox at my domain webzpro - if anyone should have them and know how to do that. the tech there isn't helping that much, they want me to forward my name there - but that's not what i wanted to do.
so far best prices:
next day fliers
up printing they even offer a 5% new customer discount. i think they quoted me $35 for matte, though they didn't quote it as a 1000, that's what i asked for, so i'll guess that's the number.
i forget the prices for the others, i think the next day had a free shipping option, most places charge $10 or so. vista charges about $18 or so for the first time just to add pictures i made myself. i actually least impressed with them.
next i have to figure out the mail thing, then maybe get samples from those companies, and then i guess order it. i'll probably post the design here on a zazzle card to show it. make sure everyone thinks it's readable and not too busy. that qr checker thing is helping nicely. i have to try it again and make sure it still works.
Vista is who I've used for years with great results. I usually order when they have a sale on the cards or free shipping. The cards are two sided with a color pic on the front, matt finish and heavy card stock. I hand out about 500 cards from my gallery on a quarterly basis and there are people who actually collect them because I change the pic to something new each time I order.
This is the card i plan to make, i think everything looks good, the QR code works according to that site http://blog.qr4.nl/Online-QR-Code_Decoder.aspx that i was sent too. i'm not making it on zazzle but since i plan to sell the design there i don't want to give that away. so anyway here is the card and what it will look like for anyone that's interested.