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    Any recommendations for a service to print business cards? How much are they supposed to cost for a batch of 100 to 250? (that is, with shipping...)

    I'm a little tired of looking at places that pop on top of google and charge you $5 for the cards and then add last minute $30 for shipping.. I guess if the real market price for getting a stack of cards to your door is indeed $35, I'll get over this strange business model... i just need some reassurance that I am not getting ripped off

    Thank you!
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    I LOVE Overnight Prints. They have excellent quality. I think that I got double sided business cards for total of $40 (or a little less) for 250.
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    • #3
      I like Moo Cards. You can get a set of their minis (half-sized cards) for $20 for 100, or full-sized cards at 50 for $20. Shipping is about $6.

      1. High Quality cards, not the type you just leave in a stack at some shop. These are cards you give IN PERSON.
      2. They'll put a different image on every card. This is great for target marketting...give maternity/newborn cards to expectant mothers, wedding cards to engaged couples, etc. It gives the presence that you specialize in that area, and immediately gives them an example of your work.

      Personally, I went with the mini-cards with 10 different photos: 3 wedding, 3 newborn/maternity, 2 models (good for seniors or general work), and 2 of my speed photography (just for kicks).

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      • #4
        i'd opt for figuring out what uses you have for the card.. If you want something really fancy to make the biz look good the moo cards and others seem to do a good job of showing you are serious. if you just want something with your information on it you can print up your own on either business card stock or just paper with a card stock formatting.
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        • #5
          Thank you all for advice!
          I just need some temporary simple cards to distribute at a couple of weddings I'm doing in the next month. I'll probably follow the advece on Moo cards for the future, but I don't have time to work on them right now, plus my phone number will be changing in 2 weeks and I don't know the new number so I can't print it.. plus, my hi-res logo is not finalized yet..

          I ended up with 100 simple cards from Overnight print, it's $25 all inclusive. A little too pricey for my taste, but will work for now.
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          • #6
            VistaPrint is easy and they offer free cards (with their name on the back). Once you order from them, you get lots of freebie offers and their shipping is reasonably priced and standard shipping is pretty quick.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by olgabe View Post
              I ended up with 100 simple cards from Overnight print, it's $25 all inclusive. A little too pricey for my taste, but will work for now.
              That's totally normal: I paid just over $45 for 250 cards.
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              • #8
                Once you've got everything finalised try your local printer and get a run of 500-1000 quality cards done. I get all mine and my clients cards printed on 310gsm stock matt laminated for about $100 for a thousand (In Australia). Offset printing is cheaper in bulk so you'll need to get heaps printed to save the cash, lazer printing costs heaps more.

                Business cards are one thing you really shouldn't be stingy on. People will judge you and your services on the quality of your cards and a great card is less likely to get turfed straight away.

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                • #9
                  I have a big box of standard basic freebie cards that I got from Vistaprint that I use to leave lying around the place, and then I have box of 50 Moo cards which I love SO much that people have to practically hold me down and beat me with a stick to get me to give them away.

                  Ok, so they don't really have to go that far, but y'know - free Vistaprint cards for a clusterbomb attack, and dead nice Moo cards when I want a laser-guided smart-bomb strike that's going to definitely blow my target's wig off..

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AnneWynne View Post
                    VistaPrint is easy and they offer free cards (with their name on the back). Once you order from them, you get lots of freebie offers and their shipping is reasonably priced and standard shipping is pretty quick.
                    I get their free cards all the time and I do not have their name on there. Is that something new?

                    BUT, my next set of business cards will be from MOO prints. They are cute, PLUS, I will give them away as a photographers gift if someone buys a ton of stuff from me... My business info is on the back and their kids pic is on the front...tee hee - THEY love passing them on to others with kiddos.

                    I call them play date cards...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AnneWynne View Post
                      VistaPrint is easy and they offer free cards (with their name on the back). Once you order from them, you get lots of freebie offers and their shipping is reasonably priced and standard shipping is pretty quick.
                      *cough*

                      i ordered cards six weeks ago from vistaprint, two weeks later i received the "your order has been shipped" messgae.... and they still havnt arrived.

                      i doubt i'll use them again.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by private View Post
                        I get their free cards all the time and I do not have their name on there. Is that something new?

                        BUT, my next set of business cards will be from MOO prints. They are cute, PLUS, I will give them away as a photographers gift if someone buys a ton of stuff from me... My business info is on the back and their kids pic is on the front...tee hee - THEY love passing them on to others with kiddos.

                        I call them play date cards...
                        The Vistaprint cards that do not have their advertising on the back are premium cards...these are the cards you get free offers for all the time. The free offers are for basic, front-print cards only, but you can add upgrades for the regular prices.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by candleman View Post
                          *cough*

                          i ordered cards six weeks ago from vistaprint, two weeks later i received the "your order has been shipped" messgae.... and they still havnt arrived.

                          i doubt i'll use them again.
                          My experience has been in the US, so no international shipping to hold things up. Sorry you have had a bad experience.
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                          • #14
                            I avoid Vistaprint for one simple reason. They're constantly spamming me. I've had no business with them ever, these are 100% unsolicited offers. My past experiences with companies who have done this have all been negative, I have no reason to think that Vistaprint will be any different.

                            My last order of cards were from a local printer. They were decent, but not great. My next order will probably be from moo.
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                            • #15
                              I've used both vistaprint and Moo in the past, and been happy with both.

                              I got the paid version with vistaprint and uploaded my own design. They arrived here in Aus quickly and although on the light side are perfectly fine and good value.

                              The MOO cards are more expensive but are a big leap up in quality; they are really nice, people comment on them. If you want to make an impression that says quality, go for these. Being able to use many different images is also unusual and again attracts attention; they are great little marketing cards!

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