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Business Cards: Reviews, Promos, Coupons & More!

The online printing company reviews are done on a per-company basis, with ratings in Speed, Price, Quality, Ease of Use and Overall ranging from one to five stars. In addition to that, I have compiled a features and pricing checklist that you can easily use to compare each company with the competition. More to be added soon!

 

Print Companies:

1. PrintsMadeEasy
2. VistaPrint
3. iPrint
4. 48HourPrint

Comparison Charts:

A. Features
B. Price



 
PrintsMadeEasy.com [Coupons]
One of the most well-rounded print companies, great products and service.
PrintsMadeEasy.com

PrintsMadeEasy is first and foremost a printing company. They don't have a huge variety of products, and they aren't especially well-known, but everything they do is done well. The first thing that you'll notice is their unique web site—very colorful, very animated, quite the departure from the competition. The web site is easy to navigate, and there are a minimum of options, making the ordering process quite easy. They offer a very useful tool that allows you to upload your artwork as a background image and use their online tool to add or replace text on the card, which is a great time saver for those that frequently need to reorder products or companies that have the need to order cards for a large number of their employees. They offer a JPEG template for download in order to help you format the proper sizing of your artwork. You must be careful to follow the DPI, proper file format, and resolution instructions before uploading any graphics though.

Cards are printed on a thick, 14 pt. card stock, with the option of either a matte or UV-coated glossy finish, one or two-sided. Quantities start as low as 100 cards, the lowest of any company listed, making it the definite choice for low print run jobs. Product prices and shipping rates are competitive. Speed of processing and shipping is very quick.

One thing to note though is that the business cards seem to have the print characteristics of a high-DPI waterproof inkjet print (as observed in our order). This means that if you have good eyes and look very close you can see the very small dots that make up the text and images—something that most other print manufacturers do not have. Should not be an issue with most customers.

Pros: speed, ease-of-use, Price, customer support, low minimum order size, web site design

Cons: range of products & options is low, (slightly) visible printing elements

Other Services Offered: Postcards, Envelopes, Letterheads & Stationary

 

SPEED
PRICE
QUALITY
EASE OF USE
OVERALL

 

 

VistaPrint.com [Coupons]
The largest online print company out there, they do everything—for a price.
VistaPrint.com

VistaPrint offers a wide variety of printable products for your business and personal needs. They offer a large variety of deals on many of their items, and even 'give away' some of their products (you only pay for shipping, and any upgrades you may want). VistaPrint is perhaps the largest and best known online printing company, and does business all around the world. Perhaps because of the fact that they are so popular, you must pay extra to get your products in an acceptable timeframe. For example: shipping for 500 business cards is very reasonable at $6.95, but it would take around three weeks to get your order. If you decide you can't wait that long, you could pay approximately $4.00 more for two week processing and shipping, or pay approximately $7.50 more for one week shipping, or you could even pay as much as $23.00 more for rush three-day shipping).

You can have almost anything printed at VistaPrint, with as many options as you like—for a price. Almost nothing is included in the 'basic' package, you must add each option manually, and of course you are charged for every add-on (they even charge if you want to proof your order). But if you can do without some of the extras this shouldn't matter much. Note: they are one of the only companies that offers foil accenting, $14.99 and up. If you're not in a hurry, are interested in saving money on large print runs, this is the company for you.

Pros: large selection of products, large offering of free products, great for large runs, decent pricing

Cons: paper/product quality is not the best, expensive "premium" shipping, some options must be purchased

Other Services Offered: Address & Rubber Stamps. Sticky Notes, Postcards, Oversized Postcards, Photo Cards, Greeting Cards, Calendars, Invitations & Announcements, Return Address Labels, Holiday-Theme Products, Letterheads & Stationary, Envelopes, Note Cards, Thank You Cards, Brochures, Magnets, Folders, Flyers, Note Pads, Folded Business Cards, Photo Prints

SPEED
PRICE
QUALITY
EASE OF USE
OVERALL

 

 

iPrint.com [Coupons]
Good prices for smaller runs, excellent variety of accessories and options.
iPrint.com

iPrint is similar to VistaPrint in that they capable of producing a large amount of products—just about anything that can be printed on is sold at iPrint. This makes iPrint an excellent place to get your promotional items (see "Other Services Offered" below). They offer a large variety of "free" products, such as sticky notes, notepads and rubber stamps. Their rubber address stamps are particularly well made (many other online company's rubber stamps are of poor quality and don't function well).

Print quality was not top notch, but should be good enough for the overall majority of customers. The card stock was thicker than VistaPrint's, and they tended to offer better package prices overall. While speed was average, shipping prices were the lowest out of any company featured. iPrint also offers live sales chat to help you through the ordering process should you require assistance. Product pricing was in line with the competition until quantities reached 2000, where there was a sharp spike up in price difference compared to the competition. The ordering process is not as streamlined as some other sites, and the overall design of the web site is not impressive, although it is functional. iPrint offers a large number of templates and business card backings (calendars, appointment templates, etc.), making it very easy to design your own pre-made business card if you have neither the need nor inclination to use your own artwork. iPrint would be the ideal vendor for all of your promotional products and for runs of up to 1000 inexpensive business cards.

Pros: selection of products is huge, large offering of free products, great for smaller runs, decent pricing

Cons: very expensive pricing for large runs, quality not quite as good as competitors' in the same price range

Other Services Offered: Address & Rubber Stamps, Brochures & Flyers, Photo Mugs, Greeting Cards, Personalized Pos-It Notes, Photo Calendars, Postcards, Adhesive Labels, Memo Pads, Letterheads & Stationary, Magnets, Business Envelopes, Mailing (Oversize) Envelopes, Announcements & Invitations, Address Labels, Photo Cards, Business Checks & Forms, Note Cards, Business Card Magnets, Personal Stationary, Photo Mouse Pads, Photo T-Shirts, Apparel, Coasters, Golf Balls, Hats & Baseball Caps, Ornaments, Plates, Playing Cards, Puzzles, Teddy Bears, Tote Bags, Pens & Pencils, Bumper Stickers, Promotional Items

SPEED
PRICE
QUALITY
EASE OF USE
OVERALL

 

 

48HourPrint.com [Coupons]
Great quality, fast, easy-to-use contender in the printing field.

48hourprint.com

48hourprint might be a bit more expensive than some of the competitors, but it makes up for this with an excellently designed web site and ordering system as well as unmatched quality. As the name implies, they have a quick turn-around time as well as a speed and quality guarantee. All orders are shipped out within two days of proofing.

Card quality on our orders have been excellent. The business cards are printed on 12 pt. stock, although it feels like 14 pt. with the UV glossy applied to one or both sides of the card. Printing elements are not visible, everything is crisp and clean. As far as extras, 48hourprint offers free online proofing without the need to download any software, free (large-radius) rounded-corners on orders of 500 or 1000 (the only printing company to offer this), the ability to upload almost any file format as-is (as well as easy-to-use templates for help in formatting your artwork), and live sales support chat. Note: they are also able to produce fold over business cards. An excellent choice is your care about excellent quality and a smooth ordering process.

Great customer support, although there can be some delays . When we received an order that had some faint off-color dots on the business cards, we called up 48hourprint and they promptly shipped us a whole new batch of cards after inquiring into the matter.

Pros: quality is excellent, good customer service and support, quality and speed guarantee, ease-of-use

Cons: pricing is on the higher end, shipping is comparatively expensive

Other Services Offered: Postcards, Pocket Folders, Folded Business Cards, Single & Tri-Fold Brochures, Sell Sheets, Rack Cards, Rip Cards, Door Hangers, Rip Hangers, Posters, Mini Postcards, Tickets, Menus, Nightclub Flyers, CD Wallets, Hang Tags, Table Tents, Envelopes, Letterheads & Stationary

SPEED
PRICE
QUALITY
EASE OF USE
OVERALL



Business Card Printing Company Available Options Chart

This chart shows the available options and features that each business card printing company features. For a more detailed description of an option, please click on the word to go to our glossary page. Shipping prices listed are for standard ground shipping of 500 business cards.

Minimum
Shipping
iPrint
12 pt./14 pt.
Optional
Optional
One Side
250 Cards
Online, Free
5.15
48HourPrint
12 pt.
Yes
Optional
2 Types
500 Cards
Online, Free
11.51
PrintsMadeEasy
14 pt.
Yes
Optional
Optional
100 Cards
PDF, Free
5.95 + .95/lb
VistaPRINT
8 pt./10 pt.
Optional
Optional
2 Types
250 Cards
PDF, Pay
6.95






Business Card Pricing Chart

This chart is compiled to give you an idea of how much the average set of business cards would cost at each of the online retailers. Each set is described in detail below the chart. Prices are retail, without any coupons or shipping added. Shipping costs are listed on the chart above. Last Updated: 01/2011

Set A1
Set A2
Set B1
Set B2
Set C1
Set C2
iPrint
31.69
47.68
54.99
84.98
104.99
154.98
48HourPrint
55.00
66.00
79.00
94.80
99.00
118.80
PrintsMadeEasy
44.99
55.49
59.99
79.99
79.99
114.99
VistaPRINT
34.98
66.94
44.98
79.94
54.98
91.94

 

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Business Card Pricing Chart Key:

Set A1: 500 Cards, One-Sided, 4/0 Color, No Glossy Finish
Set A2:
500 Cards, Double-Sided, 4/4 Color, Glossy Finish

Set B1: 1000 Cards, One-Sided, 4/0 Color, No Glossy Finish
Set B2:
1000 Cards, Double-Sided, 4/4 Color, Glossy Finish

Set C1: 2000 Cards, One-Sided, 4/0 Color, No Glossy Finish
Set C2:
2000 Cards, Two-Sided, 4/4 Color, Glossy Finish