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09/08/2006 08:14:10 PM · #1
Hi! A couple of months ago I read one of the forums, and someone had posted a link to their outrageously expensive, yet gorgeous, business cards. They were clear or smoked, I don't remember which, and the website had lots of metallic or clear possibilities.

I have searched and searched, but can't find the thread. Does anyone remember this? Many thanks in advance.
09/08/2006 08:15:19 PM · #2
link
09/08/2006 08:21:58 PM · #3
holy crap, those are insane! I think I would def. pay that much for such cool cards!
09/08/2006 08:23:01 PM · #4
Originally posted by jmlelii:

holy crap, those are insane! I think I would def. pay that much for such cool cards!


But very selective on who gets them.
09/08/2006 09:57:27 PM · #5
Yeah, 9 times the normal price..if my math is working.

Would be a neat thing to hand a prospective B&G at the initial meeting, or hand out at a bridal fair - you'd be remembered!
09/08/2006 10:14:18 PM · #6
I had this idea about 4-5 years ago. I searched high and low for the plastic materials to use. Its probably costly due to the materials. I looked into stencil plastic but it was cost prohibative.
09/09/2006 05:05:56 AM · #7
Cool.. And I'm agnoising over spending $0.25 per card for a new batch done on laminated card!

As an asside, a friend of mine who works for an engineering firm made himself a batch of cards from .2mm thick stainless steel sheet, using a CNC controlled laser to cut the company logo and name etc out of the metal Very cool, but the edges of the logo were sharp enough to cut your fingers on... :-).
09/09/2006 06:09:29 AM · #8
*grin* Well I took the plunge and paid up for these cards back in December and I can wholeheartedly reccomend them. When you hand one of these to a client they always make a comment. Always. They're worth every penny.
09/09/2006 07:09:48 AM · #9
I picked up one from the local art university's open day (scene of the infamous Silver Guy). I picked it up because I though it was a cool idea ... obviously, they've had the idea here in Japan too, where business cards are a major thing.
09/09/2006 07:15:03 AM · #10
All this reminds me of a scene in "American psycho"...
09/09/2006 07:25:52 AM · #11
'Oh my god.. it even has a water mark!'

That scene? haha.
09/09/2006 07:35:20 AM · #12
LOL! you know! ;)

09/09/2006 07:47:55 AM · #13
Originally posted by rex:

link


Many thanks Rex! BTW, it's not for me - my husband needs a really cool card for non-photography business. I do really love these cards though!
09/12/2006 10:11:04 PM · #14
Just thought that you might want to know I found a few more affordable alternatives, though I have not used any of these yet. I am thinking of trying some if anyone has any experience with any of these companies please let me know what kind of experience you had....

PlasticPrinters

Design2k


visualproducts


dallascardworks

Most of these are in the cents per card range, rather than the dollars per card range.
04/07/2009 10:43:49 PM · #15
Hello All. I have just been browsing this thread. I am a manufacturer of amazing plastic business cards. We are in the throws of setting up worldwide company to manufacture these for anyone.

Feel free to check our interim website http://www.flexicon.co.nz or email me at matt.foster@cardwin.com

I will be more than happy to assist if you have any queries.

Matt
04/07/2009 10:49:49 PM · #16
Haha... those are so much cheaper in Korea! As in 25~50% of the price, depending on quality.
04/17/2009 11:11:54 AM · #17
Anyone have any other sources for these? My wife went to a conference and came back with a plastic business card for someone. Looks great.
04/17/2009 03:01:47 PM · #18
If you are willing to cut them out yourself, you can get transparency material for both laser and inkjet printers ...
05/05/2009 02:10:33 PM · #19
Just like anything else make sure you compare apples to apples when pricing these cards. For Example the original link is printed on 30 mil stock with metallic ink, probably responsible for the premium price, it's as thick as a credit card. I looked through the links posted by carlsakd70 and found the cheaper cards offered on thinner stock, maybe less durable plastic, etc? Just my .02......I've used Vistaprint for my biz cards and very satisfied, lot's of free offers from them as well. Not sure if they do plastic, gotta check.
05/29/2009 11:05:19 AM · #20
We make tons of plastic cards, including the awesome clear and frosted and we are of quality. Even if you don't buy from us we want to provide a public service to those who are interest in purchasing plastic cards.

Things you want to keep in mind and watch out for when buying plastic cards.

1. Thickness
Thickness is a very good determination in quality. One sign of crappy quality is the fact if it is flimsy and can roll up like a cigarette there is a very good chance its of poor quality.

Think about it you are buying plastic for quality and durability and style. A quality plastic card should be around the thickness of a credit card, that way you know it can take a beating, washing, etc.

2. Rounded Corners
While this may seem trivial this is easy way to spot out a crappy card fast. Places that sell non rounded corners do this because it is cheaper to mass produce, in result, you get a card that can easily paper cut you.

Quality Plastic Card places that already come with rounded corners should not charge you extra for this service. If they charge you for rounding corners then go somewhere else.

3. Clear/Transparent/non transparent
If a place offers only clear or transparent, be weary. This sounds like the company is cutting corners with the use of a cheaper plastic like Cellulose Acetate. The quality plastic that credit cards use is called PVC, this is what you want in a plastic card. And it should come in all colors, not just transparent.

4. Digitally Printing
Makes cards look cheaply made and can be printed on any digital printer, you could do it at home and it would be the same. Make sure they are using real printing presses that people are actually mixing ink. Better printing = better card = better business.

I hope that you can use this information and make a better educated purchase when buying plastic cards.

Remember if the price is WAY too good to be true, chances are that it is too good to be true and you'll end up not being happy with your purchase.

For more information on quality plastic cards please visit our site at PlasticPrinters.com

Message edited by author 2009-05-29 11:10:31.
05/29/2009 11:16:34 AM · #21
Maybe I'm just a grumpy old man, but I'd be more inclined to give out nice pens or some other trinket with my contact info on it before handing out beefed up business cards.

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05/29/2009 11:24:25 AM · #22
I love how threads get revived after three years- the amazing power of google.

Personally, I think you need to hand out expensive things. Look at Oprah, she gave away a few cars and now everyone knows her. :)

Message edited by author 2009-05-29 11:29:15.
05/29/2009 11:24:43 AM · #23
That's a great way to promote but how often do you lose pens or trinkets? The same could go for business cards, why not do both?

Its just like advertising, you wouldn't just want to go out and do it in one local paper, do it several and then expand.

Message edited by author 2009-05-29 11:25:51.
05/29/2009 11:27:54 AM · #24
How about just putting your picture on a can of Spam?
05/29/2009 11:34:21 AM · #25
Originally posted by sempermarine:

How about just putting your picture on a can of Spam?

WIN! Because everyone loves spam right?? And if they don't you can throw it at them and then they will know who did it! A new instant gratification way of advertising. You should copyright that idea.

Message edited by author 2009-05-29 11:43:28.
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