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05/29/2005 07:41:58 AM · #1
I need to print up some business cards, I have the design done, I was wondering what company you guys used to have your cards printed. I dont want to print them at home they dont look real, I want a real company to do them.
05/29/2005 08:30:35 AM · #2
GotPrint.com
Vistaprints.com
Overnightprints.com


05/29/2005 10:16:34 AM · #3
I recommend overnightprints.com.
05/29/2005 10:18:05 AM · #4
Of the 3, I recommend VistaPrints for quality. Overnight prints is NOT overnight and they don't tell you how to prepare the files very well. GotPrint is good - but slow.
05/29/2005 10:18:53 AM · #5
I like VistaPrint.com, You can have the back of the card printed with a place for appointment information, which is very handy for me.
05/29/2005 10:39:25 AM · #6
I recommend you order a sample kit from 4by6.com and check out their "Satin" product. It is really nice, and the quality of their prints is top-notch. The sample kit has a nice summary of "tips" on preparing files for 4-color offest printing (including a color calibration sample print), even if you don't use them. (They aren't cheap like some places, but I'm impressed with their quality, even on difficult things like thin white text on color backgrounds.)

Also, the silk-laminated cards from Design Line have a fantastic physical feeling to them (at least to me), and they can do foil-stamping as well.

I used OvernightPrints for my first batch of cards and was quite happy with them -- the cards were nice and thick; I left the back side uncoated so I could easily write on them. However for my next batch, I'll be using one of the above companies... still haven't decided between the two! But I do like the feel of DL's silk-laminated cards.

Message edited by author 2005-05-29 10:47:26.
05/29/2005 12:10:38 PM · #7
I just ordered some from overnightprints.com. I will give u more feedback when they arrive this week.
05/29/2005 12:48:43 PM · #8
BTW, I wanted to mention that if you really want to stand out from the crowd, you should check out MetalCards.com. But be prepared to have a deep wallet. =]
05/29/2005 12:51:51 PM · #9
I use baseball cards for my biz card.

Big League Cards
800-999-9454

Pretty reasonable, use's back and front of card, b&w or color pix.

call for details.

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Message edited by author 2005-05-29 12:54:21.
05/29/2005 01:05:28 PM · #10
Originally posted by mavrik:

Of the 3, I recommend VistaPrints for quality. Overnight prints is NOT overnight and they don't tell you how to prepare the files very well. GotPrint is good - but slow.


If you read their website (Overnight Prints) they tell you just what you need to do. They even give you templates for any layout program you want to use. If you have a question, they will respond to you promptly (24/7).


05/29/2005 06:18:37 PM · #11
Originally posted by cbeller:

If you read their website (Overnight Prints) they tell you just what you need to do. They even give you templates for any layout program you want to use. If you have a question, they will respond to you promptly (24/7).


What page on that site designates what color space I need to use to ensure accurate color for my prints?

M
05/30/2005 12:53:22 AM · #12
Originally posted by mavrik:

Originally posted by cbeller:

If you read their website (Overnight Prints) they tell you just what you need to do. They even give you templates for any layout program you want to use. If you have a question, they will respond to you promptly (24/7).


What page on that site designates what color space I need to use to ensure accurate color for my prints?

M


4 color print process is always CMYK.

There is a preview that you review before they are printed, or a simple e-mail to them would get that answer for you, if you don't know. I sent an e-mail to them on a Sunday afternoon and had a response within an hour.

Most "average joes" don't care about (or know about) color space anyway. They just check the preview and if it looks go, they go with it.
07/04/2010 03:08:22 PM · #13
I highly recommend www.nextdayflyers.com

They have a great selection, awesome turn around time, and amazing prices.

I just ordered 1000 full color double sided business cards and it only cost me $30.51 - and I should have them by July 9th..

I have done business with them in the past .. and their turn around time is awesome ... it may say 14 days .. but I got my last order in 10 days for standard processing and shipping

Message edited by author 2010-07-04 15:08:46.
07/04/2010 03:12:26 PM · #14
If your business card is intended to sell your photographs or services and has a picture on it, I recommend that you start out by printing up a small batch at whatver service (or using whatever printer) makes the prints you will be selling. A standard business card fits three-up on a regular 4x6 print (see below), and it only takes few seconds to cut them out.

You make a small up-front investment, and the potential customer gets an actual sample of the quality they will be getting. If you do more than one style of photography, it's easy enough to print up a few cards with a variety of pictures -- landscape, protrait, macro, etc. -- each.

Another related promotional idea which came up another thread is to make bookmarks with your information -- you can usually get between two and four on a 4x6 print; they are essentially a double-size business card. I can't find any of mine posted here, but some other people have posted them and should show up in this search result for "bookmark" ...

I have also had business cards printed satisfactorily at VistaPrint, but I only recommend that if you really need a lot (200+) of cards on hand at one time.

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Message edited by author 2010-07-04 15:14:14.
07/05/2010 09:27:45 PM · #15
BUsiness cards are not that expensive. My best recommendation is develop a relationship with a small print shop. The one that I used to work for was always looking for art and we would sometimes barter services or give discounts. My concern for some of the services is that they give you a steal of a deal to get you in the door but then it can be the same cost as what we would have charged for many more cards. We would run full color on our big copiers or spot color on the press. The were made to order and then approved before printing for some of them. That way you got EXACTLY what you wanted for 250, 500 or 1000 cards. The larger the run the cheaper it would be.

Just a though for you businesses looking for cards. Me, I just need one to hand out when I take my pictures but I still want more design control than they often give you. Steve designed his own card, prints them himself and cuts them. If you have the skills and equipment, that's can be a great choice. If you do that though, my best suggestion is take them to a place to have them cut. They have equipment that makes that process much more precise. To just have cards cut should be just a few dollars. If you print 8 on a page using a card template, is otten as little as $.50 a cut for a stack. 500 cars could have as few as 6 cuts for all of them.


07/05/2010 10:21:51 PM · #16
Originally posted by domcraig20:

Hi Guys,

I recently participated in a prize draw which will be announced on 31st Oct. And you know what you can get 100 free Business cards and gifts worth upto £500. You just have to follow CardsMadeEasy on Twitter.

Good luck ......


Why do I sense a ubiquitous canned pork product? Five year old thread, and two posts by a person who registered yesterday pushing a web site.
07/05/2010 10:29:27 PM · #17
Didn't even look at the dates before I posted.


09/06/2011 12:56:46 PM · #18
Hey you can go with vistaprint...they are really good and cheap...try it.. they are awesome..

Thanks
vistaprint.com.au

Message edited by author 2011-09-06 12:56:53.
09/06/2011 01:19:54 PM · #19
Moo cards, without a doubt. You can have each card different if you wish, or have a few different to relate to the type of person/organisation you're handing them out to.

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Message edited by author 2011-09-06 13:20:24.
09/06/2011 01:26:34 PM · #20
Originally posted by Chinarosepetal:

Moo cards, without a doubt. You can have each card different if you wish, or have a few different to relate to the type of person/organisation you're handing them out to.

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I am seconding THIS^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
09/06/2011 01:36:44 PM · #21
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT order the "free" business cards from VistaPrint. You will be enrolled in some sort of program that sucks $20 out of your credit card every month.
09/06/2011 01:37:46 PM · #22
Originally posted by Chinarosepetal:

can have each card different if you wish, or have a few different to relate to the type of person/organisation you're handing them out to.

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09/06/2011 01:45:50 PM · #23
Moo cards are my choice. You can upload a bunch of different images, and then let people choose a card while they get a look at several portfolio images. The card stock is thick, nice.
09/06/2011 03:19:32 PM · #24
I've used VistaPrints but I like Moo better. More creative, more options, higher quality, ..., and sadly a bit more expensive.

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09/06/2011 04:19:02 PM · #25
Hmmmm... I know you said you wanted to pay someone else to print business cards for you. That's fine, if you have the money and the tolerance for mistakes. However, no one can print my business cards better than I can. Since I place my own photographs on my cards to encourage sales, they must be printed correctly. So, I suppose if one cannot print their own prints, then one should delegate this task to a print shop. Or, if you are making 10,000 business cards, then it makes sense to outsource. I change the image on my cards on a regular basis... usually reflecting a recent popular image for sale in the gallery. Avery® Clean Edge Inkjet Business Cards, White, Glossy Finish, 200/Pack are not cheap, but they are on heavy stock and do have a clean edge. So, they work great for me. Customers to my store, and prospective customers elsewhere, really like my cards. I insist on printing my cards correctly with my printer so I can control the quality.
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