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Leaky Penny's picture
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Guy ordered the exact same business card from 5 of the top online printers on Google. Here's what they've sent.

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www.jackmancer.com's picture
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Wow, that's a really nice comparison idea. Shame I'm not from the US, so it's not that useful to me in a way that I can decide my printing company, but it's good to stay critical of everything and compare the qualities of printing companies :) I had to find out by myself as well that some printing companies are just making a mess.

Did you do it yourself Leaky or just posting it here?

Leaky Penny's picture
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Oh no no, I'm just posting here. I have a print shop down the street that does excellent work for me, I don't need these guys!

Leaky Penny
Check out what I've been up to lately!
http://petersonjoseph.com

I'm going to print it out and eat it.

-Unknown Artist

Jeffgreenhouse's picture
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Great experiment! Least surprising thing: that lowest cost and slowest delivery also correlated to worst checkout processes. Biggest surprise: the oversized cards from Moo. What's the deal there? There's nothing wrong with offering innovative sizes, but if I order 2" x 3.5" cards, that's what I expect to receive.

- Jeff Greenhouse
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gwells's picture
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you can't order 2x3.5 from moo, they don't offer that size.

Final, trimmed size
3.30" x 2.16"
84mm x 55mm

so the deal is they sell off sizes.

barkeep's picture
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Ello,
they aren't "off sizes" rather they are standard business card sizes here in the UK and in a fair chunk of Europe as well, but i would have thought Moo would have had American standard sizes if they were printed in the US.

Art D. Rector's picture
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Nice post - thanks.

As far as I'm concerned, any off size business card is an automatic deal killer. An off-size postcard is one thing - business cards are VERY standardized for a REASON. Overnight prints is the one I've been using for this down and dirty stuff and the quality is reasonable - it's great if you're looking for a cheap price. My one complaint would be they raster everything so they can gang it - but my guess is most of those d&d printers do that anyway. You should ask your local guys if they're really printing your cards too (if you go that route exclusively) because a lot of smaller printers are just sending the files to these guys behind your back. Don't know why it took him 11 days to get his cards though - mine have always been 3-4 days turnaround on everything - cards, brochures, direct mail pieces, etc...

Resource Nation's picture
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Great experiment, good to know what quality you are getting as well as the check out process.

--Shannon
Resource Nation

bluejena's picture
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With your pricing chart, does that correspond to the minimum numbers on the first chart or to a set number? I would assume you ordered 250 from each since that's the lowest you could get from two of the vendors and that the price is per 250 cards... is that correct? Otherwise that third chart isn't really valuable...

Vootie's picture
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I'm surprised you didn't include moo.com. Any reason?

Ivan's picture

It's there. Look again! :)

WolfieZero's picture
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I had to do a bulk design/order for our small company in the UK. The first guys we went with was VistaPrint; spent around £250 on cards and when they came back they where so bad we looked at another company called Cards Made Easy who where a pleasure to deal with (also a great after sales serivce).

I've used Moo.com with my own personal stuff and they are some great cards with quality boxes to boot!

Stay away from VistaPrint IMO, there's a good reason they do so many freebies.

Vootie's picture
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What the... and it was even rated number one! Not sure how I missed that but glad to see it won out.

Moo provides two card stocks, one green, one less so. Unless I am missing it, the author doesn't specify which one was used in the test.

steveballmer's picture
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Try ZuneCards.com

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I am not Steve Ballmer pretending not to be me!

MondoPrint's picture
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Check out Mondo Print!

http://www.MondoPrint.com/products/BusinessCards

High Quality, Low Price, Quick Turnaround :)

Nothern3D's picture
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I was looking for a decent printer in a rush, I used Moo because of the minimum quantity order, thinking the y would do for the time being. But I was very impressed by the quality and the price, 50 recycled cards were around £17 inc postage in the UK. I will definitely order more in the future.

You should do an cost per card graph. Not sure if the cost graph relates to the minimum order or a set number of cards ordered for each printer?

KellyR's picture
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Thanks for sharing this. :)

luckylou's picture
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The republish of this helpful infographic from printingchoice.com has 507 tweets while their original post on their own site has 0 tweets, probably in part because you removed the clickable link back to their site from their embed code. I know the graphic has the creator's site prominently displayed but you could have at least provided a link to their site.

Ivan's picture

We will gladly do that. What's the link?

Leaky Penny's picture
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The original link blocked at work, the Mcaffee rating was red. This is from google cache. If their site was deemed safe I'd have loved to link it.

For those interested, here it is:
p.printingchoice.com

Leaky Penny
Check out what I've been up to lately!
http://petersonjoseph.com

I'm going to print it out and eat it.

-Unknown Artist

Ivan's picture

I added the Via link.

misschief's picture
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thank you for posting this! good to know

Fear Photography Wedding photographer Cheltenham's picture
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This is a great article as I have been struggling to find really good quality business cards. I don't suppose anyone knows of somewhere in the UK where I can get the quality without spending a fortune?

uglymugworld's picture
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The only problem I found with overnightprints business cards is that the ink rubs off the substrate over time. That's the downside of digital printing.

But yes MOOcards is by far better than all of them.

JimD's picture
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Here in the U.S., I use http://www.uprinting.com/ - $35 for 250 cards, full color on both sides on a matte finish stock and delivered in 3 days. It's cheaper if you go with gloss stock, and a bit more for uncoated. Stock in plenty thick, and print quality is pretty darn good.

These are offset printed, not digital. They also offer various size cards, as well as corner diecutting.

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mgking's picture
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned 4Over [US]. One thousand cards on 14 point stock, U/v front and uncoated back are $24.00 and are shipped free.

Gwilkens's picture
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Just wanted to say thanks for posting this, a really nice infographic you made there... and some useful info too. :)

monkey1979's picture
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I really love moo cards, use them all the time, they are not the cheapest, but they always deliver on time, the print quality is always impeccable (in my opinion) and they allow you to specify different designs for the front and back in one run, which can be beautiful for marketing exercises. Matt lam, both sides, on nice heavy stock, no customer of mine has ever complained about their cards. I have other suppliers for spot colour / special stock jobs.

Vistaprint is fine if you are a tradesman and just need something with your contact details on, but if you want to convey a certain quality it always pays to invest.

living on dreams and custard creams.

Art D. Rector's picture
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Jim D - thanks for the link. Looks promising.

agape's picture
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I think the same of Monkey. If you need a poor business card you can use company like Vistaprint or Printcarrier or other company low cost.
But if you need an impressive business cards, you have to invest in this. After you will have big result, because a business card is not a piece of cardboard, but an important marketing tool.
Quality, elegance, materials, inks, graphic design also, printing machinery...... are all options that have a cost. But you'll have an interesting result!

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