I ordered my LOLbiznes cards on November 25, and they arrived yesterday on December 3, a day ahead of schedule.
I compared two companies, VistaPrint and PrintsMadeEasy.com. I decided to order from PrintsMadeEasy.com, since they offered smaller quantities and I was just experimenting with this batch of cards, so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, overall.
For cheap on-demand printing at low quantities of personal cards, the cards from PrintsMadeEasy.com came out fine. Some cards–I’d guess, maybe 1 in 10 or so–didn’t print properly, with toner not adhering to the card stock properly or other visual defects. The color profile of their printer is a bit too heavy on the magenta as the front-side art is a lot more purple-tinted than it should have been. The cards are good enough, but if you’re looking for perfection, this isn’t it.
I placed the order on Nov. 25 and it arrived Dec. 3, or eight days later. The guaranteed delivery was by Dec. 4. For 100 glossy, double-sided business cards, it cost $19.99 and $6.95 for shipping and handling, for a total of $26.94. Uploading my own design for the front and back was included, free. The net cost per card is $0.27 each.
Compare this to VistaPrint, whose minimum quantity is 250 cards for $19.99, and they charge $4.99 per uploaded design, plus $9.99 more for glossy finish, and $6.99 for double-sided: $46.95 total. Add $9.15 for 14-day shipping, and you’re talking $56.10, or a cost of $0.22 per card.
Generally, folks order in larger quantities, typically 1,000 at a time, so lets compare those prices. VistaPrint: $71.95 + $11.15 S&H = $83.10 or $0.083 per card. PrintsMadeEasy.com: $79.99 + $8.85 S&H = $88.84 or $0.089 per card.
Costs aside, both sites provide reasonable web interfaces for uploading your own designs and preparing your order. PrintsMadeEasy.com uses a Flash-based interface which I really dislike, but it does work and I was able to complete my order using it. No real surprises here.
In the end, I would certainly order from PrintsMadeEasy.com again for small quantity orders just to test out new designs, but I do want to give VistaPrint a try just to compare the print quality difference. If they can deliver better quality, I would definitely use them for larger quantity jobs, where the price difference becomes negligible.
Have you ordered cards from VistaPrint? How did they come out? Or, do you have any other on-demand business card printing companies to recommend? Let me know about them in the comments. Thanks!