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My Vistaprint Business Cards Review

Review of Vistaprint business cards – I’m in the middle of developing an online shop to sell my cat-related t-shirt designs, so I figured I’d invest about $20 to have business cards printed to advertise my online store. Here’s my review for business cards from Vistaprint:

Vistaprint Standard Business Cards: My Review

review for my vistaprint business cards

I’ve ordered business cards through Vistaprint a couple of times before, but never to specifically promote a website or online store. In this case I wanted the cheapest business cards possible without looking or feeling cheap.

I went with their ongoing 500 business cards for $10 promotion because it only cost me $1 more than getting 250 business cards. ($8.99 with same coupon code)

By the way, they don’t seem to offer “free,” or economy business cards anymore, which is a good thing. Those used to have the Vistaprint logo on the back, and the paper felt cheap!

That’s a bad first impression to make with potential clients or customers. I sell t-shirts at my online shop, so I don’t want people thinking they are also cheaply printed!


Definitely Use a Design Template

Vistaprint offers design templates for all of their products, including business cards. TO be sure my design was the right resolution and in CMYK, I downloaded this template:

vistaprint business cards template

vistaprint business cards template

Anyway, in this case I used a 300 dpi version of one of my t-shirt designs, and formatted it for the vertical 3.5×2″ size of their Standard business cards. I also chose a matte finish, (included) as I wanted a vintage look. Glossy might be appropriate for certain designs or photos, but I usually go with matte.

*Their “Signature” business cards are printed on an adequate, 14 pt. paper, but you can upgrade to Premium or Signature with a heavier if you’d like. For my purposes I wanted the cheaper option, as I plan to just festoon these around the city.

I had no need to print on the back of the cards, so my order total was $9.99 for 500 standard business cards plus $5 shipping.


Be Sure to Use a Promo Code

If you click on a link for a specific promotion, the discount might be applied immediately, or, you have the option of entering a promo code at checkout like this:

business cards promo code

Here’s the actual promotion: 

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    Featured promotion for "Standard" business cards. View promotion:

*Check out today’s top coupons for up to a 50% discount or free shipping!


Vistaprint Business Cards Quality & Shipping Info

Wondering how long it takes Vistaprint to ship business cards? Their cheapest shipping option (economy) took exactly 8 days. (7 business days) They came in a neat little box, and I was excited to open it. (Need your cards fast? Check out the shipping speeds here

The business cards themselves look great, and the colors are just like the online preview. Once again, be sure to design in CMYK at high resolution (300 dpi). Here’s another photo of my business cards:

vistaprint business cards review

Some of the cards printed about 1/16 of an inch off-center, but they mention that your design should be in the “safety zone” as it might shift by a small amount horizontally or vertically.

These business cards are great! 5 stars for the $15 total price. If you want you can upgrade and spend more on Signature business cards or ultra-thick which cost a lot more.


You Can Consider Upgrades: (Brilliant Finishes) Metallic, Spot Gloss, Raised Print

Upgrades like foil, and spot gloss can really make features on your business card, like your logo, pop!


You’ll Have 4 Paper Stock Options

My Review: 500 Business Cards for $10+

You can see the “premium business cards” pictured above that I had printed with one of my Chairman Meow designs. I wanted heavier paper, so I was willing to pay an extra $5 than the 500 for $10 deal. Here are a few highlights of my premium business cards:

  • Economy delivery took 7 days (free shipping not available)
  • The business cards have a matte finish, and the paper is nice and sturdy
  • The design is full-bleed, and was well centered
  • The color was true to the online preview
  • The total cost was about $20 for 500 business cards (with coupon
  • Not using a design template? Remember to create your own design in CMYK!

*Tip: If you are on their site looking at the standard business cards, scroll down and you’ll see customer reviews. Consumer affairs is where you’ll find negative reviews, which are helpful to read, too

Cheap Business Cards to Promote an Online Store / Shop / Blog?

I used to imagine business cards as what people passed around at industry events, or left behind as contractors. However, if you have a website or online store or blog, they can be so much more!

They are great to hand out, and if you ship orders from an online store, be sure to drop a couple into each package that you ship.

If you do any online marketing whatsoever, you are probably familiar with paying for clicks on Google and Facebook. If you have a budget for this type of advertising, please consider supplementing it with business cards!

How Business Cards are Like Online Clicks, But Cheaper

In my own online advertising experience, it’s costing me upwards of 50 cents per click to advertise my website to people categorized as “cat owners.”

That’s nothing compared to the $10+ per click a friend pays per click through Google for his basement waterproofing business. Yikes! 

Anyway, by paying for clicks I quickly realize that the math doesn’t work to my advantage. I’m only making $6 on the sale of a t-shirt, and the potential conversion rate from these paid clicks is pretty low. There’s just no way a high percentage of people are going to take out their wallet and buy a t-shirt, so I need to find a cheaper way to get people to my online store.

While I work on ways to bring this cost per click way down, I’m printing 500 business cards for some guerilla marketing. Vistaprint offers 500 business cards for $10 + $5 shipping, so the cost of each business card is about 5 cents each.

Like online clicks they deliver information for a brief moment with the hope of hooking a customer. While online advertising has many advantages, a business card is tangible, and doesn’t disappear into the ether once that moment has passed.

If you cross paths with your potential audience at any time, consider printing cheap business cards that get attention and send people to your online store or website!

For my shop, imagine how much more effective a little stack of business cards would be if left at a cat cafe, coffee shop, or pet store!


Cheap Business Cards for an Etsy Shop, CafePress Shop, Zazzle Store, eBay Store, or T-Shirt Store

If you have an online store, you’re probably trying to market your unique designs or products. This greatly increases the odds that you have some kind of design experience, or at least the ability to photograph your products close up.

Tip: Consider zooming in on your best design or product, add your URL, and print it on a business card? Make sure your image is really sharp and high-resolution!

These potentially catchy business cards can be stuck in lots of locations; either one at a time, or even fanned out or stacked in strategic places.

Example: I go to a dog park every other week, which is a very social environment. That would be a great place to hand out a business card. You’re not limited to dog products in that environment either. Maybe you just mention during conversation that you have a side-business, like an Etsy store, which would be a great time to whip it out. (a business card)

I have also propped up business cards on signs, wedged them into the side of bulletin boards, or any little corners where they might get noticed.

Idea: Not only can business cards help you hook potential new customers, but existing customers as well. I recommend including at least one business card in the packaging of all orders that you mail  out. Your customers might hold onto it, or even pass it on to a friend.

So Many Ideas for Using Business Cards to Market a Website or Online Store!

There are a number of great resources out there that list creative ideas for using business cards to market your store, but I’d just recommend the following in summary:

  • A catchy “hook“: a design featuring a head-turning product photo or example of your favorite design
  • No more than one one line of text or it will be too crowded
  • Your easy to remember domain name
  • Printing on the back of the business card may cost more
  • Try 500 business cards first at 3 cents per card
  • Similar offer from Vistaprint.ca here
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Shutterfly Shipping: Times & Costs (New)

logo shutterfly topHow long does shutterfly take to ship, and how much does it cost? The total time that it takes to get your order depends on two factors added together: the amount of time to make your order (processing) and the time it takes to deliver (shipping).

Remember, some items, like 4×6 prints, can be pickup up same-day at your local Walgreens, Walmart, or CVS. In that case, skip the free shipping coupon, and get your order in about an hour!


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    Get free delivery with today's promotion. Click to view:


Shutterfly’s shipping methods and speeds: 

Shipping Method:Processing + Shipping:
Economy:6-10 business days
Standard: (USPS)5-7 business days
Expedited: (UPS or FedEx)4-5 business days
Rush: (UPS or FedEx):3-4 business days
Super Rush: (UPS or FedEx):1-2 business days
Canada Delivery:7-14 business days
Other International:9-17 business days

Shipping considerations:

  • Holiday shipping: Economy and Standard shipping may take up to an additional 6 days to be delivered during peak holiday times
  • No Saturday or Sunday deliveries
  • Rush & expedited shipping times are guaranteed, and include tracking number
  • Super rush shipping has limited availability
  • Shipping to Alaska and Hawaii may take longer
  • Items may ship separately: If you have ordered multiple items, they may be shipped separately, and arrive a day or two apart
  • Canadian shipments may be subject to taxes, fees, and duties to be paid my recipient at the point of delivery
  • International shipping: Shutterfly ships to 100+ countries. Shipping times may vary widely depending on country
  • Military addresses: With APO/FPO addresses, Shutterfly recommends using “United States” as the country, regardless of the location of the recipient. Also, the estimated speed of delivery can vary based on a number of variables
  • Free Shipping speed? Most times their “free” shipping is mailed at “economy” speed.

Shutterfly shipping COSTS and fees:

Shutterfly determines the shipping costs based on a number of considerations including: shipping method, product type, quantity, packaging, and weight. Click below for their on-site shipping prices by product:

*Most products have to be added to your cart to see exact shipping cost.

View today’s top 15 Shutterfly couponsnew– Up to 50% off and free shipping! 


Where does Shutterfly ship from?

Shutterfly’s main production facility is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The facility is huge, at about the length of 3 football fields. Their servers hold over 20 billion photos, and employs 350+ full-time workers, and over 1500 seasonal workers.

More about their shipping facility in Fort Mill, S.C.
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Delivery Options & Arrival Dates:

For each order, you’ll be given estimated delivery dates at checkout. For Expedited shipping methods, these times will be guaranteed, and your order will come with a tracking number:

shutterfly shipping costs

*Related: Vistaprint shipping times and prices | Walgreens Photo Shipping Times | Snapfish Shipping Times

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Vistaprint Shipping | Speeds & Costs for Delivery

logo vistaprint redVistaprint deliverly costs and speeds: If your printing order is time-sensitive, it’s important to know the how much time it will take to process and deliver your order, and how much shipping will cost. Should you pay for rush or expedited delivery, or save money with economy shipping?

Here’s the latest shipping information for Vistaprint.com:


Vistaprint Shipping Speeds:

How long does shipping take? Here are Vistaprint’s estimated delivery times:

Shipping Method:Shipping Speed:
EXPRESS:3 Business Days
STANDARD:5 Business Days
ECONOMY:8 Business Days

*Delivery speeds include the amount of time it takes to process, print, dry, (ink) package and ship your order to you.

*If your order is placed after 6pm, the delivery time is calculated from the following day.

*Exceptions to these shipping times: While most products ship at the estimated times above, these products take longer to deliver:

  • Address Labels: 5-10 business days
  • Personal Checks: 5-8 business days
  • Bags: (totes, drawstring, messenger bags, etc)  9-11 business days
  • Promotional Products(pens, embroidered clothing, USB flas drives, etc) 9-11 business days
  • Free samples: Sample kits take 10-14 business days

Vistaprint Shipping COSTS:

How much does Vistaprint shipping cost? Here are the costs for each shipping option:

Order Total:Economy:Standard:Express:
$0-20.00$4.99$6.99$19.99
$20.01-40.00$6.99$7.99$21.99
$40.01-100.00$7.99$8.99$23.99
$100+$9.99$12.99$24.99
Alaska & Hawaii:+ $3.00+ $10+ $15


Where Does Vistaprint Ship From?

  • Vistaprint orders for North America ship from Windsor, Ontario Canada. (That’s across the river from Detroit, MI.)
  • European / U.K. orders are shipped from Venlo, The Netherlands
  • Orders to Australia are shipped from their printing facility in Deer Park, Australia.

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How Long Does Their “Free Shipping” take?

Their free shipping is usually at “economy” speed, which they say takes about 8 business days. In my own experience, using their free economy shipping has averaged about 6 business days for delivery.


A Word About Shipping Speeds:

I have personally used their “free” or “economy” speed shipping several times and it has never taken more than 6 business days, but the shipping time depends on your location.

Also, I think Vistaprint would rather you be pleasantly surprised at getting your order a day or two early than have customer service answer thousands of complaints that their orders were late!


Vistaprint Free Shipping Promotions:

Finding the best coupon for your unique order might involve comparing coupons, but here are the promotions usually available from Vistaprint that include free delivery:


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Conclusion: Shipping Info for Vistaprint

If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner you’ve no doubt used, or at least heard of Vistaprint. They have made a name for themselves catering to millions of Americans (and Vistaprint Canada!) who are looking for a lean and mean way to have marketing materials printed.

So, If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll surely welcome the idea of having your printed materials shipped for free, in addition to any discount that you may be getting. Here are your best two options for getting your order shipped free from Vistaprint, (also listed above) but beware that they are shipped at 8-day “economy” speed.


Related shipping promotions:

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Vistaprint Free Business Cards? Meh… Try 500 for $10 Instead!

Free business cards promotion from vistaprint.com: For years Vistaprint offered 100-250 free economy business cards, but that promotion is now gone. The good news is that they now offer a deal that’s actually better for 500 business cards for $10 + shipping, or free sample business cards. Here’s a link to the top coupons for Vistaprint business cards:

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    Standard business cards $9.99 + shipping. Click to view this popular offer! 
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    50% off standard, or 40% off Premium business cards! Get promo code:


Vistaprint’s free business cards were never really “free”

free business cards vistaprint

“There is no such thing as a free lunch. If you want to enjoy something you have to pay for it.” – Charles Hall

Ah, well said, Charles, and such is the case with Vistaprint’s free business cards promo code. Not only did you get “economy” quality, but you also had to pay for shipping.

For years this was their signature promotion, and it really did wonders for their brand. The money they lost  giving away free business cards surely was a good investment, as those losses paid for future repeat customers.

But, times have changed, and they really don’t need to get their name out there at a loss any more. Not only to they give away fewer business cards for free (used to be 250), but now they are referred to as “economy” business cards. For years they also added their logo on the back of the card, which screamed, “cheap-o!”

Vistaprint’s logo on the back? Ouch! That’s not how most successful entrepreneurs get started. Maybe they would be good for your “economy” business, but who wants cheap-looking business cards, unless you are dropping them in a fish bowl to win a free lunch. (free lunch? That’s ironic!) Here’s a better idea:


2 Better Coupons: 500 Business Cards for $10, or 40% Off Premium

When things are free, the quality usually suffers. If you don’t believe me, try going to the “free” admission day at the Baltimore Aquarium, (a crush of humanity) or try using match.com’s free membership. It’s usually a bad experience!

Now that you’ve given up on getting something for nothing, you have two great options:

*Even with most upgrades or premium printing, you can still get 500 business cards for under $25. That’s only 3-5¢ each!


Tip: Skip the “free” business cards, and pay for nicer ones!

sample free business card

Sample free / economy business card template

Anyway, in this case you should gladly accept the up-sell you get on their site. skip the free cards and consider their 500 business cards for $10 deal. With shipping, it ends up being under $15 for 500 “standard” business cards. 

*You can read my review of the 500 for $10 deal here. , or see coupons for Vistaprint Canada here.


Tip: You Can Request Free Business Card Samples

If you are in no rush, you can also request a free sample kit from Vistaprint that includes both free signature business cards and free brilliant finish business cards, plus a number of other free items. There’s also no charge for delivery, so this might be the only real, “free business cards” option.


Business Cards Tip: Choose the Right Paper Stock!

Buying business cards? Make sure you choose the right paper stock to suit your business cards. Choose from Glossy, matte, linen, & recycled matte. Here’s a 1-minute video showing you these options:


Vistaprint’s “free” or economy business cards: limited design selection

sample free business card

Another sample free business card design

On top of being printed on thinner, 14pt. paper, the free business cards also give you very limited design options.

You’re also limited in options for upgrades for the free or economy business cards and can’t choose extras like rounded corners, or spot gloss. Do you still need reason’s to skip their free business cards promo? Actually, you might find a use for them in other creative ways. Like as tickets for an event or something. Or, maybe you print them for your kids’ lemonade stand?

Update: Well, Vistaprint no longer even offers a “free” option, which is actually a good thing. Go with the 500 for $10 promotion instead!


Apparently no one gives away 250 or 500 free business cards any more

I just searched for similar promotions, and there are no longer any printing companies that offer free business cards. Not even with a promo code. I estimate Vistaprint must have lost $3-5 every time someone used this promotion, so it was purely an investment to get repeat customers. This is similar to the business model of buying printer ink and razor blades.

Well, no other printing services dare try to match this offer, so kudos to vistaprint.com for having such a long run where they actually delivered on their free business cards promotion!

More coupons: Match.com: 7 days free | Shutterfly free delivery | Snapfish Free Shipping