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Match.com: How Much Does It Cost?

match logoSo, how much does match.com really cost? It’s America’s most popular dating site, but they don’t make their rates and fees obvious. In summary, the longer subscriptions are cheaper per month, with the 6-month subscription being the best deal. Also, new members can use a promo code to bring the price down further, or try 7 days free.

We researched the cost match.com subscription pricing in detail, and here’s what we learned:


Match.com Cost: Subscription Prices:

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Here are the costs for match.com subscriptions for the Bundle plan (recommended) when you apply the 25% off promo code. As you can see, the price per month decreases with longer subscriptions:

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*Important: The lower price is locked in for the length of time that you initially commit to, and then the price is renewed at the higher (crossed out) rate.

So, for example, if you buy 6 months up front, you get the discounted monthly rate until the promotional period ends, at which time you’ll be billed the higher monthly price to renew.


Match.com Costs: Signup vs. Renewal Prices

Here are the promotional prices (at signup) and renewal prices for the match.com bundle:

Subscription:Signup Cost:Renewal Cost:
3-months:$60.73
($20.24/month)
$80.97
(3-month renewal)
6-months:$103.46
($17.24/month)
$137.94
(6-month renewal)
12-months:$179.91
($14.99/month)
$239.88
(12-month renewal)

*I update these prices often, but they might fluctuate slightly. You actually have to sign-in and click “subscribe” to view today’s discount pricing info on match.com

Here’s what it looks like at checkout when you sign up for a package:

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He said, “package!”

If you aren’t loving match.com, cancel before your promotional period ends, or you’ll be billed automatically for renewal when it does! See our tip below about turning off “auto-renewal.” 


There are 2 subscription options: BUNDLE or BASIC:

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Before joining match.com, you’ll want to understand the difference between the two subscription levels. By default you’ll be presented with match.com’s “Bundle” plan which has a few more features.

  • BUNDLE Plan: You’ll get: “Email read” notifications, “First Impressions” feature, and a better, “highlighted profile”
  • BASIC Plan: You can save about 10%, but it’s probably not worth it for what you give up.

Both “Bundle” and “Basic” plans include core features like the ability to search for matches and to contact other singles. Most people choose to spend the extra $2 or so per month to get the more robust Bundle plan which includes premium features like Email Read Alerts, First Impressions, and Highlighted Profile.


Tips on pricing & billing:

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It’s best to do your homework before signing up for match.com. Here are some tips:

  • Initial cost: You are billed a one-time amount upfront for whatever length you commit to at the lower, promotional price.
  • Monthly billing: When the promotional period ends, you are billed automatically for the same period of time (3, 6, or 12 months) at a slightly higher cost.
  • Tip: Turn off “auto-renewal” – To avoid unexpected costs after the promotional pricing ends, I recommend turning off auto-renewal after you signup. If you want to continue your subscription, you can turn it back on later.
  • Free Trial: If you aren’t familiar with match.com, I recommend taking advantage of their free trial before joining. During your trial period, can click the “subscribe” button at any time to join.  Just be sure to cancel before the 3-7 day trial ends if you don’t want to be billed.
  • CancellationNot sold on 100% on match.com? Be sure to cancel 2 days before your subscription ends to avoid being billed for the next month
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Add-Ons: Prices & Monthly Fees

If you select the BASIC plans to save a buck, match.com will present you with a number of ways to spend more money at checkout. Here are the prices for the optional add-ons:

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Maybe I’m just cheap, but I always skip the premium add-ons. Take a look for yourself to decide if you want any of these options:

  • Anyone can reply to your emails for free: $7.49/month
  • Private mode: $7.49/month
  • Email read alerts: $2.24/month
  • Highlighted profile: $1.65/month
  • First impressions: $1.65/month
  • match Phone: $2.50/month

The Bundle plan includes Email Read Alerts, First Impressions, and Highlighted Profile, so if you are considering paying for any of these, just buy the Bundle Plan, and it will be cheaper!


The 6-month subscription is the best deal

So, you probably realized that the “Basic” plan is a joke, but so is the 1-month plan. Really, it takes most people a couple of weeks just to get established on Match.com, so who really wants to pay double (monthly cost) to only join for only a month?

The 6-month subscription seems to hit the sweet spot of the best length, and best price. If you opt for longer, you’re not saving much more (per month), and you’re committing to an awfully long time.

What if you meet your soulmate after a couple months? There’s no need to commit to a 12-month membership in my opinion, unless you are committed to not settling down any time soon!

Also, the the 6-month subscription comes with the match.com guarantee, stating that if you hven’t found someone really special in 6 months, they will credit you for another 6 months free. Yet another reason NOT to pay for a year up-front

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Avoid being billed at full-price when the promotion ends: Turn OFF “auto-renewal”

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Oh, snap!

If you do sign up for match.com, consider turning off auto-renewal immediately.

Otherwise, you will be billed every month at regular price (about $50!) after your discounted subscription ends.

To turn it off, click account settings, and then change/cancel membership. You can always turn auto-renew back on, but it’s less of a hassle this way.

Complaints?

Most of the many match.com complaints come from people who didn’t realize that match.com would bill them each month at regular price after the promotional period ends. If you’re not familiar with how it works, try the free trial, and be ready to cancel before it ends. Also, be smart, and do research (like this!) to avoid billing confusion!

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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

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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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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:

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*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.


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