Where do you folks get your business cards from?

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Back in April, I purchased 1k business cards from a website and received about 500 misprints and about another 200 with faded ink. After a few weeks of going back and forth with support and actually having to provide VIDEO PROOF, they eventually sent me a full replacement free of charge. What a headache that was.

Now I'm looking to have about 10,000 business cards made. They don't have to be the highest quality cards... Preferably something not printed on receipt paper that will not stick together like a brick whenever they touch humidity lol. I Just need my business logo in color and some basic information about it. I have a budget of about $250 for this, but would like to keep it under $150 if possible.

And yes, I do know that I can easily Google this. I have searched Google and have found about 50 websites. Just looking for some reviews and suggestions of good websites so I don't run into the same problem that I had in April It never hurts to do some asking around before spending a large chunk of money like this.

Anything helps! Looking forward to hearing from some of you. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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    Originally Posted by BranTheMan View Post

    I have searched Google and have found about 50 websites. Just looking for some reviews and suggestions of good websites so I don't run into the same problem that I had in April.
    Unfortunately, someone's good experience is never a guarantee that yours will be the same. If 10 people answer you, you will probably get 10 different answers, so how does this help?

    Use Google, deal with a reputable company with a clearly stated guarantee and hope for the best. Most business card printers are very capable of delivering a quality product. Because you have price restrictions, Google again comes up as your best bet.

    Cheers. - Frank
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    • Profile picture of the author BranTheMan
      Thank you guys! I don't want to point any fingers, but one of the sites mentioned was the one giving me all of the trouble.

      Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

      Unfortunately, someone's good experience is never a guarantee that yours will be the same. If 10 people answer you, you will probably get 10 different answers, so how does this help?

      Use Google, deal with a reputable company with a clearly stated guarantee and hope for the best. Most business card printers are very capable of delivering a quality product. Because you have price restrictions, Google again comes up as your best bet.

      Cheers. - Frank
      Thanks for the feedback. Just because I've found 50 sites doesn't mean I've found them all I'd much rather support a little mom & pop shop if they do honest work. I've even found one site devoted to reviewing and ranking business card suppliers that was obviously created by one of the companies to make themselves #1. I have an event to go to on August 10th where me and my buddies will be passing these out. Time is not really in our favor.

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      • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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        Originally Posted by BranTheMan View Post

        Thank you guys! I don't want to point any fingers, but one of the sites mentioned was the one giving me all of the trouble.
        I think that kind of proves my point. :-)
        Thanks for the feedback. Just because I've found 50 sites doesn't mean I've found them all
        So - you really want to look at more than 50? There are probably 50k print shops in the US, if not 150k. Why not check them all out? Talk about information overload.
        I'd much rather support a little mom & pop shop if they do honest work.
        The look for someone in your local community. August 10th is right around the corner. This is not rocket-science. Quit playing pocket-pool and order some cards.

        Cheers. - Frank
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      • Profile picture of the author eccj
        Originally Posted by BranTheMan View Post

        Thank you guys! I don't want to point any fingers, but one of the sites mentioned was the one giving me all of the trouble.



        Thanks for the feedback. Just because I've found 50 sites doesn't mean I've found them all I'd much rather support a little mom & pop shop if they do honest work. I've even found one site devoted to reviewing and ranking business card suppliers that was obviously created by one of the companies to make themselves #1. I have an event to go to on August 10th where me and my buddies will be passing these out. Time is not really in our favor.

        All the best,
        Sign up for Staple's email list. About every week they send out a killer coupon for print materials which ends up making them as cheap or cheaper than anyone else. That way you can pick it up and make sure it is right at the store.

        August 10th for business cards? That is way more time than you need. Seriously go to Staples.
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      • Profile picture of the author AmericanMuscleTA
        Originally Posted by BranTheMan View Post

        Thank you guys! I don't want to point any fingers, but one of the sites mentioned was the one giving me all of the trouble.
        Probably VistaPrint... haha.

        Had some tri-folds made from them and they did a horrible job. Called 'em up and told them the problem and they said they'll get a new batch to us.

        New batch came and had the exact same problem. You would think they would have checked before they shipped them. NOPE
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  • Profile picture of the author AmericanMuscleTA
    I used GotPrint.com for my business cards. Got 1,000 printed (back and front, full color on both sides) for under $30 shipped. I thought they did one heck of a job!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Moreno
    I have a trade account with 4over.com - have been using them for almost 10 years now, very reliable, good quality, with fast turnaround.

    HTH

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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    What business are you in?

    Do you deal with local clients?

    Why not call a few local businesses and find out where they get their cards and how they feel about the quality?

    Why not call a couple local print shops and see what their pricing is? Then you could walk in their door, look at their samples and quality, and make a very informed decision. You might pay a few $$$ more, but you create a local relationship, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author umc
    Gotprint.net for me.

    Why don't you let us know who messed up yours and share like you'd like us to?

    I've used Vistaprint in the past and they were decent. I got better cards cheaper at Gotprint though. And all companies are capable of screwing customers, unfortunately.

    Oh, I think Bob Ross on here runs printing4supercheap.com . I've never used his service but he seems like a stand-up guy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Freebiequeen1999
    Unless you get some special deal shipping etc and waiting might take time

    Look for a local wholesale printer - you may be able to get business for/from them, referrals etc

    (ducking in case someone comes by screaming JV JV LOL)

    IMHO while I love free and cheap stuff sometimes a bargain is not good - as you discovered. Sometimes overthinking small things can hold you back - get the cards go out and network and give them out, carry with you at all times JMO

    It would be cool if you shared your experience with us. Yelp , etc is a place where stuff is shared, good bad fair unfair. If this company was really so bad why not say who? thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author nmwf
    FWIW, I've used vistaprint too with no problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    +1 for gotprint.

    You can get 10k double-sided full color glossy cards for around $86, plus shipping.

    They have never let me down, no matter what I have sent them.
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  • Profile picture of the author bob ross
    Besides myself, gotprint will be the best solution for you by far and will come in well under your budget. The most important thing you need to do though is make sure your artwork is prepared properly for print (most 'mistakes' are usually from poorly designed or prepared artwork). Feel free to PM me your artwork and I'll look at it for free before ordering from wherever you choose.

    (I'm not self promoting here, I could care less where he prints from I just don't want him to have an issue due to bad artwork).
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    • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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      Originally Posted by bob ross View Post

      (I'm not self promoting here, I could care less where he prints from I just don't want him to have an issue due to bad artwork).
      Sorry, Bob. Did not mean to slight you, but honestly I thought that business cards were a bit on the low-end for the services you provide. I had no idea.

      I learn something new every day. :-)

      Cheers. - Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author digichik
    I have used Bob Ross' printing, The Printing, The Service and The Price were excellent. He's east coast and I'm west coast, I got everything on time and the quality is excellent.
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  • Profile picture of the author Freebiequeen1999
    I still say - find a good wholesale..WHOLESALE...printer....local.

    Best idea - useful in many ways
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    • Profile picture of the author bob ross
      Originally Posted by digichik View Post

      I have used Bob Ross' printing, The Printing, The Service and The Price were excellent. He's east coast and I'm west coast, I got everything on time and the quality is excellent.
      thanks, glad you liked it

      Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

      Sorry, Bob. Did not mean to slight you, but honestly I thought that business cards were a bit on the low-end for the services you provide. I had no idea.

      I learn something new every day. :-)

      Cheers. - Frank
      I make like a couple dollars at most on business cards, I own a printing site so it's all automated though. For my members I handle everything personally so they don't get poor artwork printed or make mistakes on stocks & coatings, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author RTSteam
    Well, I design my own business card and send it to my friend for printing. He owns a small printing shop and I get a discounted price.
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