Gone are the days when you had to order business cards from a local print shop, which would help you design them, too. These days, you can do it yourself online, and one of the key differentiators among such services is just how easy they make that process. MOO’s website has one of the slickest designs of any business card printing services we’ve tested. It offers many paper stock choices and the unique ability to use multiple graphics in a single order. But the service costs a lot more than most competitors, and, though the website is slick and clear, it offers less design customization than competitors.
Pricing and Signing Up
MOO lets you create an account simply using your Facebook credentials, or you can enter an email address and password. As with all business card printing services, you don’t need to enter payment information until you’re ready to pull the trigger on an order. The minimum order price is $19.99 for 50 cards, with a 100-card order doubling that—significantly higher than the cheapest services we’ve tested. GotPrint charges $7.63 for 100 cards, and Editors’ Choice Vistaprint charges $16 for 100 cards, though there are often deep discounts available for many of these services.
What It’s Like to Use Moo Printing for Business Cards
Moo offers four sizes of business cards—standard, “Moo size,” square, and mini. The Moo size is longer and more narrow than the standard size, and the square size is smaller and comes at an added cost.
You have three options to design your card: use a Moo template, design your own card using their design editor, or upload a full design on your own.
If you choose to design your own, there are Adobe files you can download with guidelines on where the safe areas and bleed areas are. I strongly suggest using a downloadable template to avoid “udderly” unhappy surprises when you receive your cards in the mail.
If you go with a Moo template, you can search by industry for card examples that might make the statement you’re going for. They have hundreds of templates to choose from.
I played around with the design-your-own-card-in-Moo option to see what the editor is like.
I uploaded a logo for my business, plus all the information I wanted on the card. You can change the background color and layout, or toggle the corners between square and rounded to see what floats your boat (rounded corners are an added fee).
For the front of my card, I was asked to upload a photo or logo, or change the format for more text. I uploaded a design of my own and was promoted to upload a higher quality image. Moo checks whether your card will have white edges or the image will be blurry, and lets you know to change any issues before you go to print.
After adding the fronts and backs, I chose the quality and quantity of my business cards. Then I got to review my cards. As I reviewed, I was again notified of any issues in my design before I checked out.
It’s obvious that Moo spent time and effort in making the Moo experience great for their customers. When I received my cards in the mail, they came in a nice carrying box for storing my own cards and the cards of others. The example below depicts the matte cards, but there also is a gloss (very glossy) version for no added cost.
If there are problems with your printed design due to a Moo error, you can work with them to get your order reprinted.