If you’ve watched local cable news programs in the past couple years, you’ve likely seen ads for printing service Vistaprint. Though you may be suspicious of as-seen-on-TV tech products, in testing, Vistaprint actually turns out to be one of the best online business card printing services around (though it prints far more than just business cards). Vistaprint offers reasonable pricing and decent design and paper options. It doesn’t quite match GetPrint or PSPrint’s bargain-basement prices or MOO’s advanced options, such as NFC cards, but Vistaprint delivers the best overall combination of quality products and reasonable prices.
Pricing and Starting Up
I tested Vistaprint mainly for its business card printing abilities. You can start designing your business card in Vistaprint without creating an account or providing any payment info. The minimum order has a list price of $15 for 100 cards, though the service runs frequent discounts. You can pay less for cards at GotPrint and PSPrint, which both offer initial orders as low as about $8. MOO, however, costs more, with entry-level pricing of $19.99 for just 50 standard size cards with square corners. EliteFlyers minimum business card order is $20. Staples charges that same price for 500 cards with same-day in-store pickup.
How to order business cards on Vistaprint
Let’s assume you have a design ready and waiting. Hit the option “Use your complete design” from the pop-up that appears when you press “Get started”.
From here to pressing order is a simple enough process (it’s drag and drop all the way), but do take note of the Safety Line. From my experience, this is where Vistaprint will cut it from, so make sure that everything is contained within those perforated lines.
Designing Your Business Card
Vistaprint’s card-design interface is busier than competitor MOO’s, but it gives you better control over the end result. You have three options when starting a business card order: Start Creating, Browse Designs, and Upload Your Design. When going the upload route, you can use images from your Instagram and Facebook accounts, as well as directly upload pictures from your PC or phone. I wish you could simply search the web for images or enter an image URL, however. I do like how your image shows up on the selection of prefab templates. The site also saves any images you upload, so you can switch back and forth if you decide that a previous one was better.
Vistaprint lets you create cards in three shapes: square, rounded corner, and standard. Other providers like GotPrint and MOO offer more size and shape options. I particularly like MOO’s MOO Size, which is smaller so it fits in more wallets. And GotPrint has circles, ovals, and what it calls leaf shape. PSPrint goes a step further, letting you order custom die shapes for your cards.
In terms of paper stock, Vistaprint offers three main options along with 15 specialty options. The first comprise Standard 14pt, Premium 16pt, and Ultra-Thick 32pt, while specialty paper stocks include pearl, soft touch, linen, natural textured, recycled matte, Kraft (light-brown, 90% recycled), colored, uncoated, matte, and, glossy. New options are lastic, foil accent, and recycled matte (100% recycled). To those, you can add metallic or spot UV finishes.
How long does it take to get an order from Vistaprint?
Vistaprint delivers all orders within three to 15 days after they’re processed. Before paying for your order, you should be able to check its estimated delivery date.
You can track your order through your Vistaprint account or the tracking number located in your order confirmation email. Vistaprint doesn’t offer expedited delivery services, so be sure you consider the delivery time when placing an order.
An Excellent Printing Service
Vistaprint impresses, with its excellent and flexible card-designing interface, reasonable pricing, and quality of the printed result. The service also offers a wide selection of cardstocks and will print your message on lots of other items, such as drinkware and clothing. Despite its less than up-to-the-minute template designs and its penchant for upsells, Vistaprint is a PCMag Editors’ Choice for online business card printing services.