Battle of the Online Printing Companies Part One: Compare Pricing

printbattleHave you ever ordered a small batch of business cards from an online printing company? Did you ask for recommendations or search online and order without ever comparing price, quality or speed? To order the same print job from multiple print companies is cost prohibitive, so many businesses don’t take the time to compare. Never fear! As an experiment I have ordered the identical business card design from eight different online printers. This will be a two part blog series. This first post will compare pricing for the cards and shipping as well as ease of ordering. The details…

  • 100 full color, double sided cards were ordered from each print company.
  • The least expensive processing and shipping options were selected.
  • The lowest price glossy stock available was ordered.
  • The files were each professionally designed with Adobe Illustrator CS6 using the individual print company’s own start file so that it was set up to their exact specifications.
  • Some companies offered built-in discounts. A few had easy to find coupon codes. I applied them where possible.

Price Comparison

GotPrint.net
14pt glossy, UV coating both sides.
Cards: $9.90
Shipping: $8.90
(No discounts)
Total price: $18.80
If I had ordered 500: $22.37

uPrinting.com
14pt glossy stock.
Cards $15.78
Shipping $10.16
(Coupon code discount of $3.95)
Total price: $21.99
If I had ordered 500: $39.46

1800BusinessCards.com
14pt glossy, UV coating both sides.
Cards: $21.98
Shipping: $12.53
(No discounts)
Total price: $34.51
If I had ordered 500: $46.33

OvernightPrints.com
15pt glossy, UV coating both sides.
Cards: $24.95
Shipping: $5.34
(Built-in discount of $10.50)
Total price: $19.79
If I had ordered 500: $36.10

PrintPeppermint.com
16pt, high gloss UV coating both sides.
Cards: $30.00
Shipping: $0.00
(No discounts)
Total price: $30.00
If I had ordered 500: $50.00

Moo.com
16pt glossy stock.
Cards: $39.98
Shipping: $0.00
(Coupon code for free shipping $7.25 value)
Total price: $39.98
If I had ordered 400: $119.00

VistaPrint.com
14pt glossy stock.
Cards: $22.00
Shipping: $4.99
(Built-in discount of $5.53)
Total price: $21.46
If I had ordered 500: $48.99

PrintRunner.com
14pt glossy, UV coating both sides.
Cards: $19.95
Shipping: $10.95
(No discounts)
Total price: $30.90
If I had ordered 500: $44.85


 
That’s a total of $217.43 for 800 cards. Oy vey. A small tax deductible sacrifice in the name of research, right?! There are a few affiliate links on this page to help defray my costs.

Ease of Ordering

Since I wasn’t using an online design creator my ordering experience is probably different than some of you. I had my files ready to go and all I needed to do was upload them, select options and enter my payment information. Your mileage may vary but here is my experience…

Excellent Ordering Experience:
Both of these were so straightforward. Upload your files, approve digital proof, select options, pay. Done!
GotPrint.net
OvernightPrints.com

Middle of the Road Ordering Experience:
1800BusinessCards.com
PrintRunner.com
PrintPeppermint.com
uPrinting.com

Difficult Ordering Experience:
Both of these seemed like the system was created for designing the card online, not for uploading pre-made files. It was unnecessarily confusing.
Moo.com
VistaPrint.com

Coming up in Part Two I’ll compare print quality & speed of delivery. I expect to have all the cards delivered by September 7th.

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