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Lets all place a vistaprint order...


bigdave

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Staff member
#1
Don't worry, I've not gone completely mad but I genuinely believe it will benefit us all to place a business card order with vistaprint.

I've been musing this one over for a couple of days now and can't think of a better way to show prospective clients what sort of product they'll get for free/very cheap, than if you present them with a vistaprint printed card.

Thoughts?....
 
#2
I've just looked at the Vistaprint website. There's a choice of "280gsm premium paper with a blank backside" - or standard paper with a printed backside - which would you choose ?
 
#4
I have about 500 vistaprint cards from when I started out abut 2 and a half years ago...never used them. But yes good idea - actually gained by showing a customer the difference between their odd sized, 250ishgsm card to a 85x55 400gsm matt laminated, only costs them about £15 more per 500 I believe
 
#5
We have a small supply. New clients sometimes arrive clutching Vista print cards saying I know this is awful - can you redesign / produce a proper card? At least you can use the information on the card.

Vistaprint refugees is the internal term. So sad. Often they say... I know, I was trying to save money... now I've had to pay twice.

I suppose the role is to obtain cheap cards - see if the business succeeds - then do it properly. The danger is a reduction in chances of success from the outset by burning credibility.
 
#7
I have a chap who does my picture framing, i often show customers his vista print card and ask them what they think.

I had a chap in a few weeks ago who asked for business cards then explained to me that he had a cheaper "quote" (vista print £5) i explained and showed him what he would get.

When you hand someone a Vista print card it basically say's that you have no idea about business and are winging it.
 

bigdave

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Staff member
#9
I've just been trhough and 'designed' some cards on vista print. got as far as completing the order and it said they want £6 for postage!! I don't want to prove a point that much!! I'll just pinch the ones my sister had done! lol
 
#13
I read a few things onlin about people who had ordered "freebies" from Vita and inadvertently signed up to some charity £15 a month jobby without even realizing (small print and all that) - they were having a helluva time trying to cancel it :icon_mad:

As an aside, a new IT shop has opened in our local High Street, i went in to try and sell them the usual start-up stuff and the chap quite proudly told me had got 5000 cards "for peanuts"; I asked to have a look and when he showed me he said "Vistaprint" and all I could say was "oh dear". Awful is an over statement.
 
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#15
On Thurs I was asked why I couldnt offer the £5 deal their Driving INstructor got when he ordered his Visatprint cards.

I cringed :icon_blushing: and took time to explain some basics of business.
If your driving instructor is 'tooo tight' to purchase quality designed & printed cards then it is most likely his brake pads are low cost 'hit & miss' quality as well. I guess we just have to wait and see ... or go get a driving instructor who has some credibilty which will be bore out by the simple things like high quality cards.... enough said..

what a conversation..

You only get what you pay for.
 

Katedesign

Well-Known Member
#16
Next time I get the offer of the 'free' cards maybe I'll have a go! It's also the fact that people don't check the text and have all sorts of typos and odd CapitAlisatioN that makes the cards look even cheaper!
 
#17
It's true that they offer some 'free' cards. However, if you look at the larger quantities, they're actually pretty expensive.

Also, what do you do when a client comes to you with a Vistaprint card and says they want the rest of their stationery and marketing materials to look like this template guff?

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