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Lets all place a vistaprint order...

Discussion in 'Printing & Print Design Forum:' started by bigdave, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    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.

  2. Davidw

    Davidw Member

    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 ?
  3. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    Ooh, ooh... Paper for me. That sounds durable. :icon_yucky:
  4. CYoung

    CYoung Member

    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. Minuteman Press

    Minuteman Press Moderator

    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.
  6. Minuteman Press

    Minuteman Press Moderator

    Mr Young - I cannot believe you even admited that!
  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.
  8. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Agreed :icon_thumbup:
  9. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    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
  10. they used to come from Jamaica or something like that. Does anyone know were there printed?

  11. Print-365

    Print-365 Member

    Read an article about them recently that said they had a production facility in Holland which supplied customers in Europe.
  12. Minuteman Press

    Minuteman Press Moderator

    I believe they're registered in Cayman or BVI - which may be the Jamaica region link.

    Holland for production is my understanding also.
  13. spottypenguin

    spottypenguin Active Member

    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.
    Last edited: May 7, 2011
  14. Cruzini

    Cruzini Member

    Netherlands or NeverNeverland somewhere like that.:icon_yawn:
  15. Cruzini

    Cruzini Member

    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.
  16. Katedesign

    Katedesign Well-Known Member

    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. gprovan

    gprovan Member

    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?

  18. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    Offer to redesign the cards and give them a discount for having all their stationery done at the same time.

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