Monday, March 10, 2008

Getting temporary business cards

I went ahead and ordered a small batch (250) of temporary business cards from VistaPrint. Nominally the cards are "free" and all you pay is shipping. For some reason I thought shipping was $3.99, but it came out to $9.38 for two-week delivery. It would have been over $5 even for ultra-slow 21-day delivery. AND, this is for cards that have advertising for VistaPrint on the backs of the cards. It would have been another $3.99 to have blank backs. AND, these are matte finish and it actually costs more than another $9 to get the glossy finish. AND, you have to click through all sorts of promotional and "extra value" screens before you can finish the order and even then there is yet another promotional screen. Overall, I found it to be a tedious and frustrating and disappointing experience. We will see in two weeks whether the results are worth the wait, the cost, and all of that hassle.

I did stick with my old DBA, Base Technology, my old business email address,, and my old title of Software Entrepreneur. My "message" on the card is "Advanced Software Research, Design, and Development."

Now, I need to consider what message and content to put on my old web site.

-- Jack Krupansky


At 4:57 AM EDT , Blogger Meredith said...

I find Vistaprint to be very tedious as well . . . I now order from

They have a promo offer of 100 free business cards . . . they also offer options such as blank back and different paper types but their order process is much simpler and you don't have to click through a bunch of ads to get your business cards. I also think their designs are much nicer.

At 5:57 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi jack! Meredith is right. And I can add another recommendation: try
Maybe their shipment prices will be a little bit higher than your expectations but the web site itself is very friendly and the pre-designed templates are realy beautiful.


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