There are plenty of good business card print companies to use when you need a large order of business cards/postcards and things, but it’s really tough to find a great deal when you only need a small print job done. As illustrators starting out, our mailing lists rarely reach the thousands, and all those extra postcards just seem like a waste. Even if your list is bigger, maybe you’d like postcards in a few different designs to target them to specific companies.
I’ve been using Overnightprints.com for ages now as my go-to site for small orders of just about everything. Besides being really nice quality, they always have a TON of coupons to use. If anyone is thinking about using them, I thought I’d give a quick review and some of my favorite codes.
The cardstock with matte coating ONP uses is the nicest I have seen from anywhere I have ordered. The standard cardstock is thicker than I’ve used elsewhere without paying any extra for it, and the matte coating is really silky and great to touch. You have to be careful with the colors and the darkness– they do not color match or use Pantone colors so you have to work on the files yourself to make sure they will look nice in CMYK. This is true for any of the budget printers. I recommend making your files a bit lighter than you want them, as they can come out dark in print. They offer both value (digital) and premium (offset) cards. For the value cards, I noticed that small text gets a little grainy, but it’s been just fine for small orders. Larger orders automatically use the Premium printing.
I ordered during a 500 free business card deal for a craft fair:UPDATE: I recently received an order that was completely inaccurate, color-wise. I was quickly offered a reprint/refund of my order, but this is still something to consider if you are on a tight deadline. When using a budget printer, orders are gang printed with other products on the same sheet which can cause shifts in color and inaccuracies. This is just how it is when choosing any of the ultra low-cost printing solutions– and it’s something to always keep in mind when thinking about your project’s requirements!
Overnight Prints offers the standard options: gloss, matte, rounded corners, etc., and they are affordable even in small quantities. You can add on rounded corners for $2.00 per 100 cards. I am bummed they don’t offer custom sizes, or at least more size options, but since they focus on being affordable this is pretty standard. For shipping, you can choose from a wide variety of print/ship times. I’ve found that the budget shipping has so far always arrived before the estimate.
My favorite thing about Overnight Prints is that you can order as few as 25 business cards or postcards! I’ve used this to mix and match a variety of works of art on my business cards, and to order postcards as note cards and packaging in a ton of designs. The pricing is great. Without ANY coupons, you can get:
•25 Single-sided business cards: $1.95 •25 Single-sides postcards: $5.95 …but the best part is that there are ALWAYS coupons. Read on…
This is why I always go to Overnight Prints for my small orders. There are always AWESOME coupons. Once you get into the higher quantities, OP becomes less of a deal, but nobody can beat them for orders of 100 or less! Here are a few of my current favorites, and nice ways to use them.
•BC100 – This coupon is ALWAYS available. It gives $10 off ANYTHING (not including shipping). For example, you can order 50 postcards or 4 sets of 25 single-sided business cards with different art on each one, for exactly $0 plus shipping. (Shipping is around $5.) Neat!
•POSTCARDSALE – I’ve never seen this one expire, either. If you just need postcards, perhaps for your next illustration mailer, this one is great. Discounts ALL postcards varying amounts. 100 double-sided postcards for $12, or 25 for $5. Send a variety of designs, or use them as note cards, packaging, whatever you want! Bookmarks count as postcards, too, which are great as freebies.
•AZBCDEALCS – This one gives you 250 free single-sided business cards. I just saw this one pop up, so I’m not yet sure if it will be an ongoing deal! (Works as of July 1, 2010)
There are plenty more coupon codes if you search for them on Google, but I use these three all the time. When you have a small order, you can usually get it cheap or free!
If you decide to try them out, feel free to use my link (I’ll get credit) when you order: Check out Overnight Prints here! If you hate using referral links, just type in Overnightprints.com (I only suggest companies I really use and love.)