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Staples vs Tiny Prints

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Get Your Next Business Cards at Zazzle Today! Who prints the best business cards? In today’s digital world, you might think that business cards have become obsolete. Not so! Now more than ever, having a tangible way to greet prospective customers and clients - and keep your name fresh in their minds - is a smart strategy that is easily met with attractive business cards.

Experts describe several advantages to using a business card, rather than relying on email or other digital networking methods. First and foremost, giving someone your business card makes it easier for them to find you when they need you.

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4 stars
Staples

STAPLES

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With one of the easiest-to-use websites in our review, industry leader Staples is an excellent choice for your business card needs. Starting on the main page, you'll find your options clearly laid out.

First, you can choose among three primary approaches: uploading a design you've already created, browse pre-made designs, or create your own design by customizing one of their layouts. Still not sure? You can browse by product type, such as raised print cards or ultra-thick styles. But, what might be more useful is to shop according to your business industry, looking at designs that are focused on Professional Services, Technology, or Health and Wellness, for example. You'll want to choose a way to narrow down the possibilities, as Staples has more than 1,000 available design templates in almost every imaginable business category.

Staples also makes it incredibly easy to know how much you'll spend on your business cards. Rather than having to click through every possible design choice, you can see their pricing chart on their main business card page. Prices start at $9.99 for 250 Basic, one-sided cards, and go up to $109.99 for 1000 Extra-Thick business cards. Ground shipping is free on all orders over $49.

One big advantage that Staples can offer is same-day service. Because they also have a significant brick-and-mortar presence, Staples provides several card designs that can be created and ordered online by 2pm and picked up in-store the same day. If you've got an urgent need for your business cards, Staples may be your best option if they have a retail location near you.

In one area, Staples came up short compared with the competition: pricing and satisfaction guarantees. In fact, we couldn't find anything on the Copy and Print page to indicate that they have any kind of policy regarding customer satisfaction when it comes to business cards, and on the main Staples site we found that Copy and Print services are specifically excluded from price matching.

Overall, Staples is a great option for business owners who may need same-day service and who live close enough to a retail location to pick up the order. Keep in mind, however, that you may not have a way of getting a refund if for some reason you are unhappy with your order.

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Tiny Prints

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Recently acquired by Shutterfly, TinyPrints is part of a brand group that includes Wedding Paper Divas and BL. From business cards to invitations and more, the Shutterfly group hopes to be your one-stop shop for all things custom-printed.

When it comes specifically to business cards, TinyPrints' selection is small with just 42 options. Only one design allows users to incorporate a photo, and many of the designs seem to be geared towards parents making calling cards or other childlike styles - cartoonish and simple, rather than elegant or professional.

The small range of choices does make it easy to see at a glance which design might appeal to you. You can also use the filtering options on the left-hand side of the page to further narrow down the results by theme, style, design color, and price.

How does TinyPrints compare with respect to price? Only average. On their lowest-priced, bare bones business card, regular prices are $3.09 per card for an order of just four cards, with discounts available for larger orders. At the lowest end of the price range, you'll pay $1.39 per card for orders of 151+ business cards. When we visited the site, there was a promotion of 30% off, bringing prices down to $2.16 and $0.97 per card, respectively.

On a more positive note, there was a coupon code for a 40% discount in the banner at the top of the page, which might make their pricing a little more competitive depending on the size of your order. The same banner also offered free shipping on orders of $39+.

Shipping times are also average. You'll need to create or sign into your Shutterfly or TinyPrints account in order to see specific availability timeframes for the business card you choose. On average, though, you can expect your cards to take at least 6-10 business days with the lowest-priced Economy shipping, and 3-4 business days if you opt for Rush processing (if available for the design you choose).

Unfortunately, TinyPrints' overall reputation is disappointing with respect to attention to detail, both in quality and customer service. Customer complaints include such issues as:

  • "My order was printed upside-down. TinyPrints refused to give me a refund"
  • "My purchase came weeks late"
  • "Even with expedited shipping, my business cards didn't arrive on time"

The one reason we have to hope for better service in the future is TinyPrints' acquisition by Shutterfly. We'd like to think that the quality will improve accordingly as their policies and production are brought into line with the reputation of their now-parent company.

But, at the present, we recommend you consider ordering your business cards from a more highly-rated company, until TinyPrints shows improvement.

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There’s no need for them to try and remember your name and then Google you - instead, they can just pull out your card and get in touch. In other words, this “paper handshake” gives both of you a way to know instantly everything you need in order to work together.

Another big advantage to handing out a business card is making yourself familiar to your prospective customers, especially by including a photo. If you’re planning on attending large networking events, having your photo will make it more likely that you stand out and are remembered among the other business cards handed out.

Finally, business cards can be used for a variety of reasons that go beyond traditional networking. Loyalty/reward cards, gift tags, and “mommy meet-and-greet” styles are just a few of the novel ways that people are using business cards.

Best of all, there’s no need to drive all over town to find a printer for your business cards. You’ll find an amazing selection of styles all at the click of a mouse: most people buy their business cards online, taking advantage of the convenience of shopping from home, being able to upload graphics and photos, all at prices that easily rival anything that can be found at a local brick-and-mortar print shop.

When you begin the process of choosing a service for printing your business cards, you should keep several key factors in mind. These include the following:

  • Quality. Are the business cards printed on good cardstock, or are they flimsy? Does the service have a good reputation as evidenced by positive customer reviews?
  • Variety. Part of your goal in having the best business card is to stand out. Does the store carry a nice range of options, so that your card will be memorable? Options may include horizontal and vertical layouts, graphics and/or photo capabilities, and QR codes.
  • Cost. Ordering your business cards online is affordable, but some services are more expensive than others. Are there any discounts or other offers that can make your purchase even more economical?

TopConsumerReviews has reviewed and ranked the best business cards available today. We hope this information helps you choose the right business cards to help you stand out!

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