Vistaprint Business Cards: Here’s Why 500 for $10 is Better Than FREE

250 free business cards
vistaprint logo smallSo, having tried out both their “free” and “500 for $10” offers, I’m here to recommend the 500 for $10. which includes shipping. The extra couple of dollars can give you not only more design choices, but also a better product. Here are both promotions, as well as my thoughts.


Can you still get business cards for free from Vistaprint?

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sample free business card design

There was a time not too long ago that you would have a few good options online for free business cards. Let me rephrase that: “free” business cards. People still continue to Google “free business cards” about 60,000 times each month, but they get more ads than actual results.

The top handful of discount printing companies including Vistaprint offered from between 50 and 250 for free, but as you know, there is no such thing as a free lunch in this world. These companies knew that offering business cards for free is a money-losing promotion, so there was always a catch of some sort.

Most of the time companies would double the actual cost of shipping to recoup their money, while others, including VistaPrint, would try to up-sell you with a number of offers and add-ons before you could complete your purchase.

Sample Designs of Vistaprint Business Cards

No such thing as a free lunch… or business cards

In fact, the gas station down the road from me offers “free coffee” all day long, so you get the idea. It’s a nice little gimmick to get people in the door, but that’s not how they keep the lights on, and it’s not the quality of coffee I’d bring home to my wife.

Anyway, discount printing companies figure that having your email address was worth something, and that a decent number of people would want to add something like matching address labels to their order from which they could make a few bucks. However, I don’t think that they ever got too far ahead on the business card giveaway offers, because now VistaPrint is almost alone in that space.

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Sample: one of their 45 free business card designs

Please try the “250 for $10” deal for business cards Instead!

If you’ve ever gotten VistaPrint’s free business cards, you’ll notice a couple of things. First, you don’t have a lot of template design options. There are usually 45 on their site, to be exact. Although we’ll give them credit for turning out a pretty good “free” product, the second thing that you’ll notice is that, because they are not “premium,” the card stock is a little cheaper, and on the back of each card you get a printed message saying, “Business cards are free at VistaPrint.com.”

This might not matter if you’re intent is to simply use these as “mommy cards” amongst friends, or if you are addicted to dropping your business card into fish bowls at restaurants to try to win contests. However, if you use business cards as part of your personal or business marketing effort, you probably don’t want to be thought of as the guy with the free business cards.

The difference in cost between 250 of their free business cards, and the 250 for $10 deal is only about 2 cents per card when you factor in shipping costs for the free ones. (In the current “250 for 10” offer, shipping is included) Bottom line is that their premium ones are still cheap, and the savings aren’t enough for me to justify choosing a less desirable product.

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Another sample from their 45 free designs

In any event, there are a number of design templates to choose from, allowing you to upload your own photo and customize with your own text.

Vistaprint offers free business cards, but I’ll gladly pay for premium ones

They have already phased out most of their free deals, and this is probably the only one that they still offer. I can’t personally recommend taking advantage of it though, as their “premium” ones only cost a couple of dollars more.

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