Online Printers - Who should you use?

  • by Shala Graham
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You just finished getting your company pieces designed and they are looking great. The next thought that comes into your head is, “Now what? Where do I get it printed? What kind of paper? What are my options? What’s the turnaround time? Is there something out there for my tight budget?”

Online printers have popped up like crazy and with so many to choose from its hard to figure out where to start. Everybody is offering specials deals, and 24 hour printing is all the rage.

So here are few that SW Creatives recommends:

PsPrint

PsPrint.com has a pretty sophisticated online system and they have a location on the east and west coast for cheaper and quicker shipping costs. You can even pick up your print from them if you are local to their shops. We've printed lots of things from them for years from biz cards and postcards to posters and perforated flyers. But their product list is huge so you definitely need to check them out. You can do large outdoor banners, custom event tickets, menus, catalogs and even die-cut flyers or stickers. They are always having a sale on something and their 4x6 Club Card Flyers only cost $150 for 5000! They also offer a wide range of sizes in the majority of their products. They’ve been a trustworthy vendor for several years.

Overnight Prints

Overnightprints.com literally prints overnight on most of their products (business cards, postcards, etc) and can ship next day. They are located in California, so keep that in mind for shipping costs. Their card stock is super thick and they have free rounded corners and Spot UV coating!

They’ve expanded their product offering tremendously over the last few years. When we started using them in 2005, they only had business cards and postcards. But business must have been good because they now offer brochures, greeting cards, bookmarks stamps, magnets, posters, stationery and an assortment of invitations and announcements. Their prices are ridiculously cheap, making it super cost effective for the young business owner.

Moo.com

We were introduced to Moo.com at the HOW Design Conference. If you are looking for a little variety in your printing then this is the place, especially if you’re a photographer, designer, or maybe even a flower shop, baker or event company. Moo.com prints business cards, mini-cards, postcards, and holiday cards. The unique thing about Moo is that if you wanted a different image on the back of each card you can do it! So its a good way to show off product or portfolio. When you receive the cards, they come in this cool free holder. You have 2 paper options to choose from: a 16pt matte laminate and a 13pt crisp white recycled paper. Moo also prints mini cards and holiday cards the same way. Their products are made for short-runs. For example, you can order business cards in 50, 100, 150, 200 or 400 card packs.

You can also create your own design online or have your designer do it for you. They also offer cases, mosaic frames and envelopes for their products. So if your looking for something a little different or just showing off, moo.com might be your answer.

Vistaprint

A lot of people use Vistaprint and we’ve had great experiences with them. Vistaprint.com is a full service kind of printer. The offer solutions for marketing and signage, promotion and events, accessories, stationery, calendars and more. They also offer graphic design services if you need that quick fix in-between designers. Vistaprint is also very affordable if you’re on a budget and looking to get things printed well. Their turnaround time ranges 3–21 business days depending on the speed you choose at checkout.  They also offer a variety of options for printing, like foil accents, matte finish, and 100 lb paper. We’ve used VistaPrint for business cards, envelopes, notecards, notepads, tri-fold brochures, and they have some of the best prices on full-color, glossy presentation folders!