UPrinting is a new-to-me online printing vendor. Truth be told, I’d never heard of them before. Last week, I was approached by a representative from the company and offered the opportunity to review their product and service. For this review, I am focusing on business cards; UPrinting offers many, many other items like flyers, postcards, yard signs, etc. In short, if you can imagine it, they can print it.
Not all printing companies are alike. I’ve used the big players, up until now – so I had a certain expectation going into this. What I did not expect, however, was to be impressed.
Without a doubt, UPrinting does a great job in the pre-sales customer service department. When it came time to process my cards, I had a few questions. Twice, on two separate days, I entered their Live Chat. And both times I was treated to friendly, prompt, and accurate answers. There’s even a convenient button to suggest improvements; a clear sign that the company cares about what they do.
UPrinting, like other vendors, offers a huge swath of templates you can use for your designs. Not a designer? UPrinting has online templates you can use. (I design cards for a reasonable charge, so feel free to hit me up.) ;)
In my experience, UPrinting’s prices are competitive with other online vendors. 250 cards will set you back $20.00 for card stock gloss. I went with this option. You can use sites like RetailMeNot.com to get better deals.
UPrinting’s ordering process is very easy to use. Simply upload your designs (UPrinting accepts a wide variety of formats) and approve the preview.
UPrinting offers several printing options, both in terms of card stock (I recommend the UV glossy option). They are also equipped to handle custom cut cards. So if you want a card with only one round edge, or two (called a tear-drop), you can do that. They even print circular business cards. Die-cut cards will cost you more.
A word on the online preview. I designed my cards for CMYK and when I viewed the preview, the colors on the preview card were blown out. This is because the preview is generated as an RGB image. The UPrinting customer service rep assured me that they would print using the file settings on my source file.
Four days later, I received a small, but well packed box containing UPrinting business cards.
Here’s what my new business cards look like:
Overall, the fit and finish of the card are excellent. The color is vibrant and true to my source file. My only minor quibble is on the back of my card, which is slightly off-centered from the source file (which was centered). It’s not a pressing enough issue for me because the off-registration gives the back of the card a more unique look.
All in all, I’m very pleased with UPrinting.com. I definitely plan on using their services again.
UPrinting earns a 4.5 out of 5 Bob Weiners.
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