Five Best Business Card Printing Sites

Looking to do a little professional networking? A business card can help, but quotes from local printing places often seem pricey. Thankfully, there are plenty of sites that print high-quality custom business cards without busting your wallet in the process. Here's a look at five of the best, based on your nominations.

Photo by Murat Ertürk.

Stuff to note: Many online business card sites offer free options, but that usually means some kind of watermark or advertisement on the card itself. Many of these operations are located outside Australia, but that doesn't always mean a major delay in shipping times. Free offers and discount codes are frequent for business card sites, but check carefully — sometimes these codes don't do quite what they describe.

VistaPrint

VistaPrint's doesn't offer the same customisation tools that some of the other competitors do, but is very competitive on price. The company was one of the first to offer super-affordable business card printing for individuals who just wanted their own cards for themselves or their businesses, usually tossing 250-500 free cards to any new customer who signs up. Even now a quick Google search will turn up deals where you can get free cards as long as you pay shipping. Alternatively, other codes will shave a hefty amount off of your order or give you free shipping. You usually have to choose from predetermined designs and layouts and deal with a VistaPrint watermark on the back of your card unless you're willing to pay, but if cost is king and free is your favourite flavour, VistaPrint is where it's at.

Moo

Moo offers high-quality card stock and stacks of designs. It has decent pricing and there are regular specials via third-party sites offering free or near-free deals. Moo offers mini cards and full-sized business cards, and you can design your cards through a great webapp that lets you tweak and customise the front and the back with virtually any text, image or design you choose. You can customise your card order to include different photos or designs on each card (ideal for photographers looking to show off their work). You can even get NFC business cards if you require them. An added bonus — they don't always watermark your cards — even when you get free ones.

GotPrint

GotPrint offers multiple card size, stock, and paper options, but make no mistake — the service prints business cards, not photo or designer cards. Those of you who nominated GotPrint noted that it's a great option if you have access to a designer or want simple, elegant, and clean business cards with a more traditional look. If you want something fancy and special, the service does offer a number of cuts, shapes and colours, all of which are available at competitive prices.

JukeBox

An independent printing company with serious attention to detail, JukeBox offers an incredible selection of card stock types, from traditional white paper to textured pulp and beautiful recycled paper options. The company even offers wooden business cards. It also offer a wide variety of paper colours, typefaces, and more customisation and personalisation options than a lot of other printing companies. You can be sure that when you order your cards from JukeBox, they won't look like everyone else's. JukeBox's pricing is competitive. You'll have to supply your own designs though — there's no online wizard to walk you through the process, but the end result is that you get truly personal cards.

OvernightPrints

Overnight Prints, like GotPrint, specialises in all kinds of mass printing, not just business cards. It gives you the option to upload your own design, use their wizard, or choose from pre-defined templates, whichever you choose. You can also choose your finish, card stock, and colours — you'll find somewhat fewer customisation options here in the main wizard. The "overnight" option won't be true for Australia, but it's another option to consider.

If you have a favourite card printing site that didn't make the cut, tell us about it in the comments.


Comments

    VistaPrint is junk, their free cards are as thin as paper and have their logo on it so everyone knows that you're a two-bit "business" too cheap to pay for business cards, and they harvest the information you put in to sell to dodgy "business listing" sites.

      Honestly what can you expect from free business cards?
      I cannot believe people still complain over something they get totally free.

      I tested several online printers myself, including Vistaprint, Moo and Overnight Prints
      My conclusion is this: Moo delivers the best quality, (and has the best customer service) but Moo does not justify the price. (as lutomes sais: $350 plus shipping for 1K cards is quite expensive)
      Both Vistaprint and Overnight prints deliver very good quality business cards if you consider their price. You will not get this price at any local print shop and infact i wonder how they are able to offer these low prices. If you want good quality at low prices and do not care for customer service much, go for Vistaprint/Overnight Prints. If you want good quality and service check with your local printer.

        Haha free business cards! If you are looking for a good Australian printer you really can't go past Space Print (spaceprint.com.au) for quality and customer service.

        I have tried a few of these printers that are listed as well as quite a few other Australian ones with varying results (Moo are great but the price and turnaround time is ridiculous). What it really comes down to for me is consistency. As a designer I have to trust what my clients are going to receive is going to be quality.

    Keep in mind that Vistaprint (not sure about the others) use a smaller card size than your standard business card in Australia.

    Also, their gloss cards attract fingerprints/marks very easily.

    I used Salt Print (saltprint.com.au) for both creation of a logo, business card design and printing - very happy with the results and not a bad price! Especially if you need help with making an awesome logo!

      Salt Print = Crooks. Complete rip off, seem to add extra charges every time you speak to them. Will never use them again!

    Since when could you ever describe Moo as "has decent pricing"?

    1k business cards is $350 plus shipping. The same thing from a normal vendor (like saltprint mentioned) would be under $200 delivered.

      I got 500 from Vistaprint for $35 delivered....
      Yes it's vistaprint, yes it's not perfect, but my ones turned out awesome.
      Granted I designed them myself using the supplied photoshop templates, but still, for that price...
      I picked the best non glossy stock they had. The only problem was they turned out to be slightly shorter (in height) than normal Aus business cards, but I'm not sure if I just picked the wrong size or didn't notice. Either way, they are "slim" and still look good and do the job. I couldn't justify paying $200 + for the same thing. It might buy you piece of mind, but I had enough time to stuff around with it.

      A list of Aussie suppliers would be nice. The girls at http://saltprint.com.au are always amazing!

      xx

      Not that I am advocating this, but one could input details, screen shot the examples, and print those images for much cheaper with custom sizes.

    This looks like another copy and paste job from the states. Thats why some of them are not even close to good value. The only reason Vista appears is that they have an Australian site. Not sure where it gets printed but the link up there is the .com version which redirects locally. Do your homework and you will find heaps better printers locally.

    its also interesting how quickly lifehacker can forget: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2012/10/when-daily-deals-coupons-go-bad/

    Vista Print has a pretty sketchy reputation online.

      VistaPrint does have different URLs for special offers and the like. Unfortunately, with at least one of them, after selecting your purchases, you have to log in, and then you're redirected to your usual site, where the discount doesn't apply.

    Is there anything like JukeBox in Aus? I actually need some cards printed up this week.

    The only one I use:

    www.darkhorse.com.au

      I have used www.darkhorse.com.au a few times now and couldn't be happier :-)

    That's my experience, too. I didn't go for the free cards. The quality was no different to other cards I've bought, only the size was different.

    I have used
    http://www.kingofprint.com.au
    Actually Australian, unlike most listed in this article Local to Brisbane
    Design your own though

      Actually, my vistaprint cards came from Adelaide.

    This looks more like 5 cheapest business card printing that may or may not be in Australia.
    If you're serious about how your business card looks, please consult a designer, that's their bread and butter.
    As for printing places locally, use Google and common sense. Always request a sample if possible, this gives you an indication of their quality.

    Don't use Vistaprint. The card quality is shocking and they put their logo on them. Plus they're just a dodgy company with dodgy tactics.

    Jukebox offers a card creator service (www.jukeboxprint.com/editor/business_cards.php), templates (www.jukeboxprint.com/freetemplate.php) and a design service (www.jukeboxprint.com/design/).

    Thanks anyway for this reference! I might try it (although delivery prices seem high outside of Canada; will have to double-check).

    Another aussie printer that provides nice quality at a reasonable price

    http://www.clickbusinesscards.com.au/

      I second click business cards, I got 250 cards from them with blank backs for $7.50 with my own logo. This is something they offer for new customers with an abn. They express posted the cards and I got them that week.

      Yep, I've used Click for a couple of years now. Based in Hornsby (NSW), they are reasonably priced as is their turn-around time. You can actually call them up and talk to someone if you need help. The interface for designing your own card looks a little 1990's but actually gives you full control of every aspect of your design.

    Mate, I can't believe you missed Space Print, we had some cards done by them recently after receiving some rubbish cards from Vista. The quality was awesome and I found the prices better than a lot of the other sites I visited. Ask for some samples to see for yourself

    http://www.spaceprint.com.au

      After reading the comments on here we decided to go with Space Print and we truly could not be happier, our business cards arrived very quickly and I have had nothing but compliments on them when handing them out, definitely will use them again and would recommend them to everyone!

      Wouldn't recommend space. Quality of samples beautiful, ordered and got vista print quality. Not happy.

        I am very surprised to see this comment. We have been using Space Print regularly for years and the quality is always excellent.

    One that I have used and would recommend is

    http://www.digitalprintaustralia.com/

    My 2 recommendations:
    www.vistaprint.com.au - online, much cheaper than anyone else - average to good quality products
    www.snap.com.au - offline so easier to talk to someone - average to good quality products as well

    We used Adelphi Design & Print. The graphic design was fantastic and ordering online was a breeze. Highly recommended. www.adelphi.net.au

    I have used VistaPrint, GotPrint and a few others not in the review. The reason I tired a number of sites is because the customisation was poor. Even doing very simple tasks like moving a logo was difficult on most sites. I did read this review earlier in the year but had little to add except the above comments. However, last week I discovered the best site currently online;
    www.businesscardking.net
    It offered the best customisation, QR builder and $125 for 1,000 gloss laminated, colour both sides on 420gsm.

    I also recently found www.businesscardking.net and these guys are great.. You can do everything to you card and my card is saved in the cloud so I can have it re-printed and delivered anywhere in Australia. Big thumbs up The Business Card King!!

    DO NOT use saltprint. Upon reading the recommendation in the above comments, I decided to place an order with Saltprint. READ THEIR TERMS - there are ridiculous fees for artwork resubmissions, editing & cancellation. Your $79 business cards will not cost you $79. I submitted artwork that I've used several times, when I received the proof they had shrunk the artwork to half of the business card, informing me that they could "fix" it for $25, or I could re-submit artwork for $29. I informed them I would like to cancel my order and go back to my usual printer, however I have now discovered that will cost me $55. After numerous phonecalls, I'm still yet to receive my partial refund. Very unhappy.

      If you can supply your own artwork for printing, then our EC2 Business Cards are total $79 inc GST & delivery. If you need help with your artwork - from a minor change to a full design makeover, then yes fees from $25 will apply. We are happy to give lots of free design & printing advice both over the phone and email! :)

    I found a company called The Business Card King, they had nice modern designs with great prices and standard shipping took 3days and I had my cards. I am a free lancer and will continue to use these guys.. Well done www.businesscardking.net cheers Suzi x

    Hello, everyone. We are an online printer that caters to small businesses and designers. While we can't claim to have the fastest turnaround times, we do care about our customers, have reasonable prices, and provide free prepress reports and soft proofs, as well as free delivery throughout Australia. You can check us out here: https://www.inkable.com.au/business-card-printing

      I recently ordered some flyers for one of my clients from Inkable. I DO NOT recommend Inkable for printing of flyers. It took over a month and then when we received the 10,000 flyers they were unusable. The ink was coming off the page and when I told them about this they said it was the couriers fault.

    I've only ever had good experiences with http://www.halfpriceprinting.com.au/. I don't have a great site yet they managed to make my cards look pretty awesome :)

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