The Indian online market is huge and with the current broadband revolution, online shopping has just taken off. There are lot of web based business models coming up, which promise easy, reliable and customized shopping experience. Today, we have a look at Online Business cards printing services, specifically in India.
Let us start by having a look at what things to keep in mind before choosing an online printing service.
Business card printing – Things to look for in a printing service
- Availability of templates – The printing service must provide sufficient and varied templates which can be easily edited by the user as per his requirements. Not everybody would want to hire a designer, so this is a mandatory requirement.
- Option to upload the design – Most of the online printing services have this option these days, but some don’t. A few of them even provide free/paid service to alter the design to suit the current standards.
- Multiple sizes – Though the business card sizes are standardized, some people might like to experiment. If you are one, make sure you look for a service which is flexible when it comes to choosing the size of the business card.
- Quick support – It is always better to test out the support system of a printing service before ordering business cards. Look for live chat option within the website or contact numbers/email id of the customer support. Check how fast they are to respond to your queries.
- Multiple shipping options – Make sure you check out the shipping FAQ of the website before ordering business cards. Some of them offer multiple shipping options – like express delivery and standard delivery at competitive rates. If you are from a small town/city, make sure the shipping covers your area.
Let us now check out some of the top, most recommended online business card printing services in India.
Top Online Business Card Printing Services in India
The following list is not in any particular order. I have tried only a couple of the services myself. The rest were suggested by my friends, colleagues and fellow TechPP readers.
PrintBell is a technology-driven Online Design & Print solution for corporate identity and marketing materials. They offer premium offset printing products at prices comparable to digitally printed prices (pricing). Our own experience dealing with them has been very positive. The offer both ‘one side’ and ‘both sides’ business card printing. You have an option to make use of their online digital studio where in you can select from their wide range of business card templates and customize it to suit your requirements. I must say that the templates they offer are pretty much basic, but better than what many of their competitors have to offer.
Their support system is fast and reliable and shipping rates are competitive. They offer couple of shipping options – express and standard. My experience with shipping was bit patchy, but that might just be an one off thing.
5by7 is another cool online printing service to get your Visiting cards printed. It was founded by an Indian, Piyush Suri in NY and now with clients all over the world. They have their offices in New Delhi & London. The website is professional and truly web 2.0. Users can set up their accounts and track their uploads and orders as required. Before ordering for business cards, you are required to register for an account. Though they don’t have business card templates like Printbell, you can upload your own design or ask for professional help (which obviously would cost more).
Their pricing is bit more pricey as compared to Printbell, but they offer options to choose paper type and also offer add-ons like matte lamination and rounded corners. They offer support via email and phone.
Printo has been a front-runner when it comes to digital printing market in India. But their focus is more on offline business than online. Their prices are comparable to that of Go5by7, but they do not put them up on the website. You can’t really choose the template or upload your own from the website. But you can email them with your requirements and wait for their help. Not very convenient really. But effective if you can walk into one of their retail outlets.
Other pricey option available is to go for a reputed international business card printing service like Moo or Zazzle who ship internationally including India. They offer professional service and provide varied categories of visiting card templates, but due to international shipping, the overall cost might be way too pricey at the end of the day.
I didn’t come across any more reliable online printing service in India. Though there are quite a few photo printing services, those who do online business card printing are very less. Let me know if we have missed any.