On Tuesday I posted a lengthy rant concerning my experience with VistaPrint.com, this is the follow-up.
I posted my order on Tuesday, and on Thursday had a notification saying my order had been shipped. Today is Sunday – and the post office just delivered a box from VistaPrint. I paid for the slow shipping method and it came in 3 days. I’m impressed.
Opening the box made me a nervous; I hate being let down and I really did not want to print these postcards a third time. The good news is that the quality is really pretty good – it’s not offset quality, but it’s good. If it IS offset printed then it’s decent but not the best. Part of this is the underwhelming 80lb cardstock and the lack of a gloss laminate on the front. It has something like an aqueous coating but it maintains finger-prints more readily.
I like the quality well enough that on budget work I will happily go to VistaPrint.com again. I still find the online interface less than pleasant (painful would be my descriptor of choice). For the price – $124 for 3 sets of 100 jumbo postcards (almost 6×9) of decent quality and remarkable shpping speed – VistaPrint is the inverse of many of the services offered online these days that are all spit and polish but no substance. Vistaprint has the (substance for the price) but I’d happily pay $10 more on every order just to improve the ordering and uploading experience.