Is VistaPrint a scam?
I recently picked up a set of 250 free business cards for personal use. I heard about VistaPrint from RegFlagDeals. How free was it? I still cost me $9 for shipping and taxes. The shipping costs seemed high, but I figured that a box of 250 is a bit heavy.
Today I got a tax receipt email and I saw that VistaPrint is located in Bermuda. Er, ok. The website I was visiting was clearly labeled as “VistaPrint Canada” and gave every indication that the prints would be shipped from Canada. Explains the shipping costs.
The Bermuda address set off warning bells and I did a Google search. The company itself isn’t a scam, but the big warning is they have been known to affiliate with spammers and customers have received repeated $10 fees for stealth-signed up membership to MWI Businessmax and similiar companies. Always read the small print.
VistaPrint’s non-free prices aren’t very good (personalized notepad costs $11, letterhead is over $1/page, I can’t imagine what the additional shipping on those items will be). I’m wondering if I would have gotten a much better deal by shopping around locally. In the future I’m going to take the time to read ePinions before purchasing.
The cards shipped on Monday, I’m going to take the time to review my credit card bill for the next few months and post an update later on.