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VistaPrint business cards isn’t a scam

Posted in Miscellaneous, Technology by engtech on September 20, 2006

A while back I posted that VistaPrint might be a scam. They are a print shop located in Bermuda that often advertises on websites like RedFlagDeals. I found several other sites complaining that VistaPrint is was partnered with an unscrupulous affiliate that charges $10 a month for membership to some site you never joined.

I’m happy to say that didn’t happen to me.

The real question is: am I impressed with the free business cards?


The cardstock is thin, they wear down very fast in a wallet, and the advertisement for VistaPrint on the back is too much. The shipping and handling is high enough that you might as well find a local print shop to do some up. There’s a lot to be said for holding a sample in your hands before buying.

If you’re going to get cards over the Internet, why not something cool like Moo Cards? They even do cards based on your Flickr photoset. Pretty neat. Flickr Pro users can get a pack of 10 for free.

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  1. Niels said, on September 20, 2006 at 3:45 pm

    I agree, just ordered some free Vistaprint business cards a while ago myself. They advertise through a trusted site in the Netherlands so I trusted them, and rightfully so. Quality of the cards is so so and the print at the back is large and obtrusive. I only had to pay for shipping and handling and had to pay EUR 6,50 for 100 cards.

  2. Mike said, on September 20, 2006 at 5:01 pm

    OMG! I love you, I’m going to order some right away. For business cards that are a little different and stand out from the crowd I’d suggest Hugh MacLeod’s doodles http://gapingvoid.streetcards.com/

  3. Mike said, on September 20, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    Bugger, the Moo cards need you to log into Flickr and I can’t get to the site from work :(

  4. engtech said, on September 20, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    If only you had a computer at home. :)

  5. Mike said, on September 21, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    I’m never at home! I actually begining to miss my Mac :P

  6. Watkin said, on October 30, 2006 at 8:25 pm


    Opportunity makes the thief…

  7. Tom said, on November 13, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    Vista print is a scam! I purchased $70 worth of business cards last week being careful not to sign up for any of their “rewards” or “deals”. Today I received notice that my credit card is being billed $14/mo to be a member of Vista Rewards that I absolutely did not sign up for. The cards? avaerage at best.

  8. engtech said, on November 13, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    Yeah, I so heartily recommend going to a local print shop and seeing samples before you buy.

    The vistaprint cards look so bad. UGH.

  9. Michael Smith said, on November 27, 2006 at 6:29 am

    I used VistaPrint for all my printing and they are a good Company. I am tried of people giving the Company a bad name simple because they don’t spend time to read the $10.00 cash back. VistaPrint sends all their promotions via email or their website. So if you are offered $10.00 cash back PLEASED READ! Don’t just click away at every page and enter your email because you maybe signing up for something you don’t need and don’t even remember that you have done so after a few days.

    For those who said they never received their $10.00 cash back this is what you need to do to redeem the money: If you don’t have a SPAM blocker on your computer. 2-4hrs after joining the program you would receive an email with your membership ID# just simply click through the link which takes you to http://www.dealpass.com enter your ID# and zip code to redeem your cash.

    Also 7-10 days after joining you receive another email stating that you have joined the program and you will be charged after 30 days $14.95, you can cancel at anytime by clicking the cancel option or call VistaPrint customer service 1-800-961-2075.

    Please remember you are purchasing on the internet and all online Companies have Affiliate Partnership who offers to sell you something or the other. Please read carefully before entering your email address or selecting any offers except for what you are purchasing. If you are not sure about something just take up the phone and call Customer Service at 1-800-961-2075 it is that simple!

    Also don’t you think if VistaPrint was ripping off people they would be out of business a long time ago?

  10. Rebecca said, on December 08, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    ARGGGGGGHHHHHHH – no such things as a free lunch. VISTA-PRINT SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER SUCKS! Of course you don’t get 250 business cards for free. Once you finalise it all and get to the checkout (after insisting that you don’t also want a calendar, a T shirt, a mug, a letterhead etc.etc) it still wants to charge to £4 for each photo you uploaded and upto £15 for delivery if you want them within 15 days or so. !!!! What a waste of my flipping time.

  11. engtech said, on December 08, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    I completely agree Rebecca.

    I don’t give out my “free cards” because they’re embarassing. I wish I’d gone for a local print shop instead.

  12. Rick Jones said, on December 08, 2006 at 11:54 pm

    VistaPrint rewards is such a scam. Even after you have canceled you account they will still charge you any way. Then when you call to complain they tell you it takes 2-3 months. This is ridiculous. They are hoping that people won’t notice and they have zero integrity as a business. So if you use this company make sure that you, not only cancel via email call and cancel.

  13. brian neil said, on December 18, 2006 at 10:39 am

    If you think vista print is a good company
    you should try using a company called http://www.printsmadeeasy.com everything about this
    company is superior to vista. If you want to
    try them out use a coupon code called free100
    when you check out and they will print 100 free
    business cards.

  14. Bobbi said, on December 20, 2006 at 12:38 am

    It’s all about http://www.OvernightPrints.com
    They have the best card stock and turnaround time, and the website is so clean and easy to use. As a designer and reseller, I’ll use no one else.

  15. Ann said, on January 12, 2007 at 12:52 am

    I’d just like to know what percentage of people have received their orders from vistaprint? I haven’t received anything despite the delivery time having passed now. No joy on using their email address and no phone number to be found. Has anyone else experienced actually not having even received their order (even a bad quality one)?? What does one do when they seem completely unreachable???

  16. engtech said, on January 12, 2007 at 7:27 am

    I got mine in time.

  17. Jon said, on January 15, 2007 at 6:52 am

    Vista is *such* a scam; I’m spend half my time laughing and half my time being sad that such a company still exists. I mean, come on, they “give away” free business cards for years, and post millions in profits. You’d have to believe 1+1 equals 60 to not see through this.

    I’ve been very happy with other online printers through; I’ve tried most of them, although I’m currently totally in love with http://www.printplace.com... their site rocks like no other I’ve seen, prices kill, and quality and service were top notch. Not that I don’t still shop around… but these guys usually end up with my client’s business.

  18. sharon said, on February 15, 2007 at 2:55 am

    Ordered notecards and envelopes in November 06 and still havent received them yet Feb 07 despite emailing customer service, tried the number which doesnt seem to be in service, does anyone have a phone no ??? I have an address in The Netherlands but no contact name. Please advise how to deal with these scam artists

  19. edoublenet said, on March 21, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    VistaPrint sucks.

    I tried to use their Free Website and inputted my CC number.
    Now I called 5 times to cancel it but they put me on holds for hours and finally told me that they can not cancel it. I have to wait their tech support call back.

    Really Annoyed

  20. m stuart said, on April 03, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    I have just been on to my bank about unlawful money being taken from my account. I purchased business cards from Vista Print. I did not click on any offers. I have a pop up blocker on my pc so they cannot say I clicked on one of those. In my view, this is fraud and they should be stopped from stealing from people who purchase stuff from them in good faith. My bank are looking into this and hopefully no more money will be taken from me. I hope this message will encourage others to go to their bank for help in this matter.

  21. ace said, on April 26, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Beware of vista print free 10.00 off
    Thay will bill you 14.95 after 30 days on the card you charge from so read the fine print.

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