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Cardsdirect.com is a stylish, professional-looking site that specialises in bulk orders of greeting cards for the corporate and personal market and offers bulk discounts and special offers. In comparison to some other sites in this category, the card range is set out logically via the tabs on the homepage. Hovering over a tab will open up a nested menu that enables you to locate the type of card you want quickly and easily. For example, if you need a card for a specific occasion, hovering over the occasions tab brings up cards categorised by the occasion type.
Whilst there's an extensive range of cards covering all manner of occasions, the selections on offer are tipped towards the corporate market. This means that there isn't much of a selection in terms of more personalized greetings card designs. Therefore, if you're looking for something a little more traditional or sentimental, you may not find it here and so you would be better off browsing one of the other sites in this category (e.g. Leanintree.com). This being the case, a lot of what's on offer can seem a little straightforward, impersonal or even sterile, perhaps making it a good place to get a card for somebody you're not all that crazy about. That said, you will find a modest selection of personal Christmas and Easter cards. Conversely, if you're looking to purchase cards or invitations for corporate use, then your needs will most certainly be serviced here (though the need for a corporate Valentine's card remains a mystery to us).
In terms of other features, you can upload your photos and custom create your own cards and invitations, which is a fairly simple process. However, if it's just a single card you're after then you might want to pause a moment before dropping by. Some cards have a minimum order quantity of 10, whilst for others it's 25. When you choose the number of cards you want you can update the price as you go so that you're aware of costs (some sites can nickel and dime you as you add tiny embellishments). If you buy in bulk cost can be as little as $0.89 per folded card, or $0.49 per flat card. Expect to pay significantly more if you order a minimal amount.
As well as customizing the card itself with your own message and design, a variety of colours, textures, finishes and envelope designs are available too. Helpfully, when you make these selections your are informed of the cost before you proceed. Production time takes 2-4 business days (although special designs may take slightly longer). Shipping will vary depending on the method used and destination but you should expect your order to arrive within 7-10 days after mailing. The finished product is of good print quality and looks professional. If you require any assistance when using the site, there's a useful FAQs section that you should check out first of all. Failing this, you can contact Cardsdirect.com in a number of ways; by email, toll free phone/fax (Monday-Friday 7.30am-5.30pm CST), live chat (Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm CST) or by mail.
If you're looking to purchase in bulk for a corporate occasion, Cardsdirect.com offers a reasonably priced, professional service. However, for the general shopper, the lack of more personal designs and the cost of purchasing a small number of cards may be prohibitive.
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