Thursday, October 3, 2013

Custom Printed Envelopes: 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy

Before you go looking to buy custom envelopes online, there's a few things you'll need to know so that you don't overpay, or worse yet, waste money on unusable envelopes. Not to scare you, but I've heard many horror stories of companies that bought custom envelopes from a company they found online, only to receive 1000s of envelopes that were printed wrong. And good luck getting a refund! So in order to help you prepare and make your envelope ordering process as smooth as possible, here's my 5 things you should know before you buy:

  • Only Use High Resolution Artwork: If you're uploading artwork online, make sure that it is a quality, high-resolution image. The problem with alot of these websites is that they will just print whatever artwork you upload, resulting in low quality envelopes. Some envelope printers might work with you if you've only got low resolution artwork, but it's not a risk worth taking.
  • Check for Price Breaks at Larger Quantities: You may only need 1,000 envelopes, but if you can get 1,500 for only $10 more, it's a deal too good to pass up. Even if your business doesn't need that many, it's always good to have a few extra envelopes in storage. 
  • Ask About Coupon Codes: All of these online envelope printers are running some type of deal or have coupon codes available. Some of them might even offer free shipping on custom envelopes or other deals! Be sure to always ask before you buy. And don't forget to check websites like RetailMeNot for more coupons. 
  • Always Request a Proof: Better safe than sorry, I always say! Whether it be a digital proof in the form of a PDF or a physical one, a proof will give you one more chance to look over the artwork and make sure everything is correct before you print the whole batch.
  • Shop Around: Make sure to always check for a great deal! There are many people out there offering printed envelopes, so you'll want to find a great price. But more than going with the lowest price possible, make sure that company you go with is reputable and they know what they're doing. 

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