Got my first set of Business Cards printed today. It turned out that the screen printing does not work if you have multicolour images in your business card. So, digital printing it had to be. And the search started for cheap digital printing for business cards. First a call to Printo. They charge 1.5 Rs. per card for normal paper, if ordered in quantities above 50. For orders below 50 pieces, it is Rs. 2 per card. I went to a printer near my house hoping that it’d be cheaper. He quoted a price above Rs. 2 per card. So, gave up. I tried online and one website was giving an “introductory offer” of 500 business cards at 475 Rs. I was not sure I wanted to print those many, but decided to give it a try. Their image upload process failed miserably across browsers and I came back to real life of offline space. Before going to Printo, I also made a visit to Staples as I had to buy ink-cartridges and some stationary. They have a Print Centre, which also printed at 1.5 Rs. per card. So, got 120 cards printed there.
But I also noticed something interesting there. They were printing it the same way I would print at home. Create multiple copies on a standard size paper and then cut them in size. It was not unexpected, but they weren’t using any sophisticated machine for cutting. It was the same paper cutter that I have at home too!
So, unless somebody can point me to an option I have missed and there is a way to get them printed cheaper, I guess we are going to print Business Cards in-house from now on! I just need to get the right paper from the paper market.