Pros / The card designs are stylish and modern.
Cons / Some designs have predetermined paper choices, limiting your options.
Verdict / Nations Photo Lab offers decent photo cards at a reasonable price, but it doesn't cover as many occasions or holidays as other services.
Nations Photo Lab is a good option for you if you want to purchase decent photo cards on a budget. When you include the cost of shipping, it is the least expensive service overall. The paper quality isn't the fanciest, but the print quality is good. This service doesn't cover as many holidays or occasions as some of the other services we tested, but the designs it does have are modern and aesthetically pleasing. Be aware, though, that the company doesn’t provide extra services like addressing envelopes or mailing cards for you.
Our testers noted that the cards are printed on relatively flimsy lustre paper but the print quality is fairly good. We found the website easy to navigate, and the interface makes it simple to create cards. Nations doesn't offer designs for some holidays, it notably only offers cards for New Year's, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, but the options it does have are pleasant and worth purchasing.
You can narrow your search of Nations' designs by the number of photos you want, by popularity and also by the name of a design. These search options can help you find the cards you want, but we wish there were more ways to narrow your search.
Nations offers four different paper options: lustre, matte, glossy and metallic. However, the card design you choose will have specific paper options assigned to it. For example, foil cards are only available in matte. This service lacks some items, like customizable postage stamps and lined envelopes. Additionally, you must be willing to mail your cards yourself when using this service, as it doesn't offer to do this, nor does it print addresses on your envelopes.
Nations offers some of the best pricing among the card makers we reviewed, and the shipping cost is less than some of the other services, which makes it the least expensive service overall. You can also order paper proofs from Nations Photo Lab before committing to purchasing an entire pack of cards.
Aside from the sample photo card, the minimum number of cards you can order is a pack of 25. Our own cards arrived five days after we placed our order, which is an average amount of time.
Nations Photo Lab is one of the only printing services that doesn't offer a money back guarantee, so you'll want to make sure your card is exactly the way you want it before making a purchase. This service offers a range of help features including a FAQs page and phone, chat and email support. Our own experiences with its customer service proved it to be quick, friendly and helpful.
- Card Quality
- Design Quality
- Holiday Selection
- Cards for $30
Nations Photo Cards doesn’t offer as many options as some other photo card companies, but it is the most inexpensive service we tested. The photo cards printed nicely and there are four different paper types to choose from. Since there is no mailing service, this service is best suited to anyone who simply wants pleasant-looking photo cards at a reasonable price.