Pros / Zazzle offers the most paper options as well as discounts for bulk orders.
Cons / There is no warning to notify you in advance if your images are too small to print.
Verdict / Zazzle’s strong suit is the wide selection of templates for virtually any holiday or occasion. The service itself, however, isn’t quite as impressive as the selection.
While Zazzle offers all kinds of print services, for things like T-shirts, mugs and iPhone cases, its options as a photo card service are somewhat limited overall. Yet it excels in certain areas like holiday template and paper options. When it comes to card quality and service options, Zazzle suffers a bit, but it is still a solid photo card service with a great selection of cards and nice designs to choose from.
The design quality of the templates also scored high. Whatever event or holiday you’re celebrating, there are a number of attractive templates to choose from. To test the quality of the cards themselves we ordered two cards with the same design on two different types of paper. We ordered one on cardstock paper, and the other had a subtle pearl gloss.
We found we could buy 19 of the least expensive cards in bulk for $35, which is a decent amount considering that price includes shipping and tax. You can also order one card at a time to make sure it is want you want before buying in bulk. Buying individual cards is pricey however. The two cards we ordered cost nearly $6, and shipping just about doubled the overall cost.
Quality & Services
We were able to order cards individually instead of ordering a minimum packet number. So you can get exactly the number of cards you need. Zazzle offers 12 different paper options, but the options given will depend on the card design you choose. We found the wedding and save the date cards tended to have more paper options than most other cards. Zazzle is definitely one of the least expensive services on the market.
We ordered a matte cardstock card and a pearl shimmer cardstock card. Both were nice and thick. Our testers told us that the printing quality was a bit grainy on both cards. The colors looked right on the matte card but came out a bit dark on the pearl card. Overall, they looked nice and would do well for any occasion. Zazzle outsources its print jobs to different companies so your print quality will depend on the printer working on your order. If you want a service that offers better print quality, consider Simply to Impress.
Zazzle has a wide variety of templates for all kinds of holidays and other events like wedding announcements. If you want to customize Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day or even Chinese New Year cards from a selection of templates, this service has plenty of options. It was one of only a few services to get a perfect score for holiday photo card template selections.
While Zazzle has extensive templates to choose from, there is no custom photo card design option if you wanted to work with designers to create your own design from scratch or substantially alter an existing design. Zazzle also lacks a print quality warning. If a photo you’re uploading is the wrong size or resolution, a quality warning feature would detect this and send out a warning to let you know that the card will probably print incorrectly, but Zazzle doesn’t provide this service. While there are plenty of paper options to choose from, you can only order white envelopes but they are thick and feel fancier than many other service’s envelopes. There are no options for decorative envelope linings. While Zazzle doesn’t offer a mailing service, you can order personalized return address labels or rubber stamps. This can be especially nice for wedding invitations.
Help & Support
Zazzle representatives will answer questions over the phone or via email if you have questions or concerns. If you aren’t satisfied with your final product, you can utilize the money-back guarantee. However, be aware that photo card companies usually consider the origin of the mistake and assess if the error happened on their end before they will issue a refund. You can access a FAQs section online to get answers to questions you may have, and the representatives are generally helpful in answering questions.
Zazzle is a solid photo card service that has more paper options than any service in our lineup. It also has a wide variety of templates for just about any holiday or occasion. You can’t customize cards, however, if you have a specific design in mind; and there is no print quality warning service. If you find a design for Christmas photo cards you like on Zazzle’s website this service has affordable options for ordering them in bulk. Overall, Zazzle has many good options for ordering photo cards online, but getting the quality you want can be a challenge.