Pros / Zazzle offers the most paper options, as well as discounts for bulk orders.
Cons / The service does not warn you if your images are too small to print.
Verdict / Zazzle offers a wide selection of templates for virtually every holiday and occasion. The service itself, however, isn’t quite as impressive as the selection.
Zazzle offers print services for a variety of items – such as T-shirts, mugs and iPhone cases – but its options as a photo card service are somewhat limited. The service excels in certain areas, like holiday templates and paper options. Zazzle’s card quality and service options aren’t as impressive, but it is still a solid photo card service with a great selection of cards and designs.
The design quality of the templates scored high; there are a number of attractive templates for a wide variety of events and holidays. To test the quality of the cards, we ordered two cards with the same design on two different types of paper: cardstock and a paper with a subtle pearl gloss.
Zazzle is one of the least expensive photo card services on the market. We bought 19 of the least expensive cards for $35, which includes shipping and tax. You can also order one card at a time to make sure it is what you want before buying in bulk. It’s pricey to buy individual cards, however: The two cards we ordered cost nearly $6, and shipping just about doubled the overall cost.
Quality and Services
There is no minimum for the number of cards per order; you can get exactly the number you need. Zazzle offers 12 paper options, but they vary according to the card design you choose; for example, wedding and save-the-date cards had more paper options than most other cards.
We ordered two cards: one on matte cardstock, and another on pearl-shimmer cardstock. Both were nice and thick. However, our testers told us that the printing quality was a bit grainy on both cards. The colors looked right on the matte card, but they came out a bit dark on the pearl card. Overall, though, they looked nice and would do well for any occasion. Zazzle outsources its print jobs to different companies, so the print quality depends on the printer that handles 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, as well as 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.
Although Zazzle has an extensive selection of templates, the service doesn’t allow you to work with designers to create your own design from scratch or substantially alter an existing design. Zazzle also lacks a print-quality warning, so the service doesn’t notify you if a photo you’re uploading is the wrong size or resolution and thus would probably print incorrectly. There are plenty of options for paper, but not for envelopes; you can only order white envelopes, and there are no options for decorative envelope linings. However, the envelopes are thicker – and feel fancier – than many other services’ envelopes. Although Zazzle doesn’t offer a mailing service, you can order personalized return-address labels or rubber stamps, which can be especially nice for wedding invitations.
Help and Support
If you have questions or concerns, you can contact Zazzle representatives via phone or email. If you aren’t satisfied with your final product, you can utilize the money-back guarantee. However, note that photo card companies usually consider the origin of the mistake and assess whether the error happened on their end before issuing a refund. You can access FAQs 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 other service in our lineup. It also has a wide variety of templates for just about any holiday or occasion. However, you can’t customize cards with a specific design, and there is no print-quality warning. This service has affordable options for ordering photo cards in bulk. Overall, Zazzle has many solid options for ordering photo cards online, but the quality isn’t as good as that of some of the other services we evaluated.