Zazzle is one of the best photo card sites we looked at, with cheap shipping and impressive discounts on bulk orders. In our pricing evaluations we tested 5x7, folded cards with three photos on each of the photo card services we looked at. Zazzle offered 1 for $2.85, 15 for $40.65 and 100 for $228, with an additional $13 in taxes and shipping. Fairly standard for a photo card company.
Zazzle offers a standard discount of 25% on orders of 100, and this discount increases the more you order. As this is a year-round offer we included it in our price rankings, but seasonal limited-time offers were excluded from our tests meaning you can regularly save even more with Zazzle.
Zazzle Photo Cards review: Quality and Services
- Good paper
- Average printing quality
- 12 paper options
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.
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 Photo Cards review: Product options and creation
- Huge variety of design templates
- Highly customizable designs
- No photo resolution warning
The design quality of the templates available at Zazzle is highly impressive. Something which sets it apart from competitors it its role as a marketplace, offering ideas and templates from countless designers and makers. Designers have rankings and if someone’s style catches your eye you can head to their profile to check out more of their work. This means there’s people from all walks of life designing on the Zazzle site, offering an option for any possible holiday or person. If you want to customize cards for Christmas or Cinco De Mayo, Valentines Day or Veterans Day from a selection of templates, this service is the one to go with.
Although Zazzle has an extensive selection of templates,, there is the option to make a card from scratch. You can edit designs substantially, moving every layer, changing fonts and sizes of text blocks. There’s a huge variety of image and color backgrounds and you can even add elements such as emojis or borders. With so many custom options the website can be a little visually overwhelming, but this may be a price worth paying if you have a specific design in mind. If not, there’s also the option to simply switch out the images and text and jump quickly to checkout.
That being said, none of the designs we looked at had the option to add photos to the inside of the card, which is a standard feature in a lot of the photo card sites we tested. Zazzle also lacks the print-quality warning offered by Mixbook and Minted, 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, which sometimes (but not always, depending on the card) come with a small fee attached, 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.
Zazzle Photo Cards review: Help and support
- Money-back guarantee
- Contact via phone or email
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.
Should you order Zazzle Photo Cards?
Zazzle is brilliant for photo card templates, covering every type of event and holiday possible. We also loved how customizable these cards are, giving you full creative control. It’s a shame about the lack of envelope options - if this matters to you, checkout Shutterfly’s great array of envelope designs. However, for pretty reasonable pricing and great coupon and discount options, there’s a lot to love about Zazzle.