I've ordered a large pack of business cards with cover art from several of my books from Moo, in preparation for the UK Meet next weekend. I'd meant to get this done earlier but other things kept getting in the way. As a result I ended up paying the premium for next-day printing, just to make certain they arrived in time. Ordered on Thursday evening, email from Moo to say they'd been shipped mid-afternoon on Friday, delivered by Royal Mail this morning. I'd have preferred not to pay the premium, but I'm impressed. I wouldn't want to rely on getting it that quickly, but at least it means that ordering at the last minute isn't entirely out of the question should the need arise.
The set of 200 arrived as four sets of 50, packed in a sturdy card box that would fit through a typical UK letterbox. It included one of their own brand dispenser boxes
, which is a nice re-usable box made from heavy pulpboard. It really is four sets of 50 cards, as I had 9 designs, which meant five designs with 6 cards and 4 designs with 5 cards, and it was the same 5 designs as the extras in each set of 50.
As before, the print quality is very nice. The trimming is fairly accurate, but isn't exactly on the specified cut line (which is why there's also a specified safe zone). I'd set mine up with a bleed zone that used a colour picked from the colours in the artwork, and set the artwork size on most of the cards to the safe zone to provide a coloured frame when cut. While the frame isn't perfectly even, the cards look pretty good. With two of the cards I set the edge of the artwork to the cutting line, and again, the cut wasn't exactly on the line but picking an appropriate bleed colour means they still look good.
These are not cheap. But as the occasional promotional giveaway, they'll do nicely for pleasing readers who like collecting cover flats and the like. And yes, they do have my email and website details on the back, plus some blank space to write something, so that I can use them as actual business cards.