For those that follow my Facebook page you might have seen that as of last week, I am a newly minted member of the International Motor Press Association (IMPA). What does that mean? Essentially this means I am now considered an “Auto Journalist” by an organization which is comprised of members of the automotive media and publication relations.
To join IMPA you need to show that you have been paid for articles or work relating to cars. I sent in my application a little over a month ago. My application went to a review board to determine whether I am in fact an auto journalist and would be eligible for membership. As we all know that I am, they made the correct determination. I can now tell people, “I am a member of the International Motor Press Association.” which sounds cool!
Adam's Auto Advice has some new official business cards! I can give them out at car shows, events, as well as family, friends, etc. Basically whoever is interested in my work.
I am happy with design and how the overall look of the cards came out. I ordered through OfficeMax, but they use Vistaprint's system. Officemax was cheaper though because Vistaprint charges a lot for shipping! Vistaprint was $15 for 7-day shipping, while Officemax had Free Shipping for these cards. Officemax charged more for the cards, but it came out less expensive because of the shipping. I assume Vistaprint makes a lot of money charging ridiculous shipping prices.
I paid a little over $40 for this batch of 500, which was not a good deal at all. While I like the image and look of the card, the paper is thin. Like cardstock you would have bought from the store and printed at home. The cut on some of the cards did not come out well. I don't really feel like I got my money's worth with Vistaprint.
I did some checking around and found other websites with much better deals and quality. A lot offer free shipping on any order and proofing. If you are looking around for business cards or thinking you might want to get some in the future, I would recommend signing-up for emails from a couple printing websites. You will be notified of special promotions and sales, which makes a big difference in cost. I will use these cards up and then ordered from another website.
I would like to hear comments and suggestions from people. What do you think of my business cards? Do you like or dislike the design?