iPrint, Print Pelican & UPrinting Online Printers Compared
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iPrint, Print Pelican & UPrinting Online Printers Compared

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Individuals and businesses love to have a nicely designed business card to hand out to people, it makes businesses more prodessional and it is much easier to hand someone a card than write your address down for someone who needs it.

There are a number of online printers offering all sorts of products online and most of them allow customers to design their own cards, you can even import one of your own photographs if you so wish.

There is not a lot of difference between Print Pelican and uPrinting, they both sell good quality products and there is not a lot of difference in proce, although Print Pelican do seem to offermore discounts and they offer free shipping on all products.

iPrint also produces quality products but you have to pay for things you do not have to pay for on the other two sites, like uv coating, and you pay extra to have the back as well as the front of the business cards. 

Where iPrint does succeed over the other two is for their promotional material like T-shirts, mugs, puzzles, mouse mats. All three companies have something good to offer so it is worth checking out all three sites.

#1 - Print Pelican   http://www.printpelican.com

Print Pelican's slogan is "Print For Less" and they offer a variety of full colour brochure printing, large format posters and custom cards plus a lot more, for reasonable prices.

Their design templates are free and so is their shipping on all their products and they offer a fast turnaround. Discounts are continually being offered and the current offers are

  • 50% off calendars
  • 40% off bumper stickers
  • 40% postcards and rackcards
  • 40% off brochures
  • free pocket folders with business cards
  • New discount - 40% off label printing

The only drawback is there are so many discounts offered it is not absolutely clear how long the discount offers are valid for, but this is only a minor hiccup.

Print Pelican has an Affliliate Programme and all you need to become one of their affiliate partners is a website. Once you have registered you put a banner ad on your website and people order through your site and you receive commission for every sale.


  • 500 Pelican Business Cards with free UV coating including 25% discount  $24.99
  • 100 postcards including free UV coating and 40% discount $68.48
  •  25 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 catalogues with 8 numbered pages including 35% discount $100.07
  • 100 9 x 12 Presentation Folders printed on 120# gloss cover stock including 25% discount $436.10

Customer Testimonials

  1. First of all I want to thank you all for turning this project around for optimal. The client is extremely happy and frankly I'm amazed that you were able to pull it off in such a short window. Congratulations, you truly are the best print shop in the country.  Bob Norris, Graphix of America Inc.
  2. Hi Laura, Just wanted to let you know that the bookmasters and posters arrived safely safely, they are gorgeous! The colours are vibrant and just perfect. I am so pleased, thank you so much for all your help. This could not have been done without you.  All the best, Kathy George.
  3. Grant and Patricia, the catalogue you did for me titled The Paradura series looks great. I jist wanted to email you to thank you and everyone else who worked on it. When I make another catalogue I will definitely use Print Pellican again and refer others. Hope you are all well and again thank you. Leigh Oates New York
  4. Hi Keith, I just wanted to thank you and your staff for an excellent job on the poster. It looks fantastic and it came right on time. I wish I could fly down there and hug you all. Thank you so much for a great job.  All the best, Amie.

To see all the products on offer and claim any current discounts click on to the Print Pelican website.

#2 - UPrinting   http://www.uprinting.com

UPrinting has been in business over 25 years and their website is easy to use. They print brochures, calendars, event tickets, flyers, business cards, post cards and much more.

The business cards come in stylish gloss, matt and uncoated 14pt cardstock. Customers can either upload designs or design their chosen items online. The die-cut business cards are a great asset to this company, they come in a variety of unusual shapes from rounded corners to ones that are in the shape of a church window with a straight bottom and an arched top.

Another service this company offers is their Free File Review which is a complimentary proofing service which requires no upfront payment.

The drawback about UPrinting is they do not offer as many discounts as Print Pelican, they are currently offering 15% off business card printing, but you can sign ip for their e-newsletter to get the latest promotions and deals.

Their affiliate programme is open website owners and bloggers plus some professional sites and they pay 10% commission with an average of $30 pay out per sale.

Customer Testimonials

  1. 500 2" x 3.5" business cards.  Rene P. New York.  The online shopping experience was quire simple and straightforward, instead of busy and convoluted like your competitors. The File Upload preview did not work but I expect to review the proofs so that is fine. Happy so far.
  2. 2000 2" x 3.5" business cards. Adam W. Chicago. Il. You guys have always been great, I have been using you for years and it just gets better! Thanks.
  3. 150 6 x 4 printed postcards, Jennifer C. San Francisco CA. We've used other online printers but UPrinting.com is by far the easiest.
  4. 1000 3 x 5 x 2 business cards. Jacinta D. Sacramento CA. This was my first time ordering from UPrinting  and everything went smoothly.
  5. 8.5 x 11 brochures. Richard O. Phoenix Az. Past user of Brand X Printing then discovered yours. It is the easiest, fastest, most user-friendly, best quality I have ever had the pleasure of using. If all web vendors provided this level of service and quality  of the world would be a friendler place to do business.


  • 500 2" x 3.5" business cards printed front & back including 15% discount $23.70
  • 500 2" x 3.5" die-cut business cards printed front and back with 15% discount $70.45
  • 100 4" x 6" postcards printed front and back, no discount $46.58
  • 25 5.5" x 8.5" catalogues with 8 pages, no discount $106.25

To check out all their products and to sign up for special offers and promotions click on to the UPrinting website.

#3 - iPrint.com   http://www.iprint.com

iPrint allows customers to personalize their printed products exactly as they want. They offer 70 different products with a varity of design options which range from business cards, postcards, announcements, invitations plus things like rubber stamps, mouse mats, mugs and T-shirts.

They have been in business since 1976 and offer good quality products at the best possible prices. They are currently offering various discounts on a variety of products, and you get free shipping when you buy goods to the value of $75.

Their best sellers are

  • business cards
  • address stamps
  • customised rubber stamps
  • mugs
  • T-shirts
  • Other promotional material

Their afficilate programme offers commission of 15% for every paid order placed and shipped through the customer's link.

Customers Reviews

  1. iPrint is your one-stop shop for customised manufacturing products, promotional fulfilment items, mouse pads and golf balls as well as essential business needs, magnetic signs, vinyl banners and business cards. The beauty behind the iPrint business model are the templayes which allow customers to design products on the Internet. Not only do you get the convenience of designing them from your own office, you also get the final approval before you have to pay for the print job. I first happened across iPrint when I spotted a banner for free business cards. In  just a few short minutes I was creating my own cards using the print templates. In no time I was paying for the upgraded service for the business card's design. There were extra charges for upgraded card stock, fonts, colours, tupefaces, logos and delivery methods. In the end my free business cards cost me $40 for a box of 500. I received me order in a few short working days and they were high quality amd met my expectations. psugrowler.
  2. I recently odered free address labels from iPrint, I'd been getting offers in my mail forever and I am not sure why I waited so long to take advantage of this offer. My experience was so painless, I wish I'd ordered months ago. writer.


  • 500 3.5 x 2 full colour business cards uv coated. front $31.69, back $31.69, total $63.38 (a discount of 30% on offer)
  • 100 6 x 4 postcards front $24.99, back $12.99, total $37.98
  • 100 8.5 x 5.5 postcards front $44.99, back $19.99 (a discount of 25% on offer)#
  • 500 full colour tri-fold brochures 3.7 x 8.5 $299.00

To check out their stationery and promotional items click on to the iPrint website.

The Bottom Line

Print Pelican comes out narrowly on top of the other two for theirlarge range of discounts offered and the the clarity of what they are offering on their website. They offer free shipping on all their pproducts and uv coating is included in the price.

UPrinting also print their business cards back and front for the same price and don't charge extra for the second side. They are also offering discounts on their business cards. Both these companies offer good quality printing and good discounts.

iPrint is excellent for promotional items like T-shirts, mouse mats, mugs, but it is not so easy to work oiut the printing costs for business cards, brochures, and you pay extra for two-sided printing, uv coating and their discounts are not as obvious as the other two sites.  

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