Did you know that Costco sells customized business stationery? They sell a wide variety of business cards, letterhead and envelopes at CostcoStationery.com through Harland Clarke. Currently, all Costco members can even get 10% off and Executive members can get an extra 10% off of that price too. And all with free standard shipping as well! Certainly they are targeting businesses, however, if you wanted to get your own personal stationery it would be simple enough to do that too, since many of their designs don’t necessarily require a logo.
The kits are certainly the best pricing since you get at least 10% off for quality stationery on premium quality paper stock. For the full stationery kits of 250 (that means 250 of each letterhead, envelopes, and business cards), Costco Goldstar and Business members will pay $173.47 and Executive members will pay $156.12 (both of those prices are before sales tax is added). Purchasing the kits is fairly easy with just a few simple steps to customize the letterhead, envelopes, and business cards. I think the hardest part will be picking a design. They have over 250 different designs, including one that you design completely by yourself on either white or cream paper. All of the designs, of course, have coordinating envelopes, letterhead, and business cards that carry the design across all of the pieces and have a more expensive integration of design than you might expect for their prices.
The first step is to pick a design that you like best and as I said that will be hard since you have your pick of more than 250 designs of all types. The designs are really great for small businesses that maybe can’t afford to pay for their own logo and for someone to create a totally unique stationery design for them. They have designs that cover everything from medical to painting to to finance to handyman appropriate looks. They also have a lot of abstract designs and bold color looks too. Once you select your design you get to customize each of the pieces. For the customization you can move the text around on the page, change the font style, size, and color. You can also add clipart or images to your letterhead too. You actually have quite a bit of flexibility so that you can really personalize the look completely. You can move the text boxes around or have them align differently. So even though the designs are stock, your end result doesn’t have to look like everyone else with that same design.
For the customization aspect, first you will be shown the customization screen for the business cards, then the letterhead, and finally the envelopes. All the time you are making your changes you are seeing a preview of how the design will look next to the text fields. Don’t forget that you can add text lines easily, as well as move the text around to get the placement that you like the best. The only exception is with regards to the envelopes since there are postal guidelines that you need to adhere to so that your envelopes actually make it to the recipient. As you move from step to step, the text that you entered on the first screen will follow you throughout the other pieces so that you don’t have to keep typing in your name and address information, or making the same font changes. You can save your designs at any point, though you will have to provide your name and membership information to create an account at CostcoStationery.com so that you can retrieve your saved designs later. This is a great feature for a couple of reasons: first, it allows you to work on your design and perfect it over time; secondly, and perhaps most importantly, after you come up with the design you like enough to order, you will be able to easily return and order more of the same design. If you are looking for the details about the sizes or card stock quality for the pieces, you can find that information at the bottom of the customization screens for each item, as well.
The final step in the customization process for your stationery kit is to view the completed samples of all three pieces and verify that all of the information is indeed correctly spelled and all. You can also select how many of each you want: 250, 500, or 1,000. If you choose more than 250, they show you how much that adds to the price. For instance, if I get 500 business cards, still keeping the letterhead and envelopes at 250 each, that adds $4.00 to the overall price. They also show you the price you would pay if you bought the pieces separately and with the 10% discount. All that is left is to add your stationery kit to your cart. If you have not set up an account at this point, they will ask for your Costco membership number. If you are an Executive member, the additional 10% discount will then be reflected in the pricing you see in your cart. After this, checking out is pretty much like buying anything else online.
You have a couple of shipping options, though the free standard option is for UPS ground with a 4 business day delivery time. No matter what method of shipping you choose – ground, 2nd day, or overnight – the production time is still going to take 5 business days though. So, you’re going to have to wait at least a week to get your new stationery kit.
This is a great alternative for any business to create stationery quickly and for low cost, but still have a wide range of control over all aspects of the design. The only thing that might make this even better would be if they offered options on the paper stock. Of course, most people probably would just go with standard weights and white anyway. And while I did focus on their full stationery kits, you can also buy each piece by itself. This is definitely great when it comes time for re-ordering, but even better if you have multiple employees who all need their own business cards. Business cards are quite reasonably priced when purchased separately too with 250 falling under $28.00 for Goldstar/Business members and under $25.00 for Executive members. The prices are so great, I might have to get some business cards for myself!