Once upon a time, we had to go to the store to buy greeting cards. We sometimes spent hours browsing the aisles, looking for a card that said just what we wanted to say. When we found the perfect card, we took it to the register and paid for it. Then we signed the card, addressed the envelope, put a stamp on it, and dropped it in the mail. Times have certainly changed.
Today when we need to send a greeting, we don’t have to go any further than our computers. Many websites offer all sorts of beautiful greeting cards, and you can even send them via email. Some charge by card, some have monthly subscription fees, and some are free, but they all make it quick and easy to send greetings to friends, family, and business associates.
But those of us who prefer to send printed cards aren’t left out in the cold. Many ecard sites allow users to print their cards at home or even have them professionally printed. So whether you feel that a printed card is more personal or you want to send a greeting to someone who doesn’t have email, you can still take advantage of the convenience of creating cards online.
To Print or Email?
Having a hard time deciding whether you should send an ecard via email or print and mail it? There are certain advantages to each method.
Most ecards are animated and include music. Some also feature games and other activities that the recipient can participate in.* Online ecards allow multimedia use and interactivity.
- eCards are environmentally friendly. No paper is used in their production, which means less use of natural resources and less pollution.
- Sending a card via email is less expensive and more convenient than sending a printed card. It’s easy to find free ecards, and you don’t have to spend money on postage to send them. And you don’t have to make a trip to the post office. You can even send a single ecard to multiple recipients at no extra cost and with little extra effort.
Printed cards have the potential to bring a smile to one’s face months or years after they’re first received.* A printed card may become a treasured keepsake. It could be preserved in a scrapbook or put away for later viewing.
- Printed cards do not get apprehended by overzealous spam filters. You don’t have to worry about the recipient not getting the card you sent because it didn’t make it through to his email inbox.
- If you’re sending greetings for business purposes, a printed card is usually best. The recipient may hang onto it if he is interested in doing business with you later on. And even if he displays it during the holidays and then disposes of it, someone else who could use your products or services might see it.
Sending the perfect greeting card has never been easier. Ecard providers offer lots of designs for every occasion. Whether you choose to email or print your cards, you can create something special for anyone you want to send a greeting to.