Monday, December 20, 2010

Free Business Cards? Not Really

We've touched on the subject of free business cards several different times over the past few years. Recently (last Friday) though, an article came to our attention that brought the whole subject back to the forefront of our minds and we thought it was important enough to discuss it a little and link to the article.

The article is entitled, "Ray Wilson: Beware The 'Free Stuff'" and is found at The Bulletin (Philadelphia's Family Newspaper). The article is primarily focuses on free software programs and the potential for identification theft. However, he also touches on the very familiar SPAM advertisements seen all over the Internet touting "Free Business Cards". Here's a quick quote from Mr. Wilson:

"Spam ads for business cards at an unassuming price of $1.99 for 500 cards can be a source of privacy invasion. By giving your business address, personal location, with phone numbers, and credit card information is just about all that is needed. These ads may be perfectly legitimate except for the fact that in our fragmented economy anything is possible. Who can you trust?"

So, who can you trust? Many people don't realize that those "free" business cards come with a price. The price you pay is usually the sale and distribution (many times over) of your personal contact information. It may also result in the names and contact information for every single one of your employees as well. That's right...that business card company is most likely losing money by printing and shipping your business cards - but they're making loads of cash by selling your information to every nefarious list collector out there. So, is that set of 250 "free" business cards really worth it? Not in my personal opinion - nor in the opinion of our parent company (Color Card Administrator). (CCA's main Internet website) has been around for 10 years now. One of the core operating principles of is the security of their customer's contact information. Since the site's inception, it has never shared or sold an email address or phone number from one of its customers.

We encourage you to do a little investigating of PBC and learn for yourself why it is a trusted source of quality, professionally designed and printed business cards for so many companies. Feel free to read our Google reviews, check out more information about our dedication to guarding our customer's information, and then learn more about our processes.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Kirsty Pargeter is Now Offering Her Designs on Business Cards

Color Card Administrator is pleased to offer the popular and professional designs of Kirsty Pargeter. Kirsty is well known and respected as one of the top selling designers in the microstock industry.

Her designs cover a broad range of topics and styles. Over the coming months, her portfolio at will expand as her designs are transformed into high quality, professionally designed business card templates.

We're excited about the future and look forward to seeing Kirsty's designs sell as business cards in our system.

We Have a Great Group of Artists

One of the best things about what we do is getting to work with so many talented graphic designers, illustrators, artists, and photographers from all over the world. The creativity comprised within our Featured Artist Community is AMAZING. Seriously.

We appreciate their ability to quickly and professionally design so many attractive business card templates for our customers. Need some proof? Check out the great designs from our community that are featured on this web page. We also appreciate it when they spread the word about our business card website, our Featured Artist program, and the way we work with our artists.

If you're curious about joining our program, learning more about it, and getting true, relevant reactions from our participating artists, we encourage you to visit this forum thread over at the MicroStockGroup. I think you'll see from the conversation there that our program is a pretty cool place to be involved.

If you're interested in joining us, please take just a moment to watch this video that details how our program works:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

We're Still Here - Just Been BUSY Growing Our Artist Community

I can't believe we haven't posted anything here in the blog for the past 11 months! Argh...time definitely flies by too quickly.

We're thankful for our artist community and the great, attractive, professional business cards they design for our growing customer base. We're also thankful that our artist community continues to grow.

Below is a quote from a new artist whose portfolio was published on 11/23/10 and their first sale occurred on 12/15/10. We're confident that Anita will continue to see sales from the great portfolio she has created (and continues to add to).

Anyhow, here are her comments:

Posted: December 15, 2010, 1:39 pm Post subject: Cards purchased from Anita
Got my first sale today. Very happy. I need to make some more templates

Posted: December 15, 2010, 10:02 pm Post subject:
Congrats on the sale! It's a great card - you're off to an awesome start!

Posted: December 15, 2010, 10:40 pm Post subject:
Thanks Tim I also wasn't expecting to get paid for that today either but I did which was awesome

I'm hoping that once all the holiday hoopla is all settled I can get back to making templates.

I heart this place

We like to see every one of our featured artists succeed. We also enjoy sharing those successes with others. Are you interested in joining our Featured Artist Community? Please visit for more information.