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Moonpig - great if you're not going to see that speical someone
Member Name: rackerss
Advantages: quick, easy, funny, huge selection
Disadvantages: typed message inside, maybe more expensive than your usual card shop
Moonpig is an online supplier of greetings cards, flowers and gifts. I was first made aware of them by their advertising campaigns and their catchy little jingle that stuck in my mind. So when I was up at university and completely forgot a birthday, I instantly knew where to go.
I have personally only ever used the greetings cards service. They offer cards for practically every occasion. Birthdays, Christmas, Mother and Father's Day, Pregnancy, New Baby, New House, Retirement, Saints Days, Thinking of You, Religious Festivals etc. They also do invitations which I think is a bit more unusual and a nice addition to the collection. The main selling point of Moonpig is that the cards are customisable. Most of the cards (so far all the ones I have come across) allow you to customise the text on the front of the card - maybe including you or your loved one's names in the jokes or messages. You can then write whatever you want on the inside on both sides. A lot of the cards will also allow you to upload photos to the front of the card - I haven't really utilised this part as much because I never seem to have appropriate photos to put on, but it's a really fantastic idea. My friend received a spoof magazine card (like the front cover of Hello!) for her 21st birthday and her father had uploaded some hilarious photos - it was a really great card!
They also deliver flowers. The minimum price is £25 and they go up to £120 (vase included in that one). The flowers offer free next day delivery when ordered before 2pm. I haven't ever ordered any flowers from them so I can't comment on the quality, but they look great in the photos. There's a large selection of flowers of different colours and arrangements and there's the option to add balloons, vases and cards.
The gifts section is also something I haven't utilised, but there's a very impressive selection of gifts to personalise. All the normal things you'd get from a photo printing service (mugs, wall art, t-shirts) but also some other things that I haven't really seen before. There's customisable beer, whiskey, wine, vodka, port and champagne - you can add your own text to the labels. I think this is a really great idea for a wedding or birthday present and the beer would be great for father's day. They range in price from £15 for 3 bottles of beer up to £35 for pink champagne. Currently there is no lager (just ale) or cider - think they're missing a trick there! On the gifts section there are also soft toys and chocolates, but these aren't customisable - they are just gifts that you can send. Nothing particularly unique, but they do look nice and the chocolates sound really delicious!
They've also teamed up with Zappar. Download the two apps for iPhone (moonpig and zappar) and you'll be able to record a video to add to your card. The other person can then use their phone with the two apps to scan their card and see the video you've recorded - that is something really nice if you just can't see them on their special day. I've looked everywhere and can't seem to see this offered on the normal site so you have to order your card through the moonpig app (and obviously have video enabled on your phone).
Allows you to create personalised, amusing cards for your friends and family - this a huge advantage because it means you don't have to settle for soppy card company poems that don't give across the message you were really looking for.
There is such a huge selection that it would be nearly impossible to not find the perfect card for that special somebody.
The website is very easy to use - prompting you to edit the text and upload the photos and showing you previews of what your finished card will look like from the front, inside and back. You don't have to use your imagination! I haven't encountered any problems uploading images and if you don't want to upload a picture you can take a picture through the website with your webcam or use a picture from your facebook or flickr albums.
If you order early enough in the day (2pm) on a weeday your card will be there the next day as long as Royal Mail is working properly. There is an option to pay extra for special delivery which guarentees next day delivery.
This isn't a disadvantage of the service itself, but more of the idea in general. The messages are all typed which makes the card seem a little impersonal. My family understands that this is a convenient way of sending cards, but some people might see it as lazy.
The cost is slightly more than I'd expect to pay for a card from a shop plus a first class stamp. For instance the last card I sent came to a total of £3.59. I usually buy my cards from the Card Factory where you can pick up a decent card for about £1.50 or less. First class stamps are 60p so that's £2.10. However, in some shops like Clintons you'd pay up to and over £3 for a card so it really depends where you usually do your shopping.
On their delivery page they say that if you order after 2pm on a Friday, it is not sent until the Monday. This means that you can only be disorganised up to a certain point! However, if you order before 2pm on a weekday they dispatch the same day, claiming that 90% of deliveries arrive the next working day.
A lot of the cards where you can upload a photo look so good in the preview because they have the perfect photo of the recipient to make the joke/punch line funny. Like I mentioned before, you won't always have that perfect photo to make it work!
Overall I have gone back to this website over and over again; there is a similar website called funkypigeon which I am going to try next time I need a card for comparison. Once I have used it I will update this review to share my findings!
Summary: so useful for me as a (forgetful) student away from my family