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Moonpig Dot Com!
Member Name: FrostBite
Advantages: Personalised, Fast dispatch, Easy to Use, Good quality
I am writing this after the internal argument with myself as to what type of card I should buy for Valentine's day and how much I should pay. This happens for me with any occassion be it birthdays or christmas for example. Trouble is my partner means the world to me and I can't put a price on her but cards are displayed for a matter of a few days then either thrown away or put in a box for the next don't know how many years. As with family and friends I don't want to spend a fortune, especially at christmas time when it is already rather expensive but I have to send a card so as not to snub anyone or to actually let them know I do care. Usually at times of birthdays and christmas I look on Ebay for a nice but reasonably pricced card around £1 to £1.50 or even supermarkets and low priced card shops. However, when it comes to the one I love as previously said I just cannot unjustify the £3.94 required for the personalised card as my own artistic abilities are limited.
I first heard of Moonpig a couple of years ago after seeing the astronaut pig's head on the advert with the catchy jingle 'Moonpig dot com!' on the tv. I have tried the rival brand Funky Pigeon before but I just did not get on with the website layout as well as Moonpig so I stuck with the gravity defying porker. This year I saw the advert which was quite crass with the Barry White esque voice and flowers for £25 but I just wanted the card as I had seen a gift elsewhere which was more personal.
Moonpig have recently updated their webpage but their is the option to return to the old layout if you prefer it. It is a very eye catching set up with bright colourful thumbnail images highlighting a variety of occassions such as birthdays and good luck. Once you click on an occassion in this case Valentine's you get further selection such as cute or spoof and from there you can see their full range (there are a lot!). The bonus of this way to order cards are that they never sell out, each card is printed to order (usually posted the next day too). I opted to personalise the text of the card but you can also make videos, add pictures and change the verses inside.
The cards are available in small (£1.50), standard which I often choose (£2.99) and large (£5.99), there are always offers on such as a pack of small cards at a reduced price or 20% of large cards for example. Postage and handling fees are currently 95p for the cards. The fab thing is that yes the cards are a little more expensive than standard stores but in the price is personalisation and the cards are fantastic sturdy quality which do not collapse under their own weight after a day of display.
Once you have chosen the size and design you can opt to personalise the card. Some features are not available depending on the style of card chosen but the one I chose had an option to change the cover text; some have the option of adding a photo or video. Inside you can write on the front and/or back cover with your own verse, poem or anything you want. Here the font colour, size and alignment can be changed, you can even make your own digital signature. And finally some cards allow for the back to be altered but this one didn't so has the Moonpig logo plus designer details as would any store bought card. This process is easy to follow and comes with instructions to help you make a truely personalised quality card.
When this step is finished you are then asked if you would like to add a gift to your order. For the over 18s there is the option of purchasing alcohol; other gifts include chocolate, balloons, flowers and teddy bears. I did not opt for a gift as I am purchasing one from another outlet.
Once registered or logged in the process is to ask whether you want the card sending to you to sign personally; this is the option I choose as I think a handsigned card looks nice and also I like to check the card before sending. If you would like to sign the card during creation then you could send the card direct to the recipient. Then delivery service can be chosen, the options are first class (next working day after print) or special delivery for those last minute emergencies. I always choose first class as this is reliable and I have ordered the card with enough time, estimated arrival is the 5th Feb 2013.
The final step after confirming the card, your order and details are correct is to pay. Here you can use card, a prepay fund (add £20 and get an extra 25% free) or cash through a preloaded card which can be used at most corner shops.
I find the process itself very smooth and efficient when using a laptop however the app on my android is behind even though fully updated and has no Valentine's cards on it. I can create a card in less than ten minutes but I have used it before and know what I want; if you are a little undecisive the hundreds of cards available to choose from may cause a few setbacks.
Generally my cards are of good quality but one time there was a mistake in the spelling of my partners name (not through my fault, I did check). After emailing Moonpig they sent another card free of charge with no hassle as it was a mistake from their printers. I have used them a few times and this was the only glitch and as it was resolved promptly I have no qualms at all and recommend them highly. The look on my partners face is always priceless when she sees the personalised card I got her and it always puts me in a good light :)
Summary: Personalised cards for anyone at great prices!