VistaPrint Vinyl Banner, Yard Sign, and Poster Printing Review | ChooseWhat.com

VistaPrint Comparison and Review



Pros:

  • Easy to upload design
  • Can create your design from scratch with their editor
  • Faster shipping option available: 3-Day

Cons:

  • Standard shipping time of 14 business days (Market Standard is one week)
  • Free PDF proof not available

Conclusion:

VistaPrint offers average-priced marketing materials in all categories. They offer a wide range of printed products. VistaPrint lets you upload and print an existing design, and they also offer predesigned templates and a design tool to help you create your design for some products. We found it very easy to upload your own design with VistaPrint. They charge $1.99 for each PDF proof of your design, which does not meet our Market Standard of free proofs.

We found their customer support to be average quality. Their email support took two days to respond, which is slow compared to the email support of other providers we reviewed. VistaPrint has a standard shipping time of 14 days, which is much slower than our Market Standard shipping time of one week.

Design and Printing

If you already have a design you want to use, you can easily upload it and have VistaPrint print it for you. They accept many file types for uploading your design, including PDF, AI, and PSD. They also offer a design tool which lets you create your own design from scratch for banners, lawn signs, and posters. Their design tool includes a WYSIWYG editor, cut-and-bleed lines, and a drag-and-drop feature that makes creating your design a very simple process.

VistaPrint uses both offset and digital printing for their products. Offset printing is a process in which a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper. Offset printing offers higher image quality, is more cost effective when ordering large quantities, and is better for larger prints. Digital printing is a process in which the data and images are printed directly from the computer onto paper. It has shorter turnaround time, is more cost effective when ordering small quantities, and is better for customized printing.

Banners

You can order banners through Vistaprint in quantities ranging from 1-250, which meets our Market Standard minimum order size of one item. For one banner, it costs $41.99. This is cheaper than our Market Standard of $60. As you order larger quantities, your price per banner gets significantly cheaper. Vistaprint offers different size options for their banners, including 2’ x 3’, 2’ x 4’, 3’ x 6’, and 4’ x 8’. You also have the option of creating your own custom-sized banner with Vistaprint. Horizontal and vertical layouts are available. Banner stands are available for $34.99 each, and banner hangers are available for $3.99. Banners are printed on 10-ounce or 15-ounce vinyl.

Lawn Signs

You can order lawn signs through Vistaprint in quantities ranging from 1-40, which meets our Market Standard minimum order size of one item. For one lawn sign, it costs $11.99. This is cheaper than our Market Standard of $25. As you order larger quantities, your price per lawn sign gets significantly cheaper.  Double-sided printing is available for $2.99 for one lawn sign. Wire stands for your lawn signs are available for $2.99 each.

Posters

You can order posters through Vistaprint in quantities ranging from 1-200, which meets our Market Standard minimum order size of one item. For one poster, it costs $19.99. As you order larger quantities, your price per poster gets significantly cheaper. Their poster size options include 11.25” x 17.3”, 18” x 24”, and 24” x 36”. Both vertical and horizontal layouts are available. Vistaprint’s posters come with a matte or glossy finish.

Shipping

Vistaprint’s standard shipping time is 14 days, which does not meet our Market Standard of one week. Standard shipping costs $9.68 for one banner, $12.58 for one lawn sign, and $6.15 for one poster. Shipping costs may vary with location. 3-day and 7-day shipping is also available for lawn signs at an additional cost.

Proofs & Samples

VistaPrint’s PDF proofs costs $1.99, which does not meet our Market Standard of free PDF proofs. They also offer free paper samples that you can request to check out the quality of the paper before ordering, which meets our Market Standard.

Additional Signs

In addition to banners, lawn signs and posters, Vistaprint offers bumper stickers, car door magnets, and window decals.

Customer Support

VistaPrint offers phone, email, and live chat support. Their phone support is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST. We had to wait around five minutes to get in touch with a support representative over the phone, and it took two days to hear back from their support via email. We found the overall quality of their customer support to be average. VistaPrint offers a money-back guarantee in the event that there is a printing error on your products, which meets our Market Standard.

Signs
Create Design from Scratch
Use Provider's Design
Use Your Existing Design
Download Blank Templates
Printer Type Digital, Offset
Banners
Minimum Order Size 1
Cost Per Order $41.99
Lawn Signs
Minimum Order Size 1
Cost Per Order $11.99
Posters
Minimum Order Size 1
Cost Per Order $19.99
Other Materials Available
Bumper Stickers
Car Door Magnets
Window Decals
Samples and Shipping
Professional Design Help -
PDF Proof
Standard Shipping Time 14 Bus. Days
Faster Shipping Options 3-Day, 7-Day
Customer Support Phone, email, live chat