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Touch Note is a site that lets you upload your photos with a single touch of your smartphone, then edit them into greeting cards or postcards. Once that is done, you get to type a fun message and let the company send them on their way. The company has received many awards including the Everline Future 50 business award, the BMA platinum nomination, and the UK 2015 Technology Fast 50 award, enhancing their growth and appeal.
Their site comes with an app you can use directly from your phone. With a smartphone you can take a photo, upload it instantly, write a message, type in the mailing information, and it is sent.
They were featured in Forbes, Mashable, The Independent, Daily Mail, and Sky. Reviews speak for themselves, with almost four thousand reviews online, the average of which rates the company 4.7 stars out of 5.
For the cards, you get the option to add more than one photo to the front, or even pick from a variety of greetings like ‘thank you’ or ‘happy birthday’. Change the style, add captions, and pick different backgrounds for the prints.
When you upload photos the site does not retain rights to them. You get your photos stored in your account so that you can re-use them on future orders, but that is it.
Send professional or commercial cards from sales staff or to school teachers, and more.
If you do not have a smartphone, then the ease of use provided by the app is useless. You can still upload things from the website, but it takes a few more steps.
Postcards are a popular way to tell someone you are thinking of them while on a vacation or visiting some place new. However, they can get costly, and then you add to that the time / money it takes to travel to the post office for stamps. Moreover, lots of people wish they could send something other than what is available at the local shop. Postcards, good postcards, can be difficult to find when traveling. Some people have to visit multiple shops before they find any, and when they do, they might not be high quality or of the sights you want. With so many people taking their own photos today with cameras or phones, high quality ones at that, it is now more appealing to send something you took yourself of whatever you saw.
You might have entered a cave or museum postcards of which do not exist, but you want to send the image you took to friends. Alternatively, you might want to send a photo with yourself in it, or your family without the hassle of replacing toner cartridges, finding the right paper, cutting, and mailing. With this site, you can convert your images directly into postcards. These are not the only thing you can do of course. Consider printing a large canvas print of your image, greeting cards to loved ones, or framed photos for your home.
While there are many photo sharing sites out there, and many sites that let you order prints or special photo gifts, not many of them offer postcards. Those that do will simply send you the postcards. What makes this one stand out is that you are not just sending a print. You are actually sending a real postcard, and they can send it for you so you have no hassle on your end.
If you use a credit pack, you can actually save money on your orders. More importantly, unlike other websites which charge shipping based on location, you can send a postcard or greeting card using the credits and the price includes the postage anywhere in the world. Buying credits in packs saves you money all around. These credit packs last for one year, so you do not have to feel pressured to use them all at once.
Create a membership. You do not need to pay to become a member, but you do need to register.
Once you are a member, you can download the app onto your phone for easy use or just use their website.
Upload your photos.
Pick the ones you want to mail, then add a message and the mailing information.
Have the company send them out on your behalf.
If you order postcards or greeting cards, it will take 1-2 days to arrive in the UK, 2-5 for the US. It will take between 1-2 days for Germany, 3-5 for the rest of Europe, 2-4 for Australia, and 1-3 weeks for the rest of the world.
Addresses are saved automatically on the site, so once you use it for a single order, the information remains there for other orders.
Photos have to be at least 432 x 306 pixels. If images are too small then they look grainy. Standard photos taken from cameras or phones are fine. Their maximum resolution is 300dpi.
Both Walmart and Target are popular for their photo section. Like many grocery stores or chain stores, there is a photo area that lets you upload your photos and then order printed things like pictures, canvass, or even t-shirts. However, their customer service is not the best, with lots of issues, busy lines, and machines that seem to always fail.
Ordering online is fine, but the sites can be difficult and options limited. Postcards are not one of the main options you can find. Instead, you can print cards or photos, but not fun postcards. Moreover, you cannot have them printed, stamped, and mailed for you.
The Shutterfly website is a great site for image sharing, but in recent years its expansion has caused other previously appealing aspects of the business to falter. Photo gifts that just have images or lettering on them have become their main selling point rather than photos. Postcards are not a popular option on their site, and they are often quite expensive. You might end up paying up to five dollars for a single postcard to be printed and mailed on your behalf from a photo you too.
To reduce costs, they can send things to you directly, but in any case the shipping times are rather extensive. Shipping overseas or to APO is even longer and you might honestly wait months for something to arrive. Worse, still, is that for some reason ordering regular prints or cards takes exponentially longer to complete compared to ordering a photo gift.
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Touchnote use a credit based system, with credits expiring after 12 months. They will neither refund nor extend them, so if you don't use up your credits your money is lost, I.E. They are happy to steal from you. Companies that force you to buy credits first before you can buy the actual product put profit before the customer. Invariably you will forget that you have credits sitting in your account, and when you finally remember, chances are it is too late to spend them, or you don't have time or a need to exchange them for the actual product. Touchnote is no exception to this. They do send you reminders that your credit is about to expire, but when you have no time or need to send a card at that moment in time your money will be gone. You might as well have burned your money, or chucked it down the drain. Their explanations and justifications are a masterclass in clever Marketing language, hiding anti consumer business practices behind positive sounding language. They justify the need for expiring credits with ludicrous excuses such as not being able to provide you with good deals. Sure, discounts for bulk buying is nothing new, but there is not one single reason why they need to expire, just because you've bought them in bulk. On premium plans, however, credits have no expiration! So it is, in fact, _entirely_ possible to not let purchased credits expire after all, so Touchnote have simply moved this behind a paywall! Times have changed, however, and Touchnote are no longer unique in what they offer; there is plenty of choice in the Market. Do not fall into the credits trap, and do not believe in the premium subscription fallacy! Stay away from Touchnote at all costs, and buy your cards from companies where you can pay with plain old money instead of credits. You've worked hard for your money, not to give it away to some company who puts profits before the customer. Att least the print quality of the cards is nice, so they get one star for that.
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why does it take soooooooooo long for my stuff to get here omg!
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