Reviewed by Angela Bickford
It's our latest review and giveaway! Postcardly.com is a service that allows users to send emails of text and images that can be sent out to loved ones in the form of a postcard. Read more below about this great service and see how you can win 10 FREE postcards of your own!
This service was pretty cool. My babies have been in the NICU and haven't been allowed many visitors. This was an easy way, in my limited time, to snap an updated picture, type in some quick text highlighting their progress, and shoot out an email to the site, which would then send a postcard out to my intended recipient. How do they know who it goes to? That's pretty neat also. Once you sign up for the service, which has several plans available, you set up a personal email address for each recipient. For example, if you're sending a postcard to grandma and grandpa, the email you set up might be 'firstname.lastname@example.org', which would be attached to their names and mailing address. Then, whenever you wanted to send a card to them, you'd send the email directly to that specific address. It's that easy! I sent postcards to several family members. Here's what one of them had to say:
"I liked the personalized note on the back. The message could be the same, but the names are unique to the recipient. What a great way to communicate!"
Another thought that it was a really cute surprise to have gotten in the mail, since mailed letters are so rare these days.
Here's a sample postcard I sent myself of my two babies. Postcardly.com recommends sending a test card to yourself to see what it looks like.
Two things I discovered after doing so:
1. If you create an image in Photoshop like I did (so that I could combine the two images into one postcard), be sure your resolution is set to high - my postcard came out a little blurry. The site will use whatever image you send, so if it's not high quality, like mine wasn't, then it will turn out that way. When I sent another card out to the grandparents and used a better image, it turned out much better, so I know it was user error on my end.
2. Whatever subject line you put will be on the card, as will a signature line. See my card above where it says 'Test Card' - that was my subject line. I should have either left a subject off, or used the 'Dear' line as my subject line. In addition, on one of the cards I sent to my parents, I left my email signature on the card and it, too, got printed! Lesson learned!
All in all, I really liked the service, and will probably continue to use it. Memberships range from $1 per postcard to as little as $0.67 per postcard, which I find to be a pretty good deal for a personalized note. The one thing I found strange, but that wouldn't keep me away, was that I sent four postcards on the same day and they all arrived on different days, even though they were all going to the same city; one came within two days, the last one after a total of eight days! Most postcards though, came within a very timely manner and the recipients loved them, so I was happy with the service overall.
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