In the past 15 years as home computers became a part of every household, our methods of communication have adapted with the digital age. eCards (electronic cards) are greeting cards, post cards, and invitations that can be created or ordered on many Internet sites and sent via e-mail. A digital eCard can be personalized, interactive, include music and video and are environmentally friendly as they use no paper.
Other websites offer custom designed greeting cards and other paper goods where you can select a design, add your own photos and create one of a kind greeting cards, birth announcements, party invitations, stationery, and calendars.
Blue Mountain was one of the first web sites to offer eCards or online greeting cards. For the first few years, Blue Mountain was associated with Microsoft which advertised the ecards on its free Hotmail Service. But as eCards became more popular and web sites expanded, Blue Mountain offered paid memberships, went through many changes and eventually was bought by American Greetings.
In 1998, when I got my first home computer, I was so impressed when my cousin sent me a “Hello Newbie” eCard from Blue Mountain. It was animated and played a cute tune as I read a personal message of congratulations on my first computer. I sent her a thank you eCard - and it was free! Today, Blue Mountain has a few free eCards but the majority of cards be sent only by purchasing a membership:
Blue Mountain 1 Year Membership Rates:
Blue Mountain memberships are a good value for people who buy a lot of greeting cards. Think about how many cards you mail and give to people every year: Most single cards cost around $3 - $4. If you buy only 10 cards a year, it will cost $35- $40.
Blue Mountain members can take advantage of these features:
I am currently disputing THREE payments to Blue Mountain. They charged me $19.99 twice, and $9.99 today. I am disputing this with my bank as they are unresponsive. http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/blue-mountain-cards-c248277.html
This is the second year that I have been charged for BlueMountain Cards and I have not requested this. I DO NOT SEND E-CARDS. Last year I tried to contact them with no success. This year I am going to call my bank and tell them that the charge was not for me and will not pay it http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/blue-mountain-cards-c248277.html
Minted sells a variety of paper goods with hundreds of unique artistic designs. They don’t offer eCards but for those who appreciate hand written notes and paper greeting cards, Minted has a large selection of stylish eCards, stationery, invitations, etc. that can be personalized with sentiments, details and photographs. Minted was founded in 2007 by Marian Naficy who created a community of designers from around the world. By holding regular design competitions, Marian gave unknown graphic designers an opportunity to gain exposure and make money with their creative expressions.
Since 2007, Minted has received thousands of design entries and the best ones are selected by the Minted community to be used for the following products:
The Minted “community” is comprised of many different types of people, some professional designers, parents and others with a passion for creativity. Anyone can submit a design; all designs are treated equally and given the same assessment whether they are submitted by a professional artist or a stay at home mom.
$583: 100 Personalized Wedding Invitations with matching envelopes, Save the Date Cards, RSVP cards, Thank you Cards, on Signature paper (thick, soft cotton) With your choice of background, ink color and paper – for an extra charge you can select recycled or pearlescent paper)
$70: 25 birth announcements with personalization and photo, matching envelopes
$59: 25 holiday/Christmas cards with personalization and matching envelopes
Large collection of unique paper products in variety of designs, everything from shabby chic to modern/hip designed by artists around the world
Minted paper goods are lovely, ethereal, dignified and thoughtful…but you won’t find too many novelty or funny cards on their web site. If you have a wicked sense of humor, you may find these designs a little tame.
American Greetings is the biggest eCard provider on the Internet. It was founded in 1906 by a Polish immigrant Joseph Saperstein who sold cards from his horse drawn cart. Still family owned, American Greetings is one of the world’s largest greeting card companies. In addition to selling cards in retail stores, AmericanGreetings.com offers eCards, evites (invitations) and cards you can customize and print.
American Greetings has a limited selection of free eCards, but their inventory of membership cards is amazing. There are cards for every type of personality: sentimental. goofy, romantic, serious. You may purchase and e-mail single eCards for $1.99 or buy a membership after your no obligation Free Trial:
Ecards provide “instant greet-ification”; no postage necessary and if you forget to snail mail a card on time, just send it on the day of the occasion and it will arrive right away in the recipient’s email. As we spend more time on our computers, eCards are becoming the standard method of sending a special message to one or more people.
For creative people, store bought cards can be disappointing. Many of the sentiments are trite or not applicable and the art work is redundant. Sending a personalized eCard or mailing a letter on custom designed stationery is so much more meaningful.