VistaPrint, the company I used to print the banners and postcard, will print 
250 business cards for free in the US - you just pay for shipping. Their 
quality is first-rate even for the free cards, and if you pay to upgrade the 
paper quality it is even better. Much less expensive than the prices you're 
seeing. Not sure how that would work for European folk but for Perl developers 
in the US it is hard to beat. If you go to their site at, you'll see "Select a Country" in their top 
navigation bar, and many European countries are listed. It appears they have a 
similar deal - I've not looked carefully at what they offer in Europe however. 
Check it out - might be a much lower cost alternative.

As for name badges for those who work a stand at a conference or event, I have 
had excellent luck just designing and printing a good-looking badge using a 
color printer, then running it through a simple laminator and punching a hole 
in the top to attach a lanyard. Cost is next to nothing and you can make it 
look very professional. One trick I learned the hard way - print the badge 
twice and laminate it so that the information is the same on both sides of the 
badge. They have an annoying tendency to flip over when you're wearing them and 
show the backside!

        --  rms

On Feb 15, 2010, at 8:08 AM, Gabor Szabo wrote:

> Hi,
> we have discussed lots of things during and after FOSDEM, I'd like to
> pick up a few one-by-one and see if we can do them.
> We talked about that fact that it would be nice to have personal
> business cards for the people who are around the perl stand or people
> who do work for The Perl Foundation.
> I am now looking at the business card I got from someone from the
> Mozilla Foundation. It has roughly the
> following information:
> ===================
> On the front side it has his name, his title (which is just a funny
> text) e-mail address, mobile phone link to his home page,
> and the Mozilla logo with the URL of
> On the other side it has a cloud of words: people, Internet, open,
> choice, community,...
> ===================
> I think it would be a good idea to give such name cards with the Perl
> logo (one of them) to everyone who represents Perl on the various
> events.
> I don't think if it is necessary to offer an e-mail address,
> or or how would that be handled but having
> such cards would be nice. If the name is large enough we could also
> use these as name tags to be pinned to the T-shirts.
> Pricing: It would be important to check the prices in other places as
> well but I checked it with the printing shop I am using and it costs
> 120 NIS ~ 35 USD for 200 one sided cards.
> BTW I also got a price offer for the community cards Salve produced.
> There the price is slightly higher about 45 USD for 200 cards.
> What I'll need is someone to produce a design for this (or several
> designs to pick from)
> and then we can run the process.
> What do you think?
> Gabor

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