Saturday, December 1, 2012

Saturday Shorts: 12.1.12

Saving Paper, Saving Money, Saving Face…

’Tis the season for holiday greetings. Some you may need to send in a hurry, like invites to that last-minute party you’ve decided to throw. Maybe you want to share what’s been going on in your life with a photo that says it all. And let’s not forget those occasions scattered throughout the year like your mom’s birthday which happens to be tomorrow, or a loved one’s calamity which requires a care and concern card pronto. Let’s face it, most civilized folks have heavy greeting card needs.

Whatever your situation, let Paperless Post come to your rescue. Paperless Post is a service which allows the user to create and email cards and invitations from a large selection of templates for a wide range of occasions and situations. Since its launch in 2009, Paperless Post has sent over 60 million user-generated cards and raised $12.3 million. 

Most online cards will cost a coin (alone) or two (with envelope); a few without envelopes are free. There are even ways to help a cause by selecting a custom “stamp” for your envelope. Most designs are also available in paper at a cost of a dollar or two plus shipping (cards must be ordered in multiples of ten; minimum order of 10 cards). Unfortunately you cannot order one card and have it printed and mailed for you; if you’ve forgotten a luddite’s birthday you are out of luck. 

For signing up at Paperless Post using an email address you will receive 25 coins to get started. Sign up on Facebook and you will receive 5 more. There are various ways to earn coins, and if you use up all your free ones, you can purchase more via credit card. FAQs are answered here

What not take Paperless Post for a spin right now? The selection of holiday invites and birthday cards is quite good. There are a number of designs to which you can upload your own photos. The first dozen or so cards won’t cost you anything… Go on, make someone smile. 

Why Saturday Short Subjects? Some readers may recall  being dropped at the movie theater for the Saturday matinee — two action-packed feature films with a series of short subjects (cartoons or short movies, sometimes a serial cliffhanger) sandwiched in between. Often the short subjects were the most memorable, and enjoyable, part of the morning. That explains the name. The reason behind these particular posts is that we are all short on time. My Short Subject posts should not take me as long to write or you as long to read (or try).

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