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    Greeting cards...

    So around this time is graduation season and I have a couple of acquaintances who are graduating, just recently I was with one of them who had a stack of cards they received. As he was going through the stacks of cards, I got bored and decided to start looking at the prices printed on the actual cards.

    Some were about a buck or so, but a few were over $4! I'm sure most people bought them on sale but it's pretty crazy how overpriced they are if you think about it as if you've ever bought bulk printed products (like flyers for a show etc.) you'll know how affordable it is once you make a major purchase and companies like Hallmark are doing even larger print runs so they definitely make some good profit on them.

    However, what astonishes me is that we all buy that crap knowing it's going to end up in the trash most of the time as I at least rarely keep cards unless it was a really special message.

    At the same time, to me it seems like we're kind of obligated to buy it as it's sort of expected to give a card for any special occasion even if a gift is present. At least in the U.S., curious what some of you from other parts think of this.

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    RE: Greeting cards...

    Well, in the UK, those who are wise about budgeting may visit this chain of stores for their card purchases:



    You can get large packs of greeting cards for just a quid. Great savings! But the real wallet killer is Valentine's Day. You can defeat the recession by splashing out on this card for the special someone in your life:


    (ASDA is a supermarket chain here.)

    This card was just seven pennies those few months ago. Top banana!
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    RE: Greeting cards...

    I avoid buying greetings cards. I do it for my grandparents and my immediate family because it's still something expected, but I don't buy them for friends - it's a nice thought but ultimately it's a couple of quid that you're going to look at once and then throw away.

    We've got a card shop called Card Factory in my town, and it does a raging business because it only charges maybe 59p for most of it's cards. That's where I go when I have to buy one!

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    I only send greeting cards to people out of state/country or to the few that I know won't to a computer with a twenty foot pole. For everyone else, they get either a phone call or an email with me and I tend to lean towards emails.

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    I rarely buy cards at all. Actually, I usually make them myself to give to people. Valentines card for my girlfriend? I gave her a comic that doubled as a card with a cute poem. Birthday cards? I've made 3 this year alone. I used to draw them by hand even if my drawings were awkward just because the idea of making it myself makes it more personal. Sure, it may cost on paper at times...But it's honestly more cost effective and sincere. My dad and grandmother keep all the cards I've given them.

    But the reasons we give cards can be sort of scattered too. >w<
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    I wish they weren't a tradition. 95% of the time there's no thought put into them. Scribble a name inside a generic card and on the envelope, whack the card inside the envelope and either fold it shut or seal it with your saliva, and that's it—done! I'm the only person I know who creates personalised cards through websites like Moonpig. It costs a bit extra but at least the cards have some thought put into them.

    Here's one thing I'll be thankful to the digital age for: the eventual destruction of the card industry. Spend the money on gifts, I say. Write a letter instead of getting a generic card.
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    I only send two people greeting cards, my Dad and Grandmother. Mostly because they are not on social media of any sort including email. And once in awhile send someone a hand written thank you card (not just a signature in it).
    We are all insane, we just act normal for the sake of others.

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    I'm located in South Africa and there is a culture to give people greeting cards on special occasions. Hallmark cards are popular but they are quite expensive for the average consumer, this is a developing country with a weak currency so prices are sky high. But there are cheaper alternatives and I know for a fact that local card businesses are doing quite well. If someone can't afford a Hallmark card, which costs more than double the price of a good cup of coffee they can just purchase the local alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    I wish they weren't a tradition. 95% of the time there's no thought put into them. Scribble a name inside a generic card and on the envelope, whack the card inside the envelope and either fold it shut or seal it with your saliva, and that's it—done! I'm the only person I know who creates personalised cards through websites like Moonpig. It costs a bit extra but at least the cards have some thought put into them.

    Here's one thing I'll be thankful to the digital age for: the eventual destruction of the card industry. Spend the money on gifts, I say. Write a letter instead of getting a generic card.

    I don't think spending money on gifts is the best idea either. Honestly, I think it'd be better to just GIVE money as a gift, because so often people get gifts and pretend to like them just to get rid of them anyway. >w< Cards at least are picked out thoughtfully but...I think juts giving letters with money is better. Or at least write a card that means something ;-;
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    It's crazy how overpriced come cards can be... Some have music and things pop-up from inside but it's totally unnecessary. I think for a child it's fun! But I stopped buying cards. Most people I know just check for money, say thanks and toss it in the trash. I've been drawing pictures for people instead. I like to include something personal, such as an inside joke or maybe their favorite animal, celebrity, city, etc, with the "Happy birthday!" or other, and they appreciate it more. It's also free!

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