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¡dn ʇǝƃ ʇ,uɐɔ ı puɐ uǝllɐɟ ǝʌ,ı
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I bought an anniversary card for my wife today.
I have long been on the record as hating greeting cards, mostly due to the price but also because you look at them once and put them on a counter for a week or a month and then toss them.
No one picks up a card two days after they received it and sits down and reads it again, then gets all misty and lovey-dovey over the sentiment.

But it's my wife, and I haven't bought her a card in probably 3 years (this upcoming being our 28th anniversary), so I picked one with a nice bit of prose, and took it to the cashier.

NINE DOLLARS!! Plus tax!

It's a piece of thin cardboard with words on it!
I paid $9.50 for my burrito at lunch, just a minute before this.
I could buy a coffee maker for the same price as three greeting cards!

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1. How many cards (birthday/ anniversary/ etc) do you figure that you buy in one year?
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2. Am I the only one? Are cards not insanely expensive?!!
Yep. insane. You're preachin' to the choir, buddy.
Really expensive, but it's a necessary evil.
The cost is irrelevant. The message is everything. Don't you love your family?
No, the cost is about where it should be.
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Paul DeStefano
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You know that there are lines of cards available for $1, as well as cards available at actual dollar stores...
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I don't know what your options are in Canada, but here in the states you can buy "lesser" brand cards at the grocery store that run between $1 - $4 and, while not the best, are not bad. But yes, I agree that the cost of cards seems to be quite high these days. The last time I bought a nice card was for a friend's wedding because I know some couples actually will keep those cards. Outside that, I agree that a cheapo card is fine for something that is going to provide someone with memories that they are going to cherish for only a few seconds of their life.
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Check out Jib Jab for electronic cards,
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Better that I don't give her a card at all, than a $1 or e-mail anniversary card.
I mean she knows that I'm cheap frugal, but "this event is only worth about a buck to me" isn't the best message that I can give her.
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With the internet, now more than ever it's not necessary to spend store-prices on greeting cards. Make your own, print one out, use the free blank ones you get from charities you support & personalize it. Plenty of options that don't require store-bought stuff (and the message can be truly personal.)
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We send out about 100 Christmas cards out every year. Pricey.
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Simple solution:
1)Greeting card software with thousands of cards that can be customized.
2) computer and printer (which most people already have anyway)
3) card stock weight paper (pennies per sheet)

For a small investment you can make all the cards you could ever need/want.
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I'm with ya. I try to do cheesy gift when I can over a card, more bang for your buck usually.

It helps if you think of the card as art.
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On the poll you needed a "there's one born every minute" choice.
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If I buy a card I get them at Dollar Tree - they are 2 cards for $1.00 and almost as nice as name-brand cards.

For Christmas, I make cards for my husband, daughter, and father. This year I will make one for my brother-in-law, since we will be visiting him during the holidays.

For work, I am making cards using images from gift wrap glued onto scrapbook cardstock, decorated with jingle bells, and other doo-hickies.

I refuse to pay the ridiculous prices and refuse to get into those holiday card exchanges with friends and family. It's like a contest and accounting. You give me a card, I give you a card. shake
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As someone who spent 40 years running retail Card & Gift shops, Thanks!

However, for the best of both worlds, buy a blank card ($2-3, maybe $4 with special processes or attachments) and write your own sentiment, in your own hand*. Much more romantic.

*even better if you can write in calligraphy, otherwise just use a nice pen


BTW... when I started, at 12yo in Dad's shop 1969, we still had cards for 15 cents
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MWChapel wrote:
We send out about 100 Christmas cards out every year. Pricey.


We do photo cards, but they usually come out to something pretty cheap per card. Certainly not $9.

But, mostly, I just have the kids draw something and use that as the card for any occasion other than the holidays.

I do sometimes buy cards (ideally blank) as souvenirs. As maf man says, it's a reasonable way to get well-printed small art.
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I bought a very average card yesterday and didn't look at the price until the register. It was $6. I was angry enough to decide that I won't be buying cards again like that. Not because I can't afford it, I can, but I'm not going to enrich those thieves.
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There's things online where you can print your own, which you can make much more personalized.
 
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I think a $9 card is a bad move. Because it tells the person you're giving it to that they're only worth $9.

I think you should buy one of my line of $30,000 greeting cards.

Lined with solid gold, diamonds included, these greeting cards let your loved ones know that they are worth three stacks of high society.
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Story time!

When my wife and I first got married, on our 1 month anniversary, I got her a red rose. On our two month, two red roses. Three for three months - yeah, you guys are bright, you get where this is going.

I think it was around 6 that I realized they were cheaper by the dozen, so got her a dozen. My wife stepped in here and brought me back down to earth, pointing out (accurately!) that it's a little silly to be trying that every month. The month after that I got her a ring she had been looking at (not a hugely expensive ring, it actually was about what a dozen roses would have run me) and she liked that.

Anyway, she broke me of the habit of roses, but I've taken to giving her monthly anniversary cards. Just over 10 years now, and I've only missed one (out anniversary is the 25th, and one year Christmas got a little crazy and it was a week later when I realized I had missed the anniversary aspect) though I've been late on 2, I believe.

So, the funny thing? The thing even sappier than me getting these cards? She keeps them. All of them. She has them in a little box and occasionally will read a few of the older ones.

So, while most folks throw away most cards (I do, to be honest) there are a few who don't.

(I do sympathize with the cost of good cards, though!)

Hey, that reminds me, my 153rd month anniversary is coming up...
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My wife got MAD at me for buying her cards. "Stop wasting our money I don't want that!"
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jeffreyac wrote:

Hey, that reminds me, my 153rd month anniversary is coming up...


I find it difficult to find 153rd anniversary cards...
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If they'd just send you the same card back for your birthday, you could save a lot of money: http://imgur.com/a/dx8c3
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