Thursday, September 15, 2016

Photo a la Carte Postcard Stickers

Note:  This review was originally posted to my Epinions account.
Back when I worked at Wolf Camera, I came across this product.  The name is a little misleading.  For those wondering exactly what this is, the stickers are actually backing for pictures so you can turn your 4x6 photographs into postcards.  Lets say that you are on vacation or you just got back.  You wanted desperately to send someone a postcard, but you couldn’t see dropping a dollar on one of those professional deals.  That’s where this product might come in handy.

Now, the ones I got were on clearance and I think are an older version of what’s on the web site.  First, mine are 6+3 free, or nine total.  Apparently, they come in packs of 15 now.   Also, the ones I had usually had some sort of message.  The ones I have now say either “I am a baby boy” or “We’ve moved”.  There were generic ones that simply had the lines for the address and the postage-here box.  Still, it’s a great product.

There are a few drawbacks.  First, it’s meant for a 4x6 picture.  If you have one of the newer formats that Wolf Camera offers, like 5x5 or 4½x6, you might have issues.  Yes, you could trim the picture and/or the backing, but who wants to be bothered?  (From what I can tell, this product only comes in 4x6, but you may be able to find other similar products that come in other sizes.)

Also, the backing can be tricky to line up with the photo.  You have to line it up perfectly or risk having someone else’s mail stuck to your postcard.  The ones I have use two pieces that you peel off, much like you’d dine on a self-adhesive bandage.  One is a small strip, maybe a ½ inch in height, which means that you could have the picture and the backing lined up easily before you press down on the adhesive.  From that point, it’s easy to apply the rest of the backing.

One big downside is that you have to get something developed.  This is not a huge problem in the digital age, granted.  The good news is that it will probably cost about the same as a postcard, but you get to select your own image.  If you have a choice, get matte finish, as this is more resistant to fingerprints.  The product comes with nothing to protect your picture at all.  Remember that it’s a postcard and anyone and everyone may be handling it.

The good news is that regular postcard rates still apply.  If you just want to send one picture to a person, but don’t want to have to pay more for the special envelope and the extra postage, you can send one with the postcard stickers.  I’ve used a few of these and I haven’t had much of a problem with them.  Just be sure to press down hard on the backing.

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