Here at CruiseTalk we like to provide all kinds of information that may be of interest to cruisers. When I run across a product or service that I feel would benefit cruisers, I like to share it with our readers. I was introduced to such a product last week while talking to a wonderful lady named Meli Horowitz who works as an independent distributor for a company called SendOutCards. When she told me about what her company does, I knew it was something I had to share with our readers.
Finding time to send out cards is one of my personal biggest struggles. I like to cruise in early December because of the great pricing available during that off peak time. We have taken two Mexican Riviera cruises, a Hawaii round trip from San Diego, two Trans-Atlantic cruises, and one Caribbean cruise during that time of year. When I’ve gotten back from those cruises, I am usually busy unpacking, doing laundry, and doing all things around the house and around town to get ready for Christmas. I just don’t have time to send out my Christmas cards. In my mind I think that I have enough time to send a picture from the cruise off to a photo printing sight, pick up those picture and then hand address each envelope just in time to get the cards out to arrive on everyone’s mailbox by Christmas Eve. What ends up happening is that I end up sending out a “Happy New Year” card sometime near the end of January.
SendOutCards simplifies the whole process. In my situation, I would create a Christmas card mailing list on their web site months before I am going on my cruise cruise in say… September or October. Then while I’m on my cruise I could just pick a favorite picture, upload it to the website, and then with a few clicks send it out in card format to my Christmas card mailing list. The SendOutCards service is available on a per use basis or on a subscription basis with the monthly allowances being cumulative. The points accumulated never expire, so users make no long term commitment, and can use the points until they are all spent. So users can subscribe all year, accumulate points in their account, and then utilize those points when ever they need to send out cards. The monthly account subcriptions does provide the best prices per point to subscribers.
Meli writes a nice blog, www.melilovescards.com with lots of ideas about the importance of mailed cards and has lots of suggestions about what kinds of things to include in your messages. We all feel special when we get a piece of real mail during the holidays or on special occasions. You can find out more about the SendOutCards service at her website: www.sendoutcards.com/meli