I love buying things online so I thought why not write reviews of the stores I buy my things at.
Note: My reviews are solely based on my opinions and experiences with the stores and I do not get paid to write my reviews.
So my first review will be about the postcard online store Postcardlocker.com. As you all know I’m addicted to postcards. 😉 For a long time I’ve been looking for online stores that sell touristy postcards. My search was not very successful – until I found Postcardlocker! I was so happy when I came across the online store and saw all the beautiful postcards they sell and I (almost) immediately had to place my first test order.
But before you go to their site now and buy up all the postcards…finish reading my review first. 😉 Seriously!
Postcardlocker.com is an online postcard store based in Guyana, a small country in South America. At the time of this blog post they have 1,259 different postcards in their assortment – which can feel like heaven for a postcard addict. 😛
What they sell
They sell mainly touristy postcards from many different places (mainly the Americas), landscapes, lighthouses, cities, animals/wildlife, Did you know cards, flag and map cards, postcard packets, postcard books, cartoon cards and many others. They even sell cards in bulk.
Prices, Payment and Shipping
Prices: Single postcards mostly sell for 30 cents, which is the same price postcards cost where I live. Some cost a little more. Postcard packets and books cost more – obviously.
Payment: They accept online payments through 2checkout.com accepting a variety of credit cards, debit cards and PayPal.
Shipping: The shipping cost depends on where you live and how much you order. Shipping for my order was $3.98. They dispatch their orders within 1 to 3 business days via Air Mail and the shipping can take 5 to 35 days, depending on where in the world you live. I received my order 20 days after dispatch. They ship to most destinations world wide and do not accept returns.
My thoughts and experience
At the first glance this store sounds/looks too good to be true…because they have such a big variety and sell cards from so many cool places. I did some more research because I wanted to know more about the quality of their cards and whether they just print copies of the original cards. I found one very short comment about the quality of Postcardlocker.com cards by someone who had ordered from them before, and it didn’t sound too bad. I thought about it for a little while and decided to give it a try. After all, the prices are very good and the shipping was not bad either.
So I placed a test order of the following 16 postcards and I paid a total of $9.06, which included shipping from Guyana to the USA. (You can find more pictures at the end of this post)
When I received the cards I was surprised how nice they were. If Postcardlocker.com just prints copies of the original cards, they have done a very nice job. The cards look and feel just like the cards you buy at a store. The only one thing I really did NOT like about the cards was their smell. 😕 They all have a very strong chemical smell which lets me assume that they really do their own printing. I’ve tried to air them out but the smell wouldn’t go away. So I put them in a plastic bag with baking soda which normally does a great job in absorbing bad smells…but after a week the cards still smell bad. 🙁 Not sure what I’m going to do next.
What I have noticed however are the different “types” of cards. Some look and feel more like originals and smell less bad:
And the rest of them says “printed in Korea” and smells very bad, especially on their back side:
So I’m not sure what to make of this. I still love their cards because they’re so beautiful and come from places I’ll probably never get to visit. As I know me, I’ll probably order more. 😉 But first I have to figure out how I can get rid of that smell.
One more thing I like about Postcardlocker.com is their offer to send you a written and stamped postcard from Guyana (normally it’s 58 cents but right now it’s discounted to 35 cents)….so you get an original for your collection! 🙂 This card will be mailed separately from your order.
With my order I also received 5 free postcards as a gift:
What I like about Postcardlocker.com
- Big variety
- Low prices
- Affordable shipping
What I don’t like about Postcardlocker.com
- Postcards have a very bad smell and might be self-printed.
Have you ordered from Postcardlocker.com before? If yes, what was your experience? And did your cards also smell so bad? What did you do to get rid of the smell?
Here are the cards I’ve ordered (note: the card quality is very good…my photos however are not because it was too dark when I took the pictures ;-))