Postcard printing and mailing services today can give customers either a treat or an unnecessary headache, depending on whether the customer actually wants or has need for a postcard. After all, cheap postcards will have no real value or use to a person, unless of course you count the sentimental value added when the sender is someone close to you. There are, however, a few options and alternatives one can take when it comes to the quality custom postcards and full color postcards you regularly receive in your mail, and knowing this is quite useful when you have no idea what to do. You may not be the one buying custom postcard printing services, but it does not mean that you cannot benefit from it.
Collect. Putting a spin on Deltiology—the study and collection of postcards— you can start your very own collection of postcards, except that you will mostly just collect and keep postcards that are sent to you and not simply ones that you have bought. This works well if you regularly receive well-designed postcards from friends or even companies which would look good when compiled and organized methodically. Collecting is a good hobby and if you do not have anything to collect except a bunch of cards you receive from vacationing friends and persistent companies, you could start now and perhaps your collection will grow to a respectable size in the future.
Recycle. If you have no other use for those high gloss postcards that you keep on receiving from all over, you might as well get to work in recycling them and making another environmental advocate happy. Postcards are quite ideal in making different types of arts and crafts, particularly because they can come in so many colors, textures, and designs that you would not have much of a hard time looking for some raw material. This “recycled postcard” art could be your own personal project or hobby which would not only give you something to do in your free time but also makes for a cleaner and greener environment and solves your postcard problem.
Forward. This is definitely not one of the most common or the most highly advised things to do with postcards, but it is indeed possible for you to salvage some beautiful and well-designed postcards and forward them to your other friends. You would have to do some editing and cutting up, which means that the product you are holding may or may not be a postcard anymore by the time it is ready to be mailed again. Still, this is something you can keep at the back of your mind until a time when you are in desperate need to reuse some postcards.
Post card printing today makes some interesting hobbies and projects which is probably a reason why post card printers continue to be strong in service to companies and to the general public. With all of the postcards being printed and mailed all over the world today, people may no longer have any idea on what to do with the postcards and must therefore read the list above for reference.