One Penny Post: A Virtual Postcard with a Real-Life Result

One Penny Post: A Virtual Postcard with a Real-Life Result

Taryn Williford
Feb 23, 2009

Isn't the internet amazing? I woke up this morning, picked out a picture of me and a friend from Facebook, typed a quick "I miss you" message, turned it into a postcard and mailed it to her in England—all without leaving my bed. It really is that easy. The Web source of this magic is One Penny Post and they will preach "Five Easy Steps!," but that's only if you count "We print and mail it" and "Postcard is received the old-fashioned way" as two of them. Otherwise, it's pretty much a wham, bam, thank-you-maam kinda deal: upload pic, type message, pay...

Pay? Yeah, not everything on the internet is free. But you're paying somebody else to design, print and mail the card, so the $2.49 surcharge (supposedly less for members who sign up for a free account) isn't outrageous. And there's plenty of opportunities to earn postcard credits, such as signing up for said free account or referring a friend to do the same.

Your postcard is printed and posted within 24 hours and can be shipped to anywhere in Austrailia, the UK or the US. More mailing centers are supposedly in the plan, as is support for creating invitations and birth announcements.

But why wait for them to add support for it? We say that there's no reason you can't make housewarming party invites or Christmas cards or even save-the-dates for your wedding with this service. What other ideas is One Penny Post perfect for? Let us know in the comments...

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