What's the most you'd pay for a postcard?

It’s a mistake! :joy: :joy:

It’s really called Parcel Express. You can send via USPS, UPS, and FedEx, buy stamps, get something notarized…

They also sell postcard, greeting cards, gift wrap, and such

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The most I’ve paid has been $.65 USD. Last summer, on vacation I saw a display of absolutely drop-dead beautiful gorgeous cards, but they were something like $3 USD each. If it happened again, I’d be willing to buy a small amount of those, but the person’s profile would have to “click” with me to a significant extent to send one. In other words, I’d have to feel as though they would be truly appreciative rather than just another nice card.

That experience aside, my limit is under $1 USD. I’ve received so much “I love this” response from recipients that anything more expensive wouldn’t be worth it.


For modern cards that you buy online or in a shop (if you find one ), the prices can range from $0.25 to over a dollar,or more. For quite some time, I priced my cards in my online store @0.99 each. Not too much traffic. Then I lowered the price to $0.49 across the board and the orders started to flow in; sometimes repeat orders from customers. Other times, they have bought multiples of the same card <—I guess for swapping?

Sometimes at postcard shows, I can pick up some good items for $0.25/each. Some dealers who are clueless wanted to charge $0.50 or $1.00 per card. I ask if they can do any better; if they say “no” I walk away.

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For a rare 1890s photocard needed for my research & publication: $50 USD (but thats really pushing it!). For a 3D: maybe $4 and for special cards bought at airports around $2. All the others I get for officials and trades are usually 2 or 3 for $1 so I dont mind a few splurges now & then


I think you decided wisely to not buy that card.

Recently I bought a gorgeous 3D-card for 2 Euro - for sending it to a friend. She loves special cards and buys special ones for me too. And if it is for a special person, I probably would spend more, but then the card must be as special as the person.
Otherwise my more expensive cards cost 1 Euro, it’s about the same I paid for most of my own cards which I got printed professionally.

I guess the musicians-art-special-edition with motives of a book about flow for musicians did cost more, but they were included in a package with 2 books, so I don’t know exactly about the calculation. They are really good quality, limited edition and artists illustrations same as in the book.

Maybe a fun-fact: I thought of giving away for free a hand signed autograph card from Robin Gibb - but looked up what they are traded for, before I announced it. Wow! What would you think they cost? - Between 80 and 150 Euro. So I decided to not offer it for free. Though once upon a time I got it for free from the artist …


That reminds me. I have spent more on vintage postcards. I didn’t think of them because I don’t send them to others. They are for me to keep (I’ll use them in the na wbmp rr or send them to myself when I’m on vacation). But even for those, I’ve not paid more than $5.50 for one.

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2 for $1usd seems to be the best price I’ve seen for tourist postcards here in Portland, Oregon. Sometimes they are $1 each :sob: The train station downtown had the two for one buck deal; I haven’t seen that price in too many other places. Postcards were cheaper when I lived in Seattle, and more accessible, even the drug store carried affordable ones.
For artist cards, I’ll pay more. They start at $1/card but most are $2/card and up. Not in my budget right now but I bought some cards last year from a local photographer and gradually used those up.
There are a couple of thrift and secondhand stores where I can sometimes get a better deal on postcards. Sometimes they even have the tourist ones too.
I don’t think I’d pay $4 or more for a postcard.

Here in Italy prices have been skyrocketing the last few years… At the north principally they cost much more. Like it’s almost impossible to find one for less than 1€. When I went to Rome I could find good deals as 10 postcards for 5euros.
There’s one famous Italian series that costs 1,50 each. I only buy those if they’re at a discount offer like 3 for 3 euros.
Last time in Rome I saw a beautiful card in a shop and it costed 1,50, as I had this idea of not buying cards costing over 1€ I didn’t buy but I regret not having bought at least one for me and one for a close friend.

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Postcards with their logo should be given for free! As someone would think it’s an ad card, can you imagine paying that much for an ad card? You did the right thing putting it back!


The most I’ll pay for a postcard is $1.60 USD. That’s my budget and helps me decide “no thanks”. Gotta have money for postage. I would have had sticker shock at that $5.00 price too!


I mostly have my photos printed as postcards to keep the costs down

Sometimes when I visit bookstores in the city, or tourist sites, I buy cards they sell, usually at a $1 a piece.

I wouldn’t mind paying slightly more for a special card like a wooden piece, but my budget would probably be 2-3 dollars a piece, maximum.

In Ukraine, you can buy postcards from 1 hryvnia (0.027 dollars) to 60 hryvnias (1.60 dollars), but the average price is 12-18 hryvnias (0.4-0.5 dollars) per postcard.
The most expensive postcard I bought cost 40 hryvnias (1.1 dollars).
This does not include delivery (because I buy postcards in an online store)

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3,50 € for a puzzle postcard. But the intention was to do a lottery with that card, I would never ever send out such an expensive postcard via the main site to someone I don’t know. While it is a postcard it could only be sent in envelope and it had more than 20 g, so also more postage. I think in the end I sent it to a good friend.

It is not that I think a stranger isn’t worth such a card and higher postage but I prefer to know before if they would be happy or not.

Meanwhile I found more puzzle postcards for a lower price.

@Kaydee Oh, I’ve sent several such cards like on your pic. But only to very close friends. They are definitely worth to get such a card.
By the way, the card shown on your pic I bought for 4,50 € at a local shop last autumn :sweat_smile:

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5$ for a card advertising a shop is brazen in my opinion. I would have put back the card too. And bought another coffee instead. :wink:

I sometimes buy postcards for 1,50€, but I don’t spend more. The only exception is when I find a special card for a friend’s collection, I think I spent about 3€ for such cards.

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The most I would pay for a paper postcard in Japan and anywhere else is 170 yen (1,25 US dollars). I would pay a bit more for nice wooden cards.

The most expensive postcard I bought was 600 dinars in Serbia, Europe, which is around 5,25 US dollars, but I found it at an antique shop. The postcard was from about 100 years ago and I bought it for myself to keep.


The most expensive card I bought cost 4 €. In 2018 the City Theatre of Turku played “The Lord of the Rings” and during the interval they sold merchandice, including postcards of the production. But I can’t figure out why 4 € per card? Because of the price I bought only two and treasured them some time. Another I sent to a postcrosser friend and the other via postcrossing. I don’t know if she even realized what treasure she received.

After the last show I wondered what they would do with all the unsold merchandice and even considered emailing them and asking if they would like to sell the rest of the cards with discount to me. :joy: :joy:

In general I rarely buy cards that cost more than 1,50 €.


My most expensive card must have been 5€ for a wooden card by a local artist.
I try finding cards cheaper than 1€ but in Belgium, this seems quite hard.
except our local tourist card. They are 0.50€ but i live in a small rural ‘city’/oversized town.
In big cities like antwerp or gent the average price is 1.25 and 5 cards for 5€.
Sets, postcard books and the internet are,for me, the cheapest solution.


The most expensive postcards I’ve bought have cost 2€. Nowadays, I have decided not to buy cards more expensive than 1€ unless it is a special case. Finding cheap cards is no longer easy.

Tourist cards in my city cost 0,40 - 1,00 Euro. The prizes for cards have increased rapidly last year and other cards cost 1,20 - 1,80 Euro now. In my favorite shop here the prize for each card is 1,50 Euro (or 11 cards for 15 Euro) now. I don’t like to buy online but I think I have to in the future.

I can understand not getting a postcard for a high amount. If there were a package of 5, I would get it. For me, I want to have enough variety for names I draw out.

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