Cheap Check Pricing – Are You Getting the Best Deal?

There are all sorts of check-printing services out there, both online and in-person, so it can feel overwhelming to have to sort through everything on your own. This is why we compiled a list for you today that might make it easier to figure out where you should source your next printing of checks from!

Here are a few things you might want to figure out before you go shopping for checks:

·       The style or design of checks – some sites offer a wider selection of options than others, so this can be very relevant when comparing certain sites to others (but not all that relevant if you only care about price, because all the options on our list have the same classic check designs)

·       Single or duplicate checks – singles are almost always cheaper than duplicates, having this in mind can make sure that you don’t run into any unexpected prices

·       And if you belong to any membership or bank that offers exclusive deals

The compilation of different sources shows that check printing is often offered by one of the three institutions:

  1.   Your Bank
  2.   Store Chains
  3.   Online Services

Each has its advantages and disadvantages, and today I am going to list a few options from each, and what makes them potentially viable solutions.

Furthermore, as a note going on, check printing prices are best determined by price-per-check, using the classical design as the base for comparison, because looking at price-per-box can be deceiving due to different quantity sizes.

Here’s a quick preview of what’s to come:

Check Printing Service Price Per Check ($)
Walmart .05
Costco .04
Carousel Checks .07
Vista Print .07
Checks Unlimited .13
Checks Advantage .07

Your Three Options

Banks

With so many banks out there, and the fact that you likely won’t switch banks to get a better deal on check printing (unless you print a LOT of checks), it wouldn’t be all that useful to recommend certain banks for you.

But, in all honesty, we don’t have to do that, because for most banks, check printing is rather expensive, pricing well over $.10 a check for most banks. Going through Wells Fargo might have seemed like the only option in the past, but now, you have so many more choices to go with.

Store Chains

Walmart, Costco, where would check printing be without them?

Walmart

Walmart comes in strong with only $.05 a check! With many designs to choose from, all at similarly priced options, it is clear how they have stuck with their everyday low prices strategy, even in check printing.

Costco

It gets a bit more complicated here due to memberships and the varying levels and how they affect prices, but it is safe to say that if you already have a Costco membership, then this is likely the cheapest option. Starting in at around $.035 a check for Gold Star/Business Members, and even cheaper for Executive Members.

The only wrinkle might be the high order volumes, for the lowest amount you can buy is nearly 500 checks.

Online Services

This is likely the category you were expecting when you clicked on this article, because with the proliferation of the internet, check-printing businesses have exploded, and there are tons out there. This makes it somewhat challenging to distill them all into only the best options, nevertheless, here are some great options for cheap check printing!

Carousel Checks

Their checks can be seen offered on Amazon.com, among other platforms, being sold at a relatively competitive rate of down to $.07 a check. Compared to the other retail options’ prices, our first online store doesn’t seem so enticing.

Keep in mind, of course, that Carousel Check rates do differ depending on the bulk of the order, so we are basing prices off of larger orders of checks for simplicity’s sake.

Vista Print

Synonymous with business cards and all things personalized, Vista Print also does checks – no shocker there. At lower volumes, with their trademark level of high customization, the price per check works out to be slightly lower than $.07 a check, depending on the deal.

Checks Unlimited

For a website with the name “checks” in it, you would think their pricing might be comparable to that of the other choices here on this list, but that isn’t the case. The standard price for a larger order is around $.13 a check!

However, if you do count their deals for larger orders, the price can be driven down, by how much? It depends and varies on the bulk of the order.

Check Advantage

Coming in a rather run-of-the-mill lower price points, Check Advantage’s checks place a little over $.07 a check – not too bad.

Conclusion

All in all, it would seem like the online options do not actually undercut the brick-and-mortar classics (they are online too!). But when you take into account all of the check promotions available, online check prices are competitive. So, if you are looking to bulk up on a new order of checks, don’t look over Walmart and Costco, because those big guys don’t disappoint in their low prices.

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