In the aftermath of WW SSB I have been enjoying the fun of processing another few hundred QSL cards. I started a three year backlog in full artificial enthusiasm early this year, but things came to a hold with the birth of my second son. When the dust settled, it was contesting time. Then log checking time for the UBA contests. So The plan was to continue to work on the QSL job in summer. Yeah right.
Together with the batch I did in January, I am now already up to 2600 cards needed. There still is a BIG shoe box to be done. No kiddie size, think Bigfoot boots. My guess is that this will lead to a total of at least 4000 QSL cards needed. Current price per thousand at GlobalQSL’s is 106. That means 424 US$ or €326. Possibly more.
Three hundred twenty six Euro. Ouch. And for what? Not only did I spend countless hours flipping cards because callsign and QSO info are on either side, or look through the log because the card says W1ABC but the log says W1ABC/P or /4 or whatever. No, after all these hours I need to dig up good money to send paper to people that they will all throw in a box never to be seen again.
There is an alternative. Former ‘purveyor to the royal ON5ZO household’ QSL printer UX5UO. Let’s do compare apples and oranges for a change and go for the cheapest style. Still looking good and better than the toilet paper grade I sometimes receive. That’s only 36 Euro, times four is 144 Euro. Four thousand labels cost (fast online quote) about 80 Euro which adds up to 224 Euro. Then I need to outsource the sticking of the labels to a subcontractor (thanks mom!), sort them, box them and get them to one of the UBA QSL managers. For about hundred Euro more?
So it boils down to another case of shut your mouth and open your wallet. Hey this feels like paying taxes! I did the math when GlobalQSL started their business and compared with the price of high end UX5UO QSL cards and labels and labour, and decided that GlobalQSL was the way to go. It’ll be no different this time. Still I think it’s a waste of money. Y’all better work me next time, receivers of my precious full color glossy QSL card!