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How do I order custom cards from Plastic Resource?

Use our online instant quote system for the product you are interested in by browsing our products.

Or, submit your order to sales@plasticresource.com or call us at 833-290-5684 with the following information:

  • Type of card and quantity
  • Artwork, logo and/or design specifications
  • Numbering/encoding instructions (if applicable)
  • Ship to name and address

Upon submission of your order we will email you a proof for your approval within 24 hours prior to putting your order into production.

Can I add my business’ contact information to the back of the card?

Yes. We recommend you include your contact information and disclaimer text. If you have questions, contact us, and we will be happy to answer any questions and provide standard disclaimer text examples.

Can I offer gift cards without a point-of-sale (POS) system?

Absolutely! One common approach is to sell one-time use cards with a face value printed on the face of the card ($5, $10, $25). An example of this are coupon cards. We also have a number of clients that keep track of balance in a spreadsheet, or come up with other creative solutions to avoid the complexities setting up a new POS system.

Can magstripes be added to cards, key tags, and combo cards?

Yes. Plastic Resource can add magstripes to cards, key tags, and combo cards depending on the nature of the encoding/numbering required on the key tags and combo cards. Contact us at sales@plasticresource.com or 833-290-5684 for additional information.

Can you design me custom cards or key tags?

Yes. We have full in-house capabilities to assist you in designing your custom gift cards and key tags. To learn more visit the Custom Design Services web page.

Can you help me select a gift card, loyalty, or membership software system?

Yes. Most point-of-sale (POS) systems and credit card terminals have the ability to accept gift cards. Getting started is often as simple as swiping the gift card or contacting your POS provider to activate the gift card module. Plastic Resource has over 20 years of experience manufacturing gift and loyalty cards for hundreds of software systems. We can help you determine if you POS system or terminals are compatible with gift cards and/or recommend you to one of preferred gift cards software providers. Contact us to start the conversation.

Can you produce a standard business card size (2 x 3.5) on plastic?

Yes. We have a custom die for square or rounded corners using the same dimensions (2 x 3.5) as your standard business cards. Custom dies (unique shapes and sizes) are also available for an additional charge. Business cards are also available in a selection of material like clear, frosted and white plastic. Visit the plastic business cards page for details and an instant quote. If you are interested in making a unique impression, also take a look at our wood gift card options which can also used as business cards.

Do you have pre-designed cards I can choose from?

Yes. Plastic Resource offers a number of pre-designed gift and loyalty cards for you to choose from. Once you've chosen a design, send us a logo if available and we'll add it to the final design.

Do you sell gift card envelopes and sleeves?

Yes. Plastic Resource offers a wide selection of custom and pre-designed folding and hanging carriers and sleeves (a.k.a. gift card backers or gift card presenters). Visit to view our Card Carriers & Sleeves section to browse pre-designed options, or receive an instant quote on printing custom envelopes / sleeves.

Do you send samples of your custom plastic cards and key tags?

Yes. We offer samples of all our custom plastic gift, loyalty, membership cards, and key tags as well as our custom carriers and sleeves. Samples can be requested using our Request Samples form.

How do I go about designing a card?

We have three different options that include existing designs, design services, and professional template files so you can design it within your design software. You can learn more on designing cards web page. If you have any questions, we are here to help. Please feel free to contact us any time.

How does proofing and production work?

  • Once you submit your artwork, we will send you a proof within 24 hours.
  • Standard CMYK card, key tag and carrier orders of 5,000 or less ship in 4-9 business days from proof approval.
  • Specialty card orders or orders of more than 5,000 ship within 15 days of proof approval.

I've never sold gift cards before but want to start. What do I need to do first?

The first step in selling gift cards is having a system to manage them. If you have an existing POS System; you will need to find out whether or not you can accept gift cards.

If you can, simply contact our sales department and they will be happy to help you get started. Or, if you prefer, you can also review our step-by-step guide.

If you don't have an existing POS System, contact us at 833-290-5684 and we would be happy to refer one.

What are the minimum order requirements for cards and key tags?

The minimum order required for custom cards (you design) is 250 pieces. This includes custom printed gift cards, membership cards, business cards, and key tags with unique artwork. The minimum order for pre-designed gift and loyalty cards is 100 pieces.

What is a CR80?

A CR80 is the standard size of financial cards (credit, gift, loyalty, etc.) in the United States. CR80 specifications are 3.375 inches x 2.125 inches and .030 inches thick.

What is card “encoding?”

Encoding is a fancy way of saying unique numbering. Gift, loyalty and membership card and key numbering may be consecutive, random or based on an algorithm and may include letters and special characters. Card and key tag numbers are embedded into magstripes, barcodes or QR codes. The specific encoding format we use with your custom cards and key tags depends on the system you will be using them with. Please feel free to contact us with specific system or card encoding questions.

What is the difference between a magstripe and a barcode?

Not much. Both are mechanisms for embedding a number that references a record in a database on a software system. Magstripes are read by magstripe readers while barcodes are read by barcode scanners.

What is the difference between gift cards, loyalty cards, and key tags?

Very little as both “store value” albeit different types of value. The best way to understand the difference is a gift card references a monetary value while a loyalty card references a non-monetary value like points, discounts or a free drink. Both types of cards contain unique numbers that reference a unique database that contain card balances and history and both can redeemed for goods and services. Key tags can be used in the same way as gift and loyalty cards. The only difference is size and shape. In fact, a single card or key tag can be used for both a loyalty and gift card purposes provided the account/database is set up for both.

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