Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Growth of Online Birthday Cards

When you hear the words and the melody of "Happy Birthday to You," you know that there is a celebration, and someone is having a special day. Did you know that according to sources, the most widely sung tune in the world is the Happy Birthday song? It isn't a wonder, because birthdays are unofficial holidays that are always celebrated, and very seldom forgotten. What is the best way to tell someone you remembered his special day? You can send him a birthday card, of course!

In the United Kingdom, the British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, estimates that more than 1 billion pounds are spent on birthday cards every year. Of these statistics from a BBC report, about 55 cards are sent by the average person in the UK annually. Typically, one birthday card in the UK may retail for two pounds fifty to four pounds. Apart from buying birthday cards, various items in the UK are given to people on their special days, such as flowers, sweets, and many more.

Here is a short history on greeting cards and birthday cards: the very first greeting cards were hand painted about 200 years ago. They were very expensive to make, so only the rich people get to send them out. Plus, mail and parcel was not as easy to deliver because of limits to transportation.

Later on, when postage stamps were being used, more and more greeting cards were created, and they became less expensive. It was in 1850 when the first birthday card was created, and it was also of a handmade design. At the present time, birthday cards are made of various types of paper, with different designs and messages. You may now buy birthday cards on line and they are the fastest growing sector of the greeting card industry.

Just like in the United States, the best way to buy greetings cards is on line. There are some great web sites that offer a tremendous selection of greetings cards at great prices. It is no wonder that on line greetings cards are so popular.

About 2.2 billion cards are circulated in the UK every year. The British are said to buy about 320 million birthday cards annually, with more than 30 million anniversary cards and about 11 million wedding cards adding to the statistics.

More than a billion pounds are spent by citizens of the UK from the purchase of greeting cards and birthday cards alone. Greeting cards are the third biggest purchase in the UK, next to chocolates and cola. Birthdays are definitely occasions to celebrate, no matter where you are in the world. Thanks to birthday cards, you can always wish someone a great year ahead, even if you're not there for their party.

Andrew Gibson is MD of It has thousands of free ecards to choose from for birthdays and all occasions. Many people now send free e-cards to celebrate birthdays and select them from thousands of free e-cards

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