Originally Posted by Gumby
So if I went on the Deluxe site and ordered and paid direct instead of out of my bank account, would they be cheaper?
Yes they would be cheaper but no you can't order directly from Deluxe - at least not under the Deluxe label.
The two surviving major check printers, Deluxe and Harland Clarke won't sell direct to the consumer as their primary customers (banks and credit unions) take exception to cutting them out of the fees they collect when account holders to order through the financial institution (see the OP for an example).
To get around this the check companies formed separate direct mail companies selling directly to the consumer. Current
= Deluxe and Checks In The Mail
= Harland Clarke.
Note than several other companies (Checks Unlimited, 4Checks, etc.) also sell checks directly to the consumer as well as through retail outlets like Walmart and Costco. These companies were created by former employees shed by Deluxe, Harland, Clarke and other mainstream check companies as the industry underwent massive downsizing during the past 15 years.