As mentioned earlier, I've been testing out some potential goods from Zazzle and deviantART. This bundle is mostly from the former and includes a poster, mugs, badges and a magnet. Let me review these a little for those of you who may wish to purchase from Zazzle at some point or, indeed, set up your own Zazzle shop.
The images on the mugs are printed all the way around but do have a small border top and bottom. It's pretty unobtrusive but I would prefer it without. The Pixel Avengers mug, in my opinion, works best because of it being on a white background and so it works pretty seamlessly with the way they are printed. The mugs themselves are of a decent size and feel sturdy and, for some reason, coffee tastes wonderful in them - especially when accompanied by Pop-Tarts and an issue of Matt Fraction's Hawkeye
There's not much to say about the badges but the print on the magnet (the square one) could perhaps be a bit sharper. The smaller badges work better with a close up image but the larger ones can handle a more detailed picture. They are what they are though and for a pound or so they're pretty nice.
Zazzle's service is pretty good though I did have to order a reprint of the sketch mug. The image had printed wonky, a little blurry and had two black marks across the lip of the mug. I e-mailed their customer service team a couple of photos that showed the faults and they organised a replacement that was here in days and that had printed perfectly. So, good times.
Now, the third mug from the top (feat. The Asgard Plains) was from deviantART. There's more of a border on the dA mugs so the image really looks like a little strip across the middle. It also wasn't centered with there being a wide space between the left of the image and the handle. I set up the image correctly when submitting it as a print so I guess this is just how dA mugs come out. Has anyone else bought a full-wrap mug from dA with this issue? I think that quotes or logos would work wonderfully with these but I'm not convinced about a full image with the weird gap. The print quality's nice and bright though, so that's good. If you are designing your own mug you might want to... mind the gap, as it were.
So, in summary, both Zazzle and deviantART provide nicely printed items. Both of them have a nice selection of goods and print types to print on. Both services seem to work really well, with any problems being resolved promptly and with no real effort on my part. Would I recommend them? Yes. For both buyers and artists alike. So set up your prints now, or dive into the shops and treat yourselves to something. You won't be sorry you did.
And that concludes my merchandise reviews for now. I hope you've found it a little helpful. If not, let me know what you want to know about these print services or goods and I'll let you know.
Oh, my Zazzle shop, for those of you who might be interested, will be open at the beginning of next year Apologies for the terrible photo again... I fail at cameras. But, look, snazzy filter!