These days, picking up personalised photo frames is easier than it has ever been thanks largely to hundreds of online retailers offering a wide variety of personalised gift ideas. However, it is important to bear in mind that with such competition also comes quite considerably different standards from one retailer to the next. Of course the vast majority of those creating and selling personalised frames are more than up to par, but assuming you are looking for a genuinely outstanding gift offering, it’s a good idea to carry out a few checks before buying.
It doesn’t have to be a difficult process – simply check and verify the following in order to ensure the frame you order is every bit as high quality as you’d like it to be:
1 – Experience
First up, try to bear in mind that while there are some personalised gift companies that have been in operation for years or decades, others have only just gone into business. There’s of course nothing to say that a newcomer to the industry is wholly incapable of producing great results, but at the same time it takes plenty of time and experience to become a master in the art of personalisation and engraving. Assuming therefore that you would prefer your gift to be as flawless as possible, it simply makes sense to do business with a provider that has a long and established track record in doing exactly this.
2 – Professionalism
In terms of assessing professionalism, this is something that can usually be done simply by trusting your gut instinct. The great thing about the websites used by web retailers is the way in which they give you an immediate cross section look into how the business operates and the way they present themselves. For example, a professional-looking website with plenty of information and helpful resources will almost always be indicative of a better provider than a website that is sparse, chaotic, messy or generally unattractive. See what the website tells you by way of first impressions and listen to your gut accordingly.
3 – In-House or Outsourced?
When it comes to the actual engraving of the items, it is worth looking into whether the provider carries out the engraving in-house or whether these duties are outsourced. Once again, there’s nothing to say that outsourcing the engraving of gift items cannot yield great results, but when it comes to keeping tabs on quality and making sure items are produced and shipped in a timely manner, in-house engraving is always the way to go. And what’s more, to take care of all engraving duties personally is really the only way of ensuring consistency of quality across the board.
4 – Delivery Times
On the subject of delivery times, try to bear in mind that as personalised gifts are all created unique and to order, it will inevitably take slightly longer to get them ready for shipping than a standard off-the-shelf gift. Nevertheless, this does not mean that you should have to wait weeks on end for a simple engraved photo frame for example, especially if the provider takes care of the engraving personally. There will of course always be unexpected eventualities and the possibility of a minor delay here and there, but at the same time a good provider should be able to promise respectable and deliverable shipping times in order to get the gifts where they need to be, when they need to be there. After all, there’s nothing worse than a special occasion arriving and realising that the gift you ordered is nowhere to be seen.
5 – Guarantees
Last but not least, these days it is almost unheard of for those in the business of producing and supplying personalised gifts not to offer concrete guarantees with regard to things like product quality and value for money. Not only should the price you pay be the lowest on the market, but you should also be assured that if and when the item is not up to your satisfaction, it can be returned for a refund or a replacement. And what’s more, the costs of returning the item to the provider should not have to be picked up by the buyer but should instead be covered by the seller. Suffice to say, it is extremely rare for this kind of eventuality to present itself, but it is reassuring to know you are covered if and when any problems should arise.