Redbubble Review (2020)

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Topic: Redbubble.com

This is the most complete Redbubble review for shoppers in 2020!

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What makes me qualified to write this review?

  1. Experience: I bought my first Redbubble art print by Karin Taylor in 2008, and I’ve been buying stuff from Redbubble ever since.
  2. Research: I read 5,871 Redbubble customer reviews online [RES] before I wrote this review.
Redbubble Review

… Customer service is second to none – I [accidentally] ordered an incorrect size (completely my error) and they not only sent me a replacement within 2 days, they said to keep the original shirt, give to a friend or donate to charity!! Absolutely amazing and cannot find any faults…

Samantha Steadman on Feb. 12, 2020

Video: About Redbubble

CEO and co-founder Martin Hosking introduces you to the world of Redbubble.

Intro to My Redbubble Review

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You might have read online reviews about Redbubble.com yourself. And we all know that people have a tendency to complain versus compliment businesses when leaving online reviews. (I’m no exception.)

But that’s good! I love reading negative reviews! Then I know if I’m willing to handle whatever made them complain in the first place.

So, in this post, you might find that I focus on negative customer reviews. But this is to provide you with the information you need if you’re a cautious online shopper like me.

Please Note: Since the customer reviews I read dated back to 2011, I decided to focus on reviews written between 2017 and 2020. This focus will make sure that you are aware of the most current pros and cons.

Customer Service

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In older reviews, one thing I noticed were complaints about Redbubble’s customer service.

Some shoppers complained that customer service was sometimes slow to reply to their messages. This included shoppers who used the site’s contact forms, Twitter, and Facebook.

Some reviewers said it took a few days to get a reply from customer service.

BUT!

Since December 2016, Redbubble started replying to negative reviews on Trustpilot[1] and Sitejabber[2]. They were, and still are, very courteous and willing to resolve any issue. And they usually reply within 24 hours.

I respect Redbubble’s effort in helping out their customers. It’s reassuring that they’re so invested in their customers!

Redbubble Contact

Tip: Want super quick access to customer service?

Redbubble really stepped up their customer service game when they introduced their live chat.

To access this service, just go to their Help Center, and the red live chat tab is on the right side of the page (desktop). Click on that button and pronto!.. Instant access to customer service.

Returns, Refunds, and Replacements

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Once you receive your item, you have 90 days to submit a return.

Many reviewers who got faulty products received refunds or replacements without any difficulty.

But what happens if you order something that you love online, but dislike when you see it in real life? What if the color of the pillows doesn’t match the image on the website or you ordered a shirt that just doesn’t fit right?

In this situation, reviewers also said they got a refund or replacement without difficulty.

Prices

I find most items on Redbubble.com are fairly priced, but some reviewers complained about prices.

Redbubble gives artists the freedom to markup each item they sell in their personal stores. Other e-commerce art sites sometimes restrict the artists’ ability to markup items, which keeps prices down.

When buying consumer products from art sites, you have to keep in mind that you are not only buying consumer products. You are also buying an artist’s work.

What Went Wrong: Common Complaints

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Most customers had great things to say about the quality of the products they received. From reading all those reviews, it’s obvious to me that Redbubble is putting a real effort in bringing quality products to their customers. Great!

But wait!

What about the stuff that went wrong?

I love to read what people don’t like about a company’s products and what really annoyed or angered them.

Is that so wrong?

I just believe that you can’t be a savvy shopper unless you know all the stuff that went wrong with previous customers.

So here are a few things to look out for when ordering from Redbubble.

Print Quality

The print quality on any of Redbubble’s items is going to be influenced by the image the artist uploaded to the site.

A few reviewers mentioned the artwork printed on the items were either pixelated or blurry. Although this was a rare occurrence, if this happens to you, just ask Redbubble for a refund.

Canvas Prints

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A few customers were a little disappointed about one thing when it came to Redbubble’s canvas prints

The artwork does not wrap around the sides of the canvas and the sides of the print are left white.

I prefer the sides of my canvas prints to be black, so I paint the sides with black acrylic paint (Amazon).

* Fyi: If you prefer to have your canvas prints framed, the sides of the canvas prints are between 38mm x 40mm thick, which is roughly 1.5 to 1.6 inches.

For more information about these canvas prints, make sure to check out my Redbubble Canvas Prints Review.

The canvas felt really good and the print itself was high quality, looked exactly like the picture without any stretching or weird shrinking. The frame feels sturdy as well. Overall pretty awesome! I would definitely buy more canvases from here if I ever needed something. Plus shipping was fast, it came in a week ahead of schedule even though I ordered it just before Christmas.

Daniel A. on Jan. 9, 2019

Dresses & Leggings

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Looking to buy a dress or leggings at Redbubble?

If the dress is light in color, you might have to buy a slip because it might be a little see-through.

If you can’t find a slip at stores near you, there are some really nice inexpensive slips on Amazon.

Also, some people complained that the dresses were a little short (obviously, they were taller than me because I didn’t have this issue).

So if you’re tall and/or modest, you might want to think twice before buying a dress from Redbubble.

For more information about these canvas prints, make sure to check out my Redbubble Dresses Review and my Redbubble Leggings Review.

Other Clothing

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I did read some complaints that the designs on the t-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts were coming off after washing. But those who washed their clothing according to the directions (in cold water and letting them hang dry) didn’t appear to have an issue at all.

So, if you don’t like taking special care of your clothing, Redbubble’s apparel might not be for you.

Another thing to keep in mind when ordering t-shirts and hoodies from Redbubble is that their sizing is considered “slim fit”. So make sure to check the sizing information on the product’s page. You might want to buy one size up if you want a looser fit.

If you need more information on this subject (including more info on how I measure my shirts to make sure they’ll fit), check out my detailed Redbubble shirt review or my Redbubble sweatshirt and hoodie review.

The best online clothing shop by far. Top customer service, amazing quality items, fast delivery, what else can you wish for. Superb. [2]

Ieva Keburyte on Feb. 4, 2020

Contact Customer Service With Any Complaints

If you receive a product that’s imperfect in any way or not to your liking, contact customer service. From all the reviews I’ve read, I’m convinced that Redbubble’s customer service will want you to be happy with the end result.

Shipping

Shipping Prices

Redbubble.com displays shipping prices before you buy. All you have to do is add a product to your cart and select the destination country.

Customs Fees

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When buying anything from an e-commerce site, sometimes you get a little extra with your order.

Customs fees.

But if you’re shopping in the U.S., Canada, Europe or Australia, most of the third-party printers that Redbubble deals with are close by, so you probably won’t have to deal with extra fees from customs.

What happens if you do have to pay extra fees?

Just send a picture of your customs fees receipt, and Redbubble will issue you a refund!

How great is that?!!

All you have to do is:

  1. Pay the requested custom fee.
  2. Take a photo of the receipt clearly showing the amount paid.
  3. Submit your photo to Redbubble’s “I Need a Customs Refund” form.
  4. Receive your refund along with a confirmation email!

Where Does Redbubble Ship From?

Redbubble products are printed all over the world. They rely on a system of global shipping services.

Check out Redbubble’s Product Manufacturing Info page for information on where their products are made and shipped from.

Redbubble relies on UPS, FedEx, DHL, and USPS for their shipping services.

How Long Does Redbubble Take to Ship Products?

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Because of their made to order nature, most products take 3 business days to process before shipping.

When ordering from Redbubble, please keep in mind that this processing time is not included in their shipping estimate.

You can find estimated delivery dates by:

  1. Adding an item to your shopping cart.
  2. Clicking on the shopping cart button, on the top right of every page.
  3. Make sure you select the correct destination country.
  4. Voila! You can see the expected delivery dates for Standard and Express Shipping* and the prices for each shipping service.

* Express shipping is not offered for every item and country.

Damaged or Lost Packages

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There were some complaints about damaged or lost packages, many of which appeared to be the mail carrier’s fault. Unfortunately, shipping mishaps happen to all online stores.

When it comes to these unfortunate shipping situations, the real question is this:

If there is a problem with shipping, how will customer service fix the issue?

Fortunately, Redbubble was quick to replace damaged or lost orders. Just keep in mind that they won’t send replacement orders by Express shipping if your original order was sent by Standard shipping.

Tracking Numbers

Redbubble doesn’t always provide tracking numbers with orders.

Because products are printed in all corners of the world, we rely on a system of global shipping services that will get your order to your doorstep. Your order may change hands a few times so tracking might not always be available.

Redbubble Customer Service on Jan. 17, 2018 [2]

I still don’t understand this logic since all these shipping companies offer tracking numbers.

All I can think of is that they can’t provide taking numbers because of an automation/programming issue with their website.

… I really don’t know. This really got me stumped.

However, Redbubble does have a “Where is my order?” page that will help you find out your order’s estimated delivery date, tracking info (if applicable), and what items are in production or have shipped.

Redbubble Christmas Delivery

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In December 2017 and early January 2018, the complaints about Redbubble were at an all-time high. It didn’t surprise me one bit since this happens to most e-commerce sites during the holidays.

Time Sensitive Orders + Christmas + Online Shopping + A Gazillion Online Shoppers = CRAZINESS!!!

So, as you probably already have guessed, the complaints were mostly from customers who didn’t get their orders in time for Christmas.

The holidays are a busy time of year for any successful online store. Redbubble included! Shipping companies and Customs can also get swamped during this time.

Here’s some advice from someone with tons of shipping experience:

If you’re buying gifts for Christmas on Redbubble (or anywhere online), shop EARLY.

If you buy Christmas gifts from Redbubble, it’s a good idea to order by the beginning of November. This gives you PLENTY of time if there’s some kind of processing or shipping setback.

It’s possible to purchase something from Redbubble in December and receive it on time for Christmas. It’s just that I, personally, would not take the risk.

Christmas Delivery

My order was delayed due to the holidays and possibly lost by the delivery company. I went to Redbubble on the online chat and told them my situation and they immediately (less than 5 minutes) understood and sent a replacement of the exact same product and it was delivered on time. Overall excellent product and very happy how Redbubble turned a possibly negative situation into a positive one.

Michael E. on Jan. 7, 2018 [2]

Conclusion: Is Redbubble Legit?

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So would I recommend Redbubble to my friends and family?

ABSOLUTELY!!!

My friends and I have been shopping on Redbubble for years and we absolutely love the quality of the items.

And, what’s my overall impression of Redbubble’s customer service?

After reading 5,871 reviews, I believe that Redbubble makes an effort to make customers happy. This is especially evident when customers leave angry reviews online. Redbubble politely reaches out to these customers and offers to fix the problem.

A++ all around!

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So go ahead and find the artwork that is uniquely you, support independent artists, and (most importantly) HAVE FUN shopping!


Resources:

  1. Trustpilot
  2. Sitejabber