Society6 Review (2019)

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Society6 Review

WELCOME to the most complete Society6 review for shoppers!

Did you find an anti-social backpack (it’s so funny… I MUST HAVE IT), an art print full-of cartoon butts, or something else from Society6 that’s 100% your personality (this one screams “me”)?

STOP and read this post before you buy anything.

I love Society6, but not every product they sell is 100% liked by every customer. And after reading 1,452 customer reviews, I wrote this post with a focus on the problems they (and I) had.

So make sure to go through this Society6 review so you can buy with confidence!

We all know that companies evolve over the years. Their products and services either get better or they don’t.

Founded in 2009, Society6 has gone through many changes.

So, in this post, I will mention Sitejabber, Trustpilot, and Yelp customer reviews that were written prior to 2017. However, I decided to focus more on reviews written in 2017, 2018, and 2019. This focus will make sure that you are aware of the most current pros and cons.

Customer Service

In previous years, there were a few negative reviews about Society6’s customer service.

Yet, lately, their customer service is kicking major ass!

How so?

They go above and beyond what most customers expect.

Will you marry me Society6 Customer Service?

Society6 refunded me fully after I accidentally ordered the wrong size phone case. Amazing. I asked if I could ship it back and they responded, “Keep it, donate it, use it as a gift. Art is meant to be appreciated, not returned. Please try to find them a good home.”

Alli W. – 7/12/17 – Sitejabber[1]

Hundreds of customers raved at how quick they received replies to their concerns.

By reading the reviews, it was obvious that the customer service team made a lot of people happy. Helpful and professional, customer service receives an A++.

Does Society6 Have a Phone Number?

A source of frustration for a few customers is that Society6 doesn’t list their phone number.
To contact them, you have two options:

  1. The best option is to fill out a request form on their website.
  2. You may also connect with them via Facebook or Twitter.

One creative reviewer had this to say about the customer service and their lack of a phone service:

Pathetic customer service

On a second order, not one, not two, not three, but four attempts to resolve a problem placing an order were futile. Although I patiently explained the problem and how I wanted to resolve it, I felt as though I was communicating with an uncomprehending hamster staring blankly back at me. In fact, the difficulty of training hamsters to converse might explain why they don’t offer telephone support.

Don M. – 9/7/17 – Sitejabber[1]

The majority of reviewers said customer service was very quick to reply, even on a Friday night. But there were a few customers who complained of not receiving replies at all.

These types of complaints were rare. So it’s safe to assume that these customers were having some kind of technical issue.

I mean… in the several years I’ve been buying from Society6, I never once had a problem getting a response from customer service. And, they’re freakin’ great people.

If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t connect with a customer representative, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Double-check your email address when filling out the contact form.
  2. If you contact customer support and you don’t receive a reply, check your junk mail.
  3. Still no reply? Sometimes emails can get blocked by spam filters. Try emailing them again using a popular email service like Gmail or Outlook. Or send them a message on Facebook or Twitter.

Returns, Refunds, and Replacements

Many reviewers who got faulty products received refunds or replacements without any difficulty. Many reviewers also mentioned they got to keep the original product.

So what happens if you order something that you love online, but dislike it when you see it in real life? What if it’s the color isn’t right for your home, or you ordered the wrong size by mistake?

Reviewers in this situation said they got a refund without difficulty.

The best part:

Customer service often told customers to keep the original item or to donate it to someone in need.

Best Customer Service I’ve Ever Seen

I ordered a phone case for my new phone, but it was not what I was expecting. In order to get my refund, I had to go onto their website and create an account, which took about 30 seconds. Then I pulled up the item, clicked that I wanted a refund, and a message came up saying a refund would be issued within three days, and that I didn’t need to return the item. I have experienced some really really bad customer service lately, and this definitely restored my faith in this area. Well done.

Tricia C. – 10/13/17 – Sitejabber[1]

No matter the issue, customer service went beyond the customers’ expectations. The process of receiving replacements or refunds was hassle-free. No questions asked.

Quality and Prices

Most reviewers thought the products were affordable and the quality was impressive. And, I agree with them.

I have bought art and throw pillow from Society 6 and have always been happy with the quality. Whenever I want something unique for my home I go onto Society 6 and spend time searching through all the artwork. I highly recommend them for quality, affordable, unique pieces for your home.

Brittany R. – 1/15/16 – Yelp[3]

One thing to keep in mind while shopping on this site is that all prices are in US dollars.

It’s a good idea to use a currency converter, like the one I added below, to see an estimate of how much a product will cost you.

 

FreeCurrencyRates.com

Quality: What Went Wrong?

Well, call me a pessimist but I like to focus on what people didn’t like about the products.

So here are a few things to look out for when ordering from Society6.

Imperfect Printing on Products

In 2017, most customers said the quality of the products surpassed their expectations.

Yet there were the rare few who mentioned receiving prints with black ink spots. A couple of reviewers mentioned receiving products with stains or smudges. These blemishes might have been subtle, but still there.

A few reviewers mentioned the artwork itself was either pixelated or blurry. This error is probably due to artists uploading images that are too small for the products.

Amazing site with great service

I have had good luck with the quality of products overall, but when I ordered leggings and the print was fuzzy, they immediately issued me a refund. I didn’t even have to return the pants….. Amazing!

becca u. – 9/4/17 – Sitejabber[1]

There were two reviewers stating that part of the print on the product was cut off.

Awesome

I ordered a Dexter throw blanket and it didn’t come the way the pictured showed. Nothing horrible-just the top of his head cut off and name cut out. I emailed them with a picture of my complaints and they were super understanding. It was, unfortunately, nothing the production team could do so they gave me a full refund and allowed to keep it. I truly love society6 and this experience made it all the better.

Mackenzie L. – 9/30/17 – Sitejabber[1]

Again, the error above was probably due to an oversight on the artist’s part. Sometimes they upload their artwork without placing it correctly on the product’s template.

I would think the production team would be able to catch these errors before shipping the order. Yet these “errors” sometimes wouldn’t be “errors”, but part of the artwork itself. Who’s to judge?

Either way, customer service still won the hearts of those whose items were less than perfect.

Art Prints

According to the majority of reviewers, the quality of the art prints was impressive. However, when ordering art prints – framed or unframed – here is a warning:

The size of the print INCLUDES the white border around the artwork.

For example, the website states that the mini unframed art print is 8″ x 8″. The paper is, in fact, this size. But you have to take into account that the white border is 1 inch all around. So the actual artwork will only be 7″ x 7″.

Most art prints will include a white border that measures around 3.5 inches.

So keep this in mind if you’re looking to buy wall art from Society6.

Click the link to check out their top-selling art prints.

Here’s a 1-minute Society6 product video featuring art prints from start to finish.

T-shirts and Hoodies

One thing to look out for when purchasing t-shirts and hoodies, for both men and women, are the sizes. They are printed on American Apparel branded garments which run a little small. You might want to order 1 size up. So make sure to check the sizing info available on every product page.

Click the link to check out their top-selling t-shirts.

A look at Society6’s t-shirts.

All Over Print Shirts

Updated April 9, 2019: They’re “all-over-print shirts” are now called all over graphic tees. And these are MUCH better because they feature original art from seam to seam!

I would now recommend these shirts because they’re much better quality.

(But I’ll leave my old review for you guys just in case you want to read it).

One major issue with the all-over print shirts is that the print isn’t actually 100% all over the shirt.

If the background of the design isn’t white, there are white marks left at the seams under the arms and sides. At first glance, it almost looks like deodorant marks.

Society6 does warn customers of this issue on their website:

So would I recommend this shirt to a friend?

Absolutely not.

The only way I would recommend this item is if the background of the artwork is white.

A look at Society6’s all over print shirts.

Carry-All Pouches

Here’s a warning if you’re considering buying a small-sized carry-all pouch:

The artwork on the small pouches will be cropped a bit more than the image shown on the website.

Click the link to check out their best-selling carry-all pouches.

A look at Society6’s carry-all pouches.

Wall Tapestries

When I think of wall tapestries, I think of thick woven fabric. So I thought I would mention that Society6’s tapestries are not that.

These wall tapestries are thin printed fabric sheets with hand-sewn edges.

… And they’re one of Society6’s most popular items.

Click the link to check out their best-selling tapestries.

A look at Society6’s wall tapestries.

These tapestries are definitely great graduation gifts because they’re a lightweight alternative to hanging up posters on your wall. Perfect for covering bland dorm room walls that you’re not allowed to paint.

In university, I had a tapestry similar to the ones sold on Society6.  It definitely made my room comfy and feel like a home away from home.

Rugs

Just my two cents about Society6's rugs.

When customers reviewed Society6’s rugs, there were three common complaints:

  1. Reviewers described the area rug as being thin and more like a piece of thick fabric.
  2. A few reviewers mentioned that the sides of the rug were not straight.
  3. You might have to buy a non-slip rug pad, although recently some reviewers mentioned receiving one from Society6 for free. The rug product pages state, “non-skid pad not included.” So make sure this is within your budget, just in case.

After reading all these Society6 reviews, their rugs would be the product that I would recommend the least. I’m not a fan of thin rugs, but that’s just my personal taste.

But if you’re looking for a thin rug that won’t get caught by a door, this rug might be a solution to your problem.

Click the link to check out their best-selling rugs.

iPhone Cases

The majority of reviewers loved the fit and the quality of the iPhone designs. But if they had a complaint, it was this one:

Society6 slim iPhone cases are actually really thin.

A lot of customers prefer a slim case. But if you are looking for a case with more weight and texture, this is not the case for you.

Click the link to check out their best-selling iPhone cases.

If you’re looking for protection, the tough cases have a rubber bumper that extends a few millimeters above the phone. They also have adventure cases available for even more protection.

A look at Society6’s iPhone Cases.

Hand, Bath, and Beach Towels

Society6’s hand & bath towels and beach towels run on the thin side. So these towels aren’t for you if you’re looking for thick, fluffy towels.

Also, be aware that the towels are only printed on one side. The other side is white.

A look at Society6’s hand & bath towels.
A look at Society6’s beach towels.

Contact Customer Service

If you receive a product that’s imperfect in any way or not to your liking, contact customer service. From all the 1,452 reviews I’ve read, I’m convinced that they’ll want you to be happy with the end result.

Tapestry Woes

Although the tapestry wasn’t exactly what we were looking for, the customer service was incredible. There is a long list of companies that should take notes on genuine customer relations that Society 6 provides. We won’t hesitate to buy from this company again.

Caitlin B. – 10/13/17 – Sitejabber[1]

Shipping

Shipping Cost

I didn’t find that customers complained about shipping prices. This might be because free shipping offers are sometimes advertised on their homepage.

If there is no free shipping offer, the website displays shipping prices before you buy. All you have to do is add a product to your cart and select the destination country.

Where Does Society6 Ship From?

Society6 products are made and shipped from different locations in the United States. They do not ship products from their Santa Monica office.

Customs Fees

If your destination country is not in the United States, you might get a little surprise.

Customs fees.

The good news:

If you send a picture of your customs fees receipt, Society6 will issue you a refund.

Great website!

Purchased £80 worth of goods. All arrived within the average delivery time for my area, free shipping to the UK. Lovely items, just as described. They even refunded me my customs charge, as it was my first order! I can’t wait to order from them again. Got some late birthday presents I need to order for some people!

Genevieve Faith Young. – 02/10/17 – Trustpilot[2]

Things to keep in mind:

  • This is a one time offer per customer.
  • They will not pay out more than the total amount paid for your order.
  • This offer is not applied to wholesale or bulk purchases.

How Long Does Society6 Take to Ship Products?

Shipping

On their website, Society6 has the following information:

  • Shipping to the USA takes an average of 5-10 days. Orders are shipped by USPS.
  • Shipping wall prints, mugs, and notebooks to Australia take 5-10 days. Orders are shipped by Australian Post.
  • All other International shipping takes 1-3 weeks and is shipped by the Local Postal Service.

However, by reading the reviews, this is what  I could gather:

Delivery Time: Society6’s Shipping in the United States

All Society6 orders take 1 to 3 business days for production time, plus delivery time.

If you live in the Contiguous United States, you can expect your order to arrive within 2 weeks.

Delivery Time: Society6’s International Shipping

International shipments generally take between 1 to 3 week to be delivered.

However, a few international reviewers mentioned having to wait 4 to 5 weeks for their order. Delivery time depends on the destination country and delays at Customs. The latter being something Society6 can’t control.

I wasn’t surprised when I read international customers complain about delivery time.

Unfortunately, this is the fact:

Cheap or Free Shipping = Waiting for Awhile

Damaged or Lost Packages

How does Society6 handle damaged or lost mail?

There were some complaints about damaged or lost packages, many of which appeared to be the mail carrier’s fault. Since Society6 doesn’t hire or fire employees at the shipping company, it’s not their fault. Shipping mishaps happen to all online art stores.

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

If there is a mishap while your order is being shipped, how will customer service fix the issue?

This is where Society6 won the hearts of many. According to reviews, they are quick to send replacements.

Pretty good

I placed 4 orders and while ago, after three weeks, I contacted customer support to inquire about my order. I was told my orders might have been lost, and was issued a replacement for free. The customer support, especially Brittany, always replies back quickly! That’s why I always keep coming back. After about 10 days I received 3 or of 4 items that I ordered. The fun thing is, two days later, I received one item that was lost and the customer service asked me to keep it or donate it. They really are super nice and professional! The quality of their products is also superb! Highly recommend it!

H.Q. – 12/31/17 – Trustpilot[2]

Kudos to the customer service team for doing an excellent job.

Tracking Numbers

All customers received tracking numbers with their orders.

Christmas Shipping

Society6 Christmas Shipping | Online Christmas shopping tips for Society6.

There were a few complaints 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. Society6 included! Shipping companies and Customs can also get swamped during this time.

For 12 years, one of my responsibilities as a full-time artist was to ship artwork all over the world. So listen to me when I say this:

If you are buying gifts for Christmas online, shop EARLY.

It’s a good idea to order by the end of November if you’re in the Contiguous United States. If you’re an international customer, it’s a good idea to order by the beginning of November.

This gives you plenty of time if there’s some kind of mix up.

It’s possible to purchase something from Society6 in December and receive it on time for Christmas. It’s just that I, personally, would not take the risk it because I’m a nervous person to begin with.

What I Love Most About Society6

I think the best part about online stores like Society6 is that it helps artists do what they do best – making the world a much more interesting and beautiful place by selling their art around the world.

Just take a look at the video below. It’s a short about an amazing artist, Kristopher Kotcher (A.K.A. Frenemy), and how Society6 has changed his life. This video explains a big part of why I continue to support sites like these and its artists. (Plus, art really makes the greatest gifts).

In this video, Kristopher Kotcher (aka Frenemy) explains how art helped him escape negative family situations while growing up.

I really hope that this post helped you out. Please check out other posts similar to this Society6 review.

Happy shopping and have fun browsing the amazing art they have to offer!