What can I say? Printed.com came highly recommended by a friend and the many good online reviews. However, my experience has been, to be frank, a complete nightmare.
Day 1: Placed order online - received on screen confirmation, but no email confirmation of order being placed or payment.
Day 3: Emailed Printed.com to ask whether my order had been received as I could see nothing on my invoices page (and still no email confirmation). Told that my order hadn't been received and I should try re-ordering.
Day 4: Placed another order - again, seemed to work OK, but again no email confirmations and no sign on my account page that any order had been placed.
Day 5: Contacted Printed.com - told this time that both orders had gone through OK and I had been charged twice - one would be refunded. Also told they would sort my account page out so I could see my orders (this hasn't happened)
Day 6: No products received (first order was meant to arrive by day 5 according to web site). Emailed Printed.com. Got no response. Phoned them - this time I was told that one item had been printed and was on its way, as for the rest, there were two orders on hold because there was a problem with the artwork and I needed to resubmit it.
Why did it take 4 contacts with Printed.com for someone to tell me what was actually going on? I have now wasted a week, and with a book launch coming up have no marketing materials. I have paid twice, I have no written confirmations or receipts, half of my emails were not responded to, I was given conflicting information each time I contacted them, I've spent hours of my life trying to place an order and I'm left not being sure what will turn up, what won't turn up, or how much I will eventually get charged. What I do know is this is the worst bit of customer service I've experience in years.
I would not normally consider posting such a negative view without first giving a company an opportunity to put things right - however, I am so annoyed and my experience has been so bad that I'm not convinced it would make much difference. Sorry Printed.com, but this really, really is not good enough.
Will I be using Printed.com again? You decide.
Update (two weeks on). I've now revised my review up to 2* (maybe 2.5 at a push). After such a damning review, I quickly had the helpful Laura from Printed keen to help which at least was a positive step. Two weeks on I've received some of the goods in time for the launch (but not all) and the quality is good. However, it's taken 2 weeks and 20-30 emails / calls to get this far and I'm still not entirely clear on what the problem (or problems) were. Based on my experience, I still doubt if I would use them again, and it's been such a hasstle its hard to give more than two stars - although Laura, I appreciate your hard work at trying to sort things, Plenty of great reviews about Printed.com on here, and I'm genuinely sorry I'm not able to provide one.
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