Awkward Styles Print on Demand , 23 reviews
This one star review is specifically about my very disappointing and shocking experience with Awkward Styles regarding their newly available Mesh Foam Trucker Hat.
As a startup I've been working with AS for nearly a year and for the most part have enjoyed them as a POD partner, so I decided to expand my brand with their other products. There have definitely been hiccups and disappointments, but I've been able to resolve them with AS and have been met with professionalism and respect throughout. I've spent substantial money with them to test products, and never before filed for a refund request.
Until yesterday, when my intelligence, awareness, savvy, and expectations for high quality were quickly insulted, dismissed, and disregarded and it looks like it's more about wanting to keep my money than be fair. And now I'm left feeling frustrated, unheard, unappreciated, and losing trust and reassurance from AS as a partner I want to continue with in the future. I filed a refund request for a clearly dysfunctional mesh trucker foam hat I bought for promotional use by my brand. By industry standards the hat I received would NEVER be bought/worn by any customer (we got additional opinions and were confirmed), and quite frankly, I'm bewildered that it was even cleared by "quality control" to be boxed and shipped to me. It's atrocious. First, it was just thrown in the box with no protective bag, as my previous orders were, and it had a brown smudge on the white foam. But that wasn't anwhere near the dysfunction that was the reason for my refund request. A simple Google search CLEARLY shows all pictures of mesh foam trucker hats with SMOOTH foam finishes and clear crisp designs. No matter how big the design is, whether it's a stand alone picture or a model wearing it. I/nor anyone has ever seen a foam trucker hat with big, visible, irreversible, unsightly and permanent line marks, raised bumps, and uneven foam across the entire design area spanning the entire foam front of the hat. It's supposed to be a smooth front, every time.
The second foam trucker hat I ordered had this dysfunction: big creases, visible, irreversible, unsightly and permanent line marks, raised bumps, and uneven foam across the entire design area spanning the entire foam front of the hat. The first one I ordered came with nice, smooth foam finish across the entire front of the hat/design area. The design was vibrant and beautiful and I was very pleased, and excited to begin selling the hats. But this second order was so egregiously variable in terms of poor quality that it made me concerned to begin selling, and I'm incredible frustated.
So I submitted a refund request for the unacceptable quality of the second order. I sumbitted a side by side comarison picture of the first, well done hat order with smooth finish and design next to the unacceptible hat with irreversible bumps, lines, and imprints all over the front so that they could visbily see the evidence o the fact that they themselves have printed and delivered a high quality hat to me already therefore there's no excuse for this substandard, unusable hat.
I got a near- immediate next day rejection: the exact words of the AS rep who responded: "After checking with our team, they mentioned the marks are normal right now for hats since they are using more temperature on the press so the colors can be enhanced and look more vibrant."
What?? This makes absolutely no sense, on many levels.
What does “normal right now" mean, specifically? That the press technique is of a lower quality for the moment until AS implements a better technique, and can’t render images vibrantly unless lines and bumps are left behind on the foam? That I can only expect to deliver creased and bumpy hats to my customers? And if this is the case, why did all my previous hat orders come out perfectly smooth and bump free? Why is there a large difference in foam quality rendering between the two consecutive orders (image 1 & 2 in the claim), if the team is saying that it’s standard and normal for the heat press to leave foam marks/lines/bumps on every order?
Also, what gumption to insult my intelligence to be told that bumps and line marks on the foam that render the hat aesthetically unusable/unwearable and unsellable are the standard. Again, a quick Google search never shows that customers should ever expect this level of severe deformity in foam finish for their hats just becuase the design in vibrant...
How can I reasonably deliver a hat with bumpy foam/lines to my customer without them wanting a refund? How can a tell customers to *expect* lines, marks, and bumps on a product they pay for? For me as a store owner promising /reassuring high quality, that’s unacceptable.
Further, the foam hat mock-ups that are generated in both the Awkward Styles product catalog, and the AS mock ups that are generated for my store clearly show images of a smooth hat with a smooth foam finish everywhere on the hat—no lines, no bumps, no marks anywhere. Giving the impression that the final product is a *smooth* foam finish with no lines/marks/bumps: so that’s the type of foam rendering both I and my customers are expecting.
Nowhere in the file guidelines are we given resolution requirements and told that more color saturation and vibrancy will render the hat with “normal lines, marks, and bumps” that should be expected throughout the design area’s foam. Instead, I had to find that out the hard way without forewarning *after* spending my money with AS.
Furthermore, that just makes no sense. Who's believing that it's normal for a foam trucker hat to be disfigured as a rule of thumb because of design "vibrancy"??
This hat cannot be worn anywhere in public with confidence with these line marks, so it won’t be worn any wager/used for any purpose. Therefore the money I paid to fill the order has lead to an unusable hat for my intended client. So now I’m out the money I paid AND have an unwearable hat that can’t be used functionally? That’s not reasonable, fair, and is very disappointing. I don’t want a reprint for this order.
For the most part I enjoy having AS as a POD partner, and have spent a substantial amount of money all year with AS as a 2023 start up testing products. I’ve enjoyed most of the print experience and I appreciate most of the price points offered to us store owners. So I gave AS priority as a POD partner for the foam trucker hats, and overall I do want to keep AS as my main printing partner.
But this rejection is upsetting.
Where I’ve had print issues in the past, I’ve asked for a reprint instead of a refund, and some renderings I haven’t been happy with and still kept them without asking for a refund. This is the first time I’m asking for a refund and it’s because the product is irreversibly dysfunctional - no one is open to wearing this hat and I do not need or want a reprint, because I have another hat on the way and just paid for another sample due to being originally confidnet that AS would deliver a consistently quality product based on my previous hat order. So now AS has double my money and I’m at a loss with a dysfunctional hat.
This experience is making me lose faith and trust in AS when it comes to investing my start up money in new products from AS and in trusting the POD quality experience I will have with AS in the future. How can one of my hat orders come out perfectly, make me excited to sell them and trust I can sell them, and another hat order be so dysfunctional, then be told that that’s “normal”, so that now I’m questioning selling them at all? It’s a very stressful experience on the store owner end because of this wide variability in my product quality experience.
Thank you for taking the time to share your detailed feedback and for being a valued partner with Awkward Styles. We sincerely apologize for the frustration and disappointment you’ve experienced with our Mesh Foam Trucker Hat, and we appreciate your thorough explanation of the issues you encountered.
First and foremost, let us express our regret that the quality of the second order did not meet your expectations, especially after a positive experience with a previous hat order. We understand the importance of delivering consistent and high-quality products, and we are genuinely sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.
After reviewing your concerns, we recognize that the response you received regarding the quality issues did not address your specific situation adequately. We want to assure you that this does not reflect our usual standards, and we are taking immediate steps to rectify the situation.
To address the issue, we will process a full refund for the Mesh Foam Trucker Hats that did not meet your expectations. We genuinely value your partnership and want to make things right for you. Please expect to see the refund reflected in your account shortly.
We appreciate your loyalty and the trust you’ve placed in us as your POD partner. Your feedback is incredibly important, and we will use this experience to improve our communication and quality control processes moving forward.
If there’s anything else we can do to assist you or if you have further feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are committed to restoring your confidence in Awkward Styles and ensuring your future experiences with us exceed your expectations.
Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to the opportunity to regain your trust.
I AM UTTERLY SHOCKED AND DISSAPOINTED with my experience with this company. Since January, I have encountered numerous issues with undelivered orders, and despite their promises to resolve the situation, they have failed to take any meaningful action. I strongly advise against using their services and feel compelled to share my negative experience with others.
From the start, their delivery process has been a complete disaster. Multiple customers, including myself, have not received their orders. The most frustrating part is that their proposed solution is to provide a refund, but only in the form of store credit. This is unacceptable, as it shows a complete disregard for their customers' preferences and fails to address the inconvenience and frustration caused by their poor service.
To make matters worse, my attempts to seek assistance and resolve the issue have been met with constant disappointment. Despite my efforts to communicate through video calls, emails, and phone calls, their staff has been unresponsive and unhelpful. It is incredibly frustrating to receive empty promises and false assurances without any concrete action being taken to rectify the situation.
I cannot emphasize enough how strongly I discourage anyone from using this company. Their lack of accountability, poor customer service, and failure to deliver on their promises have left me with a negative impression that I will not soon forget. I intend to spread the word about my terrible experience to prevent others from facing similar frustrations and disappointments.
In conclusion, if you value reliable and efficient service, I implore you to steer clear of this company. Their track record of failed deliveries, refusal to provide proper refunds, and overall lack of concern for their customers' satisfaction make them an unreliable and untrustworthy option. Explore other alternatives that prioritize customer satisfaction and ensure a hassle-free shopping experience
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We would like to begin by expressing our sincere apologies for the negative experience you encountered with our shipping service. After carefully examining our communication with you, we have identified that the issue you experienced stemmed from our shipping providers and the challenges they encountered with customs in the receiving country. Unfortunately, once a package is in the hands of the shipping carrier, we have limited control over its arrival.
We understand the frustration this situation has caused, and we want to assure you that we are constantly striving to improve the experience for our users and their customers. As part of our efforts, we have recently upgraded our international shipping to fully tracked services. This enhancement is aimed at reducing the number of issues like the one you encountered, and providing more visibility and reliability for our customers.
Regarding your concerns about refunds, we want to clarify that while refunds are issued as store credit by default, we do offer the option to withdraw the credit and have it transferred back to your bank account or the card on file. We apologize if this process was not clearly communicated to you, and we would be more than happy to guide you through the steps to initiate the refund withdrawal. Please reach out to one of our team members, and they will gladly assist you in resolving this matter.
Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience caused, and we genuinely appreciate your feedback. We value your patronage and hope that you will give us another opportunity to provide you with a positive experience in the future.
I won't work with Awkward Styles again. I initially found them on Printify and had good results with them. But without the oversight of a third party, they aren't trustworthy or reliable. I mostly use Printify for the products in my store but there are a few products that Awkward Styles offers through its own app that they don't offer through Printify, so I added their app and those items to test them out. I'm glad I didn't add more than a few items because I've pulled all of them after a terrible experience trying to get truthful information about a manual order placed weeks ago. First, it was all printed and there were just a couple of steps before it shipped. Then they said only one item was printed. When I asked them to cancel they came back and it had suddenly and magically shipped. But two days later USPS still says they don't have it. And bonus--they shipped it Parcel Select, so it could be another two weeks before it arrives. Awkward Styles is either dishonest or incompetent. It's a shame because their printing is pretty good. But the setup and interface of the app leave much to be desired. I recommend using Printify. You'll still be able to offer Awkward Styles products if you choose (although I'll be removing those from my shop as well after my experience). But the app is easier to use, you get the oversight of Printify to help keep Awkward Styles honest and there are more products and providers. I'm really disappointed in this app and this company. I had really high hopes for it.
Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your experience with our company. We truly appreciate hearing from our customers and value all feedback, as it helps us to continually improve and provide the best possible service.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any further questions or concerns. We are always here to help and are committed to providing you with great service.
Thank you again for your feedback.
I'm very unhappy that I spent over 30.00 on a sweatshirt that was overpressed and you can see the faded and discoloration because of it. I reached out to request a reprint and was rejected. I have been consistently ordering from the company and have never issued a complaint. I take pride in giving my customers the best quality merchandise and I see this company does not feel the same. I have decided to cancel this app. Oh and by the way, the overpressed fade is still there even after the wash as I knew it would be.
Hi there, we really appreciate your feedback!
The Awkward Styles team would like to let you know that we are incredibly sorry to hear about the negative experience you had with us. One of our agents will be contacting you via email in regards to this so we can find a solution for your issue and hear your thoughts so we can keep improving our services for you and other merchants in the future.