Gifts like custom bobbleheads are unique in that they can be made to represent anything from people to companies to animals. Shopping for custom bobbleheads from online vendors can be a challenge for first-time customers because they don't have a brick-and-mortar location. They don't make the process any easier when dealing with dishonest bobblehead dealers. Customers should be on the lookout for hidden costs, subpar materials, and other inconsistencies during the proofing process.
Getting started with custom bobbleheads can be overwhelming if you've never done it before. Here are vital areas you should focus on when buying custom bobbleheads.
There are two body types, the fully custom and standard body. As the name suggests, a "Fully Custom" bobblehead is a blank canvas on which you can draw whatever you want. When it comes to bobbleheads, "Standard Body" bobbleheads are made using a specific model. Depending on gender, this person could be anything from a professional baseball player to an executive at a large corporation. You'll be able to pick and choose from a plethora of choices once more.
Some bobblehead websites do offer this as an optional feature. The companies charge an additional fee for a bobblehead with a bobbled head. However, the lesson here is not to assume anything about your "bobble" head. It's generally a small fee.
Handheld objects, hats, tattoos, glasses, and a slew of other accessories are all included in the term. Also included in the accessories are logos and lettering on shirts and hats. There will be additional charges for most of these. They're usually only $10-15, but they can add up quickly if you're not careful. Because of this, a few companies don't list the items and their associated costs on their website. Once the customer has been hit with unexpected charges, the bill will be adjusted accordingly.
Polyresin is used to make high-quality custom bobbleheads. Using polyresin, the finished product can be highly detailed in all design aspects because of its customizable characteristics. Most companies use polyresin, but some use polymer clay instead because it takes less time to make high-quality bobbleheads. Clay is a less expensive but more fragile alternative.
Customers can approve or deny their custom bobblehead design and request revisions during this stage (s). Proofing is an additional service that some companies charge for, while others include it in the initial price of the bobblehead. Also, not all proofreading is created equal. Some companies allow unlimited proofing, while others limit the number of times a customer can submit a proof. Unlimited proofing is essential if you want your custom bobblehead to be as perfect as possible. An interactive and user-centered proofing process is also a must.
New and returning customers alike may find the process of creating custom bobbleheads intimidating. Most problems can be avoided if a good website and a great customer service team are in place, but customers should always be ready. Make sure you do your homework before purchasing a bobblehead to get the right product at the right price.