Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Product Review: Zazzle's New Premium Flex Magnets

Everyone knows I choose zazzle to design and sell my family fun graphic design work to others, but the truth is, I'm a diehard customer of zazzle too!  They're just a great company to do business with, and their products are just top-notch. Zazzle recently introduced a new style of magnet, the premium flex magnet.  They come in two sizes, 4"x6" and 3"x4".  Here's the product description:

Flex your style with custom flexible magnets from Zazzle! Perfect for refrigerators or any magnetic surface, these vinyl laminated magnets look great with your images, text, or designs vibrantly printed in full color. Stain and water resistant, our high-quality magnets are designed to stick around for a lifetime.
  • Vibrant, full-color printing
  • Flexible vinyl lamination contours to curved surfaces
  • Water and stain resistant
Right now, I'm on a "replace all the old fridge magnets" kick, so I decided to create some fun new styles and upload my four youngest kid's pics and customize each one. Since they're a new product, for shipping to Canada the only shipping option available was express and it was a little more expensive than I would have liked. However, I ordered these magnets on the 26th and they arrived on the 29th. Now for Canadian residents who are accustomed to shipping times of weeks, this was a gigantic pleasant surprise.

The first thing I noticed about these great little magnets is how weighty and sturdy they are. They are indeed flexible but they're solid magnets. Very strong, they made it a little tricky to even pull them apart from each other in the envelope. This means they're nice and strong for holding anything on whatever surface you put them on, fridge, freezer, file cabinet, locker, whatever!

The second thing that struck me was the vivid printing. Here are some pics of the actual magnets I ordered:

The actual magnets 
Next to a standard AA battery to show scale

On the fridge!

My camera doesn't really do it justice, but the color and print quality on these magnets is just fantastic.  Plus, the lamination over the top ensures that the color will stay true for a very long time - and keep them water resistant. When I chose the 3x4 size I was a little unsure that they might be smaller than I wanted. Ordering online for sizes sometimes can be tricky since you can't hold it in your hand and get a good visual this way. The size however, is absolutely perfect. Slightly larger than a standard business card they're the perfect size to frame the custom photo plus be useful to hold several things to the fridge at the same time.

So there you have it folks, zazzle's newest product is indeed, another very cool little item.  I plan to add many more styles of these in the next few weeks, including some really handy calendar magnets for 2012.

Have a fantastically wonderful day!
Carla - Resident Mad Designer
Graphic design by Carla Rolfe