Posters, Art Prints, and Calendars at reasonable prices!
Jan 3, 2002 (Updated Jan 3, 2002)
These are the nice large posters, not the overpriced el-cheapos you find in the local store. They specialize in prints of the finer arts. I have purchased from this company twice in the last couple of months and have been very pleased with the quality of their items and the ease of their well-planned website.
My daughter was getting a lot of accessories to add to her Barney shrine and the only thing that was missing was wallhangings. Since she's only two, I wasn't planning on spending a lot for pictures. I thought that perhaps a poster would do the trick, but after buying a disappointing Pokemon poster online elsewhere for my son last year, I was hesitant. I ordered from allposters.com this year and had a much better experience.
My son was so excited about her poster that he convinced me to get him one as well. He chose it on the site on his own. He seemed a little disappointed by the selection of characters that he was looking for, but did find a couple posters that he really wanted.
The site responds very quickly when a link is clicked and all images come up instantly. The font size is a little smaller than I like but this enables everything fit on the front page.
The posters are divided into general categories (such as television) and that link will take you to sub-catagories (cartoons, children's, sitcoms, westerns...). You can also type in what you are searching for.
When you click the link that interests you, you will see 9 posters per page. These load immediately and are detailed enough to identify quickly what the poster looks like.
By clicking on the picture of the poster you like, it will bring up the poster even larger and more detailed. It will tell you the size of the poster and how much it costs. You may add it to your cart or select framing for it.
The size of the posters varies between prints and is mentioned in the description. You will not have the option to choose the print in a different size.
The site is called allposters.com so you're probably getting the general idea that they sell "all" posters. They do have a very large selection, but they do not carry all of the posters. I visited several other poster sites and none of them sell the same thing. Allposters.com sell the more classy types of artwork prints that would be appropriate for framing. They specialize more in fine arts and to decorate the living areas of your home or for your office. They have 50,000 posters in the fine arts and they are divided by genre (realism, surrealism, modern art, pop...). They have a superb selection of artwork prints.
I was somewhat disappointed with the selection of children's posters which is what I was on a mission for. There was only one Barney posters to choose from. There was only one poster for several Disney movies that I searched for. We had difficulty finding enough posters of a particular topic to to do my sons room in so we changed our theme to outer space and found quite a few in that category that he was excited about. They do have a lot of posters in the children's section, but they are more art prints rather than modern characters, which after all is what they specialize in.
This site has a few cool features that go above the call of duty. For every poster, there is a link that you can send as an e-card.
There is a link for you to click if you want to be notified of new additions to the category you are interested in.
If you search for a poster that they do not carry, it automatically brings you to a screen that you can request an alert when the poster is added to the site. (They do not special order items).
They also sell 97 choices of Calendars. By clicking the cover of the calendar, you can see all of the inside pictures immediately. They are very attractive calendars and they are only $9.99. I'm going to sneak one in my cart the next time I order!
There is also a tab titled "gifts". You will find lots of items suitable for gift-giving on this page. There's framed or mounted artwork, calendars, mirrors, more. They sell gift certificates if you're not sure what to choose for someone else.
Prices are very reasonable. The majority of prints that I looked at were from $6-$12. The larger posters cost a couple of dollars more it seems. You can frame or mount the poster for in the ball park of $75-$100.00 + shipping.
Allposters.com accepts payment by credit card online, credit card by phone, Money Order, and personal check. One of the very few sites that takes personal checks! Items are mailed within 48 hours of payment being received.
When you pay buy credit card you are able to ship to a location other than your billing address. A lot of online sites don't allow shipping to a different address due to security reasons. This allows you to ship an item as a present without incurring extra shipping charges.
Shipping prices are reasonable. Standard posters are shipped USPS and cost $4.25, giant posters are $5.99 (with tracking) for the first poster, $1.00 more for each additional poster. (1 to 2 weeks in the mail)
Art Prints are sent UPS for $5.95, $1 per additional print. (2 to 3 weeks in the mail)
Everything else is based on size and weight. (could take up to 6 weeks in the mail)
If you are ordering from outside of the US keep in mind that UPS charges a fee (at least they do in my experience with shipping to Canada) that you will be responsible to pay.
You can track your order from their web site. It will take you directly to the tracking page of the USPS web site. You may want to keep an eye on the tracking when sent via the post office because the items are big and won't fit in a mailbox. I had to pick my poster tube up at the post office. I had to find out through the Allposters.com web site that it was at the local post office because the postman forgot to leave a note.
Allposters.com offers a 30 day money back for any reason, in store credit after 30 days(minus the shipping).
You can find coupons for this site at www.flamingoworld.com or other sites that offer online coupon codes. (search your search engine for allposters.com coupon to find them all). By using the coupon I got the print I wanted for $8.00 including delivery. The coupons change weekly, but they usually have something.
My order was processed within 24 hours and packaged in a large poster tube and the ends of the tube were double sealed. The poster was wrapped in brown paper inside with a sticker that indicated that it was a poster. The poster arrived to me in excellent condition and I was so pleased that I made another purchase the next week.
This is an easy to use site that has plenty of prints to choose from. Prices and shipping are very reasonable. They ship quickly and items are well-packaged. They offer a wide variety of payment options and a secure website. They accept returns and guarantee their work. I believe it's faster to find a print on this site than it is to find one at the local store. My experiences with this company have have been 5 star.