Idakoos Custom T-Shirt Review
by Madi M.
Posted on Monday, March 09, 2015
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Idakoos.com offers an impressive variety of t-shirt styles and designs that will not disappoint. They have everything from classic tees and hoodies to tank tops and long-sleeved shirts. You can even customize a one-of-a-kind onesie for your friend's baby shower or get your favorite sassy saying plastered on to a mug to impress your coworkers with your ingenious sense of humor. We would love to see a little wider variety of options for women's shirt styles, but most of the men's styles size down to extra-small, so most ladies can probably find something that fits in the men's style if they need to.
In case you can't find anything you like among the thousands of designs they have on their website, you can custom build a design from scratch using their convenient "Create Your Own" tool (more on that a little later).
Their prices won't take a big chunk out of your wallet, either. Almost all of their t-shirts and tank tops can be yours for less than 20 bucks. Hoodies and sweatshirts range from $31 - $36, while coffee mugs will only set you back $13.
When ordering a shirt or mug from Idakoos, there are two main paths to take. The first option is to browse their categories of personalized designs, find one that you love, chose the color of shirt and print color, select size and quantity, and add it to your cart. They have thousands of designs available, so it helps to narrow down your choices using their popular categories shown below, or by using the search bar at the top of the page.
Make sure to check the price of an item once you choose a color and size, as those options affect the price. Anything bigger than a size small will probably cost you an extra buck or two, and some of the shirt colors are more expensive, too. I spoke with customer service, and they confirmed that the prices shown on the main shirt selection page reflect the price of the color shown in a size small.
The other option is to design your own shirt by uploading an image or adding text to a plain tee or sweatshirt. Idakoos has an easy-to-use tool that makes it simple to create a custom design. This is a great choice for matching company shirts, team shirts for a sporting event, family reunions, bachelorette parties, or any other event where you want everyone to stand out with matching gear. Be aware that if you are uploading a picture, you must use high resolution images if you want the image to be a decent size. I uploaded a 2560x1707 image (which is the biggest size I could find online for this particular image), and it still came out relatively small on the shirt.
Once I decided on a snazzy shirt design and picked my shirt color and size, I added it to my cart. I like that they give you an arrival date estimate right on the order page instead of surprising you at the end of the checkout process.
As far as payment options go, they only accept PayPal at this time. Lots of people have PayPal accounts, so those folks will just sign in and be on their merry way. If you have not used PayPal before, you will have to go through a couple of extra steps before completing the order process, but it's relatively painless.
Once my order was placed, I received two separate confirmation emails. One came directly from Idakoos, confirming that an order had been placed, and one was from PayPal, confirming that they had processed my payment.
Based on the delivery estimate given to me when I ordered, I was expecting my shirt to arrive one week after I ordered it. I received an email five days after placing my order with a USPS tracking number, and four days later, the package arrived! The actual delivery date was two days later than their initial estimate, but overall not too bad considering every shirt is custom printed after your order is placed. It came in an appropriately sized shipping bag, so no wasted packing materials or bulky boxes to deal with upon opening.
The color and size of the shirt looked accurate, and the design appeared as shown on the website. Overall, I was very happy with my Idakoos purchase and would definitely order from them again next time I'm in the market for a custom shirt design. Now, time to de-tag and wash my brand new shirt so I can wear it!