What do you usually look for when you’re buying a rubber stamp sets? Do you look at the price first? Or, do you check out the brand?
Do you go on Google and ask for the review about the product from the stamp size all the way up to how long does it last?
Stamp sets make a good investment if you buy the right one. And will the endless choices of rubber stamps present in your local stores or even on the internet, you may find yourself ogling at too many choices and too many brands. That’s why we came up with a 5 point checklist to help you decide on which stamp set to buy.
Brand. Why brand? There are a lot of rubber stamps for sale out in the market. And with the endless array of products to choose from, how would you know which one to buy? Looking at the brand of the stamp sets available minimises your long list, by seeing which brands have made a name for themselves in the market you know which ones make quality stamps.
Customer and market review shouldn’t be taken lightly. Top brands are TOP brands because they receive high praise and good reviews from stamp buyers and product critics. It means that they make stamps that are of good quality, from good quality rubber to crisp, clean prints on paper. Ever experienced buying a stamp that looks ok but when you used it, it ended up leaving a messy mark on your precious document?
Without being selective about your choices of stamp sellers, you will end up buying a faulty product like the one mentioned in the scenario above. By choosing only from the best brands, you’ll be able to buy a product that worth every dime you pay.
Most people put budget first above quality, but seeing as you’re reading this article means that you care about the rubber stamp you buy. Cost is secondary to product quality. Once, you’ve determined which brands are worth choosing from, you then have to set up criteria for each stamp. Cost or how much the product is worth tops that criteria.
For example you have four brands to choose from, and you find that even though they all produce high-grade stamps, Brand A sells its stamp at a much lower price than Brand B, C and D. The cost alone gives you a winning factor and you can decide whether to buy the stamp from Brand A or not.
By comparing the cost of the brands, you can also compare which brands offer a better deal, for example, Brand B sells their stamps at ₤50, but Brand C sells theirs at just ₤45. You do more research, and you find out that both brands produce stamps that are similar in quality to each other. You’ll end up saving ₤5 more by choosing Brand C than Brand B.
The third detail that you should look into is the portability of the stamp. And portability goes beyond the stamp being lightweight and easy to carry. Since stamps, rubber or not, use ink, you have to make sure if you can carry and place your stamp anywhere.
You wouldn’t want to buy a product that leaves ink stains all over your work area, from your folders to your record books and even on your table, right? Can you carry your stamp with you when you travel or will it stain your bag, clothes and other important personal belongings? You want a product that does the job of stamping and not staining your belongings.
And obviously, since you’re looking for a portable product, you have to check the size and weight of the stamp set that you’ll be buying. Bulky stamps make it hard for you to use them or carry them wherever you go, even though they make good paperweights, you should go for easy to carry, right-sized stamps.
4) Ease of Use
Even the best and highest quality stamp can be pretty useless when it requires complicated to use. Using the stamp you bought shouldn’t be rocket science, it ought to be straightforward and uses simple common sense. Not require you to learn complicated features that need a manual before you can master it.
Aside from how to use the stamp, replacing the ink shouldn’t be hard as well. Rubber stamps are straightforward when it comes to applying ink; you just use a stamp pad loaded with ink. But, as for self-inking stamps and those that use cartridge this can get a little tricky.
Look for and buy a product that won’t give you and the other people who will use it a headache when it’s time for you to use it.
Lastly, on your checklist for buying stamps sets is durability. A product that lasts you a few months looks like throwaway money compared to a product that can last you for years. Have you ever owned a stamp that only lasted a month or more? You know that low-quality ones that seem to disintegrate like wax with each use.
Or how about those stamps that look like incredible hulk but gets damage after the first fifty use. Who doesn’t want a durable product? You’d want a product that lasts, right? And when it comes to a stamp that will probably be used for hundreds of times by you or by people you work with.
These five criteria for buying a rubber stamp can help you buy a product that’s usable, durable and cost-effective. Looking at top brands for stamps rubber or not, wouldn’t hurt but actually, help you make better decisions. And looking for products based on ease of use, portability, cost, and durability will result in finding a product that becomes a staple in your work area. So, don’t settle for the mediocre when buying for stamp sets, instead be selective and buy only the best.