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A Society6 review: what do their products look like in real life?

Some time ago, I ordered some of the stuff I sell on Society6 to check out the quality of the merchandise. If that sounds weird to you, it’s only because I don’t actually have any of my products on hand– I just upload the designs and Society6 produces and ships them on demand from their US production facilities (I get a portion of every sale). Just clarifying this as some people think I produce and ship the merchandise myself.

iPhone case, $35 USD

I first ordered my Kitty Pattern phone case for my iPhone 4S late last year (2012), I think. I took advantage of a free shipping promo going on at the time and had my case shipped to my Philippine address. It took a little less than a week and half to arrive which was surprisingly fast as most international mail reaches me in 2-4 weeks. I’ve already thrown out the package the case came in but its origins looked like it was from a shipping center in Muntinlupa City. Either Society6 reroutes their packages from their US facility to Muntinlupa or they have a case production/shipping facility there. Which is funny because I live 15 minutes away from Muntinlupa.

My kitty case looks like this on the site:

Kitty Pattern iPhone case

And it looks like this in real life:

Kitty Pattern iPhone

It’s a hard shell plastic case that snaps on the back and sides of your phone. It’s a Casemate case and the logo is tastefully and subtly debossed at the bottom face of the case. I like the case itself– it’s thin, fits like a glove, and doesn’t add any bulk on your phone. The case’s colors didn’t come out as bright or as saturated as it looks like on the website, but it’s something I can live with (I’m flexible. Or flaky. Color reproduction might be an issue for others who are more particular, though).

Kitty Pattern iPhone

It looks as if the design was printed flat initially then stretched to wrap around the case’s edges– the kitties’ heads and bodies elongated a bit to conform to the case’s contours. Not an issue with this particular design but I suppose if your design has text wrapping around the edges, it could possibly look a bit off.

Society6 cases cost $35 USD– a considerably pricey amount here in the third world as for the same amount, I can get SIX different iPhone cases in Greenhills or other tiangges/bazaars. One could argue that for $35 you’re paying for a custom design, but still… it’s a “first world price” and it’s for this reason that I don’t actively promote my Society6 iPhone cases for my local followers because I don’t think it’s worth the price, at least in the context of the third world πŸ˜›

It’s worth checking out this other Society6 iPhone case review I found– she reviews the new case Society6 now uses (what I have is the old version): (link)

Small art print (13 x 17), $21 (price varies depending on artist)

Taking advantage of another free shipping promo (something Society6 offers pretty regularly), I ordered a small art print of my Play design. It took 4 weeks to arrive to my Philippine address, this time coming from a US facility/address (sorry, I forget where exactly). It came securely packaged, rolled inside a sturdy poster tube.

This is what the design looks like on the website:

Play poster

And this is what it looks like in real life:

My Play poster
On my wall


Play poster
On a person!


I’m very pleased with the quality of the print. It’s a “Gallery quality GiclΓ©e print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks” which means nothing to me. All I know is that the colors are very bright and saturated, the lines are crisp, and the print looks exactly like it does on my screen (it doesn’t show that in my photos, I guess). Is this real life?! It’s like a retina screen on paper, for lack of a better description. VERY HAPPY.

Play poster close up

Play poster close up

Play poster close up

Tiger gives her stamp of approval.

Canvas tote bag, $18

Next (and last), I ordered a canvas tote of my best-selling design on Society6, French Fries. I had this one shipped to a friend in the US for her to ship to me in Manila (they’re trying out a US-PH mail forwarding business).

French Fries tote bag

At $18, it’s priced reasonably, even for the third world. The price becomes even more reasonable when you see how big and roomy this tote is!

French Fries tote bag
A bit big for my 5’4 Asian frame?

My cat fits inside!

My cat in a bag

Yes, its dimensions are listed on the website (13.5″ x 15.5″) but I am numerically-challenged and numbers are an abstract concept to me (that’s why I’m in an art field, heh). The product mockup on the site doesn’t place the bag in a visual context so I was pleasantly surprised when I got the tote and realized just how big it was. It looks very well-made, with strong stitching, a thick but soft material (“100% post-industrial recycled cotton, making it environmentally and socially responsible”), and an inner pocket inside. The bag’s bottom also lies flat. I did notice the bag had a slight, funky smell though. Not bad, just… weird. Maybe from the ink used to print the design? It smells sort of sweet, like food, or spices. It might be worth mentioning that the bag is manufactured in India (according to the tag). All in all, it’s a very good quality tote bag. HAPPY.

That’s all the Society6 products I’ve ordered so far. I’m looking to order a shirt or a throw pillow cover next, when I get the chance. I’ll put up a review then. I like to see the quality of the stuff I’m selling. If these three products are an indication of the quality of the rest of their merchandise though, I’m pretty confident the others are of good quality as well.

In the meantime, check out my other designs on other Society6 products:


I also have a couple of more “grown up” designs (with no animals and smiling faces):

Crazy Squares pattern
Crazy Squares: throw pillow ($20), iPhone case ($35)


Organic Triangles pattern
Organic Triangles (really, I suck at titles): iPhone case ($35), throw pillow ($20)


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  • Robx

    I’ve always wondered how Society6 works! I’ll see if I can open an account when I get some new illustrations done. =)

    Thanks for this informative blog post! πŸ˜€

  • Mozzarella

    Hi, I ordered two shirts from society6 weeks ago, and they haven’t arrived, so I was wondering what mailing service delivered your package? I live in QC and it’s been almost a month since my order, and since they don’t track shipments, any info will help.

    • Reg

      Hi! Society6 is SUPER slow when it comes to delivering most of their stuff. I got one package a little over a month since it was shipped. My friend had the same situation just recently– also a little over 4 weeks before she received her item. They use regular USPS (US postal service) to deliver packages so most probably you’ll have to wait for a registry notice from your city post office notifying you that you have a package to be picked up.

      Hope that helped! And hopefully your shirts will arrive soon πŸ™‚

      • Mozzarella

        Thank you thank you! I was worried because I wasn’t sure how long to wait before placing the order again, but if it actually does take long usually I can wait it out. Thanks again!

  • riya

    Do the throw pillows come with an actual pillow? I was planning on buying one but i didn’t know if i needed to get a pillow for the actual cover

  • Mariya

    What a great blog post! I’ve been curious to see what the new iPhone cases look like in comparison to the art. Thanks for doing such a beautiful job on documenting the products! πŸ™‚

  • Suraya Shosten

    Does this iphone case have any protection for the front of the phone? I can’t really tell from any of the pictures ive seen online.

  • Sandra

    Hi Rina, just splurged on a onesie for Mikha( the one with play). I want her to proudly wear it and have it posted on FB. Would have been nice in black but this is not a baby color so ordered it in red kasi Chinese new year gift ko for her.
    Watch out for it. 6 to 12 months nga lang yung size.

  • Kemi Gaabo

    Hi Reg: I just discovered Society6 and was glad to find your review! Your designs are so cool! I am a photographer and graphic artist and would like to sell online also. I like all the options they have for products with the artwork but is the profit you make enough? If the pillow sells for $20, the artist only gets $2? Is that right? Thanks!

  • angela tan

    So….i was about to post my art at S^ when i accidentally came across your blog and boy was i relieved . Thanks to your blog i now feel a lot more secure on sending them my art for production to those who really like it and hopefully spread the word around.. (love your work by the way!) ^-^

  • Lauren

    Thanks so much for spending the time and money to do this! You’ve really put my mind at rest about selling my own stuff with Society6. πŸ™‚

  • Amanda Clarke

    Thanks for this! I was wondering what color profile/settings you used for the original images that you uploaded to the site. I just had some notecards printed from Society6 and the color on the final product is way, way off from the image I published (saved it out in RGB and embedded an RGB profile). Any tips would be really helpful!

  • Em

    >they’re trying out a US-PH mail forwarding business

    So, did it push through? I’m looking for something to use and am currently canvasing prices πŸ™‚

  • Reuben

    This sure is a wonderful post. Not only are your artwork beautiful, the article gives me a clearer picture of what I’m expecting from Society6. Thanks πŸ™‚

    Followed you on S6, hope to get in touch.

  • Em

    I got a phone case from Society6 and I haven’t even had it for a week and the green plastic coating on top is peeling off. Not worth $35

  • Sara Paxton Artworks (@sarapaxtonart)

    Your design are so new and edgy, I love them. I also sell my creations on Society 6 however I am an oil painting artist so my products look completely different!

    Wanted to mention that I also ordered my own products so don’t feel like you are the only one hehe πŸ˜‰

    Here are some Society6 products from oil paintings if you are interested – http://www.sarapaxtonartworks.com/society6-prints/

    I think the product quality is totally depended on the image quality and how well the photo was taken in my case as I am photographing paintings then turning them into mugs, clocks and pillows etc.

    Great post, love the review and your products are so cute. I will be checking out your store for sure!

  • jill C

    hi Reg, I just found you thru a search for Society6, review, as I just started with them (thru a friend who posts her art) & I was curious about it.
    I love this post! But I can’t find you on Society6. I’d like to follow you.

    I’m also curious, do you know: I am only posting my own art, and posting my photography pretty high res. Some people seem to have a great eye, but unless they’re world traveller photojournalists, I’m guessing they’re using existing photography. Do you know – is that allowed?

    I really like your attitude, sense of humour. Oh if you want to see what I’ve just uploaded – I’m not doing this to be self promotional, I swear! – I’m on as EnglishRose23: http://society6.com/rose23


  • debsfiction2

    What a great blog — it had good info and answered some questions. I’ve just begun to explore Society6 (yes, I’m a late bloomer) but it looked like you could set your own prices based on their production cost plus your expected profit. Their production costs looked surprisingly low. But in the blog you mentioned that the iPhone case prices were set at $35. Are the prices for all items set or can the seller determine the price? I probably just need to do a little extra digging on site but wanted to tell you thanks for the review, anyway. πŸ™‚

  • Champagne Design

    Just started posting artwork on Society6.com/feene
    Wondering if you are still satisfied with the products’ quality.
    And are the sales coming through as you expected.
    Most of us are putting up stuff on speculation, and hoping it will all work out.

    • Jill

      Hi Champagne/feene, this just arrived to my inbox because I commented on the thread – I’ve been on Society6 a few months now and altho I haven’t yet sold much, I’ve gotta say, I love the quality, too, and have been buying stuff – my own, and other designers – for my husband & my home, as well as for family & friends.
      What’s your name on S6? I’m https://society6.com/rose2 if you want to get in touch on that so I can follow you. Georgios, I’ll look you up, too.

  • Tricia

    Thank you for this review- I first read it back when you first posted it and decided to use society6 to sell my illustrations!

    Everything here looks so crisp. One thing that bums me out is that the bag here has white/cream colored straps and I’ve only seen black straps on S6. Cream looks better than black to me! Maybe it’d be better in person πŸ™‚
    Take care,

  • Barbara Salehi

    Years later I read this thread and thought itΒ΄s ok to start a shop, itΒ΄s not! please if you are European citizen DO NOT OPEN a society6 shop! My orders got lost so many times because they do not offer tracking after the US boarders (or at least only until package enters your country but not further) and one package with my porcelain mugs came in all broken and destroyed with no wrapping or sign on the box. Apparently they donΒ΄t declare this goods so I also had to pay a fine of 25€. DO NOT BUY FROM SOCIETY6 IF YOU LIVE IN EUROPE!

  • caroline

    Thanks for sharing your experience! I am thinking of uploading some designs and was searching for other designers opinions. How is Society 6 working for you financially?

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