Format: Soft cover
I’m often asked how I select coloring books that I do reviews on. Out of the 400 odd coloring books that I own my system has worked pretty well until recently. I wanted an Anime coloring book. Looking around my collection I felt it was deficient in this area. Naturally, I went online and did a search. I did manage to pick up Anime Doodle Girls (watch for the review soon) but I did want another.
That’s when I purchased my dud coloring book 🙁
The book was purchased from Amazon UK with a number of other coloring books. As I get quite a few books in the mail, and I’m really behind in my reviews, it wasn’t until Friday that I checked out the package and opened the book up.
I cannot explain how disappointed I was. I went from happiness to anger within a minute. Not only did I feel duped (statistically, it was bound to happen one day) but I was also very concerned how consumers were being treated.
See the video review below of my dud coloring book and why I was so disappointed:
Avoiding Bad Coloring Books
When you are purchasing coloring books for yourself try and avoid duds by:
- purchasing from reputable sources;
- reading the reviews first;
- seeing if there are any images available or a “look inside” feature
- checking out the artist. Most artists, coloring book publishers have a website, etsy store, or facebook page. In the “Author” section on most book sites there is usually a link to these. Go and explore, often you will find that the artist is giving away a page from the book to promote it so you can see some of the art before you buy
If you are dudded like me, you need to take action otherwise other people that purchase behind you will fall victim to unscrupulous practices.
- Contact the seller (if a private purchase eg Etsy)
- Request a refund, giving your factual and honest reasons
- leave a genuine, honest review of the facts (without being emotional, demeaning or nasty)
Happy coloring x