I think I have seen or read about Photobook before, but seeing the price of printing a customized album that was quite high during that time, I did not pay much attention to it.
Until recently, I saw that Photobook Malaysia was running a promotion, and a huge 40 percent discount storewide.
I checked out the pricing and quickly decided to try print some photos that I took during my last Thailand trip.
It seems fairly easy and I have selected the Imagewrap Hardcover Book – Medium Landscape at 60% of RM256.00 = RM 153.60.
The order with shipping cost RM 12 brings the total to RM 165.60.
First, I downloaded the software, Photobook Designer, as its name spells, is a designer for my photobook.
Selected Create New Project to start a new one.
The options of the photobook are as listed from the website and you can then select it to proceed to designing your album.
It takes quite some time to load the software but once it’s ready, you will have the designer screen with margins and even prompting you of low resolution photos.
It’s easy to drag and drop photos and to design your album with text and various other effects. If you’re a good designer (unfortunately I’m not), I’m pretty sure that you can come up with a very nice magazine-like album.
Once I’m done with my design, I clicked on the cart and proceeded to make my payment on the internet browser. I had to create a new account with Photobook here.
It was later followed by an email that my album has been review and due to my text out of the printing margin for imagewrap hardcover, I had to edit it.
I’m quite happy with Photobook’s customer service at this point in time, that they come back to me so that I edit it, although they have specifically mentioned that they will not be responsible for customer generated errors.
So, once the correction has been done, the only thing to do was to wait for it to arrive.
So far so good, until the delivery part.
Photobook Malaysia used City Link Express.
On one Saturday, they left me a note of failed attempted delivery, when I was at home all the time!
Not like Pos Malaysia, where you can opt to collect from their office and they open on Saturday, City-Link’s note has only a Tel No and Fax No with your consignment number. (And they only open from 8.45am to 5.45pm – including phone customer service)
So that day I called for resend and specifically mentioned for Tuesday.
They came on Monday and left a note again!
Tuesday came and they called me early in the morning that they will come by 1pm, which did not happen.
I had to make a few calls back to the original caller ( I guess is the supervisor) until he hung up on me.
Anyway, when I finally got the parcel and opened it. It was a fine quality product.
Wrapped neatly to protect the expensive photo album.
I am quite pleased with the imagewrap hardcover and the album is just like a magazine, hardcover magazine!
Ok, half designer mag, because I have no design for it.
The quality of the photo, depending of your original photo does not differ much to the final product.
Every pages are thick and at around RM 4.10 per page (RM165/40pages), it is actually quite a steal don’t you think so?
Well, if you think this is an advertisement or paid post, let me tell you it’s not.
Marvin Lee dot Net does not have the honour for any paid review yet, so this is an unbiased opinion of Photobook Malaysia.
The product is of good quality, and I think I will continue to print special photos from them, provided it constantly runs the promotion of 40% discount. By its original price, I think they could only target serious photographers who would like to print their hardwork into quality albums.
It’s kinda expensive for a amateur photographer or for personal use, don’t you think so?
The current 40% discount promotion runs until January 31st, 2010 at 11:59 pm PT only, so if you’d like to have one too, I don’t think you need me to tell you to go get it QUICK!
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