One of the most common questions that we get from our readers is where to buy Scandinavian mid-century designs at an affordable price. And it is not a bad question – the licence holders can afford to blow up their prices out of proportions and shipping costs can easily skyrocket, so it’s only to be expected that the market will try to find a more affordable solutions. Companies specialising in reproductions of these iconic designs have been subjects of many controversies, of praises and disappointments alike. All of these things point to one fact that seems rather obvious when you come to think about it – we need a place where people would exchange this information and learn about the best offer that is out there easily.
Without aiming to create a full-fledged forum, at least at this time, we will devote some time on our blog to write reviews of some of the companies which seem to be ever-present on the market, or those which aren’t present enough, but very well should be. We hope you will find this information useful and that it will help you obtain you Scandinavian designs without hassle and at affordable prices.
Company overview: Poly & Bark
Poly & Bark has been around for some time and it has achieved quite a success. With a plethora of mixed reviews out there and a huge conflict of disappointed and passionately dedicated customers, it seems like a perfect company for our Exploring the Replica Industry section of the blog. Specialising in mid-century furniture of various styles, Poly & Bark certainly left a mark on the market. But, are they doing a good job?
Poly & Bark pros:
Poly & Bark has quite a number of things going for it, including:
- Affordable prices
- Wide offer with many types of products
- Designs in various styles
- Website that is simple to use and navigate
Poly & Bark cons
However, there are some areas where Poly & Bark could improve:
- Long delays with delivery
- Slow responses or no response from customer service
- Hidden return costs
- Shipping details not available prior to making an order
- Much vague information on important policies and a lack of details
What can you get at Poly & Bark?
As mentioned, Poly & Bark has a very versatile offer with numerous types of furniture, including desk, office, dining or lounge chairs, ottomans, barstools, counter stools, tables, beds, headrests, lighting solutions and even rugs. As such, it covers pretty much everything a modern home needs. This amazing diversity of Poly & Bark products is easily the greatest strength of the company as such.
What are the prices like?
Poly & Bark prices are highly competitive and easily among the lowest in the market. However, the hidden and underplayed costs can make your order rather pricey if you end up having to ask for a refund or replacement of a damaged order. Despite this, and some slightly inflated shipping costs, Poly & Bark is still more affordable than the majority of other business dealing with the same products.
Poly & Bark experiences
If you do some quick internet surfing on the topic, you can easily find how the experiences with Poly & Bark can be exceptionally varied. However, it does seem that a larger portion of their customers have experienced some issues, with very long delivery times, numerous delays and faulty goods of quality less than what is advertised being the most commonly reported issues. However, those rather positive reviews seem to indicate that Poly & Bark can easily provide high quality on time – well, at least sometimes. This lack of consistency, this unpredictability is probably the biggest flaw of this company. We are sincerely hoping Poly & Bark will take care of these issues in the future and translate its potential into happy customers.