Custom vs. Standard: Which Stress Ball Should I Buy?
Choosing which stress ball to give away can be…well, stressful. We have a ton of options to choose from (really, there are thousands of them on our website). If the only thing you’re sure about is that you want to put your logo on a stress ball, it can still be a mountain of a task to decide what kind of stress reliever, in addition to figuring out the color, imprint design, and more.
The decisions actually don’t stop there. Did you know you can also design a one-of-a-kind custom stress ball? You sure can! Take a look at the photo below to see a couple examples of custom stress balls we’ve made (Bubba is actually a custom one too, but he also just wanted to be in the photo):
Now you might be wondering what goes into a custom stress ball? How much more will it cost? Take a deep breath. We’re here for you. We’ll take a look at both standard and custom-shaped stress balls, giving you information on both so you can decide which is best for your company.
So grab your favorite stress ball (I’ve got Dogbert) and let’s get to it!
Take Stock in Our Stock Shaped Stress Balls
First, we begin with the standard stress balls that you’ll find on our website. If you look at our stress ball category, you’ll come up with nearly 1,900 different squishy relievers. You can get anything from our famous Round Stress Reliever to the not-so-well-known Buttocks Stress Ball. Essentially, you can be as generic or as specific as you like.
So even within our basic selection of stress balls, it’s not surprising if you start feeling overwhelmed. I like to think of our selection like a restaurant menu. Stay with me. If you’re like me, when I go to a restaurant, I always have a hard time choosing what I want to order. I usually end up just ordering something I’ve eaten before. But it can pay to experiment and try something new!
With that said, let’s take a look at a few pros and cons of ordering a standard stress ball:
Here are the pros:
- The production time is shorter. Compared to a custom stress ball, getting a stock-shaped stress ball with your logo on it can take significantly less time (more on this later). Some standard stress balls can begin production within a day of you confirming the order for us.
- Overall cost per item is less. This one is pretty obvious. Stock stress balls already have their molds created, and hundreds have probably been made. That reduces the cost per stress ball compared to a custom stress ball that has never been made.
- Lots of different options. Like I said above, there are almost 2,000 different stress balls just waiting for your logo. So, if you don’t have the budget to create a custom one, you’re sure to find one that will work well for your company and advertise your business effectively.
Now for some cons:
- It’s already been done. Your company logo will make it unique, but chances are another company has handed out that Football Stress Reliever at local high school football games. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t still do that, or that it won’t have a positive impact on your brand. Just remember that when choosing a stress ball, another company has likely already picked it out before.
- It’s not specific to your brand. I know, I said in the “pro” section that we have a lot of options. However, even with the thousands of stress ball available, it’s possible the selection that we have won’t stand out as being “your brand” enough. That can only happen with a custom stress ball.
- There are some limits when it comes to your design. The word “standard” is key here. These stress balls already have their design, color, and imprint location set. You might be able to pick out a different color depending on the type of reliever you choose, but generally the more unique the shape (like our Stressed-Out Man Stress Ball pictured below), the fewer options you have when it comes to choosing a color and imprint location. So overall you lose some customization.
It’s important to take your time when selecting a stress ball. Always consider your audience when choosing an unusually shaped stress ball. Our Spinal Cord Stress Ball might be fine for chiropractors and doctors but probably isn’t appropriate for a children’s clothing store (obviously).
You’ll also notice on our website that some stress balls look almost identical to each other. A lot of the factories that we work with make very similar stress relievers. We offer them all because it’s a way for us to help keep costs down and offer you the best price.
Get Personal with Custom Shaped Stress Balls
If ordering our standard stress balls is like picking something off a restaurant menu, then designing a custom stress ball could be compared to creating the menu itself. There are still some rules you need to abide by, but by and large, you get to tell the chefs what they’re making.
Anthony, one of our long time sales guys, says stress balls are promotional products that people actually like to keep, and if you have the resources to make one yourself, he highly recommends it. He adds, “When you factor in you will be the ONLY person with this custom design, the perceived value skyrockets, and your client will absolutely be impressed.”
Designing your own custom stress ball can be a daunting task, but we’re always here to help. To start, we need a picture or a drawing of what you are looking to get. It can be a very detailed drawing or a cell phone picture. Either way, we’ll take it from there and create just what you want.
It definitely requires planning ahead, but if you have an annual event you know you’ll have to prepare for or simply want to offer your customers something different in the coming months, a custom stress ball is great option.
All right, let’s take a look at the pros and cons again:
- No one has it. Again, a pretty obvious positive. Your custom stress ball means just that; it’s custom to your company. No other business will be able to hand out that exact stress ball. So if you’re looking to completely stand out, a custom design is the way to go.
- It perfectly matches your brand. Similar to the comment above, a custom stress ball is your brand. Unlike that Hamburger Stress Ball, which simply relates to your restaurant, you’re designing one that is your brand. So that mascot you’ve had for years on your website and business cards can come to “life” in stress ball form. Just ask our mascot, Bubba; he loves it.
- You have more control. You send us the shape you want, and we make the stress ball. But it doesn’t just end there. You have control over the shape, color, and imprint design. You’ll even get an email with an image of the 3D wax sculpture, and we can tweak it however you’d like. In short, this is your stress ball from start to finish.
And now for some cons:
- There’s a longer production time. It can take anywhere from 12 to 18 weeks to get your custom stress balls compared to a couple weeks for standard stress balls. The times vary depending on overseas holidays and production times. Our factories have to create your specific mold for the stress balls, so that adds to the wait time. Again, planning is the key.
- The cost is higher. Creating a brand new mold also adds to the cost. Some standard stress balls can cost less than a dollar a piece, but custom ones are usually a few dollars, which adds to the final cost — especially when you consider our final con.
- You need a high minimum quantity order. There is a minimum quantity of 1,000 units. The reason is that it can take a lot of resources to make your custom mold and the dye blocks that will be used to add color. Production facilities are very precise when making your custom stress ball, so the cost is defrayed on a per unit basis.
At one point, the minimum quantity for custom stress balls was 5,000, but due to greater efficiency in the production process, it was lowered to 1,000. So who knows, maybe in the future that minimum could decrease again, but for now it stands at 1,000.
In good news, once you’ve ordered your custom stress ball, the cost can be reduced on the next order because there is no need to make a new mold or dye to color the product. The actual cost reduction can vary depending on the design of the stress ball. We’ll always give you a quote up front on what you can expect to spend for your order.
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Bottom line, a stress ball (standard or custom) is a great way to get your brand name out. The Round Stress Ball Reliever I mentioned earlier is consistently in our Top 10 Monthly List of Products. If people didn’t love it, then companies probably wouldn’t keep ordering it.
When it comes to stress balls, we know our stuff. Our own Bubba is a custom stress ball we designed for QLP. So if you’re ever stuck wondering what to do and are having trouble deciding, be sure to call us up! We love chatting (especially about promotional products). You can reach us on the phone 866-312-5646, email (email@example.com), or via live chat.
Have you ever ordered a custom stress ball before? Ever get a custom stress reliever from a company? Let us know about your experience in the comments below!