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Signs that don't suck...well some of them anyway.

April 15, 2018

Need a cool metal poster for your man cave, shop, garage or bar? Skip Aliexpress and buy them from Amazon or your local knick-knack store (the ones that your wife likes with all the overpriced pretend antiques and fake art). Keep reading to find out why.




Retro Beer Brand Jack Daniels Whiskey Metal Poster Wall Art Painting Plaque for Bar Pub Home Decorative Jim Beam Tin Signs YN086

It’s a sign and kind of looks like the product picture, but when the lights turn on at the bar I'm running away from this monstrosity as fast as possible. Bringing it home was a mistake. Somehow the picture doesn't even show how ugly it actually is. Complete waste of money.




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Free Beer Tomorrow Metal Sign


It's a good-looking sign. Exactly as described. The fake weathering and distressing is kind of lame.


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Jack Daniel's Old Time Tennessee Sippin Whiskey Distressed Retro Vintage Tin Sign

This sign looks great. The graphics are crisp and and clear. Looks exactly how it should. I'm putting this up in rec room.




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Full review


I own three of these metal signs. You can get them for a variety of subject matter and they look good on the wall of a rec room or man cave if you're into that kind of thing. I figured ordering one from Aliexpress would add to my collection and give me something to write about. I was partially correct.


Aliexpress Sign

The Aliexpress sign cost me around $10 and came in less than a month which is pretty quick. It was packaged in a fairly typical Aliexpress style; sandwiched between two pieces of styrofoam then wrapped in plastic and taped. The sign and packaging smell like it came directly from China. I'm not eloquent enough to explain it well, but you'll know it when it hits your nose. Ramen and foot odour maybe?


Opening the Aliexpress sign was like pouring a big bowl of fruit loops, then opening the fridge and finding out there's no milk - major disappointment. I pulled off the packaging expecting to find cheap-n-dirty goodness, but all I see is cheap and ugly.  The size is smaller than I expected and a corner of the sign came bent. The dimensions match the product description, but because I'm an idiot I assumed it would be the same size as the 3 signs I already own. 100% my fault . The bent corner doesn't bother me, it's supposed to look kind of beat up or distressed anyway and it's easy enough to fix. The real problem is the lack of colour. The orange is washed out. It looks like the results of inkjet printer with a cartridge that's almost dead. The second problem is the print is not very sharp. Look at some of the comparison photos further down. The sign is supposed to look old and distressed, not cheap and washed out. I don't know how they print these but mine is slightly out of alignment too. Hopefully a couple people can save money by avoiding this sign.


Amazon Signs

I thought the Jack Daniel's sign from Aliexpress was going to be good so originally I didn't order the identical sign from Amazon, but the sign I received was so terrible and far from what I expected I ordered a nearly identical sign from Amazon to confirm my assessment. If you look at the side by side photos I think you will agree that the one from Aliexpress belongs in the trash. I'm not actually sure what I'm going to do with it. I might use it to make a better sign. 



The Amazon signs cost around $20 each. I don't think I need to say much about them. They're vibrant and clean. The printing is a little too perfect considering they are supposed to look aged, but both signs match the product photos perfectly. What you see is what you get.


Buy the amazon version. The price isn't terrible and you can return it if it doesn't look like the photos. Easy decision.


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