Buying trophies for your sports competitions, social events or corporate awards ceremonies is easy when you shop online. You can pick the trophy that you want, order it with just a few clicks and have it delivered straight to your door.
However, it’s important to make sure you choose the right supplier if you want to ensure that everything goes without a hitch. Here are our top seven things to look for when selecting online trophy suppliers.
1. A Reputable Brand with a Secure Website
When you’re shopping online, it’s vital to choose trophy suppliers who won’t let you down, and to ensure that your personal and financial details will be as secure as possible. Opt for a company with a good reputation, and a history of providing high-quality products and superb service. Check that the address of the site you’re using starts with “https://” (the “s” means that the site is secure”) and that there is a padlock symbol showing in your browser bar before you enter any details too.
Challenge Trophies has been in business for more than forty years and supplies sports trophies, awards and gifts to customers throughout the UK. We also take every precaution to ensure that you can shop online safely with us.
2. Clear, Transparent Customer Information
Ensure that all the information that you need to know as a customer is clearly set out and simple to understand, and check it all thoroughly before you order any sports trophies or other awards. This includes the company’s terms and conditions, delivery options and returns policy.
Make sure that the price of any item that you’re considering buying is made clear from the outset, and that any added costs, such as delivery charges, VAT and award engraving fees, are obvious.
3. A Great Selection of Trophies to Choose From
Look for an online store which offers awards in a range of styles, made from a wide selection of materials and to suit various budgets, so you can be sure you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
You may also want to select a supplier that offers trophies specifically designed for individual sports or certain achievements, as well as generic trophies.
4. An Easy to Navigate Website
Make things simple by selecting a company with a user-friendly website. This means that you’ll be able to find the trophies and customer information that you need with ease. It will also minimise the chances of you making errors while placing your order.
When you use our well-designed website, for example, you can search for trophies by sport, trophies by type, medals and giftware, making finding the products you want hassle-free. Buying awards from us is a breeze too, using our straightforward online ordering system.
5. A Range of Convenient Payment Options
Reputable online stores will usually offer you a choice of payment methods, so you can pick the one that’s most convenient for you, but check this before you place your order.
When you buy awards from Challenge Trophies, for example, you can pay via Paypal, as well as by credit or debit card, and we even offer schools, sports clubs and other organisations the opportunity to apply for 30-day credit accounts.
6. A High-Quality Trophy Personalisation Service
You may also want to personalise the awards you’re ordering, by having them engraved with the winners’ names, award titles or the tournament date. If so, make sure the supplier you’re planning to buy your trophies from provides a customer-friendly and accurate engraving service with a range of personalisation options.
When you order awards from Challenge Trophies, for example, you can enter personalisation details during the online ordering process and we’ll use the latest methods in-house to engrave them with precision. You can even enter individual messages on each trophy when you buy more than one award with the same design, making personalising bulk orders a cinch.
7. A Fast and Convenient Delivery Service
Finally, no matter how attractive your trophies are, your presentation ceremony won’t be successful unless they are delivered on time. Make sure that any trophy supplier you’re considering using offers a range of convenient delivery options so your winners won’t miss out on the big night.
When you choose Challenge Trophies as your trophy suppliers, we’ll offer you a choice of specific delivery days, with a three working day option. We also provide a free five day delivery service in the UK mainland for orders valued at more than £35.
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