I found the site pretty easy to navigate and had no trouble finding what I wanted with the search. Their selection doesn't seem quite as huge as Fire Mountain Gems (the only other site I've ever really explored), but I actually found that it wasn't as overwhelming and I was able to explore the different sections without losing myself! I think that one of my favorite things was having an option to buy almost everything individually - which is great if you don't want to get stuck buying an entire bag/strand when all you want are a couple of an item. If you do want to buy in higher quantities, the prices drop the more you buy. I also liked that you only have to spend $10 to get free shipping, which is a nice low minimum and not hard to meet!
My order was shipped the day after I purchased and took about a week to arrive. Let me tell you how pleasantly surprised I was to open the package. It was neatly packaged, wrapped, and even had a little note to say who had fulfilled my order. A very nice touch! Everything was so nicely packaged and labeled that I really enjoyed going through everything.
Seeing as I always default to earrings first, I decided to dive right in and knock out a couple of pairs using fun Czech glass roundelles. They have what is called a half Picasso effect, which is essentially a marbling on the top and bottom of each bead. It gives them a really unique look and I think it allows the bead to really be the focus of the piece. The red beads used for the copper pair were far more vibrant in person than on the website, and that pair found a new home within 24 hours of being made! I already had the Celtic metal findings for the other pair, but they'd been waiting for the right bead. I think it's a good pairing.
I think that another great feature of the Art Beads site is the user reviews. It even allows the reviewer to upload a picture of their finished products, which says more than words can when trying to describe how a product was used.
I think I'm always going to enjoy buying in person more, but I'm definitely sold on this site and I'm sure they'll be getting lots of my business in the future.