- Report: #409854
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Creative Memories
Creative Memories3001 Clearwater Rd St Cloud, Minnesota U.S.A.
Creative Memories, Creative Memories Threatens Ex Consultants For Selling Products to Recoup Money St Cloud Minnesota
*UPDATE Employee: On the agreement
* : Don't Worry - Creative Memories are Bullies on EBAY
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Don't be intimidated by contracts that are NOT LEGAL in the first place!!
As a mom trying to make some extra money, I signed up as a Creative Memories Consultant. No one EVER reviewed the contract with me or pointed out that I should keep my inventory low in the event I was no longer a consultant, I would have to keep my inventory.
I found living in a rural area made it very difficult to sell Creative Memories products. I was hoping things would change but they did not. Curious how well their "consultant finder" was working, I typed my neighbors address into it. My name was not listed and the names that did came up were located 30-40 miles away. When I contacted Creative Memories I was basically told I wouldn't be listed unless I sold more???? How was I suppose to sell more when the company is sending my potential customers out of my area.
Well, I continued to plug along, buying extra inventory to meet my minimum purchase requirements - oh ya....at the time, I had to purchase $500 every three months plus pay shipping etc. Needless to say, my inventory grew. The problem got even worse when new catalogs came out and items had been discontinued and weren't listed anymore. Oh Great!
It finally got to the point where my family needed me more than I needed the little bit of extra money so I had to give up the business. I had about $5,000 in products and consultant supplies. Boy did I find out this was a BIG MISTAKE!!!
After I was no longer a consultant, I contacted Creative Memories about my situation. They would only take back items that had been purchased during the previous 12 months and they would charge a 10% restocking fee and shipping. Well, that left out much of the merchandise because I had 3 years worth of inventory. Oh well, I thought, I'll get rid of it somewhere.
About 2 years ago I started selling on eBay and thought wow, I can finally get rid of this Creative Memories inventory and get some of my money back. Like others...I received a letter threatening to sue me for $5,000 if I did not remove the listings immediately. I removed them as I was already $5,000 in debt thanks to Creative Memories.
I find it pretty sad that a company which has made millions of dollars promoting family and memories etc. has left many families with a financial burden due to their greediness. I hope the founders of Creative Memories take a look at their contract and help ex-consultants free themselves of the financial burden they have because of excess Creative Memories inventory.
How much money do you need Rhonda????
Plattsburgh, New York
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/08/2009 08:10 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Creative-Memories/St-Cloud-Minnesota-56302-1839/Creative-Memories-Creative-Memories-Threatens-Ex-Consultants-For-Selling-Products-to-Reco-409854. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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