Ripoff Report Verified™ REVIEW
EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to So Cal Lighting
for its full commitment to quality customer service.
Ripoff Report's discussions with So Cal Lighting have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. So Cal Lighting listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.
So Cal Lighting's CEO, Mr. Mike Hanna, has been working tirelessly to attain customer satisfaction levels that meet his high standards. He apologizes to anyone who has had issues with shipping in the past and would like to express that such events will become a non-issue moving forward. [continued below]....
..... Making sure that customers get the right product in a timely manner is of utmost importance. It does no one any good when items get shipped back and forth, so we are settling this matter as soon as possible.
One of the things Ripoff Report learned in the course of its review is that typical customer feedback reads, "So Cal Lighting truly communicate all aspects of the service in a timely and effective manner. We are very pleased with the responsiveness that the employees show us. They are serious about meeting commitments, and deliver on their promises."Ripoff Report Verified™ .. part of Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program.A program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business.. The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Michael Hanna during an onsite inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward So Cal Lighting.
Coast2coast Lighting and So Cal Lighting specializes in providing lighting fixtures for a variety of needs including: home, landscape, business, residential, and commercial lighting. With 20 years of experience in the industry Michael Hanna expressed what sets them apart from other lighting companies, "with our expertise and longevity in this business we feel like we offer an advantage to new customers. Especially ones that have no idea about that they are buying." Mr. Hanna further stated, "we should be able to make sure your buying the right products. We don't oversell you, and we don't undersell you. You should never have to buy these lights again if you buy them from us."
Leads for Coast2coast Lighting and So Cal Lighting are primarily obtained through online advertising via Google and MSN, "for most of the categories that we offer we're usually in the top ranking." Once a potential client has expressed interest in Coast2coast Lighting & So Cal Lighting their primary resource will be their website which has detailed descriptions of all their services. You can also call in and talk to one of their many sales representative who not only can inform their client's about the products, but truly enjoy selling the products, “everything you see on the website is something that we've basically handpicked. Even though there are over 6,000 items...we put them in our hands, and make sure that we like them and would put them in our own homes." Additionally, if the potential client can provide the appropriate details, "we usually can tell you what type of product you're going to need to use without being on location." CUSTOMER CARE & COMPLAINT RESOLUTION FROM SO CAL LIGHTING
During the onsite interview, Mr. Hanna was asked to describe some of the common complaints that they receive. Mr. Hanna expressed that while they rarely have any complaints, the most common would be if the manufactures that they utilize made some type of adjustment to a product without informing Coast2coast Lighting & So Cal Lighting. If an incident like this arises, "at that point obviously we take care of it...we're not going to make you keep it. We're going to take it back or try to match whatever you were looking for." If necessary they will offer a refund, but most customers are satisfied with their dedication to providing high quality products, "our satisfaction rating has got to be the best in the industry." This is expressed additionally through Mr. Hanna's follow up practices with customers who may have had a less that satisfactory experience, "one of the things I pride myself on is I want to make sure the customers are happy...sometimes 6 months to a year later I'll email them and follow up. Make sure that everything is ok."
When asked to comment on the complaints posted on Ripoff Report's website Mr. Hanna explained that the comments came from a past customer who purchased handmade lights. During the ordering process the customer requested the lights to be finished with black paint. However, once the customer received the lights he decided he no longer wanted to black paint, and stripped the lights of their color. Once he did this he realized that the fixtures were made with copper, and he wanted brass. Mr. Hanna stated, "everything was exactly the way he ordered it, he just changed his mind." To assure future and current clients Coast2coast Lighting & So Cal Lighting have each client rate them, all ratings and comments can be accessed from their website.
When asked what type of changes they have made to honor their commitment to make things right with the customer per the request of Ripoff Report, Mr. Hanna stated, "we keep it a small family owned business in order to take care of our customers better. SO CAL LIGHTING – WHY OUTDOOR LANDSCAPE LIGHTING FROM US
We use 200 Degree Spring Loaded Sockets with Stainless Springs and Extra Long Lead Wires, and Universal Socket Pins for every Bulb
Heavy Duty Tempered Lenses and Glare Reduced Designs
Marine Brass Hardware utilizing Heavy Duty Materials
Easy Re-Lamping / Loading Features...Even in 10 years you'll never have a problem changing your bulb!
Material and Natural Finishes that will last a Lifetime (we guarantee it!)
Lifetime Warranty on all Brass and Copper Materials
User Friendly and "Tool-less" Designs including Hand Adjustable Swivels
High temperature Gaskets and Seals
Standard Componentry for Easy Maintenance
Heavy Duty PVC Ground Stakes
A Large line of Outdoor Transformers including LED and Multi-Tap
Huge inventory for Fast Shipping, and prompt construction for all of our hand-made Brass & Copper items! SO CAL LIGHTING – STATEMENT FROM CEO MIKE HANNA "
So Cal Lighting, Coast 2 Coast Lighting Co, and Cal Direct Lighting are currently the highest rated and most widely trusted lighting manufacturers and distributors in the United States due in part to their high adaptability and continued improvement in areas such as customer service and product handling. Their web services ensure that customers find their product quickly and easily and receive their order in a likewise manner. We encourage everyone to check out their "About Us" page and get to know them a bit better before you purchase, you won't be disappointed!
So Cal Lighting's team have expressed that they feel very confident doing their job properly. So Cal Lighting takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this, "So Cal Lighting employs dozens of dedicated and motivated workers, all of which have been highly trained in creating a positive experience for our customers. We encourage any and all of our customers to submit feedback on our services so that we may better serve in the future."
Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that So Cal Lighting's past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction. STATED IMPROVEMENTS FROM SO CAL LIGHTING
So Cal Lighting recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, So Cal Lighting has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.
In summary, after our review, which included discussions with Mike Hanna, Ripoff Report is convinced that So Cal Lighting is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.
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Ripoff Report has determined that So Cal Lighting meets Ripoff Report Verified™ standards which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. Members of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction program do pay a fee for our on-site review, 24 hour monitoring and for support with customers to resolve any disagreements.
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As a matter of policy, when a business becomes a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program they agree to allow Ripoff Report to contact every client who filed a complaint so they can make things right with them. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer. NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED
Socal/Coast to Coast Lighting Sunrise Lighting They cheat. They lie. They steal. Michael Hanna is engaging in interstate fraud and should be arrested. Chatsworth California
right past this triad of aka businesses, Michael Hanna and brothers/disciples David, Joseph and Joshua; and whatever other minion thieves he has surrounding him. Believe everything you read in ripoffreport about this group, and even more. And save yourself some pain, anxiety, and financial loss. I placed a $1,200 order with Michael for landscape lighting. My credit card was immediately charged and after no package in 10 days, I called to follow-up. "Coincidentally," Michael said he was shipping that day. Ten days later, the shipment arrived. Instead of the seven $119 fixtures I'd been charged for, there were seven $24.95 fixtures. And one of the items ordered, charged for, and included on the shipping manifest was not included in the shipment at all. I called Michael the day the shipment arrived and he assured me that the proper fixtures and missing item would be shipped out the following day. Ten days later-no shipment. I emailed Michael and got a return email with lots of excuses about holidays and shipping staff absences and he assured me the corrected items would be shipped that day and tracking information would be emailed to me. I emailed back that unless I received the shipping manifest and tracking numbers by COB in California that day, I would be disputing the order with my credit card company. The next day, at end of day, I received UPS tracking numbers for a phantom package that he had created for the purpose of acquiring tracking numbers only, and had already created an intercept on the package before he sent me the tracking info.
I don't know if interstate UPS shipping is subject to Mail Fraud crimes under present law-I suspect it is when the USPS participates in the final delivery of the package, but in any event, Michael Hanna and his organization should be investigated for interstate commerce criminal activity.