I purchased a bench in May of 2012 and my credit card was charged. After numerous phone calls and emails, still no bench. Always the same story, bench will be shipped the following week, some problem in the shipping department.
You all be the judge:
To Whom It May Concern,
I certainly have a problem with your company. Having just done a bit of research I realize I should have read and paid attention to the negative reviews you've been receiving. Your customer service is abysmal. You state that orders take between 3 and 4 weeks. How do you justify the over 6 months that I've been waiting, not to mention the lies I'm told every time I phone? It's always going to be
shipped out at the end of the week.
Can you tell me why I have not received the bench I ordered on May 15th 2012?
That is over six months ago. I should not have been charged for this item
until it shipped. I'm reporting you to the Better Business Bureau. I don't know what's going
on with your company but there's no excuse for treating customers this
way and I will never order another thing from you.
I would appreciate the truth this time, regarding receipt of this bench. I'm all out of patience.
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:02:26 +0000
Subject: Re: Order # 67
We will review your order ASAP and make sure that our CEO reviews your
order personally. We are very sorry for what is clearly a mis-labeling
and information mix-up between our shipping department and customer
service. You should not have had to wait 6 months!
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Subject: RE: Order # 67
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:34:47 +0000
To Whom it May Concern,
Well I've done everything in my power to resolve this issue with you. I have phoned numerous times over the past 4 or 5 months and am always told the item will be shipped the following week. I have emailed your CEO and your help department, all to no avail. In addition you have the nerve
to try and suppress my posting internet complaints against Tidewater. I will post this correspondence and let the buyers BEWARE. It is now SEVEN MONTHS and still no bench.