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Pampered Chef: Merrill's Rant

  1. gwyn26

    gwyn26 Novice Member

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    If Pampered Chef ran their business the way Merrill's does they'd have long been out of business!

    I placed an order on September 4 and a second order on September 7. The September 7 order arrived first and yesterday my September 4 order arrives. The Help Whip Cancer t-shirts are on backorder! I called to check the status and was told that one shipped and the other two are on backorder until the 28th. I have a booth the 28th and NEED the shirts for that. She asked if I wanted to order something else and I told her, "I'd love to but it won't arrive in time." Their shipping takes FOREVER. And WHY didn't I get an e-mail on September 5 or the next business day saying, "We apologize, but this is on backorder." Terrible customer service. And unfortunately, we can't give our logo to anyone else.

    Argh!
     
    Sep 16, 2009
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  2. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Express your concerns to HO. I think there's a contact link specifically for Merrill issues on the "contact us" page on CC.
     
    Sep 16, 2009
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  3. Melissa78

    Melissa78 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I placed an order on the 7th and have not received anything yet. I feel your pain.
     
    Sep 16, 2009
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  4. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

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    I too am disappointed with Merrill, after the "sale?" thread, I decided to call and ask if the items I purchased were on their way. I was told two of the items were not available, one was a sale item, the other was the Stainless Steel Water Bottle it says "This product is not currently in stock but can be ordered." She said is was discontinued. Oh, and it is still on their site, which stinks because others may think they could order it. Oh and I took a few items off of my order to add the water bottle, and still keep it in their shipping bracket.

    I'm going to go find out how to complain to PC, they need a better vendor (or two, now wouldn't that be nice, some competition!)
     
  5. 1234blessed

    1234blessed Novice Member

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    If you want to complain about Merrill go to CC click on managing your business, go down to HO Contacts, & email PC, & it has a site to leave comments on the licensed merchandise vendors. I would really like to see PC themselves carry these products on our supply list!
     
    Sep 16, 2009
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  6. Intrepid_Chef

    Intrepid_Chef Legend Member Silver Member

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    I wish those who have been around long enough to remember other vendors would write them and tell them how much they liked the OTHER vendors better.

    PC can't carry everything ... when you get into logowear then you run into all sorts of sizing issues ... but I have noticed that they pick up other products, like the calendars and the tablecloths.
     
    Sep 16, 2009
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  7. AJPratt

    AJPratt Legend Member Silver Member

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    {Sigh} I miss Town & Country and Nancy's.
     
    Sep 16, 2009
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  8. PamperedChefLayla

    PamperedChefLayla Member Gold Member

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    I loved Town & Country. They had checks, and all sorts of great stuff.
     
  9. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Me too!

    Remember getting orders from Nancy (very quickly!) with a little hand-written note of thanks, and something extra in your order to say thanks for ordering?


    *sigh* Such a far cry from Merrill....
     
    Sep 17, 2009
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  10. PamperedChefLayla

    PamperedChefLayla Member Gold Member

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    Merrill's Customer Service SUCKS!!! They charged my card 3 times (once for the order and then 2 other small charges) The small charges dropped off and the charge for the items was still there so I was sure my items would be on the way. Well the money is back in my account today and no e-mail from Merrill to explain. I had other items in my order that were not part of the Dollar Days. Grrrrrrrr!!!!!
     
  11. Judybabe

    Judybabe Guest

    Again, just like the other thread about people getting more rude in our society. Take a deep breath, relax if you can and consider that this is someone's sister, friend, brother or neighbor who is working there. We don't know their staff size, are there 5 or 50? They are dealing with a mess they created with offers so low. I doubt they will do this again. Their profit margin just went out the window.

    Without knowing all their details is this how you'd want someone to treat you as a PC consultant? If one of your customer's thought you ripped them off or didn't explain it to their liking, they would bad mouth you.

    Show a little compassion for another's work. Look at the big picture. relax. I am trying to do that with this town, think about things from their perspective. We have to work together, so lower the blood pressure for your own benefit.

    My guess, (and only my guess) is that they are trying hard to get orders out, dealing with the shipping department, credit or debit cards that have to be entered and reentered, product that isn't coming up on the computer that the customer is the last person they are thinking about letting know of all the steps.

    oooooooommmmmm
     
    Sep 17, 2009
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  12. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Hmmm, I wish this was true.

    Actually, this is just par for the course for Merrill - not a one time occurrence because of a sale.
     
    Sep 17, 2009
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  13. gwyn26

    gwyn26 Novice Member

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    I've had repeated problems with Merrill's, it isn't sale related. I realize that there are people that work there; however, as a business person I am required to work with them as my only source of PC apparel and I am frustrated about that. My intent was more to see if I was in the same boat or not. I think that it is things like this that make us better.

    As far as if someone has that kind of a problem with me, I trust that they would bring it to my attention. I go out of my way for my customers who have any kind of a complaint including sending in all product returns for them and giving them my new products instead of waiting for them to receive their replacement. I strive to COMMUNICATE with my customers at all levels, alerting them that their orders have been shipped, calling to be sure they've arrived and following up with my hosts and guests to be sure they are happy. My success as a consultant comes from my regular, timely communication and that is why we are frustrated.
     
    Sep 17, 2009
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  14. Judybabe

    Judybabe Guest

    I see every reason as legit for being frustrated. I was unaware of their history of failing to deliver premium service. My apologies if I overstepped my opinion.

    I was visiting with a lady from HO today on an order that I placed, samples. I must have occidentally hit the send button twice back in mid August. They held the second order and were calling me to see if I intended to order twice. A month later, but ok,

    I discussed with the lady from PC HO about the issues with Merrill that seem to be of great concern to many posted here. ie. the sizing discrepancies, lack of communications, charging issues, website not updated causing confusion. She said many Consultants have expressed their disappointment and PC is looking into their concerns.

    Apparently, Ho monitors this website. But many of you probably already knew that.
     
    Sep 17, 2009
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  15. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Yep. :D They even know some Cheffers by name...or Moniker. :D:D

    We've even had a post or two from someone at HO about technical issues....
     
    Sep 17, 2009
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  16. Judybabe

    Judybabe Guest

    I wonder when their contract with Pampered Chef expires.
     
    Sep 17, 2009
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  17. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    What better way to keep a feel for the pulse of your company! *spies among us!* :D
     
    Sep 17, 2009
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  18. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    And another reason (besides it being wrong) to avoid posting ideas and plans that are against policy.
     
    Sep 18, 2009
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  19. MLinAZ

    MLinAZ Member Gold Member

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    This Merrill think is just amusing - equally frustrating for many I understand - but for me it's just amusing. I ordered a few things because of the great sale, I hadn't been eyeballing anything so if I don't get it it's not a big deal.

    But here's why I find it all so amusing. I ordered 4 items. I got an email I don't know, a few days later saying that 2 of the items were no longer available and they were unable to fulfill that part of my order.

    That was on the 11th. Fast forward to today...UPS shows up with a box from Merrill. What's in the box? 1 of my 4 originally purchased items and which one is it? One they emailed and said was unavailable!! The packing list shows the other 3 items as backordered.

    So um, the item that they said was unavailable and they couldn't fulfill arrived, 2 other items that I received NO communication about did not arrive and are apparently on backorder.

    So mixed up....
     
    Sep 18, 2009
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