Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Prints to Polka Dots - AVOID AT ANY COST!

I've been holding off on writing this post for a while because to be honest I wanted to give them as long as possible to "make good" on this situation. However, I've accepted that its never going to happen and its irritating me to know that they continue to trade despite their awful treatment of me. So here goes...

I placed an order with Prints to Polka Dots on the 6th May for some metreage, 2 quilting rulers (which I had been waiting AGES to be able to buy) and a layer cake of Sherbet Pips (I never buy a really good expensive fabric like that but I decided to treat myself). The total order came to around £95 but I had a 20% off voucher as part of a recent competition they had run so I paid £75.

After about a week I received 2 bits of metreage and both of the rulers with an email stating that the other bits of metreage were out of stock but would be despatched in about 10 days. The Sherbet Pips was pre-order. I received the rulers (24" and 12") and fabric in a plastic delivery bag with absolutely no padding and no cardboard between the rulers so inevitably one of the rulers was snapped. I emailed via the online form about it and waited a week for a reply. After a week I also replied via the shipping email. The reply basically said "well RM will just say it was insufficiently packaged which it was so Ill either replace or refund". I asked for a replacement but stated that I would be happy if they put it in with the OOS metreage to save a bit on postage for them.

On 17th May (2 days before I got a reply about the ruler) I got an email saying the Sherbet Pips had been shipped. This didn't arrive but I waited 2 weeks from it being shipped before emailing the store to say I hadn't received it (1st Jun). On the 5th June I received an email to say my other metreage had been shipped but no reply to my email of the 1st about the non-arrival of the Pips. I replied to this on the 7th asking if the package included my replacement ruler and the Sherbet Pips layer cake as I hadn't received either.

By the 9th June I still hadnt had a reply (but received the metreage with neither of my missing items in it) and visited the web store to see a notice saying that the shop was going to be on holiday from June 11th - June 19th so I emailed again stating that I had sent two emails to which I hadn't had a reply and that I wanted an email from them before the shop went on holiday to confirm that I was either receiving a replacement package or a refund.

Still no reply.

I gave 3 days grace after the shop-owners returned from holiday to perhaps clear some backlog but then emailed them copying and pasting the 3 emails that I had sent them and the dates. I stated that I was getting fed up having to chase them about a £75 order constantly and being ignored. I sent this in reply to the emails that the store sends to which states at the bottom please reply to this email if you have any questions. I also sent it using the contact us webform on the store page.

After posting about this on the Crafteroo Forum for advice I also emailed the store owners personal email address (which I wouldn't normally do as I believe that personal and work life should be seperate but this business has £42 of my money for which I've received nothing and they don't provide a phone number so I felt like I had nowhere else to turn). Then they posted on their blog stating they were having email problems for a few weeks so I emailed again stating they had to get in touch with me or I would make a claim against them. However, I was being ignored long before any email problems.

So despite my repeated attempts to bring this to Prints to Polka Dots attention I am down a ruler which cost £17.50 (less 20%) and a layer cake of Sherbet Pips costing £35 (less 20%) that will probably be out of stock everywhere else now.

Im frustrated, angry and actually pretty upset. I have been shopping online for about 8 years and I've NEVER ONCE had a problem or been "conned" out of money so this leaves a really sour taste in my mouth. And you don't expect it from such a wonderful community that we crafters have. Whats worse is they still manage to get business.

I just hope that by writing this no-one gets stung as bad as I have been.


Cindy said...

I am so sorry to hear of your frustration! I have not run into a problem like this anywhere, but I will be sure to avoid Prints and Polka Dots from here on. Hopefully it will work out for you. xx

Glamglass said...

How awful! They should be named and shamed as much as possible. I hope you are taking them to the small claims court to get your money back and land them a fine also.
Good luck!

reddskingyal said...

nightmare! thanks for the warning. I really hope it gets sorted. x

Bigbluebed said...

It is terrible that you should be treated in this way.
Well done for warning us so hopefully this company will not get away with it.

Deepa said...

How awful. I think sometimes it is worse when a company is independent, you'd think they would care more about all their customers.

I've noticed there is a notice up on their site right now apologising for delays but saying they will be rectified now the owner works on the site full time. Seems a bit late though.

Indianna said...

Hope you can sort this nightmare out - have you sent them a link to this post?

Suzanne Vaughan said...

I have blogged about it for you x

Anonymous said...

I am having the same problem with them. I placed an order 3 weeks ago and it still hasn't arrived. I've been emailing them daily without a response. I've now logged a dispute with them through Paypal to try and get my money but I still haven't had a response.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I really feel for you as I am having the same problem with them and I know I'm not the only other one out there. I think it's disgusting that they can still trade and just so you are aware, they are now selling on ebay too and getting brilliant feedback!! Don't give up, I don't care how long it takes me but I'm determined to get my money back from them! Good luck!

Hannah said...

I am having a similar problem. Their communication is appalling. I have gone back to them after after problems last year but they have not improved. I've even called her home phone number as it was posted in a forum elsewhere and no reply. I would not recommend this site to anyone!

ja.amira said...

Hi,how bad what happened to you.
Nonetheless, I can only say good about that shop. I've been ordering there 4 or 5 times this year and never had had a problem. Communication was always good and (I'm from Germany) the packages always arrived within a week - which I can tell from experience is very good for international delivery.
They really always mail in plastic bags, but since I had never ordered something breakable, that's ok with me. Maybe they should consider mailing stuff like rulers in boxes.

Tracy said...

I'm having similar problems now - an order placed three weeks ago has not arrived and I have now raised a dispute in Pay Pal as they are not responding to emails. I'm disgusted that they don't provide a phone number nor do they respond to emails.

Anonymous said...

I won't be using them again either. I placed an order last year which they messed up several times. I still haven't received all of the order and they've stopped replying to my emails. So rude and terrible customer service.
I've only lost out on a couple of pounds, but it's the principle that counts. Such a shame as they have such lovely fabrics on their website.

Janice Thompson said...

I placed an order with them last week and the fabric arrived today.

It was the wrong fabric and only half the amount that I had actually ordered.

As the order was for a customer I've had to reorder from someone else.

I've emailed them and called numerous times this morning but nothing.

I wish I had googled them before I ordered. There's threads and threads of complaints from people about the website.

I'm never going to order from them again.

Anonymous said...

Please also be aware that the phone number on there web site is not the company's number it is my personal landline and i have nothing to do with the company nor did i even know it existed until the calls came flooding through about non delivered items and duplicate payments being taken off peoples card!!!