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01/15/08 I ordered a double coffee pot under the impression it had automatic shut off. I asked the service rep if it did, she said yes. I asked her to verify with the appropriate department which she did and verified it did and very adamantly stated it did have auto shut off.

When I received the coffee pot I plugged it in for four hours and it never shut off. I called customer service at Gevalia again and asked if that particular coffee pot had auto shut off. I was told again that it did, just like "every Gevalia coffee pot". I then told her it had been on for 4 hours without shuting off. She apologized and stated it was probably broken and she could go ahead and replace it. I insisted she find out how this coffee pot was supposed to shut off when it had a manual off/on switch. After talking to other reps and other departments and the product support department she returned and apologized since she had been misinformed.

I asked for a return label which took about 10 days to arrive. I was told I would have to return the item before my credit card would be credited back.

I returned the coffee pot on 02/04/08 and it was received on 02/11 per UPS tracking. I called Gevalia that same day and gave them the tracking number and requested I be refunded my money. I was told that it would be sent for processing and that it would probably take another 10 days for my card to be credited.

On 02/25/08, 1 day shy of the 10 days I called Gevalia to find out the status. The gentleman I spoke to said there was no notation of the tracking number and did not know why I had not been credited yet. He apologized again and said he would forward to a supervisor and that it would be processed in the next 2 days.

On 03/04/08 I still had not been credited and I called Gevalia back, the lady I spoke to said she would have to take the tracking number again and forward it to a supervisor. I explained we had gone through this twice before and I would need to speak to a supervisor. She transferred me to a supervisor by the name of Melissa in the West Virginia District. She would not give me any identifying info so that I may reference her in the future. She then said all she could do was forward the information to some other department to process my refund. I asked to speak to someone above her she said there was no one else. I asked for the name of the district manager and she said she was not allowed to give that information. I asked for an address to mail a complaint and she said she could only direct me to their website for an online complaint. I asked how I would be compensated for them taking my money under false pretense and not refunding it in a timely manner, she responded there was nothing.

Bottom line is I still don’t have my money which they deceitfully took from me. I'm disgusted by the service and all the miss information Gevalia gave me to make a sale. DO NOT BUY FROM GEVALIA CATALOG.
     
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One-Eyed Willie on 03/04/2008:
Sounds like the caffeine withdrawls are getting to you
Hugh_Jorgen on 03/04/2008:
All this drama! Just put the charge into dispute with your credit card company. Problem solved.
CrazyRedHead on 03/04/2008:
I have the double coffee pot and it shuts off automatically for me. I think you got a bad machine there. I have been with Gevalia for many years, and never had a problem with them. I love there coffee. I have gotten bad machines in the past and never had to send a one back, they just send me a replacement and I throw the bad machine away. I'm sorry you have had troubles with them. Maybe you should try decaf. Also there limited edition coffee is excellent, along with there signature series, mmmmmmmmm.
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Gevalia will neither refund nor replace defective merchandise
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I initially placed a combo order for a coffee maker and ground coffee with Gevalia on 5/7/12 in the amount of $30.94; this shipment arrived several days later. After discovering that the coffee maker had a faulty power switch (it kept turning off), I contacted Gevalia for a return/refund, at which time I was informed that they do not accept returns on their products. I was then informed that I had to place another order, and a refund will be granted to me only after I inform them that I have received the second coffee maker.

On 5/14/12, I re-ordered another combo order, per the company’s instructions. After this second shipment arrived, I contacted the company to inform them, and they refunded my bank account in the amount of the original purchase price ($30.94) on 5/16/12. However, while attempting to operate this second coffee maker for the first time, water began leaking from its reservoir through its base, and onto my kitchen counter.

On 5/18/12, I contacted them again, and informed them of the second defective coffee maker. Their representative (Arielle), apologized for the inconvenience I’d been experiencing, and informed me that they would simply send me out a third coffee maker, which I should receive within one week.

On 5/29/12, I’d noticed that the third coffee maker had not arrived, so I contacted them again. This time, they informed me that Arielle gave me faulty information and, if I wanted to receive another replacement coffee maker, I would have to pay $99.99 (more than 3x the original price). I informed them that I should not be penalized because they sent me defective merchandise on two separate occasions and would not accept the product returns. However, they simply stated that this is their policy, and there was nothing else they could do.
     
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trmn8r on 05/29/2012:
Interesting experience. Sounds like a company to avoid.
Anonymous on 05/29/2012:
Try Keurig. Costco has a great deal on the machine & 80 K-cups. Their customer service is excellent. My first brewer became defective after 3 months and after one quick phone call, they replaced for it free. Their customer service is located in Florida which is another plus. If you register your machine & join club keurig, you get 2 free boxes of coffee.
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Poor Customer Service
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I have been a customer since 2004. I have noticed a change in last few years with the customer service. I thought it was just me, but after reading other reviews now I know it's not. What is going on???? Believe it or not they used to have the best customer service reps I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with.

Now when I call, I get the run around. I've called about a charge showing up on my bank account, when I haven't ordered anything, and they are telling me they don't see it & I have to have my bank send them a faxed copy of the charge. I've called 4-5 times in the last 2 days & I swear I keep getting the same 2 people with a HEAVY accent, the same kind of accent, same 2 people every time I call....WEIRD!!!! Coffee lovers, like me, don't mind paying a little more for something they enjoy but the coffee doesn't taste as good after dealing with poor customer service. I used to recommend them to everyone I met, even had a couple people become customers themselves, but I can't do that anymore. So sadly I canceled both my personal & work accounts with Gevalia after many years of being a customer.
     
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ticia232 on 02/26/2011:
I would still check with the bank about the charges. You kept calling the company but they do not know where the charges came from, same as you.

Your bank account could be compromised!

Even if they weren't foreign, if the computer is NOT showing that they charged your account, then they didn't charge you ACCOUNT WITH THEM! Your card got charged on someone else's account. I think rather than saying that just because someone has an accent they don't know what they are talking about, you should be going to your bank and finding out when the order was placed. So you can send that the company and the can see who placed and got the order and then they can be charged with theft.
trmn8r on 02/26/2011:
If the company can't see the charge, it makes sense that they want to see an official record from your bank.

Sometimes a bank will resist sending such a fax. I had this happen. It isn't fun being stuck in the middle, but only your persistence will solve such an issue.

Personally, I don't believe cancelling your accounts with the retailer is going to have any positive impact on resolving your problem.
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Unauthorized Shipment
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MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA -- 5/8/09 I received a shipment from UPS. I opened the packing slip to find that this coffee company has sent me a shipment including a coffee maker, coffee & tea. I've never heard of Gevalia before. I did not order this so I called the customer service line to inquire "who" placed this order. The representative told me that it was placed online, therefore she did not know a name. She immediately stated that she would cancel my account & stop future shipments. I ask again "how" this was sent to me when I did not authorize a charge to my credit card. She stated that she would flag it as possibly fraud, stop future shipments and that I can keep the package. I don't want this package. The slip states that I will automatically get future shipments & billed for them.

I will have to cancel my credit card due to this scam. This is illegal and not fair! Someone should STOP this company from doing this. Total theft & invasion of privacy.
     
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Anonymous on 05/09/2009:
Hmm, that sounds kind of fishy. I would be very curious how they got your credit card number. The good thing is that the shipment was sent to your house so you knew about it fairly quickly... the bad thing is someone is ordering products using your credit card without permission. The smartest thing to do is contact your credit card company and have them close the card account and re-issue a new one. I would also call the credit reporting bureaus and have them add a fraud alert to your credit report. They will usually offer you a copy of your credit report so you can check for any abnormalities. Hopefully this was just an isolated incident, but you can never be to sure. Better safe than sorry.
madconsumer on 05/09/2009:
someone had to sign you up. your kids?

then ..


sue em.
jktshff1 on 05/09/2009:
It's pretty good coffee.
Anonymous on 05/09/2009:
It is good coffee jkt
CrazyRedHead on 05/10/2009:
I get Gevalia Shipments. Someone else had to have your info and signed you up. I would cancel your card. Perhaps someone in your household got a hold of your card and ordered them. You have to have the name that is on the card match the address in order for it to go through. I have been getting Gevalia for several years and it is excellent coffee.
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Bad Customer Service
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Rating: 1/51
I bought a 12 cup Stainless Steel coffee maker from Gevalia in March of 2011. After using it for only 15 months, it stopped working in the middle of making a pot of coffee. The warmer even quit working then also. I contacted the company to see about getting it fixed at my expense since the warranty time had passed. The Customer Service Rep said they don't repair their coffee makers and proceeded to tell me about the same product I had but the cost would be 100 bucks plus s&h. I have emailed them and also wrote a comment on their Face Book wall and still have gotten anywhere with them. I will save my money up and go buy myself a good coffee maker from a company that backs up their product and at least tries to keep a customer happy instead of trying to bilk them out of more money for a product that won't last longer than 15 months.
     
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Cancelled All Orders and One Year Later Auto Filled
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DELAWARE -- After a year of a status of inactive with no future orders on file. They put me on active status and made a mistake in sending me coffee again. I got an email thanking me for my order. When I called customer service they told me they took care of it and it was a computer mistake. Two days later I received another confirmation on the order I placed. I emailed back and called them and again they assured me it would be cancelled. Then two days later another email was sent. When I called them a third time to stop the delivery. A very rude customer service told me it was too late. Since I had spent a week calling and emailing I wasn't sure why it was too late. She was extremely condescending and patronizing and kept asking me if there was anything else she could do for me today. She hadn't done anything for me.

Subsequently, I had to deal with a return and hope their bookkeeping department is more efficient than their customer service, order department and shipping department.
     
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JISCal2 on 03/09/2012:
If they charged a credit card dispute the charges. Be sure to save the emails that were sent as proof you contacted them to stop the orders.
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WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE
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Do not deal with them!
I ordered coffee, which was way over priced, so I ended up canceling my membership.

Few months later I kept getting notices that I owe a balance on the last shipment that I had sent back.
I called them to make sure everything was paid and I didn't have anything left to pay on my account.
Few months later I started receiving notices for the same balance, again.
I called and explained that I had already made a payment of that amount and that they need to update their system and leave me alone. After 3 of these conversations with Gevalia, I thought it was finally taken care of.
Until I got a collection letter in the mail!
I called, again, explaining that I had already made my payment and at this point did not want to have anything to do with their company again.
I was told there was still a balance and there was nothing they can do about it.
right now I am waiting for a call back from their account executive, who can
look further into my account... only way to get to the manager was to tell 3 people(managers) that they can talk to my lawyer, since I am done with talking to anyone anymore.

The Worst Experience!! Would not tell ANYONE to order from them. go to your closest grocery store and get your coffee from there, guarantee to get better service and better coffee for that matter...

     
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CrazyRedHead on 02/19/2011:
Do you have proof that you made the payment? If you have proof then show it to them and be done with it. I have been with Gevalia on and off again for the past 6 years and have never had a lick of trouble from them. They have been wonderful and very responsive.
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I Do Not Recommend
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FLORIDA -- I do not recommend this company, it's hard to cancel with them but the worse part is I canceled my service and 7 months later, yes 7 months, I received a letter from a collection agency saying I owed them 38.00 dollars never did I ever receive anything from Gevalia, I know I did not owe it because before they sent out a shipment they always deducted the amount automatically from my checking account!!!!!

So they will never get my business again.
It just goes to show they don't even appreciate a loyal paying customer.....they ripped me off for 38.00 dollars, it's not much money but that's not the point!

Thank you,
Stormy8
     
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ringostar on 01/14/2009:
When I wanted to cancel my account because I didn't realize they automatically sent you shipments they said no problem. They didn't even charge me and they let me keep the coffee they had sent!
Anonymous on 01/14/2009:
One of my office staff ordered their coffee for us (in my name with my permission). It was good, but overpriced. I cancelled the subscription by certified mail and refused subsequent shipments. A year later, a collections outfit in New Jersey dunned me for $38 too. I told them to 'take a hike'. The scuzzy collections outfit retreated back under the rock from which they emerged. Send the collectors a letter demanding proof of the obligation and a cease and desist letter. Don't call them, unless you enjoy verbal abuse.
BokiBean on 01/14/2009:
The net is flooded with complaints about Gevalia and their lousy business practices. This is a company to avoid like the plague. Sorry for your troubles.
CrazyRedHead on 01/15/2009:
I've been with Gevalia for almost 5 years and have never had any trouble with them. I love there coffee. There has never been no automatic deduction as they don't have my bank or CC number, I have the bill me later plan. I had another acct before my current one and have had no problem canceling and have never heard anything from them, on that acct, since canceling it.
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Terrible Cancellation Process
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Coffee is pretty good, but it is impossible to cancel your account online. You can suspend temporarily, but it's annoying.

If you want to cancel, you have to go to the customer service form, which kicks you into a "Chat" function, which never works. Then you have to call them and they try to give you free lifetime shipping and they challenge every reason why you want to cancel. At that point you're so mad, that you want to cancel and burn them on forums like this. The CS person was rude, spoke really fast and totally had an attitude. Good riddance.

I would never sign up for this again.
     
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ringostar on 10/15/2008:
I had this and no longer wanted it after they had sent me some more coffee. Not only did the not charge me they let me send back the coffee and cancelled with no problems at all. Sometimes it's easier to just call and cancell then trying to do everything online!
piodi on 10/18/2008:
GEVALIA COFFEE
I HAVE TO SAY I HAVE ORDERED FROM GEVALIA FOR A FEW YEARS AND TRUTHFULLY I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS CANCELING.I EVEN GET THE FREE WELCOME BACK COFFEE POT OR WHATEVER THE PROMOTION IS AND CANCEL AFTER I GET 1 OR 2 ORDERS BECAUSE I DON'T DRINK THAT MUCH COFFEE.ALL I DO IS CALL THEM UP.MY DAUGHTER ALSO DOES THE SAME THING.I'M WAITING FOR ANOTHER PROMOTION AND I'LL REORDER.ONE TIME I CALLED AND MY COFFEE POT WAS CRACKED THEY SENT ME A NEW ONE RIGHT AWAY,THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY NICE ON THE PHONE ,EVEN WHEN I CALLED TO CANCEL.MAYBE BECAUSE I USE PERSONAL CHECKS TO PAY THEM AND NOT CREDIT CARD I DON'T KNOW BUT THEY HAVE BEEN GREAT !!
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Violation of the Federal DO NOT CALL list
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DOVER, DELAWARE -- The Telemarketing Sales Rule prohibits telemarketers from calling a number listed on the Federal DO NOT CALL list.

Gevalia Kaffe Company has violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and the Federal DO NOT CALL list by calling my telephone number 14 times, despite the fact that my telephone number is listed on the Federal DO NOT CALL list. Further, the last ten of the 14 calls are a double violation in that they continued to call after I had asked not to be called. The Telemarketing Sales Rule prohibits telemarketers from calling a person who has asked not to get telemarketing calls.

Gevalia is an organized business that sells coffee products.
Gevalia is NOT a charity
Gevalia is NOT a political organization
Gevalia is NOT a non-profit
I have NOT previously contacted Gevalia for any reason, as I do not drink coffee.
I do NOT have an “existing” relationship with Gevalia.

Therefore, Gevalia does not meet any of the “exemptions” listed within the Telemarketing Sales Rule.

Further, when I asked not to be called, the representative, "Miranda," insisted on having my name and address. There is no legal reason to provide this information when asking not to be called. All you need to do is ask for your phone number to not be called.

The Telemarketing Sales Rule prohibits telemarketers from failing to transmit Caller ID information.

- Gevalia transmitted only partial information. The phone number was clear, but the name was shown as “unavailable”

- I did a “GOOGLE” search and discovered the phone number belonged to Gevalia

I have filed a lawsuit, but I am having trouble "Serving notice." I sent a certified letter to the address shown on the web site, but the certified letter was delivered to a company with a different name.

UPDATE:

Thanks to the commentor for the Kraft information. I found out LL Bean had sued them, and their lawsuit is available online. From this, I found out that they are registere in Pennsylvania. So, I paid a county sheriff to serve them notice. The reason I am having to serve notice myself is because I'm using Small Claims Court (no lawyer). That's the best avenue to sue telemarketers. If you use Small Claims, you pretty much have to do the "serving" yourself, or hire someone.

Well, they "got" my notice. I got called by their attorney. My number IS on the DO NOT CALL list, I have verified that. However, I registered it in 2006 (because that is when I got the phone number), but the DO NOT CALL list says it was registered in 2003. Oh well.

Update: I got called by the attorney again. Apparently, the person who had my phone number before me had ordered from Gevalia. I got the phone number 3 months after the previous phone number holder had ordered, and Gevalia was using the "18 month we can still call you" rule. They are going to pay me $1500 based on.... they have 30 days to stop calling me after a request to not call. They exceeded the 30 days by 3 phone calls, so that is what they are basing the $1500 on. The $1500 is worth it, to me.
     
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tnchuck100 on 08/06/2007:
Try going after Kraft Foods. They own Gevalia.
lobo65 on 08/06/2007:
Have you done business with them the past year? If so, they can legally telemarket you. Sucks I know.
tnchuck100 on 08/06/2007:
lobo65: He stated "I do NOT have an “existing” relationship with Gevalia."
mangomaiden on 08/06/2007:
You need to make sure that: 1) Your number IS on the Do Not Call list at www.donotcall.giv. 2) Any complaints you want to file need to go through the same website.

FAQs are at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt107.shtm

Although I have my doubts as to whether or not you're really filing a lawsuit, why in the world are you performing service of process yourself? A lawyer should be doing that. Chances are you'll get loopholed for improper service in court.
lobo65 on 08/06/2007:
Ah, touche. I should have read his review more carefully.
DXS on 02/03/2008:
To mangomaiden: The lawsuit was filed in Small Claims Court. In WA State, if you file in Small Claims Court, YOU have to serve notice yourself. You are allowed to use an attorney, in that case, the attorney would "serve" it. I chose not to use an attorney, I got $1500. I made sure I covered all bases on "serving notice."
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