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Newport News' Unscrupulous Practices
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HAMPTON, VIRGINIA -- I ordered clothing from them twice within a week. The orders did not come in right away but in dribs and drabs. I didn't care for any of them so sent them back immediately as indicated in order to get credit for them. They tell you that you just put the label included on the bag and bring to UPS and you will be billed $6.95 each label. As I had to send them back right away in order not to be penalized, I had to use 3 labels (21.00) for ordering nothing. Then their site says give them 30 days to credit the account. Every time I called or looked at the bill, there would be just some of the items but never all.

My last order was sent back to them on March 21 but not processed or credited until May 20. Meanwhile the bills kept coming for the whole order minus 1 or 2 items, with interest of near 25% (I had opened a Newport News credit card as I expected to pay it off immediately), finance charges and a $1 process fee on one bill whatever that meant. I paid the minimum payment for the first 2 bills, a total of $21. Then I told them I refused to pay more until everything was credited. As I paid $21 for the return shipping (a charge many companies waive) and the $21 for the minimum payment, I felt that they were more than compensated.

I had paid at that point $42 for absolutely nothing as I had returned all items. I said I expected to see a zero balance. These negotiations occurred with different emails and 2 phone contacts with customer service. Then I received my next bill of $34. I talked to someone again by phone who I thought waived all return fees which would have been $21 and I would have to still pay $12 which at that point I was resigned to doing although it meant now paying $56 and buying nothing. However, on June 9 I received my bill and they had waived one return fee of $6.95 and left a balance of $29.48.

Of course this includes a finance charge and interest. Supposedly these fees all come from the shipping it originally cost them to send the items to me. If we go by their shipping chart which I now see clearly how ridiculously high it is (I'm a small person and these were mainly little bathing suits) perhaps they're in the ball park. However, is there no compensation for these charges caused by them (in my opinion, deliberately) prolonging the crediting of my items and the fact they did not keep within the 30 day crediting of items policy? If I pay this bill I will have paid them $71.48 and have bought absolutely nothing.

Every phone call and contact gets me another person who knows nothing about the previous communication and constantly tries to redirect me to another department. I have a busy life and this is just an unbelievable nightmare.

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The news about Newport News is bad, very bad indeed!!
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HAMPTON, VIRGINIA -- I placed several orders with Newport News in November of 2009. Never did I imagine the unbelievable hassle I was about to get myself into. I'm not even sure how this company can get away with doing business this way or how their employees can live with themselves for treating people in such a horrid manner.

After the items I ordered arrived nearly 4 weeks later, I found that most of them were of terrible quality (snags in the material, uneven, unfinished seams, sizing is way off, etc.) I kept only 2 of the items and returned them immediately via their UPS sticker (which incidentally costs you an extra $6.95 PER ITEM and they will deduct this from your return amount... if you ever see any of that money back).

I kept copies of the UPS stickers and confirmed the day, time, and signature of when it arrived back on their dock on December 16th. Two weeks later I called Newport News and they confirmed that the items did arrive and that the processing of the return would take about 5-7 additional business days.

Two weeks later, I called back and they said it would be another 10 days to process the returns. In other words, the company gets to sit on your money for as long as they want... hoping that you will forget about it or get tired of the hassle and move on. Six weeks later, I filed a dispute with my credit card company, providing them with the documentation from the UPS tracking system where Newport News had received the returned items. My credit card company could not get any response from Newport News regarding the returns.

Two days ago I received a "past due"?? invoice from Newport News for $233.00. This is about double the amount for all my orders and makes no sense whatsoever. So I called Newport News again (this makes 7th call so far throughout this whole ordeal) and they said that I owe THEM now for items that I returned 2 months ago and that they show in their records as having been received. Huh?

They told me someone would have to call me back (I said, yeah, I've heard that before.) Today, lo and behold, someone from Nova Scotia called today trying to collect $233 from me for items returned 2 months ago. I couldn't believe it. I asked the extremely rude woman, "So, let me get this straight. You want me to pay you $233.00 for items I've returned 2 months ago because your company doesn't want to process the return in a timely manner? In other words, you want me to pay double for items that YOU show in YOUR computer as having been returned?"

She just said, "ma'am, you owe us $233." So I said, "so after I give you another $233.00, how long before you credit back my account for the items that were returned 2 months ago?" No joke, she said 5-7 business days. Uh, huh. I started to tell her that's what the first person told me when I called to inquire the first time about my return and she literally SCREAMED through the phone, "I don't know how to explain it to you any better than that!" and slammed the phone down in my ear. Very mature and professional.

I wish I would have done my homework three months ago and researched this "company" before placing any orders with them. If you decide to place an order with Newport News and it isn't what you expected, you will be better off keeping the merchandise, giving it away, or selling it. Otherwise, get ready to be hassled for a long, long time. Horrible, horrible company. Newport News... SHAME ON YOU!!

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No Refund after three months from Newport News Clothing
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HAMPTON, VIRGINIA -- I feel what the other consumers "**" and "**" are going through because I am having the same problem with Newport News Clothing, going through the same thing with them. My problem started with a Christmas present order for family members last year and the entire order was all wrong, wrong colors, item, sizes and everything. I send the return back the same day before the UPS driver left my residence. Have not hear anything back after a month so I called them, nothing, called again, and nothing. After two months, I called back again. They finally see my return after two months.

So I explain to them that they were Christmas presents and I had to go out shopping all over again and buy family members gifts. I ask for a refund and they refuse. So I asked again for my money back or refund and the refuse again. So I report them to the BBB and all of a sudden, I received a email stating that they can give me a up front credit but I have to give them my credit card number to put another credit my account just in case I might get credit double. Now does that make any sense to you - I will be still out the amount they owe me because they will have charged me twice for the order that I do not have.

Anyway, I was told that legal actions can be taken out against them and reporting this to the Consumer affairs as well. Now if you have not notified the BBB in Norfolk, VA - you should because they have my complaint regarding this mess. You see, I'm getting my money back. Truly, I thought that I was alone on this but I see that they are making others mad at them. Thanks for sharing.

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Worst Customer Service EVER
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Rating: 1/51

I made an online purchase from Newport News on Dec 6th, 2011. When I did not get any kind of shipping notice after a week I checked my order status on the website. It said the order was still "processing" so I contacted them via the customer service link on their site. I never got a response, so I called. I was told that they had moved their warehouse and all orders were delayed. No one could tell me when my order would ship, but I was told that they would send it expedited shipping when it did ship.

I waited a couple of weeks more, checked the order status via the site (still "processing") and wrote customer service again. Never got a response. Called, and was told the same thing about the warehouse moving, etc etc. Here it is mid Jan, and I go and check the website and it actually says my order shipped! Hurray! So I wait a 2 more weeks, and nothing. I go to the site, and there is a link in my order status to "Track Shipping"- but there is no tracking number... nor is there even a shipping date! I write customer service again (at this point just for and grins, knowing I won't get a response, which I didn't) and then call.

The person I got on the phone this time stumbles through a bunch of questions then informs me I am being issued a refund. When I ask why- he can't tell me. When I ask to talk to his supervisor, he told me to call back. Which I did, hoping to get someone who wouldn't OBVIOUSLY be making things up as he goes along. This time I was told that I was being issued a refund because my "shipment was lost." I was told I will receive my refund in 7-10 working days. Riiiight. I'm not holding my breath.

I will NEVER order from this company again. Never received ANY responses to my inquiries to customer service, was given the runaround whenever I spoke with someone on the phone, and after 2 months of waiting and being told numerous stories, I am not even receiving what I purchased. How this company is still in business is beyond my comprehension.

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Fraudulent Return Policies
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I placed an order for a swimming suit back in November. I received the suit and it didn't fit so I placed it back in the bag and sent it back the very next day asking for a refund. I called and they said it would take up to six weeks to be refunded. In February I received a "merchandise certificate" because they claim it took more than 30 days for the swimsuit to be returned and they could not credit my card. Instead of calling and complaining, I go with it and order three items with the certificate. First two items, I received. The third item I call a couple of times and each time am told it's on back order.

This morning I discover that $15.00 has been debited from my account for this order. I call Newport News and they said I should have received a check in the mail in March for the portion of the merchandise credit that was on backorder and that because they had my credit card number from the original order they could go ahead and debit my account for $15.00. I did not receive a check in March for the difference of the backordered item. I was not told I was receiving a check for that amount which I did not receive and certainly was not told that they would be debiting my bank account for the item when it finally came in.

They told me this morning that they could debit my bank account for the backordered item now that it came in because the original swimsuit was ordered on the debit card. I asked why they could not then just credit my account instead of sending a check in March for the amt. of the backordered item or credit my acct. for the returned swimsuit which I returned promptly. And they said they could not because it from a merchandise certificate. Although, I am only talking $15.00 here, they did not have authorization to take the $15.00 from my account.

I never received the check back in March for the backlogged item that was supposedly credited off their merchandise account amount which was a credit off my original order which was by my debit card. Their story is contradictory to their own policies, very sheisty and smacks of fraud.

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Credit for returned merchandise
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HAMPTON, VIRGINIA -- On 9/27/2011 I ordered 2 swimsuits from Newport-News, size 12. I received 2 swimsuits, size 6. Imagine my surprise! I immediately got on the phone to request a return authorization number. I have ordered merchandise from Newport News over a period of probably 20 years. Never had any problems. When I was on hold for 30 mins, I decided to try the order line. I was on hold again so I got on the computer to see if something was going on with the company. That's when I read about the complaints and the bankruptcy. I called the credit card company and explained my issue and what they thought I should do.

They advised me to return the merchandise and then immediately submit a dispute. I am not willing to cause any damage to my credit by not paying the bill so I have submitted the dispute and will wait to see what happens. At the very worst, I will be out $38.00. I would suggest the same for anyone else in this situation. I am very disappointed that Newport News is continuing to sell merchandise but not standing up to the customer service side of the business.

I will never order anything else from them unless they redeem themselves totally and completely. Further, I have read that Lynn Tilton Companies has acquired Newport News and this could possibly be the shot in the arm that Newport News needs. Lynn Tilton has been reputed to have turned around many bankrupt companies.

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Thank God I'm Not Alone In This
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I swear this whole ordeal has taken months off my life. I too have returned items back in Feb. (2011) and have gotten such a runaround I thought I was in a bad movie. Two different times after being told my refund was absolutely in the works I let the invoice sit and then was forced into making last minute phone payments to save my credit at the tune of 10.00 each.

Last month I didn't make the payment after learning they declared bankruptcy and have now been charged a 25.00 late fee. So now I have the original 90.00 return plus 5 months of finance charges, 20.00 in phone pymt. fees & a 25.00 late charge. I will never forgive myself if I pay them so let them turn me over to collections or whatever they do because this is highway robbery!

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Newport News not refunding money
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I have been going back and forth for two months with Newport News trying to get a refund on items I returned. They just informed me, after several attempts to make contact, that they are filing for bankruptcy and are refusing to process credits for items returned.

My advice, do not place an order with them at this time and cancel any pending orders you that you may have with them. They also informed me that I was expected to continue making payments for the amount due although I am no longer in possession of those items. They are a sinking ship, approach with caution. In the meantime, I will wait for the letter they claimed has been sent out to their clients regarding this matter.

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Rip Off
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VIRGINIA -- I have never kept anything that I have ordered from newport news so I don't know why I tried one more time. I placed an order for 2 shirts on march 1, 2011 which was immediately debited from my checking account. Received the item and prompted returned it. According to my ups tracking info, they received it on march 11, 2011. I have emailed several times and get the same old story (if they even reply)... It can take up to 2 billing cycles for your refund to appear. Billing cycles for what??? I used my debit card not a credit card!

it is now may 4, 2011 and still no refund. Beware of this company... Will never order from them again and will caution everyone I know to do the same. If they can take my money immediately why can't they refund it immediately??

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Still waiting for my item to ship...
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Well, I ordered an item from Newport News online and I am still waiting to receive it. I ordered it July 6th, and today on the 24th I call customer service who tells me that it will ship out on the 27th. Three weeks is way too long to wait for an item to ship, but they don't actually have the item they sold me.

And while I have received numerous E-mails attempting to sell me more products, the company apparently could not notify me that my item was out of stock and would take longer than usual. When I first contacted customer service they told me that my item was going to ship a week ago. I was also disappointed to find that both times I spoke with them their customer service was completely unsatisfactory.

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