Pooldeals.com - Scam Business, Horrible Customer Service, Liars
Sales - Complaint
NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK -- I ordered over $1000.00 worth of product from them - Invoice #178692 on April 7, 2012. My credit card was charged very quickly for the product. Items arrived, likely drop shipped from various locations, to my home in a most disorganized, but overall quick fashion except for 4 products: A pool liner (expected to be delayed until mid April), and 3 items shipping from the same location: gasket kit (GK1), LED water return light (SKU4396) and chlorine float dispenser (NA340). Total for items not received was a minimum of $368.46 (not including any prepaid shipping/handling charges). With shipping handling, it would probably be closer to $380.00. Almost 3 weeks later on April 25th, about a week after I was expecting the pool liner to ship, Nicole (nicole@pooldeals. com) contacted me via email to tell me that the liner will be delayed until June 10th. She asked if I wished to wait for the liner or choose a different pattern. I inquired about the other 3 items that I did not yet receive. She told me they were shipping from the same warehouse as the liner. I said at that time (on April 25th) that I did not like the other liners, so I was willing to wait until the liner that I wanted to come in. I asked if they would offer me a discount since I had to wait an additional month. She said she would tell them that I would wait for the liner, and perhaps they could send the rest of my order along to me while I waited for the liner. She never commented on my question about a discount. Those other items never came.
June 12th, 2 days after the expected date that the liner would be in stock, and 7 weeks after the original order was supposed to ship, I called them to check on the status of the shipment. I still had not heard from anyone. Heather took the call and informed me that my order had been cancelled and the liner was not coming. I asked why I was not informed or updated with this information. No response. She asked if I wished to order a different liner. I asked if they would offer me a discount for the inconvenience of patiently waiting half a swimming season for a product that was never going to arrive. She said no. I told Heather over the phone on June 12th some time around noon, to cancel the rest of the order, all of it. I did not want to do any further business with them. She seemed unphased and the call ended quickly.
At approximately 4:13 pm that same day, I emailed Nicole, just to make sure that it was understood that I was, indeed, cancelling the remainder of my order. I did not have faith that the message would get through from Heather. I have proof of that email. Nicole responded on June 13th at 6:54 am, and confirmed that she did, indeed, speak to Heather the previous day. She confirmed that I would receive a full refund. I also have that email as proof. At 11:06 am, Charlie [snip], (orders@pooldeals. com) supposedly the owner of the company, sent me confirmation of a refund for $302.99, which less that what I am due. I responded, at 3:20 pm, asking why the amount being refunded was less than the amount I am due. I have yet to receive a response from him. The $302.99 refund finally showed up in my account today. Today, I forwarded the same email that I sent to Charlie regarding the rest of my refund onto Nicole, who responded that the other items that I told them to cancel were already being shipping to me via UPS. She provided a tracking number and stated, unfortunately, it was too late to cancel the order. The tracking number indicates that the order was scheduled for pick up 2 full days AFTER I told them to cancel the order. They did not cancel it, but chose to ship it to me anyway. UPS has been to my home to deliver, but the package required a signature for delivery. Luckily, I am never home for UPS to deliver to in person, so I wrote on their door note "return to sender - refused". Based on previous complaints ALL OVER the Internet about this company, they will attempt to charge me a restocking fee and another shipping fee. I am about to file a fraud complaint with my credit card against them and block any further charges that they may attempt to post. In the mean time, they owe me AT MINIMUM, another $65.47, without any prepaid shipping/handling charges refunded.