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Warning-Pawstar

I posted asking a question before, but now I fear I have to give a full negative report.

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ETA: Apparently I am NOT the only one. The plot thickens, so to speak:
http://forums.ohayocon.org/viewtopic.php?t=3151&sid=cee603a9492e9ca8c9d4f1a8e03578fe
and
http://news.deviantart.com/article/69827/

Between the FOUR (2 in the news article, read the comments) of us that's nearly 300 dollars worth just "disappeared" without any contact whatsoever. Not to mention the person in the comments who harassed daily to get their refund. There is also another person that was left waiting for a year O_o

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On the 11th of December I ordered a fox yip hat from Pawstar (www.pawstar.com). On the 18th, I received a tracking number ( 9101150134711493290548 ) for it. The status of the tracking number, as you can see here, never changed. Thinking that USPS is sometimes silly, I watched and waited for my package. None ever arrived.

After about a week and a half of looking, I sent a polite email (with all information needed) to Pawstar asking what was up. No response. I waited a week, and sent another polite email, this time from a different email client as well as her email form wondering if maybe it was my email. Nope, nada. On the 22nd of January sent a third email and opened up a paypal dispute (not a claim) with a message asking what was up, as it was nearing paypal's timelimit. Still no response.

My message says that I want the hat, not a refund, and all I want is contact. Just something to let me know what is happening. I did not send more than one a week (not even one a week!) and each was polite and to the point. 4 emails now, over 5 weeks.

The hat has since been edited off the website. According to her myspace page, the last time she was on was yesterday (1/30/09). There's no way she could have missed my paypal dispute. According to the website you can still order!

Today I escalated the dispute to a claim. I was going to wait the full 20 days but honestly if she hasn't contacted me by now (over a month later), I don't think she will and I can use the money. If she has a good reason not to have emailed then I would gladly resend the money as I really wanted the hat and I don't see others in that style, however this is ridiculous. There is no excuse whatsoever to leave a customer that long without contact when there is a problem. Seriously, what I want is just an email. (ETS here are the messages I sent with he claim, so people know I really didn't harass:

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1/22/2009 10:35 PST - Buyer: I'm genuinely sorry for doing this, I'm opening a dispute to try and get your attention. I have sent 3 emails over the past 3 weeks and gotten no response. I was informed my item was shipped the 17th of December via priotiy. I have not recieved anything and according the the tracking number it was not shipped. I would at the very least like a response to my emails. Was it sent? What happened? I'm not doing this because I want my money back, I just want to know what's up. ~Michelle

1/31/2009 14:59 PST - Buyer: Because it's been a week and a half without even any contact I'm escalating to a claim now. I genuinely hope that you are okay and that nothing happened to you. If you let me know what is up and have a good reason for the lack of contact, I will happily pay you again to get the hat. Otherwise, I am sorry it came down to this. ~Michelle/ Stormslegacy

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If it weren't for the updates to the interior of the site, (though not the front page) I would believe something happened. But then I check out her myspace page and I think the uncommunicativeness is just towards me. Not cool.

Since she clearly isn't speaking to me, here's hoping that I get my 40 dollars back.

Edited to add copy of the messages left in Paypal

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lastres0rt
Feb. 1st, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Is this the same person who complained about Pawstar last month?

If so, okay... but if not, I wouldn't be surprised if they were still backlogged.
leahtaur
Feb. 1st, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Being backlogged is no excuse for just ignoring a customer and hoping they'll go away.

I'm not the OP but it sounds like they'd be willing to wait at least a little longer if they'd get SOME sort of response.
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theredangel
Feb. 1st, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Wow. Thanks for the heads up. I was thinking about ordering from that site but now I think I'll forget about it.
kappyjeanne
Feb. 1st, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too.
Hope things turn out for the better, OP. Thanks for the heads up.
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rileycostello
Feb. 1st, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
I've only ever gotten anything from them at cons.

At least then I'm guaranteed to get it haha.

Sux for you though-- hope you get your money back. D:
theidolhands
Feb. 1st, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Me too. I wouldn't Internet order from them after reading this. How frustrating.
epiceternity
Feb. 1st, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
There seems to be a note on the home page about being behind on orders/ emails. I hope this gets resolved for you.

On a side note, wow, their bad kitty logo look just like Death kitty/ bye bye kitty's logo...a deliberate rip/ cash in?

epiceternity
Feb. 1st, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
and looking on their FAQ page-
How long will it take to get my order?

'This time may differ depending on order volume, season, etc. Regardless of the time taken, you will be emailed when your order has been filled. Please don't email us asking when it will be done.

We only ask that you please be patient, the quality is well worth the wait.'

hmm, guess it's their policy not to reply to customers about a time frame. I can understand for avoiding impatient naggers but it's still not very polite or professional!
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banewulf
Feb. 1st, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Meh. I tried ordering from them once over their website. I never EVER got a response.
runcoyoterun
Feb. 1st, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
i really dont know what to say. I think i commented on your last post.

I eventually did get my hat, although i dont remember if i got a tracking number, just a random email one day saing "it shipped". Honestly, their communication was terrible, but i did get my hat and i am pleased with it. i wear it a lot.

im not sure what to tell you, im sorry :(
stormslegacy
Feb. 1st, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
*nods* I remember your post. I'm sure that I might get my hat "eventually" if I just waited but honestly, that's poor business practice and I refuse to let myself be treated like crap. It's never okay to just dick around a customer even if you do get things out to them eventually. From the responses in my FA journal too, this isn't uncommon though no-one left a poor review or anything because they either assume it was a fluke or they eventually got their order.

It's too bad because as I said in my first post, their stuff really looks to be quality and the people that have gotten things say that they're great. This is why, if she has a good reason I'd be happy to resend the 40 dollars to reset the Paypal timelimit but I refuse to not be covered when dealign with someone who doesn't communicate.
acinom19
Feb. 1st, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Wow. It makes me really sad that they turned out to be this way. A couple years ago I ordered one of their Cabbit hats for a Christmas present for a friend and it got here very quickly, the hat was adorable (I was tempted to keep it actually XP ) and they even sent some free pins with it. I was really happy with my order and thinking of eventually getting a custom hat of my character so it's really sad that can't happen now :/
stormslegacy
Feb. 4th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
*nods* Their stuff really looks awesome, I really want the hat that I had ordered! I'm glad that you got the things you ordered ^_^

Have you looked at the furducers? They have hats at similar prices, and their custom character hats are amazing!
http://www.furducers.com/

darktiger77
Feb. 2nd, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
I've never had an issue with Pawstar.

I ordered a hat from them a while back for my son, green base with blue interior for the ears. After a few weeks I got it in the mail and opened it before my son got home and the colors were inverted (blue base with green interior). I sent them an e-mail about the mix up, expecting to have to pay for another one since their site clearly states no refunds. Got a response within hours apologizing for the error, since my original order was green base with blue interior ears. They sent me the correct green hat to me and told me to keep the blue one.


I'm sorry that you've had issues with them but i've had other friends of mine get custom items from them and never had a single issue.
stormslegacy
Feb. 4th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you got your things. Businesses with bad practices don't typcially start out that way, nor is every transaction unpleasant.

I don't know if they went downhill since you've dealt with them or what but apparently, I'm not the only one to have problems as this showed up recently on DA:
http://news.deviantart.com/article/69827/

According to the comments in this girl's journal, there's a third person as well.

It's been 5 days since I made this post and I still haven't gotten a response from them, neither email nor through paypal. The paypal claim is halfway to the timelimit, and they haven't even given me an "I'll look into it."

How I judge a business is not how they act when everything goes right, but how they respond when problems (inevitably) arise. I'm not saying they originally meant to screw me but at this point I feel pretty screwed.
therg
Feb. 3rd, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
http://taikata.deviantart.com/journal/22975943/
Because I saw this and, literally, thought of you!
stormslegacy
Feb. 4th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Left her a message, I also faved her newsartcle on it to help it go higher in the standings and make it more readable. Hope she posts here with her experience. Someone else posted on that hjournal about their expereince too, so that makes 3 of us.

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