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#1 s_mack Aug 18, 2012 12:44 AM

How do I take a picture of nothing?
 
I'm having the most ridiculous discussion with Hobby King's CS by email. I ordered a whole whack of stuff - some 300 lines on the order. They did a pretty good job really. Overall, I'm surprised there weren't more mistakes. But there were mistakes!

I ordered 4 bags of little horns. They sent 3.
I ordered 1 8mm carbon fiber tube. They sent 2.

The weight balances out (plus we're only talking a few grams here).

So first they tell me to prove it by taking a picture of everything on a scale showing the weight. Whatever, I oblige. But then they respond saying they can't see the missing item.

huh?

They ask me to take a photo of the missing item.

WHAT??

So I take a photo of the 3 bags of horns and tell them one is missing, "I ordered 4". She responds in all caps:
Quote:

WE NEED A PICTURE OF THE MISSING ONE
Is this a joke? How the *#$@ do I take a picture of something that's not there?

So to illustrate my point, I send a "photo" that was 800 x 600 pixels of white. She responds saying the picture is blank and she can't see the missing item.

Uh huh.

All laughs aside, obviously there's a language barrier issue here... or one of us is just an idiot. Is it me? WT.F am I supposed to send them?!?!


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On an aside, the only other minor issue was that I ordered 15 meters of servo wire and a meter each of 16AWG wire in red and black. For whatever reason, I measured the red and black wires and found they were 93cm each. Big deal? No certainly not... but then I was curious about the servo wire so I measured it. Carefully. Twice. It was 14.25 meters. That's quite a bit to not send me really. So I mention it. They want a picture of that "by a ruler" to show that it is short.

I says, "pardon?"

Umm... anyone know a site where I can order a fifteen meter long ruler (and no, I won't order it from HK)?

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Next time I'm at Walmart, I'm gonna give that kid that's half asleep in the electronics department a little more respect.

- Steven

#2 s_mack Aug 18, 2012 12:47 AM

Ahh yes... I almost forgot to mention.

They want me to send back the extra carbon rod they sent me. I said sure, provided they pre-paid for the shipping I have no problem with that. I even said I'd take it with me on my trip to the US next week and mail it from the US to their USA warehouse to save them money if they wanted. The response:
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I'm sorry but the customer must pay the shipping cost for all returns
Fine, I realize that's someone half-reading the emails and giving a canned response, but GIVE ME A FREAKIN BREAK.

#3 valanti256 Aug 18, 2012 12:45 PM

HK cs in Action?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by s_mack (Post 22479404)
I'm having the most ridiculous discussion with Hobby King's CS by email. I ordered a whole whack of stuff - some 300 lines on the order. They did a pretty good job really. Overall, I'm surprised there weren't more mistakes. But there were mistakes!

I ordered 4 bags of little horns. They sent 3.
I ordered 1 8mm carbon fiber tube. They sent 2.

The weight balances out (plus we're only talking a few grams here).

So first they tell me to prove it by taking a picture of everything on a scale showing the weight. Whatever, I oblige. But then they respond saying they can't see the missing item.

huh?

They ask me to take a photo of the missing item.

WHAT??

So I take a photo of the 3 bags of horns and tell them one is missing, "I ordered 4". She responds in all caps:

Is this a joke? How the *#$@ do I take a picture of something that's not there?

So to illustrate my point, I send a "photo" that was 800 x 600 pixels of white. She responds saying the picture is blank and she can't see the missing item.

Uh huh.

All laughs aside, obviously there's a language barrier issue here... or one of us is just an idiot. Is it me? WT.F am I supposed to send them?!?!


-------------------

On an aside, the only other minor issue was that I ordered 15 meters of servo wire and a meter each of 16AWG wire in red and black. For whatever reason, I measured the red and black wires and found they were 93cm each. Big deal? No certainly not... but then I was curious about the servo wire so I measured it. Carefully. Twice. It was 14.25 meters. That's quite a bit to not send me really. So I mention it. They want a picture of that "by a ruler" to show that it is short.

I says, "pardon?"

Umm... anyone know a site where I can order a fifteen meter long ruler (and no, I won't order it from HK)?

--------------------

Next time I'm at Walmart, I'm gonna give that kid that's half asleep in the electronics department a little more respect.

- Steven

What can I say. Ridiculous.
If yoy really want to get the parts you paid for file a claim with Paypal. Time is money. Didn't you waste enough of your time/money.

#4 s_mack Aug 18, 2012 01:08 PM

That'll probably at least get their attention :) But I'm sure by now they know that they'll win a dispute just by proving they shipped something. PayPal really doesn't do much once they give a tracking number that shows "delivered"

#5 Joe 1320 Aug 18, 2012 02:21 PM

It reminds me of the time they shipped me a bad lipo pack. I knew the drill and immediatly took a picture of my $150 professional multimeter taking a voltage reading of each cell along with the battery number and the weight. I posted the required pictures in a support ticket. I got a response almost a week later, the CS rep told me to take photos of the voltage readings and suggest I buy one of their $3.00 lipo monitors to and use that. They never even took the time to look at the pics I sent. After weeks of plying their games, on day 44 I had to file a paypal claim..... THAT got resolution and it got their attention. Paypal made it right, HK merely played games.

They don't read, you get canned responses.

taking a picture of nothing, now that's a new one. LOL.

#6 s_mack Aug 18, 2012 03:07 PM

OMG this is hilarious. The latest response:
Quote:

Hehe. No, of course you can't take a picture of an object that does not existence. That is not what Amy means. She means the piece must be there somewhere so can you find it and take a picture please, so we can expedite your claim? Thank you for your understandings and patience
I'm done.

#7 Joe 1320 Aug 18, 2012 04:02 PM

Paypal has the option of a partial claim. I had to use that on Hobby King as well. Whatever items are missing, total them up and file a paypal claim for a partial refund for those items. It works as long as you file within the 45 day window as outlined in their terms and conditions of use. Make sure you document everything and put all the info in your paypal dispute.

#8 s_mack Aug 18, 2012 04:14 PM

The problem with that... really... is now I don't have the product and I'd have to order it and pay shipping again. Really, they should just suck it up and send me a bag of horns! lol

#9 weimer20 Aug 18, 2012 09:47 PM

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Originally Posted by s_mack (Post 22483437)
omg this is hilarious. The latest response:

I'm done.

classic!!

#10 rcalldaylong Aug 19, 2012 01:50 AM

Most of their email responses are scripted so I'm not surprise.

But yea...totally ridiculous it's funny.

#11 valanti256 Aug 19, 2012 11:28 AM

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Originally Posted by s_mack (Post 22482744)
That'll probably at least get their attention :) But I'm sure by now they know that they'll win a dispute just by proving they shipped something. PayPal really doesn't do much once they give a tracking number that shows "delivered"

A tracking number doesn't obsolve them.
Paypal has quickly solved problems for me on shipped and delivered orders with tracking numbers. File a claim it's easy and you have nothing to lose. If they ignore the claim (which they often do) you win. Like you said it will at least get their attention, maybe.

#12 rcalldaylong Aug 19, 2012 11:58 AM

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Originally Posted by valanti256 (Post 22489609)
A tracking number doesn't obsolve them.
Paypal has quickly solved problems for me on shipprd orders orders with tracking numbers. File a claim it's easy and you have nothing to lose. If they ignore the claim (which they often do) you win. Like you said it will at least get their attention, maybe.

showing "shipped" is one thing
showing packaged "shipped" then "delivered" is another.

You sorta missed that point.

#13 s_mack Aug 19, 2012 12:12 PM

yeah, a delivered package DOES obsolve them. In many (most) scenarios, they only offer "partial" protection, and that includes only protection from non-shipment. PayPal's protections are largely bogus. Every claim I've ever had regarding an item that wasn't what it should be... has been rejected. Every one. All the seller had to do was provide a tracking number. "What if they send you a box with a brick in it?". I asked that very question, and their answer was that it was a police matter.

I think transactions within the US are probably different. They're willing to go to bat for you more when they know they can sick the dogs on the fraudster and probably get them. But someone in China who (probably legitimately) forgot to pack an item?

- Steven

#14 rcalldaylong Aug 19, 2012 12:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by s_mack (Post 22489936)
yeah, a delivered package DOES obsolve them. In many (most) scenarios, they only offer "partial" protection, and that includes only protection from non-shipment. PayPal's protections are largely bogus. Every claim I've ever had regarding an item that wasn't what it should be... has been rejected. Every one. All the seller had to do was provide a tracking number. "What if they send you a box with a brick in it?". I asked that very question, and their answer was that it was a police matter.

I think transactions within the US are probably different. They're willing to go to bat for you more when they know they can sick the dogs on the fraudster and probably get them. But someone in China who (probably legitimately) forgot to pack an item?

- Steven

Steven,

I've never had to file a paypal dispute before, but I am ready to file one against rctimer...if you'd like, I'll PM you how that one goes.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1907

Anyhow, valanti256 seems to have a personal thing for HK, so I'd take advice from him with a grain of salt. Just do a search under user's name and you'll see what I mean.

#15 Carnifax Aug 19, 2012 08:49 PM

Anyhow, rcalldaylong seems to have a personal thing for HK, so I'd take advice from him with a grain of salt.


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