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EliteFTS - ripping off international customers

Post by macmad » Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:33 am

I gave them a chance to respond to this but heard nothing back:

Hi Dave,

I just received my first and last order from EliteFTS. sale receipt 51565 I've spent over $1000US on powerlifting gear and books from US companies this year in my first year of my powerlifting career.
In December I ordered from 3 companies,
here's a comparison of the freight charged and the cost shown on the box ( all sent US postal service )
Elite FTS: Charged $42, actual Cost $ 24.35
Ironmind: Charged: $26, actual Cost $ 25.25
VSAthletics: Charged $ 35, actual cost $ 34.96
NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE????

Other companies I've ordered from this year that didn't rip me off on freight were Liftinglarge and Jackals Gym ( who actually charged $2 less than it cost ).

What pisses me off even more is that it seems like almost every week I see free shipping specials for US customers only on your website or emails.

And two days after I ordered I received an email showing you were giving free shipping and a copy of your book under the bar with all orders. Off course I was still charged for the book even though the order was delayed by two weeks.

I'm not sure if you have a deliberate policy of subsidizing your American customers by ripping off your international clients but it sure feels like it. It's hard enough here in Australia to get equipment and books without getting charged 42 percent margin on freight

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Post by Mick » Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:01 pm

I made the same observation. I ordered the training templates booklet. Its mighty small but i figured it would clarify a few thing for me..

Charged over $20, actual Cost $2

Ive ordered goods since but that was on a special offer day. Id never order on a 'regular' day.

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Post by bigpeach » Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:26 am

See, in the U.S., we call it "Shipping and Handling" and it is how many companies make a tidy profit. Particularly small infomercial type items. Like electric toothbrushes with free replacement heads for life. Sure the heads are free, but you pay $10 in S/H each time for something that costs less than a buck to send.
It is rather odd though that Elite would do that, since their products are high-dollar and should be profitable in and of themselves.
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Post by macmad » Fri Feb 09, 2007 4:24 am

since Elite never responded to my email, I'm pushing this back up the top. Obviously Dave Tate has never read his own book about customer service.

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Post by macmad » Sat May 12, 2007 1:13 pm

actually got a good explanation back from Dave Tate when I resent this to his direct email address. maybe the first email got lost.
Can't edit the title but they are worth ordering from again

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Post by Batboy2/75 » Sat May 12, 2007 4:11 pm

macmad wrote:actually got a good explanation back from Dave Tate when I resent this to his direct email address. maybe the first email got lost.
Can't edit the title but they are worth ordering from again
What's explanation?

What did he say and or do to change your mind?

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Post by Mick » Sat May 12, 2007 7:56 pm

Batboy2/75 wrote:
macmad wrote:actually got a good explanation back from Dave Tate when I resent this to his direct email address. maybe the first email got lost.
Can't edit the title but they are worth ordering from again
What's explanation?

What did he say and or do to change your mind?

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Post by macmad » Sun May 13, 2007 1:48 am

the rates are automatically calculated from USPS
They get a lot of international Fraud orders, and almost a quarter of international USPS services are lost, both of which lead to overall zero profit or losses on international orders.
They are working on the freight problems.

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Post by GoDogGo! » Sun May 13, 2007 2:47 am

macmad wrote:the rates are automatically calculated from USPS
They get a lot of international Fraud orders, and almost a quarter of international USPS services are lost, both of which lead to overall zero profit or losses on international orders.
They are working on the freight problems.
Zero profit/loss = net loss when it also pisses off your customers and damages your rep. Sensible people wouldn't use a company that loses 25% of their shipments.

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Post by Schlegel » Sun May 13, 2007 6:33 am

Having done some international shipping, you'd be shocked what a pain it is and how fast the rates mount. It wasn't uncommon for the shipping on a relatively light luxury item to surpass its value. It's ungodly on items that start to weigh a few pounds. Often people thought they were being taken for a ride when in fact they were practically getting a subsidy on their S&H.
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Post by macmad » Sun May 13, 2007 8:13 am

"Zero profit/loss = net loss when it also pisses off your customers and damages your rep. Sensible people wouldn't use a company that loses 25% of their shipments. "

For small stuff there isn't a lot of choice.
I've always thought US post was pretty reliable and all my shipments from various companys have been signiture required, but apparantly tracking at the supplier end isn't so easy and a lot of the time they have no choice but to take customers word for it.

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Post by Schlegel » Sun May 13, 2007 7:16 pm

USPS is pretty reliable internally but they have two inconveniences:

They only track insured packages.

They will only track those packages after one month from mailing date.
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Post by Mick » Sun May 13, 2007 11:56 pm

macmad wrote:the rates are automatically calculated from USPS
They get a lot of international Fraud orders, and almost a quarter of international USPS services are lost, both of which lead to overall zero profit or losses on international orders.
They are working on the freight problems.
All's this does is point out something on their side (elitefts) is fucked. Look at the postage cost of jackels, ironmind - they have there shit in order. USPS must be a wank company.

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Post by GoDogGo! » Mon May 14, 2007 1:23 am

Mick wrote: All's this does is point out something on their side (elitefts) is fucked. Look at the postage cost of jackels, ironmind - they have there shit in order. USPS must be a wank company.
That's my point. UPS is international, Fedex, etc. Lots of folks ship internationally all the time, so what's Elite's problem?

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Post by aptdwler » Tue May 15, 2007 1:25 am

I'm sorry, but this is BS. There is no way in hell USPS looses 25% of international packages. MAYBE, IF your stupid enough to ship to a third world country, valuables, uninsured, maybe. To Australia, NO FING WAY. I use to ship a ton international, ALL by USPS, I NEVER had anything get lost. Shipments were often slow to Australia, and New Zealand, due there customs opening every single package, but LOST no....

If they want to charge a handling fee, fine, but don't give some BS excuse to justify it....

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Post by Turdacious » Tue May 15, 2007 1:49 am

25% may be an exageration, but the reason UPS and Fedex charge more and dominate the shipping business is because they don't give businesses these kinds of headaches.

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Post by Batboy2/75 » Tue May 15, 2007 4:16 am

macmad wrote:"Zero profit/loss = net loss when it also pisses off your customers and damages your rep. Sensible people wouldn't use a company that loses 25% of their shipments. "

For small stuff there isn't a lot of choice.
I've always thought US post was pretty reliable and all my shipments from various companys have been signiture required, but apparantly tracking at the supplier end isn't so easy and a lot of the time they have no choice but to take customers word for it.
Dude you want to buy a bridge?

Holy shit! You bought that story? Even if true (in an alternate universe) what was his excuse for the 18 month turn around time?

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Post by Batboy2/75 » Tue May 15, 2007 4:18 am

Turd Ferguson wrote:25% may be an exageration, but the reason UPS and Fedex charge more and dominate the shipping business is because they don't give businesses these kinds of headaches.
Then build into your S&H charges the cost of insurance or only ship FedEx/UPS.

Macmad is insane if he believes that BS story.

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Post by macmad » Tue May 15, 2007 6:42 am

now I'm not so sure. amazing how this has generated so many responses this time around. I'll probably only order stuff I can't get from Ironmind anyway, like some of the training books
The other thing was how emailing to dave's direct address gets a response within an hour but the customer service email didn't get answered at all. Wasn't hard to guess his personal address either.

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Post by Mick » Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:42 pm

Things have not got better. In fact - WORSE..

added a new book to the cart..

$44.76 shipping. FUCK YOU!

$44.76 WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK!!

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Post by RyaWall » Wed Aug 15, 2007 8:36 am

We are getting revenge for taxation without representation. Dave Tate is dressed like an Indian and dropping tea in the Boston Harbor as we speak.

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