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  1. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
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    Placed simple online order with Preco on June 11th. Prior to this, we called them to find out how long it takes for orders to be shipped out. They said, "Order online, and it will be shipped the next day."

    We were ordering blades. When we added them to our shopping cart, it did NOT say OUT OF STOCK. Our order was CONFIRMED along with a confirmation number.

    We assumed we would have them by the end of the week. No such luck. At the end of the second week, I called them. First they said they shipped them out. When I asked for the UPS tracking number, they put me on hold. Came back to tell me that they were out of stock on the blades. I said, "What do you mean, out of stock. You just said you shipped them out, plus my online order was confirmed." He says, "Listen, I don't handle online orders, I'm just telling you what I know." I told him I wanted to talk to someone else. They put someone else on the phone, and I asked them when they would be getting their blades in. He said that they would get them Monday and ship them the same day.

    Well now it is Thursday. I called again. Another run around. Heres how they answer the phone. "Yep". I said, is this Preco? "Yeah" I need to talk to the guy that handles the onlines sales. "Who is this?" I mean, geez, talk about a professional way to talk. They don't even know how to answer a phone.

    The "online order representive" is off today. That's what I was told after I told them who I was. I ended up talking to a bunch of different people, all of which have absolutely no clue!! The last person I talked to was the mechanic! I said, "Is this business run out of your home? Nobody knows what is going on." I am fuming about this :angry: I can understand a mix-up, but it is their attitude that is really bugging me. They think this is a joke.

    I told the last person I talked to today this. "Ever heard of Well it's a profressional forum for the green industry, and I plan on telling all the 3300 members what poor service Preco has to offer." He didn't even have a response to that. I told him I am calling back tomorrow morning to talk to the "online order representive", then I hung up.

    I mean, It's shipping out blades. Not rocket science.

    I swear, I will NEVER deal with this company again. And I hope that this post, at least makes a few members think twice before placing an online order with them too.
  2. I am about to place a stock order with

    Call and ask for a free catalog. They are a mail order parts division
    of a exmark and toro dealer in Salem, NH. They provide oem parts at prices off list. They ship for free on $150+ orders.

    The service and knowledge is excellent. Give them a call for your blades.
  3. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
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    I ordered with Preco last year and had no problems--the speader was dented in shipping, but they gave me the choice of 15% off or return.
    I'll think twice now.

    Thanks Jodi.
    Thanks for the other link Stone.

  4. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
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    Not to try to deminish the importance of your dilemma, but isnt telling a mechanic you will bad mouth a company the wrong guy to be venting to??? I have done the same in your shoes prior, but make sure the right channels get the attention this deserves.

    I do think that it is pathetic when the ONLY person capable of intellectual thought is the guy near the bottom of their "Corporate Ladder".

    On a brighter note I would like to thank you for this "Heads-Up" about what to expect might happen the next time I ordered from them.

    I would write the President or CEO a letter letting them know what happened, and that Good News Travels Fast, Bad News Travels At The Speed Of Light!!! :angry: Hence this unfortunate thread. :(

    Unanticipated story about them, but not surprised. I think we ALL need to learn from others and our own mistakes.

  5. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
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    Larry, thank you very much for the link. Will definitely check that out.

    Kris, you are absolutely right! What the heck does the mechanic care if I tell 3300 people? BUT, at that time, I just had to vent! Don't worry. I'm calling them tomorrow. And I already plan on writing a letter.

    I don't mean to make it like we made this HUGE expensive order or anything. But the bottom line is this, if we would have received good service, then there would have been no doubt we would have continued placing our orders with them.
  6. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    The problem with on-line co's is that as far as anyone knows the above two people may be one and the same, speaking from the phone while perched on the head.

    About the best protection one could have dealing with e-trades is a head's up such as Jodi posted. Thanks Jodi.

    AVRECON LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    I deal with this company quite a bit. And sometimes you will get the run around. The guy you need to talk to is Ted, he is THE MAN at Preco. When you want to order talk to him and ask if the product is in stock and can they ship it today. Hope this helps in the future.
  8. Administrator

    Administrator Administrator
    Messages: 865

    You can please some of the people some of the time, most of the people most of the time but not all the people all of the time.
  9. Grapevine

    Grapevine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    I ordered through them and it took forever for the order, and I live in Mass. (they're in Mass.) Plus I hate paying the sales tax on top of shipping. One of the few places that carry a good supply of aftermarket Walker parts.
  10. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    i wonder how much business they will lose.theres a lot of members and lurkers and the new members every day.
    they screwed with the the wrong people .i will never order any thing from them.thanks for the info.

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