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ctowles
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ok, i’m gonna bite on this thread. i resisted the temptation to post an angry thread last season because i did not want to sound hot headed. however, its been awhile, and i think that this is now completely on topic with this thread.

anyhow, last season I called bently at NS because i wanted a 165 t5split to match my 163 t5 solid that i have been so psyched on. bently tells me that they are out of t5 cores and its gonna be 5 weeks minimum. i do the math in my head and realise i’m looking at a delivery of mid-late march…pretty much end of the season. the snow was flying here in the tetons, so i call up prior, and talk to a dude there. he tells me they have a 165 bc split right there that they could have shipped to me by the end of the week. done deal, i buy the board. at the end of the week, the board comes in on the ups truck. my first thought when i see the package is…wow! that is by far the shittiest packing job i have ever seen. it was basically a single wrap of thin corrogated cardboard, and zero padding between the packaging and the board.

i take the board home, and am not more than 3 minutes into trying to get it setup to ride when i notice 2 large edge compressions on the left side of the board. the base was bubbled out significantly in both spots…one was about 1″ long, the other was about 3/4″ long, both bubbles went out 1/2-3/4″ from the edge. the next morning i call prior. i am very upset given that i just emptied my bank acct to buy a board that has 2 edge compressions. shawn, the customer service guy tells me that its not a big deal, and tells me to take it down to a local shop and have them fix it. the sounds completely assinine to me. i just dropped almost a grand on this board, and now he wants me to pay to have it fixed. so i tell him that this is unacceptable. he gets very defensive saying that ups is at fault and that they did nothing wrong. i tell him that i can’t completely believe that considering the absolutly horrid packing job. he tells me that if i ship the board back they will repair it at the factory, no offer for a new board is made, and i’m left with only that option.

the next day i go to ups, i ask the woman there about ups covering the damages since they were likely the ones that caused it (even though there was no visable damage to the cardboard in the affected areas, i figured prior woulden’t send me a F’ed up board factory direct). the woman at ups tells me there is no way ups will cover the damage because there is supposed to be a minimum 2″ of padding between a box and the item inside. on top of this, she tells me that package was not insured for damages either…funny, because i thought that i dropped close to $70 on shipping. i’m pretty sure that with $70 they could have shipped the board to wyoming, insured it, and still had a few bucks leftover. so i ship it back. while its in transit, i decide to press for a new board or a refund. i contact prior, but get no response. on saturday afternoon, i get an email from shawn saying, your board is done, it will ship on monday. i immediatly write him back saying DO NOT ship the board to me until we talk on the phone. i tell him that i want a new board or a refund, and that i do not want the repaired board. sunday, i get no response. on monday i call prior. shawn says, oh i’m sorry, the board went out this morning, i didn’t get your email until after the board shipped out but i know that you’ll be psyched on the board when you get it. so let me get this straight, you are a customer service agent for a company and you manage to work all day sunday, and monday morning without checking your email, isn’t that generally the very first thing you do when you get to work? plus, its not like the ups man shows up at 7am for a pickup. so at this point, i realise that i’m pretty much screwed. now that board has been sent, my chances of either a new board, or a refund are slim.

a week and a half later the board comes in the mail. i can still see plain as day where the edge compressions were. the base is mostly flat but i can still see slight bubbling in the base. the sidewalls still look slightly dented in, and the edge is noticably not straight…close but no cigar. on top of this, the left half of the base has been given a base grind. everyone knows once you grind a base that it will never have the same structure as factory. thats why alot of shops tell you not to do one unless it is very necessary. the left half looked way rattier than the right when i got it, but it had a fresh coat of wax, so i didn’t really notice how bad it was. however, after the second day of riding when the wax wore off, it looked like it was sanded with 80 grit paper compared to the other side. in addition, the time it has taken to get the board , ship it back, get it repaird, and then ship it back to me has taken 5 weeks, the same amount of time i thought was too long to wait for a NS. so i call back prior, and ask what they are gonna do for me since i paid retail for a retail quality board and ended up paying retail for a 2nd quality repaired board whose structural integrity of the edges in those 2 spots are still in question. i get the same old…there is nothing wrong with the board deal that i have heard from them 10x before. funny, cause every shop in town that i showed the board to told me that the edge is not as strong in those spots as it was when it was new. anyhow, i am realising at this point that i’m not gonna get a new board, or my money back, so i ask if they can throw me a set of crampons so that i don’t feel so screwed. i get the “i don’t have the authority to authorise this sort of thing” shpeel, and get told that he has to talk to the boss and he’ll call me back tommorow. a week goes by, no call from prior. i call, and get told that the boss is out of town, i’ll call ya back after the weekend.

wednesday comes the next week, still no call from prior. so i call. i still get no answer on the crampons, so i ask to speak to the boss, and he puts dean on. i tell dean my story, ask him if he can throw me a set of crampon to make up for my 5 week wait, the fact that i have a damaged board that i paid retail for, and all the BS that i have had to deal with. i tell him that i don’t think this is an absurd request considering that i know that they can’t pay any more than $40 wholesale for those (i know, cause i worked in retail at a placed that sold voile 3 months prior to ordering the board). instead of humoring me even slightly, i get attitude, and lots of it. i keep telling him how i am not happy with the way things have gone and that i just wanted my money back, etc. he keeps towing the company line and talking about how they are such a small company and that they have incurred all these costs because they paid to have the board shipped back to me etc. i retort that since they sold me the board at retail, they made their 35-40% margin that they would not have made if i bought the board at a store that paid them wholesale for it. he keeps talking about how i need to understand that this whole fiasco is costing them money, etc and that giving me crampoins and shipping them is gonna cost them even more money. i ask him if hes gonna keep dragging his feet or give me some crampons. he tells me he’ll make me a deal and sell me some crampons for $25 (some deal considering their wholesale price for them). at this point, i was done dealing with dean and his BS, so i basically told him to keep his crampons and that this was by far the worst customer service i have ever had. i hung up the phone and have had zero contact with them since.

when all was said and done, i ended up paying full for a board with 2 edge compressions. i wasen’t offered anything, no new board, no refund, no money off, not even a goddamn sweatshirt. i will never ever ever do any business with that comapany again…not for any reason. all in all, i probably should have just been patient and waited for the NS, but i didn’t, and i got stuck with the prior. took me 3 months to find a sticker big enough to cover the prior logo on the topsheet.
chris