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Green Culture/Eco-Furniture *Buyer Beware*

Ordered online 2/2010 bedroom suit from Green located in Lake Forest, CA. Charged CC in full and received email that order was in stock and would be delivered within 4 to 6 weeks. Delivery set up for 4/7/10 by shipping co., did not hear from GC that order was shipped and/or order was not filled completely. Upon delivery we discover only the headboard of bed is delivered. For the next 2 days we email/call to find out status why and where the remainder of order. After several calls to customer service we call and ask for SALES.....we get Sunil Wagle, owner on the phone! He tells us the order is being looked at and he will call back; no call just an email from another employee that parts will be another 2 weeks before delivery (4/26/2010). We ask for a refund of bed order and are told no way and rudely referred to their policy of no refunds. After further pressing Wagle for a FIRM delivery date it is now pushed to middle of May 2010 with comments about this being out of their control and we would get bed when they got parts. We are contacting CC to dispute the charges and have engaged legal counsel to handle this matter. STAY AWAY FROM THESE PEOPLE.
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I also had a terrible experience with this company. I spent a lot of money on dining room table and chairs.

They screwed up both deliveries. The chairs did not come during the whole week that I gave them as a window and which they said they could be there within. No explanation at all. The table I paid an extra set-up fee and but I got drop off service only.

In the end, they said I would have to pay another $275 to get that service. Also, the table was described as dark walnut and I got jet black. Their communication to resolve the complaints was awful. In fact, they had just quit communicating until I called the BBB and then they talked about wanting to make it right but still failed.

I left my status as unsatisfied with the BBB. AVOID THIS COMPANY LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!


Updating our 4/20 posting: We finally got the cc company to credit our account! Funny the date we got word that credit was completed by cc company GC person called to say they were ready to deliver rest of furniture. Right, this was the remaining part of the order that was to be delivered by middle of May '20.......let's see this is the middle of June '10. You can keep IT!

"Buyers" this goes to prove that this company cannot bully you if you document and stay on top of their LIES and inability to deliver what they promise.

If you have a problem document the details on this web site and other consumer sites; if you are looking to order from this company and its sub companies.....GO SOME PLACE ELSE. We see that since our posting some 150 people have viewed this posting; we hope it has helped save someone time and money. :zzz

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#179106 Review #179106 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Naples, Florida
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Deceptive Online Merchandising; Excessive Pricing; Refused to Remedy

Read the fine print before you do business with GREENCulture, Inc. This company is an online seller of furniture and household goods marketed to the environmentally conscious consumer. Their mission statement has the following sentence: "We will never further our goals of making these products widely used in the mainstream by offering products which are not aesthetically appealing or well priced." Note that "well priced" in this context is a euphemism for competitively priced. In May 2009 I purchased what appeared to be a unique light fixture from GREENCulture - a Shoji Light Bar - priced at $589, a 30% mark down. (As a frequent web shopper, I searched for competitive online pricing, but could find none.) The light arrived quickly from a company called Cherry Tree Designs with packing slip for a Horizon Bath Bar. With the correct product name I was now able to price compare and, much to my dismay, found the same light on sale for as low as $180. The manufacturer's retail store priced the light at $250. Note: GREENculture does not allow returns of any type. Over the course of the next month I requested a partial refund numerous times. I explained to both GREENCulture customer service and the company President that although I'm happy to pay a fair retail markup, I felt their price was excessive and their marketing practices deceptive. I also contacted the product manufacturer with my story. She too was upset and contacted GREENCulture. A recent search reveals that GREENCulture has now dropped the price on this item to $525. Here are a couple excerpts from my communications with GREENCulture: Customer Service: "As for your pricing inquiry, I already brought to your attention that there are several factors as to why our price may be higher than any other website's price - for example, you will not be able to find one and the same car at the same (low) price with any two retailers in the country. Each retailer has its reasons as to why it came to that very specific retail price it is selling the merchandise for - so in this very case, too. I understand that you are upset, but unfortunately, we do not price match. I understand that online retail has a certain "aura" to it, which lets the majority of people conclude that there are no or very little costs for an online retailer. Unfortunately, this is not the case - we incur many costs in order to get our products on the net, get the proper exposure for them, do marketing, and also keep the staff that we have in these hard times." Company President: "Our higher prices and service are the reason why our company is still operating now when others are going bankrupt. As a consumer, I completely understand that you are not happy because you feel you overpaid because other websites are selling similar items for a lower cost....We are a great company trying to do great things for the planet as you can see by our and websites. Your purchases help us to stay in business and keep the green movement moving forward. We appreciate your help and support and please know that your support of our organization will help us to continue our work in the green movement." Here's my interpretation of GREENCulture's position: 1. We do not value you as a potential repeat customer; nor do we value our reputation enough to negotiate a fair settlement to your complaint. 2. We charge excessively high prices and use deceptive merchandising practices to subsidize the part of our organization that does not charge revenue. 3. You're not compassionate toward businesses. 4. You're naive about Internet shopping. These are the facts of my transaction with GREENCulture. Does GREENculture live up to their mission? No. Are they taking advantage of our natural desire to protect the Earth to make a buck? Yes. Do they liken themselves to car salesmen? Yes. You decide. Do you really want to do business with GREENCulture?
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