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Waterwear Inc.

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Phone: (603) 654-9885Fax: (603) 654-247624 Howard Street, WiltonNH 03086

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Factors that raised Waterwear Inc.'s rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 1 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
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Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Problems with Product / Service1
Advertising / Sales Issues0
Billing / Collection Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 1

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Negative Experience
Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

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03/18/2013Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

Called H20 Swimwear, gave my measurements to '****' in customer service, and she advised the size I was to order. It was the wrong size - can't return
March 3, 2013

H20 Wear
P.O. Box 687
Wilton, NH
Cc: Better Business Bureau of New Hampshire

I am writing to you to notify you in writing, since you have ignored my complaint on-line (dated January 13, 2013), that I am disgusted with your customer service. I am in the process of getting more physically fit and decided to treat myself to a 'healthy' reward - a swimsuit from your company. Because I have never ordered a swimsuit from your company, I called customer service and was thankful to have a knowledgeable representative, ****, walk me through the process of getting the perfect fit/suit. I was beyond thrilled that she took the time to explain the intricacies of buying a good swimsuit. She then took my measurements and told me to order a size 16 short. I ordered with confidence; I assumed that **** knew her job and that the swimsuit would fit exactly as it should. I was excited to go to the pool and encouraged all my classmates to purchase a swimsuit through your company.
I received the order in a timely manner and put the suit on. It was a bit tight, but I thought it would stretch. My measurements were the same as when I had placed the order, and trusting ****, assumed that the suit would stretch a bit after being worn in the pool. Being that I never wore this brand, and have had many other suits that did, indeed, stretch after wearing in the pool, I was greatly disappointed that the suit did not stretch. I called **** to express my frustration with the improper fit and that is when she told me that I was supposed to wear the swimsuit around BEFORE entering the pool to make sure that it was a comfortable fit. I explained that I had worn it, and then tried it in the pool. I was willing to take most, if not all of the responsibility until **** said that she had told me to wear it 'around the house' before going into the pool to make sure that it felt right. No. She did not tell me this. At no point did she say, "Not returnable after wearing into the pool." I would remember that sentence. When I told **** that she had never said that, she was quite rude and said that there was nothing that she could do and that I was basically stuck with $100 swimsuit. **** told me that she 'checked' with someone else about returning the suit, and 'they' said no. Isn't ****'s job to assist customers - and not sell them the wrong size swimwear? Is it your company's policy to deceive the buying public? Wasn't she given the measurements to assure me of a proper fit? I do not work in your business. I trusted you and your employees to guide me through buying a swimsuit that would fit - and instead I got a swimsuit that was too small and a customer service representative with a very negative attitude.
You can be assured that my classmates/friends have heard all about this business and have been told to stay away from your 'company.'
****** ******

Desired Settlement
Refund all monies from the purchase of the wrong-size swimsuit.

Business' Initial Response
I am sorry that Ms. ****** is unhappy with her experience. Please ask her to return the swimsuit to my attention (****** ******, H2O Wear, P.O. Box 687, 24 Howard Street, Wilton, NH XXXXX, XXX-XXX-XXXX). Have her include a note that indicates what size and print/color swimsuit she would like, and include a day-time telephone number. We will contact her if what she wants is unavailable. Thank you.

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Mail Order & Catalog Shopping

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 09/20/1999Business started: 01/01/1981Business started locally: 09/01/1994
Type of Entity


Incorporated: October 1994, NH

Contact Information
Principal: Richard P. Lovett (President)
Number of Employees


Business Category

Mail Order & Catalog Shopping

Products & Services

This company is in the business of manufacturing swimwear and accessories and selling them through its catalogs.

Alternate Business Names
H2O Wear
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24 Howard Street

Wilton, NH 03086

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