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Specialty Pool Products offers internet and mail order swimming pool, spa and related leisure products.
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Business ManagementMr. Tony Ruggiero, General Manager
Internet Shopping Sauna Equipment & Supplies Swimming Pool Equipment & Supplies Furniture - Outdoor Mail Order & Catalog Shopping Spas & Hot Tubs - Supplies & Parts Electronic Shopping (NAICS: 454111)
Alternate Business NamesSPP Holding Corporation
54 Newberry Rd
East Windsor, CT 06088 (800) 983-7665 Directions
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Complaint: I had placed an order for a pool liner with Specialty Pool Products back in June using my ****** account. After not receiving my order as advertised, I called to get an order status. I was informed that the order was on backorder and it would be weeks before I would receive it, so at that time I cancelled the order. After logging into my ****** account a week later, I noticed the charge to Specialty Pool was still pending for $609. I called them and they told me to wait a couple more days to see if it would drop, to which it didn't. I called ****** and they informed me that SPP did not properly close out the order, that's why the charge remained pending. All the while, this pending charge is putting a hold on my checking account for $609. My husband calls and they tell him they did everything right on their end again. After several more calls to ****** who consistently tells me SPP isn't properly closing out this order, I call back again and tell them if this isn't resolved, I'm contacting BBB. That day, the charge is cancelled and the hold on the $609 in my checking account is released (11 days after being on hold). 12 days later, another hold is put on my checking account by SPP for $609. I make the same phone calls, yet again. This time I ask to speak to a manager and am told one will have to call me back. I never got that call. So again, I have to call and threaten the BBB. The charge is removed that day. 11 days later the hold is put back on my checking account for $609. Of course, I call again. This time I'm furious as we are a family of 5 and live paycheck to paycheck to which I've told SPP. They tell me the only way to resolve this is to speak to their ****** specialist who should return my call in the next few days. Waiting days was not an option as we needed access to our money. So for the third time, I threaten BBB and am put on hold. The person comes back to the line and informs me this has been resolved. I verify the hold has been removed from my checking again. Yesterday, 12 days later, the hold of $609 is back AGAIN! I need to take my children school shopping today and my available checking account balance is in the negatives because of this charge. This has been the WORST experience I've had after placing an order online. SPP didn't seem to think this was an issue because they wouldn't actually withdraw the funds unless something shipped but this is still a huge issue when my bank is putting a hold on that $609 every time they resubmitted this false charge to ******. Their customer service has been horrible and could care less about the impact this has had on our family.
Desired Settlement: STOP REAUTHORIZING A CHARGE OF $609 FOR AN ORDER THAT HAS BEEN CANCELLED ALMOST TWO MONTH AGO! I want to be completely removed from their system.
First I would like to apologize for the repeated charges to your ****** account. As of 8/17/15, I see that the latest transaction in ****** has been cancelled. This may be occurring because the customer did have another item on her order which they received, We have one of our I.T. techs looking into this and hope to have it taken care of immediately. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience.
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Complaint: I place a order on June 14, 2015 I then received a email stating that my credit card was declined for NO reason. I resubmitted the order again, and then the next day received another email stating my credit card was declined for NO reason. Then June 15, 2015 I resubmitted the order, then received a email stating that the item was out of stock and the order was cancelled. I still have all the emails received from your Company as proof to show to my credit card Company.
Desired Settlement: Refund in the amount of $ 147.16 Thank you
The customer's original order was cancelled because their Credit Card declined. They placed another order with us in the amount of 147.16. That order was shipped to the customer and was received. Here is the ***** tracking # showing proof of delvery - ***************
The customer tried to do a chargeback through his credit card company stating they did not receive the item. The customer was denied the charge back as we provided proof of delivery.
The customer purchased a product and we delivered it.
I had to buy it from ****** **** ********* due to the fact you kept declining my order then sent me a email stating it was out of stock.
I still have all the emails that your Company sent me, if you like you can send me a return label via email and I can return it.
Why was this order declined so many times? and Why was a message sent showing it was out of stock?
The customers "credit card" declined, not her order. If she wants to know why her credit card declined she would need to contact her credit card company, as we not are given a reason as to why a customers credit card declines. In her first contact with the BBB she does not mention that she actually received the item, just that she was looking for a credit?? Now she mentions that she has the item after we have proven that it was deliveried and that her credit card company refused her charge back?
She order an item, we shipped in good faith and she received it. If she would like to return the item, she can do so following our return policy.
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Complaint: For 10 days I've attempted to settle a warranty issue with my in-ground pool timer/board. Approximately 10 phone calls to them (two with ***** *** Account Manager), several supervisors all un-returned, still has me in dealing with me without next steps in getting replacement parts. I informed all CSRs/supervisors the importance of settling this quickly, as my open pool will cause algae to form. SPP claims this is a ******* timer and informed me to take up the warranty claim with *******. I called ******* who toled me "no problem, we'll send you new parts, send us a pic" but in the photo I sent them, the item numbers did not match the part pictured, so they would not send me a new timer/board that was not theirs to begin with. Thereafter, I called repeatedly to SPP who said they would take care of the matter, no returned call, no email, more algae growing in my pool. I am not sure what time nor board I have, my BOL coincides with SPP claims, but ******* claims those unidentifiable parts are not ******* brand.
Desired Settlement: I want a timer and board sent priority delivery and chemicals to remove brown/yellow algae that I should never had... I opened the pool on 4/14, had a water sample completed, had a completely healthy pool... all of this was preventable. I want to talk to the president of the company about customer service.
Business Response: The Customer was contacted on 4/24 and on 4/27. He agreed to prepay for the parts needed. Once we rerturns the broken parts he will then be credited his prepayment.
1. On 4/24 at around 9:30am, I was contacted by ******* from SPP and a message was left on a phone number that I repeatedly asked SPP not use.
2. On 4/24 at around 3:30pm, I left a message with ******* which I agreed to purchase the warrantied products needed to make my pool function (recommendation I made over a week prior to SPP). I asked that SPP charge my credit account opened with SPP when we purchased the pool approx 2 years ago.
3. On 4/27 at around 10:30am, I called SPP to confirm that my order was processed and was surprised that it had not been processed. I spoke to ******* and she assured that the order will be expedited... Order was paid for on my ******** *******, not credit account and ******* agreed that SPP would refund me for the warranty parts purchased and once received by SPP.
4. I have not even broached the issue of cleaning my pool. I have a baseline health report completed on the day I opened my pool. The heath and condition was very good (high level of chlorine)... So my once crystal-clean pool, is now a contaminated pool all of which could have been avoided. I cannot estimate delivery of the products covered under warranty and thus an eta for making my pool function, so therefor, I do not know what nor how much chemicals are needed.
Per the email string below the customer has informed us that "He Solved the Mystery". He is looking for parts for a timer that he did not purchase from us. Although we sold him his pool package, the timer he is referring to that he needs parts for is not included in our pool package, nor do we sell it as a separate item. We cannnot be held liable for his pools water condition due to parts he needs for something we did not sell him.
From: ***** ***
I am not sure where that came from but it is definitely something that was purchased from us.
From: *** ****** [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
I solved the mystery... This is NOT a ******* item like ******* indicated over a week ago... It appears to be an Intermatic GM40AV and as indicated in the picture. I should never received an Intermatic, since I bought all ******* products...
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Complaint: I ordered a pool liner in the beginning of May 2014. Specialty Pool Products called me and said the liner i ordered was out of stock. I ordered another one and I received the wrong one. Then I ordered another and Specialty Pool Products said they would over-night that liner. They didn't. They said the liner had to be costumed made because they don't sell that size (which that size in on the web sight and says nothing about being costumed made). Then I received the liner and the manager said i would only have to pay 250.00 for it because of all the trouble we went through. Well today June 17, 2014 my account still isn't credited. I went almost 2 months with out a pool. I had to cancel on the guy who installs the liners 5 times. My sister didn't get to have her graduation party with the pool. And now we cant put the liner in because of all the rain.
Desired Settlement: I would like Specialty Pool Products to pay for the liner and to pay for the liner to be installed. This is crazy that we had to go through this.
Customer placed order originally on 5/9/14. We contacted customer on 5/13/14 to inform her that the liner she purchased was out of stock. Customer wanted to think about whether to cancel the order or change the a different liner pattern. Customer called back on the same day and cancelled her order.
On 5/19 the customer placed another order on line. The liner pattern that the customer reordered was a custom pattern which is shipped directly from the manufacturer. Additionally the customer called on 6/2/14 to inform us that she order the wrong liner. Another order was place for her. The liner was received by the customer on 6/9.
Through our customer service department the customer was offered a $85.00 credit which brought the price down to $250.00 which the customer accepted and agreed to. We have already compensated the customer for any mistakes on our part.
We apologize for any inconveniences that the customer may have occurred.
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Complaint: I ordered an above ground swimming pool from Specialty Pool Products on 27 Feb 2014. The pool arrived on 15 Mar 2014 and parts were missing and damaged. I contacted the company and sent them a very detailed description of the shipment. I am constantly contacting them 2 to 3 times a week for the since then. Today's date is 23 May 2014 and the only response I have been given was that they are working on the issue with the manufacturer. Today I contacted the manufacturer and found out that they were told that I was only missing some of the parts from my list was reported to them. I had to "cut out" the middle man and go directly to the source to get my situation moving along to resolution. I have given Specialty Pool Products more then enough time to resolve the issue, but, more than 8 weeks is too long. In the end, I had to do their job to resolve the issues.
Desired Settlement: I am just trying to get the parts that are missing and damaged so that I can install they pool.
We would like to apologize for the inconveninces the customer has experienced with the purchase of his aboveground pool through us. The missing parts have been shipped via UPS. The tracking #'s are ****************90 and****************08 . One package has already been delivered and the other one is scheduled for delivery later this week.
I had to bypass the business and go straight to the manufacturer/supplier of their pools to get the issues resolved. Their response is only because they found the information from the supplier. Also, to start with, there was only one missing part that was shipped out at the time I contacted the manufacturer. I had to send the manufacturer the same detailed e-mail I had sent to the business several times to get the other 4 missing items. The manufacturer was not aware of these last 4 items at all until I called and sent them the e-mail.
In the customers original complaint, his Desired Settlement was; " I am just trying to get the parts that are missing and damaged so that I can install the pool"
The customer was sent the parts that were missing and damaged. I'm not sure why our repsonse was rejected by the customer. He has not indicated anything further, from his original complaint. Is there something else we can help with?
I again offer our apologies for the inconveniences that the customer has experienced.
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Complaint: received defective pool liner. returned via warranty rules to mfg co. 24 june 2013. WE STILL HAVE NO POOL. mfg says contact SPP . ordered intex above ground pool 19 may 2013. received 23 may, assembled and filled. discovered seam weld leak. contacted INTEX for warranty. we followed their guidelines which involves cutting several large sections from the pool, including the leak area. this was done and mailed, priority mail usps, and received by INTEX 24 june. claim was approved. on 9 july i contacted them inquiring when the replacement would be sent. no answer. again i sent email inquiry. reply from INTEX states that "unfortunately your replacement has not been shipped out because the item is currently out of stock. once we receive inventory we will ship your replacement out as soon as possible. please accept our sincere apology for this inconvenience." we have a 9ft by 18ft above ground pool with gaping holes in it assembled in our yard. we cannot use it. we cannot fix it. we are both disabled seniors that worked very hard to put this together. we are not thrilled with the fact of having to redo the work when the leak was discovered; however noting the fact that this pool will hold about 4K gallons of water it was imperative that the assembly be done right the first time. we have had very hot weather, no pool. we are out $1260 for this pool, and also the cost of another filter to use for salt water filtering system. we bought this thing in may, it is now july, and INTEX is 'very sorry'.... we could have taken this money and had a pool company put a pool in the yard for a couple hundred bucks more and we would be in it now. intex continues to sell this very item via kmart and their catalog and that seems odd if they are 'out of stock' of the liner for our pool.
Desired Settlement: based on the extremely bad customer service we have experienced from spp, we dont want any more from them but to get our money back. we did not get the product we ordered. when calling on the order status in may, it took 20 minutes for a young man to figgure out if we even placed the order.....sad group of folks there. they sent a battered box on a broken pallet via 'overland' express trucking. the liner product leaked and if that was by virtue of the shipping beating or not we may never know. long story short its hot out and we are out a lot of money, a lot of hard work for us, and have no pool. i will be glad to provide photo's of the entire process including the package upon receipt up to the mess in the yard now....
Business Response: Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/07/29) */ We are sorry to hear about the issues you had with the Intex Pool that your purchased along with the delay in receiveing a replacement liner. The warranty on the pool is handled directly by Intex. We have contacted Intex on your behalf and they were able to locate a replacement liner for your pool. It was shipped out thier warehouse on Friday July 26, via FedEx Freight. The tracking # is XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. It is expected to arrive to you within the next 5 to 7 days. We again apologize for the inconveniences that has caused. Additionally we would like to credit you $100.00 for these inconveniences.
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Complaint: I had ordered bought 2 new pool ladders on 5/31/12 last year as we were doing the pool deck over. Ladders were in stalled in July once job was complete and removed from pool in September for the winter closing and stored inside our shed. I put the ladders in this spring and approximately mid June one on the ladder steps broke. I called SPP and was advised there was nothing they could do as there is no warranty however I could buy a replacement step. It should be noted I have a salt system and do not add chlorine to the water. This week (7/7) a second step broke this time giving me a 1 1/2 cut on my right knee. I again contacted SPP and again was told there was nothing they could do. I pushed for replacement metal steps as these are obviously dangerous. After a lot of back and forth they did offer a $50 "pool bucks" to apply to the cost of new steps ($90). I purchased 3 new steps but not sure why this item would not be covered or why SPP continue to sell the poor performing and dangerous product. I was advised I could contact the manufacturer if I wanted which is my next step. Product_Or_Service: pool ladder Order_Number: XXXXXXXX
Desired Settlement: DesiredSettlementID: Replacement I would like to have 3 replacement metal steps sent at no charge. I actually used the stainless steel steps from my old ladder for the old new one however did not have steps for the second ladder we added.
Business Response: Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/07/12) */ We apologize for the issues you had with the ladders that you purchased last year. We will be sending you 3 metal (stainless steel) steps at no charge. We have processed an order in our system today, (order # XXXXXXXX). You should have your steps by July 19th. Consumer Response /* (-5, 8, 2013/07/16) */ (The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the partial settlement response from the business.) While I accept the company's response and am partially satisfied I still was charged a portion for the inital 3 steps. ($39.97) I accepted this as this became a safety issue after the second step broke.
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Complaint: These people advertise that they sell pool covers with same day shipping. After days without getting a shipping confirmation they promised, we called and they said the order was delayed and would be shipped directly from the manufacturer. After another week with nothing, They said they would research the problem and get back with me. after I never heard from them I left three messages that I wanted a return call (these messages were left with ****** and *******). Neither of them ever called back. They have had our money for weeks and still we have no product or explanation or even basic customer service. These people are a scam. I have no reason to believe that my money has not been stolen. They advertise falsely. They took my money. They have yet to call with an explanation. Product_Or_Service: Pool covers
Desired Settlement: DesiredSettlementID: Refund I will be filing a police complaint as I feel this is now a criminal matter. They have had every opportunity to provide us the purchased product or our money. All they have provided is lies.
Business Response: Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/05/28) */ We apologize for the delay in this order. Our dropshipper did not receive the order when we orginally set it over to them. The customers card was not charged. We have processed another order for the customer and it is scheduled to be delivered on May 21, 2013. Business Response /* (-10, 6, 2013/05/28) */ Correction...the order is scheduled to be delivered on May 31, 2013. Consumer Response /* (3000, 8, 2013/05/30) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT ACCEPT the response from the business.) Once again, they are lying. They said the order was scheduled to be delivered to me on 5/21/13. It is now 5/30/13 and the order still is not here yet. They have continuously lied since the order was placed. They basis for their advertising is same day shipping. It has been over a month since I placed my order and all I get from them are lies. Business Response /* (4000, 10, 2013/06/05) */ On 5/28/13 I sent a correction stating that the order was scheduled to be delvered on 5/31/13. This is noted in the BBB log of responses. The order was delivered on 6/1/13 at 10:37am. Again, we apologize for the delay in processing this order. Consumer Response /* (4200, 12, 2013/06/07) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) It should be noted that this business advertises same day shipping and satisfaction guaranteed. This order arrived over a month late and after they previously stated to the BBB that it was to be shipped. In the course of trying to explain their abysmal customer service, they promised to discount this order. Of course, they charged me full price. When I pointed this out, they said the credit would be forthcoming. True to form, they have yet to issue the credit. It's just one lie after another from these people. Business Response /* (4000, 14, 2013/06/10) */ The customer was sent an email on 5/30/13 stating that a credit of $30.00 was applied to his credit card. A credit can take up to 7 business days to post to his account. If he hasn't received it by 6/10/13, he should contact his credit card company.
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Complaint: Made a purchase on March 13. I received an aftermarket product, which I returned within a week of receiving it. Called once I received confirmation that the Seller received the product, and informed them I would like a return check, understanding that there would be a restocking fee. The original cost was $59.99. I have called weekly to find out the status of the refund. Each time I call I am given another reason that the check was has not been sent. The first week of April I was told that the check would be going out by the 10th. On the 20th I called back and was told it would take six weeks to receive the check. I called back on May 16 and was told that their was an issue with the check and that an email would be sent to a supervisor who would call me back with more information. I called today on May 22 and was just told the same thing. Each call starts with the same explanation that the check was sent out on April 10th. When I ask for a supervisor, I am told to hold on, and after five minutes of holding the original service rep comes back with the story about the supervisor calling me back as soon as he or she is free. Product_Or_Service: Above Ground Swimming Pool Skimmer Order_Number: XXXXXXXX
Desired Settlement: DesiredSettlementID: Refund I would like for them to send me a check as promised when I returned the item at my cost.
Business Response: Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/05/24) */ We apologize for the delay in receiving your refund. There is record that the orginal refund check was issued and sent out on April 10th. We have since issued a new check (#XXXXXX) today and you should receive it in approximatley 7 to 10 days
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