Novacopy purposefully invoices its customers in a way that the customer doesn't know if/when they're late so they can charge outrageous late fees.
I have been a longterm customer of Novacopy. Somehow I missed a payment in December but was unaware of it.
Instead of invoicing me the next month with the previous month's balance and the new balance, so I'd have a larger bill letting me know that something was wrong.
Novacopy purposefully just invoiced me the standard monthly rental fee for their copier BUT they were counting the days until 45 days had passed since the December invoice so they could tack on TWO monthly late fees for $29 each on a $55 bill!!
Not only is that an OUTRAGEOUS late fee assessed on a small bill, its more than HALF the monthly balance. BUT, they also never sent me an invoice reflecting that I HAD missed a payment.
NOR did they invoice me with a late fee showing so I could find out there was something amiss with my bill.
Their Accounts Receivable Director could NOT CARE LESS about their customers or resolving a problem. Her emails are rude and condescending and she cares not about working something out with their customer if there has been a problem.
She could not work for my company for a week before I'd have fired her.
I've contacted her to try to figure out what was wrong and how we could resolve it.
The above story is how they handle it: They don't let you know that you've missed a payment; they don't send you the next invoice SHOWING there's been a late charge AND they don't even show the late charges until 45 days have passed so they can, THEN, charge for TWO LATE CHARGES!!
This is a total scam by Novacopy to bilk their customers out of money and it's obvious that it's set up that way for a reason.
I tried to reason with the dumb woman I mentioned before and she doesn't give a lick about what's fair or honest. All she wants to do is shoot a page full of "legaleze" to the customer and show them when they became late (some three months after the fact and after they've started charging the customer).
Once my contract is up, I will NEVER do business with Novacopy.
Their owners or ownership group should be ASHAMED of themselves because this is obviously approved of from the top!
I'd simply like the FAIR AND JUST thing done on my bill and I'd like these insane late charges taken off my bill.
I TRIED to reason with ******* *****, their Accounts woman and she could NOT CARE LESS about helping their customer nor understand where the customer is coming from.
She has no interest in treating the customer with any common decency or respect. I'd fire her in two seconds if she tried to work at my business.
She reflects EVERYTHING I do NOT want my business to stand for.
We apologize for any misunderstanding. Invoices have a due date of net 10 days. Late fees are not accessed to an account until an invoice is 45 days past due. We have voided one late fee prior to receiving this notice on April 6, 2016 and we are waiving the second late fee dated March 24, 2016 in efforts to assist the customer. We value Mr. *****'s business and hope this resolution will alleviate his concerns. We look forward to working with Mr. ***** in the Future.
Credit and Accounts Receivable Manager
(The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the response from the business.)
I am NOT usually one to file a BBB complaint. I do take that seriously before taking such actions. I'd just like to stress that the current way that Novacopy invoices is not the way I am used to seeing an invoice. I DID accidentally miss one payment in December, it was just an oversight. HOWEVER, I never received any notice that I'd missed a payment. AND, when my next invoice arrived, instead of having the missed payment total on it along with the new total, all the next invoice showed was that current invoice amount.
THAT is not how customers are used to seeing an invoice if a payment it missed.
IF the invoice sent to me after the missed payment would have had the missed payment total added to the current total, THEN I'd have KNOWN there was something wrong!
Instead, my next two invoices didn't reflect any payment problems. SO, before I ever knew I was late, I had two late fees of $29 added onto that next bill!!
THAT was the reason I was so frustrated with Novacopy on this issue.
******* ****** (I THINK?) ended up helping a little bit once I'd sent her SEVERAL emails about this issue and explained numerous times WHY I was upset.
MAYBE that's the way Novacopy WANTS her to treat their customers, I don't know. BUT, she didn't seem to give two cents on whether I was satisfied with her responses and didn't offer to do one thing to work with me!
I definitely felt like I wasn't a valued customer and she didn't care if I was a happy customer or not. She kept just repeating things by the book without ever once acknowledging that she could understand my frustration. OR that she'd possibly mention to Novacopy's administration about how your billing actually comes across to your customers.
If a customer never knows they've missed a payment and, for two months, the invoices don't reflect it by adding that missed payment total to the customers' invoice, HOW THE **** is the customer supposed to KNOW they've missed a payment? That's just plain stupid in my book.
THEN, by the time the customer KNOWS there's been a missed payment, Novacopy has very conveniently tacked on an INSANE late fee of $29 per month!!
That's my last complaint. Don't you think that a $29 late fee on a $55 monthly rental fee is a little outrageous? That's a FIFTY THREE PERCENT LATE PAYMENT PENALTY!!! I STILL think that is totally beyond the pale of being even remotely fair or equitable. It just REEKS of greed and gouging of the customer!!
I felt totally taken advantage of AND SET UP by the whole "system" (if one could call it that, I think MY word would be SCAM) of how this whole missed payment machination works.
I still have a bad taste in my mouth about it but I am glad you attempted to correct my complaint.
I DO have to be honest here. IF someone were to ask me right this minute about Novacopy, the FIRST thing that'd come to mind and that I'd tell them would be about this whole billing fiasco and the outrageous late fee gouging of the customer. MAYBE it IS all about the dollar for Novacopy so what's seen as fair or right doesn't matter to your company's administration. I know, personally, I'd feel "DIRTY" if I was doing that to MY customer.
Maybe, since your customers sign contracts and you HAVE them for however long their contract is, the fact that you allow these things to be done to them is of no importance to you.
That's the ONLY thing I can think of on why you'd have some of these policies. I find all of it VERY DISTASTEFUL and underhanded. That's this one man's opinion.
Thank you, though, for clearing off the two late charges though.