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Factors that raised the rating for Secret Compass 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.
- BBB has sufficient background information on this business.
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Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business ManagementMr. Shane Cooper, CEO
Online Retailer Collectible Stores General Merchandise - Retail Gift Shops Leather Clothes Stores Men's Clothing Stores Variety Stores Women's Apparel Retailers Fashion Accessories Clothing Stores Online Shopping Sites
Alternate Business NamesLifeboat LLC
Products & Services
collectibles, movies, style merchandise, sideshow, hot toys, Romain Jerome, Abby Shot
1318 Duff Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80524 Directions
PO Box 1731
Fort Collins, CO 80522 (970) 484-2727
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Complaint: On 4/13/11 I sent a deposit to Secret Compass of $500.00 for a QMX Serenity Firefly 1:180 Scale Transport. To date I have heard nothing. I have tried to cancel this order but was told the deposit is non-refundable. On checking with the manufacture QMX I have found they have discontinued production of this item and there are no open orders for Secret Compass for this particular item.I feel I am either due a refund or a credit. Either of which I would be satisifed with since there is no chance of getting the original item I ordered and after 2 year think this is only fair. Product_Or_Service: QMX Serenity Firefly 1:180 Transport
Desired Settlement: DesiredSettlementID: Refund If I cannot be refunded my payment of $500 I would gladly take a credit to the Secret Compass website for an HCG Star Trek 1:4 scale Mr. Spock($259.00) and a HCG 1:6 scale Mr. Spock statue($199.00) the balance can go toward shipping.
Business Response: Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/04/08) */ Dear BBB, Thank-you for the opportunity to respond to this complaint. Secret Compass is widely considered by collectors in the global market to be one of the most reliable sources for limited edition collectible merchandise. We have been in business since 2003 and we have never had a complaint filed with the BBB, in ten years of doing business. Our team is online and on the phones all day long; we are known for reliability, flexibility, and going the extra distance for our customers. Our email addresses and phone numbers are in plain print on our website, and have been since we opened our doors. Mr. ****** has communicated back and forth with our company in the past, and we're at a loss to explain how he came to the conclusion that he should file a complaint with the BBB rather than simply communicating his concerns to us directly. Had he reached out to us prior to filing this complaint, we would gladly have discussed the possible options available to him. Unfortunately for all parties involved, this customer's complaint has absolutely no merit. Here are some basic facts that summarize this transaction: FACT: This customer has paid a $500 deposit to reserve a QMX Serenity Firefly 1:180 Scale Transport model. FACT: The model is in production, and is running late. We NEVER guaranteed a delivery date on this model or any model or figure we have ever sold that is in production at the time of sale. FACT: As seen in plain print in the store policies on our website, for cancellations: If you wish to cancel a pre-sale order after the (14) day limit, orders paid with a deposit will be cancelled and you will forfeit your deposit. http://www.secretcompasscollectibles.com/pages/store-policies/ We are willing extend our customers alternate options when possible but these are out store policies, in plain print. There are the facts, and then there are Mr. ******'s attempts to distort the facts. I will address each of the statements the customer has made: "To date I have heard nothing." That is utterly false. We have faithfully provided Mr. ****** with a Weekly Status Update email sent to his email address (*****@aol.com) which clearly indicates that this model in question, the QMX Serenity Firefly 1:180 Transport model, is still in production and has been for some time, due to production delays. Included is a screenshot from our account with Mail Chimp, the mass email service we use to send this Update to nearly 5,000 customers every week. This screenshot clearly shows that we have sent Mr. ****** 87 weekly emails, and that he has physically clicked and opened 41.4% of them, including the last 1 we sent him. Furthermore, I have also attached a screenshot of the latest Weekly Status Update which Mr. ****** opened, that clearly shows that the model in question is running late. To suggest that Mr. ****** "has heard nothing" is a total fabrication. He has been well informed, weekly, on the delays associated with this model. "On checking with the manufacture QMX I have found they have discontinued production of this item.... there is no chance of getting the original item." This is also utterly false. As seen in plain print, new orders on this particular model have been temporarily suspended so that the manufacturing team can catch up on existing orders. Here is the link taken directly from the sale of this exact model on the manufacturer's website: (https://store.qmxonline.com/Serenity--The-Big-****-Replica_p_75.html) which clearly shows this statement in print: "Due to increased demand, we have temporarily suspended new orders so our Artisans can continue production on schedule." This has absolutely not been cancelled or discontinued at all. Nowhere, anywhere in print, has the manufacturer stated that production has been discontinued. "There are no open orders for Secret Compass for this particular item." This is a complete fabrication. Our company has an existing purchase order for our customers that dates back to 2010, and the models will be delivered once they are manufactured. Mr. ****** is one of these customers, and he is entitled to this model when it's ready to ship, at the agreed price, minus the $500 deposit he has already paid. Proof of our purchase order with the manufacturer can be verified by emailing Jim Wampler, our rep at QmX : *****@quantummechanix.com Mr. ****** has not told the truth. He has deliberately misled the BBB and anyone who will read this claim on the status of this model, the status of our company's purchase order with the manufacturer, and has cast doubt on our ability to deliver as promised to our waiting customers. Had he simply reached out to us by email or phone, prior to filing this complaint, we would have been happy to discuss transferring his $500 deposit to store credit, to accommodate him for what has been an unusually long wait. We routinely accommodate customers on a daily basis. Sadly, this customer never gave us a chance to do so. Instead, he chose to file a complaint in a public forum, which as I have just proven, is without merit. Mr. ****** has wasted everyone's time including ours. This customer owes our company a public apology, to go along with this public claim. If this customer acknowledges that the statements that he has made are false, posted in writing to this claim, we would be happy to transfer this $500 deposit into store credit for these two Spock statues he is interested in. If we do not get such an acknowledgement, we will NOT transfer this deposit to store credit. We will expect the final invoice on this model to be paid, minus the deposit, once this item is in stock. If the customer chooses to ignore the final invoice, then the sale will be cancelled and Mr. ****** will lose his deposit. Again, our store policies on deposits are in plain print: http://www.secretcompasscollectibles.com/pages/store-policies/ Thank-you for your time Sincerely, ****** ****** Founder and CEO Secret Compass Consumer Response /* (450, 13, 2013/04/11) */ (The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the response from the business.) I truly apologize to this seller. There was confusion with the manufacturer about this order. It seems they operate under another name and of course did not recognize the Online site. he has been very kind and understanding to my rushing to conclusions. Their own website listed this item as Sold Out but again that was for new orders only and not existing ones. Again a miscommunication on my part. We have come to a mutually satisfying resolution. I wish this seller luck and hope we can do business again and I promise to have more communication with them.
BBB's Final Determination: Consumer accepted resolution offered by the business.