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The Orvis Company, Inc

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Phone: (540) 345-6789 1711 Blue Hills Drive, Roanoke, VA 24012


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This company offers sporting goods and equipment, as well as clothing and gifts, via mail order and retail stores.

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9 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 4 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 3
Delivery Issues 1
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 5
Total Closed Complaints 9

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1 Customer Review on The Orvis Company, Inc
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Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 1
Total Customer Reviews 1

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BBB file opened: June 15, 1987 Business started: 05/15/1987 in VA Business incorporated: 09/29/1989 in VA
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P.O. Box 1197, Richmond VA 23218
Phone Number: (804) 371-9733
Fax Number: (804) 371-9211

Roanoke City Business License

Phone Number: (540) 853-2524

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Mr. Mike Rigney, Chief Operations Officer Ms. Chris Andrews, Customer Service
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Principal: Mr. Mike Rigney, Chief Operations Officer
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Alternate Business Names
Green Drake Outfitters
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  • 1711 Blue Hills Drive

    Roanoke, VA 24012 (540) 345-6789

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    Roanoke, VA 24011 (540) 345-3635

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1/2/2015 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: I received gift cards in the mail from Orvis with no terms on how to use them and no expiration dates.These cards were re-useable. I ordered items online and the gift cards worked for every transaction. Afterwards, I sent them an email to cancel all the orders and only honor the first 10 orders. The problem is they have begun shipping these orders, but they have gone back after the fact and adjusted the price on the items without my consent. They have removed the gift cards from the transactions, and have charged my credit card with the balance of the amount without my consent. I have never heard of any store adjusting the price of an item after the transaction has been completed, and after I received a confirmation email on the transaction, especially without my consent.

Desired Settlement: 1. Simply refund my credit card for all transactions that were re-adjusted after the fact and without my consent. 2. Allow me to keep any items that have been mailed and were paid wiith my credit card without my consent. 2. Fix their gift cards immediately, so they can not be reused in the future 3. No further contact by email or other means from Orvis

Business Response: Dear BBB: Our system does allow customers to "type in" on the website gift certificate numbers more than once, however they cannot be used more than once.  The "gift card" is a valid number, but the balance goes down accordingly when it is used.  We suspended and cancelled Ms. *******'s orders where she attempted multiple times to use the same cards becaus the balance due is zero. We have let the customer know that we have honored the orders with a coupon and with the subsequent gift cards, and they have already been redeemed.  We did not charge back for anything already approved.  Going forward we will not be able to honor the same coupon or gift card numbers.  Our coupons state that they are for one use only.  Our gift card numbers do not expire, however, when the balance is zero, there are no monies left to use. Thank you. **** ** **** Special Assistant to the President The Orvis Company Inc.

Consumer Response: I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID ********, and find that this resolution would be satisfactory to me.  I will wait for the business to perform this action and, if it does, will consider this complaint resolved. Please remove the complaint from the system and posts.  Regards, ***** *******

12/9/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: Their claim is. 100% customer satisfaction. You may return an item at any time for a complete refund. What they claim and what they do are two completely different facts. I returned sport coats, sweaters, pants and other items that I can't recall that were completely lost an totaled over $1,200. I made call after call after call to customer service. Eventually, after several months, they informed me they could not locate the items. They did acknowledge, however, the fact they had received two packages from me. Now, again I have returned a package to them two weeks ago and no acknowledgement to date. This company has the absolute worst customer service. One needs to continually call them. It's like they're trying to wear you down so you'll just give up. I am a retired senior and don't deserve to be treated with indifference. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Desired Settlement: Refund. Change returns system to work like **** **** and/or ****** ***.

Business Response: Thank you for the message. We received this package from the customer on 11/26/2014, not two weeks ago.  It was quite a sizeable return, and took a few days to process.  It was in processing this morning, but I have requested everything be expedited for Mr. & Mrs. ********.  We apologize for any delays.  The funds have been released and customer should expect the refund checks to be cut and mailed on Thursday, December 4th. Have a great day!

Consumer Response: I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID ********, and find that this resolution would be satisfactory to me.  I will wait for the business to perform this action and, if it does, will consider this complaint resolved.Also sent a package a couple of years ago Orvis said they never received.  If can find the shipping receipts will send to the BBB. Regards, ******* ********

10/1/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: I have been fly fishing 100 too 150 days a year for 23 years, about 12 of the as an Orvis endorsed guide in Eagle County. Twice while I worked there as a guide we won Orvis endorsed shop of the year ,that was in the early to mid 90's. I also have fished on the U.S fly-fishing team for a couple of years before becoming a restaurateur and very avid Fly fisherman and golfer. I'm also married with children. Too the point I have a ton of gear that I've accumulated over the years most of it Orvis. From ***********, ,************ ,************, ********, now ******. same in waiters. I've had so many different pairs of Orvis waiters I don't know where to begin. They have always been garbage, ************ to guide waits to the new ******. My wife bought me a new ****** two Christmas ago. She did not get pro form and got me the rod because I didn't have a 4 piece 5 weight that I liked. I fished it a bit and it snapped in the but section while fighting a 14inch brown. this rod probably had 60- 70 days on it when it snapped. This was around Christmas the following year. My wife then proceeded to buy me a pair of ***** waiters for that Christmas 2014, because she was sick of seeing me coming home half soaked from whatever pair or waiters I threw on. I fished about 20 days in the ****** when they started leaking. The broke right at the seem where the neoprene booty is attached to the gortex. I called repair and explained where they had ripped and I believed them to be defective and I would like to send them back and get a new pair. They said they would determine if they were defective or fixable. I also had just received my year old ****** that I had sent for repair lifetime warranty = 30 bucks. After calling in my new repair order on my two month old ***** waiters, that day I went fishing with my rebuilt ******, I broke on first hook set LOL!!!!! So I called in another rod repair to be sent in at the same time as my waiters. these repairs were called in I believe in February or April. I did not receive any of my gear for over six weeks. During that time I traveled Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and Colorado the whole time I fished a 29$ eagle claw 5 weight, it's landed thousands of trout still not broke kind of amazing. I bought 4 more and had enough money to buy a pair of Patagonia waiters, lol. Anyways ***** waiters leak at repair spot again maybe 20 days fished. I am not calling in another order for 30 bucks and hours of phone time and weeks or even months on repair time. I will never use an Orvis product again and I discourage anyone else from doing so. They don't make it they just put their name on it and not stand behind their products. From one entrepreneur to another TAKE SOME PRIDE IN WHAT YOU DO Sincerely *** ****** ********************* ****************** ###-###-#### ###-###-#### ###-###-#### fax ###-###-#### if you want to get ahold of me

Very poor customer service. And fatly equipment. I have been fishing Orvis products for 20 plus years. My first fly rod was a fleuger 8'6, 5 weight I still have it never has broke 99 dollar investment. After many hours in the river and the local Orvis fly shop Fly Fishing Outfitters I got a job as a full time wade guide, this was 1999. As a wade guide, if I was outfitted I would re reimbursed for all things I brought to the trip like rods, waders, terminal tackle, lunch. So I owned 5 they started off as Clearwater 5 weights and after multiple 30 dollar repairs they became ********. I then bought a restaurant in 2007 ******* ******* grill where I also worked as a waiter and I was lent money by 6 different fly fishing clients. That were all fully outfitted by me and my pro forms. I still have 7 pairs of Leakey waders and all sort of boot from size 4 to 14. I have been a businessman now for 9 years and have hot guided since I still however fish over 150 days a year and have been offered a spot on the US team every year for the last 10 years, also while working at FFO we were voted Orvis endorsed shop of the year twice. ( **** ***** owner) OK MY PROBLEM I have one through twelve weights in multiple Orvis rod varieties, all my five weights are broken I have 4 broken Orvis rods and one old sage DS2. they have broken slowly over the years and I didn't want to deal with trying to get them fixed between repair and shipping fees I could by a cheaper rod, so I bought a couple of those lefty cray rods still have em they fish ok. I had broke my last five weight ******* and my wife went out and got me a ****** because she's sweet and she new I was fishing a lesser rod supposedly. This was X- mas 2013. Then x-mas of 2014 she gave me a beautiful pair of Orvis ***** waders, because I had put a bunch of duck tape on my last pair of Orvis Guide waits lol should be called light weights. duck tape works way better than your patch kits FYI. Anyway the ****** got a tear in them right where gortex seem meet the neoprene boot, it was double stitched and opened up after about 20 days in the river. I feel this would be a defect and replaced and not repaired. The ****** had snapped about three weeks prior, I took I to the shop my wife bought it they returned it and gave me back a " repaired" rod in 4 or so weeks. Not lying first cast set hook on a 12 inch brown rod broke in exact same spot, cleanest break ive ever seen landed small trout by hand. Went home called Orvis rod and waiter repair and told them what just happened to the rod, and that I was about to go fish Idaho, Montana and Wyoming in a week and I wouldn't mind having it back before I left, I also then told him about my waders and set up a repair order on them as well as seeing if I could them fast tracked back to me. They informed me this would probably not be possible. I asked to speak to a manager they said there was not one available and they would get back to me. I mailed both items after getting repair #s, and never heard from anyone. now four weeks later I'm back from fishing many of the great tail waters of the west. I landed thousands of pounds of trout on a 30 dollar Eagle Claw 8'6, five weight I got at ***-****. I was using a 500 dollar large arbor Orvis reel and 100 rios line. I did this to prove a point I pounded fish with a 30 dollar rod your selling a 20 dollar rod with a 500 dollar name. and then not standing behind them. I called today and they told me both were in repair.

Desired Settlement: I want to give back my ****** and the ****** for cash and be done with Orvis. paid 900$ I will take 500$ and give the stuff back. Only call me if you want me to be on your research and development team or your quality control team! otherwise mail me a cahiers check for 500 plus 30 dollars for shipping I want a check for the rod, waders, and shipping. I have receipts. I will take 1200 $ us I do not want Orvis shop credit either your products just get worse and more expensive. you have my equipment already just send me a check. *** ******

Business Response: We have tired to contact customer for the last 3 days at the number giving.  We havent heard anything back yet. The nest step would be to send customer a letter.

Consumer Response: Better Business Bureau: I have reviewed the response offer made by the business in reference to complaint ID ********, and have determined that this proposed action would not resolve my complaint.  For your reference, details of the offer I reviewed appear below. Regards, *** ******   still waiting to hear from orvis

Business Response: Orvis has tried to call customer 4 times and left messages for customer to call us back on 9/17 @ 1:20 and on  9/18 and on 9/19

Consumer Response: Better Business Bureau: I have reviewed the response offer made by the business in reference to complaint ID ********, and have determined that this proposed action would not resolve my complaint.  For your reference, details of the offer I reviewed appear below. Regards, *** ****** I have all my phone records both cell and no proof of any calls on those dates.. I can document. they could have also emailed. I will try to contact that person whom said called personally.. still not satisfied  9/30/2014 my cell is ###-###-#### email   *********************

Consumer Response: Better Business Bureau: I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID ********, and find that this resolution would be satisfactory to me.  Have resolved the complaint. Regards, *** ******

7/1/2014 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: I made a purchase from Orvis online on June 12th in the amount of $43.36. I noticed that I used an incorrect credit card for the purchase, so I immediately called to see if I could switch from the Mastercard I entered, to a Visa. They were fine with this, and took the information for the switch. The confirmation email for the purchase states, "Don't worry. Your debit or credit card will be charged only when your order ships. If you see what looks like a deduction on your online statement before that, it is simply a reserve to ensure your order can be processed. This is known as "authorization hold" and can typically last a few days depending on your bank." I did see this hold on my Mastercard, but on 6/14 the amount of $43.36 cleared my Visa. (Please note, the shipping dates were 6/13 and 6/18.) On 6/16, $13.93 cleared my Mastercard account and then another $29.43 cleared my Mastercard account on 6/20. I have called several times, and emailed, only to hear that my Mastercard is already being credited. I was told that it should be back on my Mastercard by 6/25, but nothing yet.

Desired Settlement: I would simply like the $43.36 put back on my Mastercard. They should have never charged the full amount on the Visa on 6/14 if the final item didn't ship until 6/18, if their email clearly states they don't. This has caused my Mastercard account to incur two NSF's, but I was able to get money in to cover them before I incurred a fee. I would like those "NSF's" removed from my Mastercard account, because it looks like I am not financially responsible, and this was clearly their error.

Business Response: We credited the customer back the full charge to her Mastercard on 6/26/2014.  It may take her bank a couple of days to process on their end.  I have left the customer a message and let her know this and to make sure to check for the credit again.  I also offered to personally contact her bank if that would help speed things up on their end.    

Consumer Response: I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID ********, and find that this resolution would be satisfactory to me.  I will wait for the business to perform this action and, if it does, will consider this complaint resolved. The reimbursement did credit my account this morning.  Regards,***** **** 

4/8/2013 Delivery Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: Please help me get my money back from Orvis.  These trousers did not come.  They have a wrong address also they will not reimburse my gift card.  I received no trousers for my son for Christmas!  Nor do I want them no because he is back in the military and gone for awhile.  They said they would credit my gift card back.  I am out $236.95!  They are misible to deal with and arrogant!  They refuse to credit me or trace what happened to them!  They have made fun of my English.  I am a senior and this is very descrimatory  and frustrating.

Desired Settlement: Credit

Business Response: Dear BBB, We have discovered this customer to be an abuser of the system.  In addition to our associates always being polite and helpful to her, we have refunded every dime she has ever spent with us.  She uses 5 different names to order, and also several different PO Boxes.  She claims non receipt of every order and continues to order again with her refunds.  She is not out any money at all, in fact the opposite is true.  We do not wish to continue business with this customer, and we will be sending her a letter to that extent. Thank you!  

2/28/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Complaint Details Unavailable
8/13/2012 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: Late last year, after my birthday in October, I purchased a fly fishing reel from Orvis via mail. I later purchased two spare spools, but found they would not work with the reel base. After a frustrating attempt to contact Orvis via phone, I went to the store in**********, WA. The assistant replaced the reel and spools with a an updated version and I left feeling satisfied.Recently, I had the misfortune to drop the reel base while changing spools, and the guide pillar broke. As the base is made of cast aluminum, it cannot be repaired.I contacted Orvis via email and they agreed that it was irreparable. I was informed that the model of reel was no longer produced and was therefore not available for replacement.When I pointed out that their policy was, and I quote "We will refund your money on any purchase that isn't 100% satisfactory. Anytime, for any reason. It's that simple." I received another email saying that the model of reel had been discontinued for a year.Yet they supplied me with one just over six months ago from a store that had them in stock!As you can imagine, I am most dissatisfied. Not only was I given a product that did not fulfill its function, but I am of the impression that I was misled by being given a product they no longer are willing to support, and they do not live up to their advertised service code.

Desired Settlement: A refund of the cost of the items. I do not feel inclined to do any further business with them.

Business Response: Thank you for forwarding the message to me again, as I did not receive this the first time. We have chosen to refund the customer the original amount he paid for the Reel and the extra spools, the amount of $58.00.  This was done as a courtesy exception for the client, as we had already fulfilled our warranty, and replaced this item at no charge once already.  This time he broke the item by dropping it, and misuse/accidents are not covered by the return policy.  I hope that this resolves the issue, and I have e-mailed the details to the customer.  He will have the refund processed to his account within 3-5 business days. Sincerely,   **** ** ****Voice Of the Customer SpecialistThe Orvis Company Inc.

4/3/2012 Problems with Product/Service | Complaint Details Unavailable
4/3/2012 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: I ordered a sweater from Orvie via the Internet and had to return it because the size was too large. They charged my visa card $148.67 for the order. They then credited my account for $ 127.21 which is less that the price of the sweater. They kept the tax charge even though they had the item in their possession and would not of had to pay tax on a returned item. I spoke to them several times to no avail. I consider this very bad business and hope no one else will be in my position of getting less money on a credit than the purchase price of the item. Really not good!

Desired Settlement: ORVIS OWES ME $12.11

Business Response: I have refunded the customer in full - $21.46. I called the customer did have to leave a message that I have refunded her in full including the $6.95 return shipping and the original shipping she paid to get the sweater and the applicable taxes.

Consumer Response: Ms. **** states she has not received refund. 

Business Response: The Customer is correct the refund for the remaining balance has  not processed.  This will go to her credit card tonight at midninght.  For the delay in refunding we have issued her a $50.00 gift card.  I have emailed the customer and will try to reach her by phone.   Thanks,  ***** *******

Consumer Response: The refund was posted last night, April 2, 2012------------finally. Regards,***** ****