Robinson's Shoes: Dispute and subsequent resolution.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by j ingevaldsson, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. bayleyshoes

    bayleyshoes New Member

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    Hi:

    Just saw this and joined onto Styleforum to respond. I've dealt with Robinson's in the past and have bought a number of pairs or shoes from them. I have definately been very satisfied with the product, shipping, and response to issues.

    I too have had some issues from ordering online with Robinson's. The major irritant was respecting advertised pricing that was shown online here in Canada, and the treatment of the VAT in that case...(.apparantly Robinson's uses a satellite server for North America, and there was some mixup in the way the VAT was handled); I have had times where there were some waits on product not in stock.. ( these were immediately reported to me for my decision on how to proceed). Also..the ties and shoe trees they provided as incentives were ployester (not silk) and plastic respectively...but I looked at these as just throw-ins, as the shoes were the focus.

    I found that for the most part, the staff were earnest and sincere, so could overlook some minor irritations on the rigidity of their internet sales system. I believe Robin was genuine in his offer of compensation..... I don't think I would take him up on it, but that'syour call.

    I would certainly buy from Robinson's again, as I found them sincere and honest and can overlook these minor issues as they have attempted to address these as best they could.

    bayleyshoes
     


  2. Verrihappy

    Verrihappy Senior member

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    Getting a refund plus a free pair of shoes? What a tosser.
     


  3. Angeland

    Angeland Active Member

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    Another poster on this board put it more bluntly, and while I don't like to start or swell trouble in an electronic conversation (don't we have enough trouble in our real lives?) I do agree that the very serious complaints you make against Robinson's are challenged by the request you have put to the manager of the shop in public. If you buy shoes from the UK you must accept the return costs, even if the product is defective. If it were not so, English merchants would simply not ship to the USA or English shoes would cost online what they cost in the two brick and mortal English shoe stores in this country (i.e., marked up about $200 per pair).

    The reasoning behind a free pair of shoes is difficult to grasp, and I don't mean that rhetorically. Not even Orvis or Allen Edmonds would give a refund and a new pair of shoes. Who has done that for you in the past? I think we will all start shopping there.
     


  4. Oldguy

    Oldguy Senior member

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    Did we ever learn how this saga ended??
     


  5. Oldguy

    Oldguy Senior member

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    What if we were to learn that the offer for free shoes was an offer that was never intended to be completed, done simply as a publicity stunt? What would we think of one who makes such an offer?

    Straining credibility, I think refunding his shipping was the right thing to do, and, perhaps, an offer of 10% off anything you'd like...or something reasonable like this?

    To offer to literally give away shoes of his choice, for free, over shipping fee, does not sound credible.

    This is why I was hoping the original poster would weigh in and let us know how this turned out.

    I gave some thought to a large purchase as their prices are good, but the years I have behind me tell me that if something sounds too good to be true, the floater of such is not honest. I hope I am wrong.

    I'd just like to know if my instincts still serve me well, even after all these years.
     
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  6. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Senior member

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    To posters above: No, I didn't receive any free shoes.
     


  7. Oldguy

    Oldguy Senior member

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    Hey, thanks for getting back to us. Any details on what happened to his offer?

    I guess the offer was hyperbole for the sake of some free publicity.

    that helps me decide.
     


  8. Robin Stewart

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    You have my word that the offer was 100% genuine! I did not give this customer a free pair of shoes because his case did not justify that....it is as simple as that!
    It would be wrong of me to go into the "ins and outs "of this whole affair on here,however if the supposed injured party who made the original post wants me to do that ,then I shall.
     


  9. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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  10. LOLHALO

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    Hi Mr Stewart,

    I am writing here because i do think you subscribe to this thread.

    I do not want free shoes or anything what so ever. I just want to highlight my exchange with some of your sales staff online.
    And the troubles i faced communicating with them.

    Please pm your email so i could send you the email exchanges between your staff and me.
    Thank you

    Yours Sincerely,
    Mark
     




  11. j ingevaldsson

    j ingevaldsson Senior member

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    They just didn't get back to me with that issue, that's all, most likely since I told Mr. Stewart that I already had received the refund. And that's all okay for me, since I didn't demand free shoes or anything like that (which some posters above imply), and this matter is all sorted out. I have been in contact with Robinson's Shoes on other matters after this, and everything is just fine from both sides.
     


  12. Coker

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    Sharing my current poor experience with Robinson's Shoes.

    Their website is misleading, and I'm not sure if it's intentional to secure more orders. I ordered a pair of Loake Cornwall shoes before the start of the UK workday on Wednesday. The website lists it as 'In stock - immediate despatch'. The website also states that orders will ship out in 1-2 days if in stock.

    I wrote to them one day after I placed the order to confirm the status, and was told it will ship within 1-2 working days (even though one day had already passed). Now, after 4 working days, it still has not shipped out (their website states that they work Mondays - Saturdays, so as of today it is 4 working days and 5 calendar days).

    Even though it's not been that long, I hate to be misled by intentionally false information, and have written to cancel my order unless it ships immediately on Monday.

    If you need a quick turnaround, try Pediwear or Herrings or look elsewhere.
     


  13. Robin Stewart

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    Sir....I'm afraid that I am not quite sure what point you are trying to make. I would love to speak to you about your "complaint". Please contact me with your phone number and I shall call you,or if you wish ring me on my mobile at any time 07545 152056.I await your response.
    Robin Stewart
    MD Robinsons Shoemakers
     


  14. Robin Stewart

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    You ordered on Wednesday.....this is Sunday....please explain where the 4 working days are......Thursday was day one,Friday day two........Monday and Tuesday are our next working days.....I fear that you are a tad impetuous with your complaint,which along with your lack of activity on here.......makes me rather suspicious.

    I look forward to your call.

    Robin Stewart.
     


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