Posted in Shopping, Women

Refund Issues Finally Solved – Chat Transcript from Amazon.com

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Amazon.com failed to refund my account for two items that were recently returned: a Kindle Fire and a white womens shrug.  When I realized this, I started an online customer service chat with an Amazon representative to troubleshoot.  It took four reps to resolve the issue, which is surprising because all of my other Amazon chats have been quick and smooth.  This morning, was a different story, one that I now find comical. There were a lot of workers involved in helping me out, that’s for sure.  

Before I share the transcript, I want to say a few things:  

  • I still LOVE Amazon.com!  It’s my favorite way to shop.  
  • I am not getting paid to write this.  The advertisements on my blog occur because I won’t fork over the three bucks a month to block promotions.  And three bucks can get me a cool prize on Amazon.  My blog is currently a way to improve my writing and share what’s on my mind with anyone who wants a slice-of-life read (thanks for being here, reader).  Maybe someday I will try to monetize.  
  • I color coded this transcript to reflect the different speakers (My words are black).  I changed some line spacing and the order numbers for the blog.  Aside from that, I did not edit the content or grammar.  
  • I did not try to get a refund for sending  back a confused shoulder lift from a Caucasian lady.  I returned a white shrug for women which is a short jacket that ends above the waistline. 

Here is a copy of the chat transcript: 

06:33 AM PDT Milind(Amazon): Hello, my name is Milind. I’m here to help you today.

06:33 AM PDT donna lucas: Hello.  This item was returned, but I did not get my refund: Fire Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 8 GB, Tangerine – with Special Offers. Order # 1234567

kindle fire

06:33 AM PDT Milind: Please allow me a moment while I look into this for you.

06:34 AM PDT donna lucas: And this item also was not refunded. Red Hanger Women Bolero Long Sleeve Shrug Crop Top, White-M.  Order # 12345678

white women's shrug
Model for the shrug. She looks a lot better in it than I did.

06:34 AM PDT Milind: Okay

06:35 AM PDT Milind: Could you please stay connected for 2 minutes while I look into this for you?

06:37 AM PDT donna lucas: yes

06:39 AM PDT Milind: Famavala Folio Premium PU Leather Case Cover For 7″ Fire 7 Tablet (LuckyTree)

Red Hanger Women Bolero Long Sleeve Shrug Crop Top, White-M

Red Hanger Women Bolero Long Sleeve Shrug Crop Top, Red-M

Above are the items you are reffering too am i correct?

06:40 AM PDT donna lucas: Just the fire tablet and the white shirt.  I was refunded for the case and other shrugs already.  

06:40 AM PDT Milind: Okay

06:42 AM PDT donna lucas: Got it?

06:42 AM PDT Milind: Yes

06:43 AM PDT Milind: Please allow me a moment while i check

06:44 AM PDT Mahesh Prabhu(Amazon): Hello, my name is Mahesh Prabhu. Please give me a moment to review the previous correspondence.

06:45 AM PDT donna lucas: Ok. I have not been refunded for the above two items. I have to teach a class soon.

06:46 AM PDT Mahesh Prabhu: Give me a minute.

Let me connect you to a member of our concern team. It will only take a moment.

06:46 AM PDT Ramanathan(Amazon): Hello, my name is Ramanathan. Please give me a moment to review the previous correspondence.

06:46 AM PDT donna lucas: Oh my my!

06:47 AM PDT donna lucas: Why is this taking such a long time?

06:48 AM PDT Ramanathan: Thanks for waiting. I’m sorry for this.

06:49 AM PDT Ramanathan: No worries, I’ll help you with this.

06:49 AM PDT donna lucas: Ok. Can you please apply the refunds for the above items.

06:51 AM PDT Ramanathan: Thanks for waiting.

06:51 AM PDT donna lucas: You’re welcome.

06:51 AM PDT Ramanathan: Just to confirm, you have returned “Fire Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 8 GB, Tangerine – with Special Offers ” for refund, am I right?

06:52 AM PDT donna lucas: Yes. And the white shrug shirt.

06:54 AM PDT Ramanathan: I’m checking this for you.

06:55 AM PDT donna lucas: Oh my! You are the third person who said this.

Red Hanger Women Bolero Long Sleeve Shrug Crop Top, White-M  Order # 12345678

06:56 AM PDT Ramanathan: Thanks for the order number.

06:58 AM PDT Ramanathan: I’ve checked and see that we have not yet received your Kindle device, no need to worry, once we have received your item the refund will be credited back to your payment method directly without any issues.

And to help you further with Red Hanger Women Bolero Long Sleeve Shrug Crop Top, White-M item refund, a Retail Specialist is the best person to help you with this. Please wait while I transfer this chat.

06:58 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya(Amazon): Hello, my name is Pushkar. Please give me a moment to review the previous correspondence.

06:59 AM PDT donna lucas: My sister returned the case and the kindle. I returned the shrug.  You only credited me for the case. She put both items back in the box it came in.

07:00 AM PDT donna lucas: I put the shrug in a box with other things. i was credited for two shrugs out of the three.

You are now the fourth person I’m speaking with and this is not how Amazon.com works.

07:00 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: I am sorry for the trouble donna

Is this a issue related to kindle?

07:01 AM PDT donna lucas: NO! the issue is the refund that I need.

07:01 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: Alright donna

I’ll help you out with this

07:02 AM PDT donna lucas: My sister returned two items from the order. I was only refunded for the case not the kindle. I have to teach a class soon. Please fix this soon.

07:02 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: Could you please provide me with the order id?

I’ll get this done as quick as I can

07:02 AM PDT donna lucas: Red Hanger Women Bolero Long Sleeve Shrug Crop Top, White-M Order # 12345678

that;s for the shirt

07:03 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: Thank you donna allow me a minute to check this

07:03 AM PDT donna lucas: Fire Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 8 GB, Tangerine – Order # 1234567

That’s for the tablet.

07:04 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: Donna I’ll be able to help you with the other order however fire devices are handled by our fire team.

I’ll check both the issues for you

Please allow me a minute

07:05 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: Red Hanger Women Bolero Long Sleeve Shrug Crop Top, White-M you returned this item and need a refund for the same right donna?

07:05 AM PDT donna lucas: Yes refund please.

07:06 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: Please stay connected donna I’ll check this out

07:06 AM PDT donna lucas: I don’t have a fire device issue. I don’t even have the fire! It’s been returned. Now I need my account to be credited.

Are you kidding me?  are you kidding me

07:06 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: No donna do not worry

07:06 AM PDT donna lucas: I am worried…

07:06 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: Please allow me a minute to help you out

07:07 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: I understand however I am gonna help you so you need not worry after this.

I’ll resolve all your issues just stay connected

07:08 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: Would you like the refund for the red hanger on your amazon gift card or original payment method?

07:08 AM PDT donna lucas: Solve ALL my issues? Who would even know where to begin?

Original payment please.

07:08 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: We’ll get it done one by one do not worry donna

07:08 AM PDT donna lucas: Get ‘er done, Pushkar! You got this, buddy!

07:09 AM PDT donna lucas: We have three minutes. The clock is ticking.

07:09 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: Yes I have issued the refund for you on the first thing donna

07:09 AM PDT donna lucas: Ok. Giddy up. Now the second item, please, Pushkar.

07:10 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: Thanks for the motivation by the way

07:10 AM PDT donna lucas: No problem.

07:10 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: I have also issued the refund for the other item donna

07:11 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: Is there anything else I can help you with?

07:11 AM PDT donna lucas: You did it!

07:11 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: It was a pleasure to assist you with this. We hope to see you again.

07:11 AM PDT donna lucas: Thank you! You saved the day.  

07:12 AM PDT Pushkar Ajinkya: Have a great day ahead donna 🙂

Please click “End Chat” to close this window

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I am not sure what caused so much confusion, and I admit to getting Kindle-Fired-Up, but it all worked out in the end.  Twelve minutes after the end of the chat, Amazon sent me an email from customer service apologizing for the dilemma.  

I’m sorry to hear about the problem you’ve had with your Fire Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 8 GB, Tangerine – with Special Offers and Red Hanger Women Bolero Long Sleeve Shrug Crop Top, White-M.  I’ve requested a refund for which includes the cost of the item and its associated shipping costs.

A few hours later my refunds were processed.  Amazon always pulls through and delivers.  

I hope this helps. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

I think this company truly values me and my shopping “habits.” Shine on and have a great weekend!  I think I’ll buy something with my refund.  Time to check out the Gold Box Deals.  

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Posted in Friends, Socializing, Women

Bunco Invite

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Bunco is a simple dice game that can be played by people of all ages. I started playing in a Bunco over ten years ago, when I was in my thirties.  I taught my daughters how to play when they were in elementary school.  My golden years mother still plays with a group of  friends at Silver Sneakers.  Although you can roll with two or more players, the game best lends itself to a group of twelve women.  If you are interested in playing Bunco, starting a group, or learning more about this fun dice game, read on.

I played Bunco as a substitute and permanent roller with the same wonderful group for over eight years.  The group eventually broke up, and after a couple years of missing Bunco, I decided to start a new group that would like to play once a month.  The following is an invitation I wrote when I resurrected the game of Bunco in my life: 

Dear Ladies,

I am inviting you to a game of Bunco at my house on INSERT DATE AND TIME.  Most Bunco nights will run for three hours, but the first one requires teaching the game of Bunco (easy but necessary to understand the rules and scoring).

This is a dice game of luck and prizes played by twelve people.  I’m starting a Bunco club that I hope can meet once a month.  You are the fun women I thought might like to join. You can decide after playing if you want to be on a permanent player roster, substitute player list, or an I-can’t-commit-but-keep-me-in-mind list.

Come enjoy an evening filled with drinks, food, conversation, and some light gambling. The object of the night is to have fun while breaking away from the weekly routine. There are over 700 hours in a month; Bingo players know this and love the thrill of getting out of the house and testing their luck among good company and refreshments. Bunco players can do the same in a more intimate and friendly gathering.

 

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Here is how it works:

  1. The hostess provides the space, decor, plates, napkins, and drinks for the night.  
  2. The players bring a dish, side, or dessert with a serving utensil  Take home or share what doesn’t get eaten.  My family loves the plates of goodies brought home from Bunco.  (No time to prep food?  Suggestion: Order a pizza or breadsticks or buy baked goods.)  
  3. The players bring $10 for the Bunco ante to go to the night’s monetary prizes.   
  4. The hostess is exempt from the $10 ante and instead provides a door prize (homemade or bought for 10.00 or under — don’t overdo it).  
  5. The hostess should keep the Bunco playing area free of children and husbands.  Furry friends are welcome (unless allergic Bunco players request otherwise).  
  6. If you say you are going to play, please show up.  If not, try to find someone to take your spot (There should be a sub list to pull from.)  
  7. Help welcome each other.  You will get to sit with every guest at some point during the game.   

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Bunco Eve Agenda:

6:00 – 6:30   Social ½ hour.

     — Eat, drink, meet, and greet old and new friends.  

     — Set out your dish (plug it in, uncover it, heat it, slice it…)

     — Put your 10.00 ante in the basket.

     — Sign up to be a hostess for your favored month if you can (i.e. I love making fall drinks and have good space for a summer Bunco near the pool, so I prefer to host during those seasons.)  

6:25 — Warning bell to get drinks, snacks, and seats at one of the tables.

6:30-7:00 Teach the game and rules.  Answer questions.  Play a round for no credit and fun:  teach scoring and clarify misunderstandings.

7:30-9:15 — Roll those dice, keep score, play the game, wear the crown, get cards punched… Have a Bunco Babe Partay! Take a food and refreshment break after a round of rolling: ones through sixes.

9:15-9:30 — Add scores and Buncos, give out prizes, remind each other of next hostess meeting place, share leftovers.  The next hostess takes Bunco game to her home.

Post Bunco – Friends laugh about the night on their way home and can’t wait to get together to do this again.

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Our Bunco Babes have a blast together.  Our group is fun, energetic, and loud.  We have had some creative theme nights such as: 80’s Night, Luau, and Wear-Your-Crazy-Leggings Bunco.  

Feel free to use or tweak my letter for your own Bunco party.  If you have any questions about Bunco ask me or check out the following links for more about the rules, scoring, and supplies needed to play.  

http://www.dicegamedepot.com/bunco-rules/

http://www.easy-party-ideas-and-games.com/bunco-rules.html

http://howdoyouplayit.com/bunco-rules-play-bunco/