I love Maidenform, and after this recent email, I love them more!
Check out this email I just received!
Dear Valued Customer,
are writing to you to make you aware of an important customer
satisfaction program because we value you as a customer and appreciate
your loyalty to Maidenform products.
has recently come to Maidenform’s attention that the manufacturer of
the fabric for certain shapewear products, marketed by Maidenform, may
be unable to provide the level of substantiation for advertising claims
that Maidenform expects. Although there is nothing wrong with the
products, Maidenform wants to ensure that its customers are completely
satisfied. Therefore, Maidenform is offering a Maidenform Visa® Prepaid Card to any customer who is dissatisfied with their purchase of the below listed products. The Visa®
Prepaid Card will include the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price
(“MSRP”) for each item purchased, an additional 10% of the MSRP to cover
any sales tax you may have paid, and an additional $6.00 to cover
shipping and handling.
you have purchased any of the above listed products and are
dissatisfied with your purchase, you may return the above listed
products (new or used) in exchange for a prepaid card. In order to
receive the prepaid card or if you have questions about the customer
satisfaction program, please visit www.maidenformCSP.com,
call 1-866-892-8076, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to participate in the program, you must register online by
July 15, 2014 and you will receive the prepaid card six-to-eight weeks
after the eligible product is returned. The prepaid card will expire
six months from date of issuance. This card is issued by CenterState
Bank of Florida, NA pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.
We thank you again for your loyalty
to Maidenform products.
If you are a fan of Crazy Couponing, you know how much I love smartphone apps that help you save or make money! Ibotta Shopmium (Use code GYYGCUTN to get a free Lindt Chocolate Bar!) Checkout 51 SavingStar
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How many of you have seen contests or sweepstakes on Facebook or Twitter and entered one or two but never really won anything? I win stuff here and there, but I've never focused on sweepstakes as a full time job. There are many full time "sweepers" who take entering contests seriously.
I met Melissa via Facebook through one of her sweepstakes groups. After becoming her friend, I saw how many sweepstakes she entered and how many she WON! I was fascinated. I never saw someone winning THAT many contests before. I had to know more! She was gracious enough to answer some questions for me, and give you all some great tips!
Crazy Couponing: How did you get started sweeping? Melissa Tippie: By trying to do the
coupon thing. Then went to Free Samples online. Which lead entering
CC: Do you do it exclusively? Meaning full time. Do you have another job? MT: Over the years I've done both. Worked part-time at my
sweeps while also work outside of the home. To now full time doing
sweeps only. With gas prices & living in the country ... I found I
could help my family more by staying home & entering sweeps vs
working only part-time at a job outside the home.
CC: How much time do you devote to it each day? MT: Sometimes
only 4 to 6 hours..and sometimes I'll sweep for 10-12-14 hours in a
row. It depends on many factors: such as weather ~ season/my
health/beginning or ending time of the month/etc
do enter sweeps everyday ~ even holidays. Except if I'm on vacation or
away camping w/no internet access. I find I win more if I sweep
CC: What are the most frustrating aspects of sweeping? MT: Nothing really. I find it's like a treasure hunt
looking for sweeps that I am eligible for my state/country to enter. I
look at it like a sports player or a race car driver would in their
sport ~ they don't always score a basket, hit a home room or win the car
race...but they are getting to play something that they love. And I love
sweeping. I'd rather enter find & sweeps then say watch tv/movies,
do crafts, etc or what other people might do as hobbies with their free
CC: What are the most fun aspects? MT: Whenever I find a sweep with a really fun or cool
prize. Then as I enter I get to dream ... if only for a minute ... what I
might do IF I was lucky enough to win that prize! How it could change
my life...or my families??? Or who I might give that prize to IF I won?
CC: What is the biggest prize you have ever won? MT: Trips, I'd say. Won: My FAVES ~ NBC's The Voice
Season Finale 2 Live Shows in CA. From a Twitter sweep where I had to
answer questions ask by Kohl's over a period of months. Or a Trip for 4
to Disney, CA w/hopper park passes from a Facebook sweep. Several gambling
trips as well to Las Vegas & Tunica, MS. Plus Big Ticket Items: 2
ct Black Diamond Yellow Gold earrings, $2500 Mac Make-up, Amethyst 18
Yellow Gold drop earrings, $570 Smartphone & Epson Wireless Printer.
Smaller Ticket Items: 2 portable wireless printers, Google Nexus 7,
Kindle Fire HD, SkyPad 706 Tablet, picnic table, tools, tv wall mount,
clothes, shoes, jewelry, tons of headphones/earbuds, books, dvd's, cd's,
backpacks/bags/totes to lot's of food/drinks etc. Checks from $2
-$1,000. Gift Cards from $5 -$500. Also a Year of: Toilet Paper,
Toothbrushes, Hummus Dip, Socks, Weed Killer, etc.
CC: How often do you win? MT: Every week. Even if it's smaller items.
CC: Do you rely on referrals for wins? Why or why not? MT: I share every sweeps that I enter via all my
personal social pages. I think if everyone would share what sweeps
they've found and/or entered then none of us sweepers would have to rely
on paid sweeps sites to find the sweeps. Lot's of sweep that you enter
you will give someone a referral ... whether it's to a sweeper that you
know in person/online or someone you don't know behind the paid sweep
site. That doesn't mean you are handing that person the win. It means
that you have found another sweep to enter. That's it. I had 9,000
entries in to win $10,000 and a lady won it w/only a few entries. It's
luck...in what sweeps that you DO win. It's NOT luck in winning ~ IF you
enter into enough sweeps each day/week/month. The key is ENTER ENTER
and ENTER some more.
However, that being said READ the rules once or
twice. Don't waste your time entering, sharing & re-sharing all
month long to win a sweep that you are not eligible for your
age/state/country etc to win. No one likes to read the rules cause it
slows a sweeper down. However like I said don't hurry in the beginning ~
only to waste time all month long sharing a sweep ~ to find that you
can't win the prize. So work smarter not harder.
CC: Does anyone in your family sweep with you? MT: No. My 18 year old son thinks it's stupid & crazy
until I win him a prize or a trip! I have a few ex co-workers, some
of my families co-workers & some friends who sweep some/part time.
But no one who does it with on a daily bases. Just strangers I've met
online via social web sites ~ that I'm lucky to say quite a few have
become good friends over time.
CC: What is the biggest tip you have for people who want to win contests? MT: Read the rules & enter as much as you can/and as
often as you can on each day/week/month. Have patience waiting on a win.
My 1st won took like a month or so. Also, try to enter different types
of sweeps w/diff ending dates all through-out each month. So, you will
give yourself more chances to win prizes each month. Examples: Instant
Win Games, Text-To-Win, Twitter's ReTweet-to-Win, blogs, PunchTab,
Woobox, magazine sweeps, tv show sweeps etc. Do both Enter Daily &
One Time Only sweeps/giveaways too. Try to join diff social sites ~
Examples: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn,
myspace, Klout, Crowdtap, YouTube to find both the
sweeps/giveaways/contests & sweepers to connect up with every
day/week/month. Also, don't forget your local sweeps & contests from
radio stations or in stores.
Thank you Melissa for the wonderful tips and tricks! If you would like to start sweeping and become friends with Melissa (She has TONS of links to sweepstakes!), you can contact her at the following links!
Jewelry In Candles is a great company that offers amazing scents and cute jewelry all in one candle!
The candles are 100% soy wax, so they are a healthier and longer lasting alternative to paraffin candles. As a mom to two little ones, I appreciate that a company takes the time to create a product that is better for the environment!
Not only are candles available, wax tarts and aroma beads are available as well! There are many scents to choose from such as Hazelnut Coffee, Honeydew Melon, Vanilla, Clean Cotton and MORE!
Along with the amazing scents, each candle has a jewelry gift inside valued from $10 to $1000! It's like two gifts in one!
I love the scent of lavender because it has a very calming effect on me. When I have had a stressful day, lighting a candle seems to be just the thing to soothe me. I was excited to try the lavender candle from this company!
After lighting the candle about 3 times, I finally saw the foil at the top of the wax! I blew out the candle and pryed it out. I didn't have to damage the wax too much, which was a nice relief! I was excited to see what treasure I received. My daughter and I peeled back the foil and found a little plastic baggie. Once we opened the baggie, we found this cute necklace inside!
I'm assuming this is a $10 value, because it obviously doesn't look like it is worth much more than that. It IS perfect for my 5 year old, so it worked out perfectly. She asked me to put it on her right away!
Jewelry in Candles was nice enough to offer one lucky reader a candle in the scent of their choice!
I have promoted MooLaLa to no end on my Facebook page, my personal page and on this blog. I am now NO LONGER supporting them. If you signed up under MooLaLa with my referral link, I am sorry! I do not promote businesses that treat me poorly as a customer.
In the last month, I have had SEVERAL issues with MooLaLa. I believe their customer service is terrible and I find it unacceptable.
November 11th- I wanted to cash out my rewards of $11.93. I usually try this option with businesses to see how fast they can send a check.
10-14 days sounds reasonable, right? Well, 10-14 days passed (they don't specify business days), and on December 3rd, I finally contacted customer service to ask them about it. I also could not request another check, since that one was still "pending". December 5th, I got a response that my check was mailed out on December 2nd.
Fine, it was annoying, but it was handled. I still supported the business and just chalked it up to a busy season.
Then I started reading about the Rainbow Loom fiasco.
MooLaLa ran a deal for Rainbow Looms for $9. I promoted this deal HEAVILY in November, because I knew Loom Band bracelets are very popular and they would be a popular Christmas item.
Little did I know, HUNDREDS of customers would be complaining about MooLaLa and the vendor, Belleza Jewelry, about NOT receiving the Rainbow Loom Kits. Many who did receive them, stated they were fake. Now this is not entirely MooLaLa's fault, but when you associate with vendors who are giving customers a hard time and telling them they might not receive their orders before Christmas, it makes you look bad. It's called Guilt by Association.
I ordered the Rainbow Loom Kit, and I DID receive it a month later. It does not look authentic.
Here are what some customers told me personally:
"I am having an issue with Moolala as well. I ordered a product on their
page, a Rainbow Loom. Bought my voucher and ordered from the 3rd party
both on 11/13. Have not received the item, nor a response, from either
Moolala or from the third party vendor. Supposedly my item was shipped
two days ago, however the tracking information doesn't say that it was
actually shipped and it looks like the item won't be here in time for
Christmas. I am considering disputing the charge on my credit card."
"They supposedly shipped out 4 Rainbow Looms but none of the tracking #'s work and I
still have a Rainbow Loom and a case I am waiting on. Moolala has done NOTHING to
help rectify this situation. I went on Belleza's FB page under Belleza
Jewelry and posted that I had waited 4 weeks and emailed, called etc and
had gotten no response from them and they blocked me from posting on
their page! I was just trying to get in touch with them to see WTH was
going on?! I have 5 kids waiting, wanting Rainbow Looms for xmas and I have no idea
if they are coming or not and I have already been charged $97, waited 5
weeks and have not had anyone own up to what is actually going on. If
they do send me fake ones I am going to flip on them. They advertised
authentic Rainbow Looms"
There are TONS more complaints on Facebook, which I am not going to quote here.
Next issue I had was with a "Mystery Box" I ordered for $29. It was originally worded as being a "$400 value". They then CHANGED the wording to say "Up to a $400" Value. I received the following items and broke down what the box was REALLY worth. This is the email I sent:
"I've purchased a mystery box and I am disgusted with what I have received. http://amzn.to/IIHHLj- $6.95 Robot Kit
http://amzn.to/JkLnUc -$12.99 Flashlight
http://bit.ly/18Y5QtM -$8.99 iPhone Case
http://amzn.to/1daG7uQ -$4.99 Ear warmers
http://amzn.to/1cF25YX- $5.19 Door and window Alarm
I've obviously done the research and given RETAIL value for each
item. The Retail value of the entire package is $39.02. Paying $29 for a
box of cheap crap is NOT the same as a $400 value. How exactly do you
do your math? I would like a step by step explanation. "
This was sent 7 days ago. The only response I received was this:
"Please accept our sincere apology
for the delayed response. Our ticket volume is much higher than normal
during this busy season. We have hired additional personnel and are
working long hours to serve you better. The Moolala Member Experience
Team is working through the requests in the order of receipt. Please be
patient. We are certainly not intentionally ignoring you and want to
give each member's request the attention it deserves.
For the Moolala Member Experience Team"
Apparently, my request doesn't deserve any attention until I start threatening to write this blog post. I sent a message to Moolala's Facebook page telling them I would be writing a blog post expressing my grievances with their company. This is how they responded:
"Hi. We are not ignoring your messages. I understand
your frustrations with the lack of response but we are doing our best.
The Christmas season took us by surprise which in turn swamped our 3
person customer service team. To alleviate that, we have brought on
several other employees recently to help conquer our back log of
inquiries. I myself have dropped all of my responsibilities in order to
help expedite our response time to the best we possibly can at this
point. I ask that you please understand that our delayed responses are
not a caused by irresponsibility, but rather a surprise in seasonal
uptick. Moolala is a relatively young company with 20 people, who work
in Austin, Texas, who are working hard to make the website as best of an
experience as possible. We are NOT a disreputable company to make a
quick buck through "shady practices". I have asked Customer Service to
bump you up to the front of the list, and to get your ticket resolved.
Please watch out for their email."
They then proceeded to BLOCK me from the page or sending them messages, so I am unable to get ANY communication from them whatsoever. I have been frozen out, and I am not expecting any responses from them in the near future.
I understand NEW companies having this sudden "uptick", but Moolala was founded in 2010 and has more than 17000 fans on Facebook. You would expect them to have more than three customer service representatives and or 20 employees total.
I am completely disappointed in this company and DO NOT RECOMMEND PURCHASING FROM THEM.
If you have had a bad experience with Moolala, please leave your story in the comments.
Moolala is NOT accredited by the Better Business Bureau, but you can still file a complaint against them. Here is the link. They have a rating of C-.
This is the response I received today, AFTER this blog post originally went live.
Wyatt (Moolala Support)
Dec 20 04:30 PM
Your refund for $29.00 has been processed and should show in your
account within the next two weeks (depending on your card issuer).
I'm going to go ahead and solve this ticket for now, but that
doesn't mean we're done here. If you still have questions or if there's
anything I can do to serve you better, please don't hesitate to reply to
Wyatt Stafford for the Moolala Member Experience Team
assume they decided to finally deal with my issues. Instead of
explaining to me why the Mystery Box was improperly advertised, they
refunded me $29. I'm happy with the final outcome, but I am still
disgusted with their business practices.