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Refused UPS Delivery: If you refuse delivery of an order you will be charged a 25% restocking fee plus a $5.00 re-boxing fee plus shipping costs.
Package not delivered after three attempts: If you have placed an order with us for delivery by UPS, it is your responsibility to make sure that UPS is able to deliver it to you. UPS is very flexible and they will leave you a yellow slip with contact instructions. Often they will be willing to deliver to a neighbor or at a prescribed time. If a package is returned to us because three delivery attempts were made, you will be charged a 25% restocking fee plus a $5.00 re-boxing fee plus shipping costs.
Life's not fair. I wish I could penalise my customers for mucking couriers about. In fact I wish I could charge all the cr*p UK couriers who say they've "carded" the customer when they haven't.
Speaking of chargebacks, I was thinking of going for this too. How about adding this one to our terms page!
Chargebacks: If you are dissatisfied with your product for any reason, please call us at 1-800-1234567. Please do not initiate a chargeback with your credit card issuer before contacting us. If you do initiate a chargeback and the card issuer resolves the dispute in our favor, you will be charged a chargeback fee of $30.00 to offset our expenses.
In your check-out, do you have a box for leaving special instructions to the courrier?
After they receive the order, how about sending them a quick email, also mentionning that if there is any problem please call us?
Being a bit more pro-active could win a few more customers :)
I think I will prevail in a chargeback dispute
Also, in UK law you can't restrict any of the customer's statutory rights. It could be argued that the customer has the right to initiate a chargeback. A court would ask who the h*ll you think you are to require customers to agree to that condition. I don't know about your local law - consult a lawyer with the appropriate specialisation.
I'd love to implement all those ideas you have. In reality I can't. And you probably can't. You'll have an easier life if you learn to live with the inequities.
I'd also word it differently:
RETURNS/FAILED DELIVERY: Shipping will not be refunded for returned orders, including orders returned due to refused delivery or failure to contact UPS within the first three delivery attempts. Returned shipments will be also be subject to a $5 re-stocking fee per item included in the order.
That way it covers ALL returned items... and customers are more likely to read your return policy than they are to read a "refused delivery" policy.
I wouldn't bother with the chargeback fee though. If they're initiating a chargeback, they're already upset, and you're only going to make things worse... bad word of mouth is the only kind of publicity that's worse than no publicity.
I like mivox's solution above. That seems to cover any discrepancies with shipments.
danieljean brings up a good point too...
In your check-out, do you have a box for leaving special instructions to the courier?
A chargeback is a last guarantee, not the first thing they should do. The reason that the customers get away with it is because the card companies allow them to do this - they make extra money from it (from the fee).
Sometimes you should pressure these companies into being fair. I lost over £200 to one merchant account and decided to press for the money back, which according to their rules, I was entitled to. They would not pay. I sent an invoice. They did not pay. I sent a 7-day small claims court warning to the customer services manager, the sales rep, the accounts department and the overall manager. I got the money back within a few days.
But unfortunately with a chargeback, you may not get the money back unless you can prove that the customer did not contact you. And proving that something did not happen is more difficult than proving something that did happen.
This makes sense to me, but I have lost lots of chargebacks when the customer did not contact me first... I am going to contact my card processor today and get a copy of their 'rules' - I'll report back - this could be interesting (I wonder if they really have any rules, because isn't it usually the customer's card issuer who decides on the chargeback? It could be different rules for citibank and Bank of America?).
This has been a good thread and I am going to try a few of the recommendations here (I wasn't having a very good day yesterday when I started this one...). I am actually thinking that I will add some text onto our shipping confirmation email that reminds the customer that they need to respond to the little yellow slips that UPS leaves or else we'll consider it a return...
I don't know which rules you need (merchant or consumer) but I was informed of this when I tried to do a chargeback once - they would not let me. I had contacted the merchant on a different transaction (monthly payments), but not on that specific transaction, so the card company asked for me to contact them (preferably in writing, so they had the evidence).
If it is the consumer agreement, they do change from card issuer to card issuer but the company I was dealing with was one of the biggest in the UK for card issuing and are now even bigger, so it should cover many customers.
A chargeback fee? you must have not dealt with a lot of merchant banks, you are being very naive.
WTH are you talking about? I didn't suggest a chargeback fee, wingslevel did. I was saying NOT to try to implement a chargeback fee. I only suggested a restocking fee for returned items.
Please read the thread a little more thoroughly before chewing someone out for something they didn't even say.