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Gander Mountain / terrible customer service

NC, United States

A really nice hunting pack was bought for me by my mother-in-law for my birthday from Gander Mountain. The strap on it broke as I was hiking in the mountains on a hunting trip. My mother-in-law couldn't find the receipt for it. I thought, no big deal, I'm sure they'll still replace it. They wouldn't want to lose a lifetime customer over one backpack right?!?! WRONG!!! They told me they saw the purchase under my mother-in-law's name onlline so they would replace the pack... I had to pay for shipping to ship my broken pack to them (unacceptable) and they sent me an incorrect backpack to replace it that was much cheaper and lower quality. I called customer service and the woman (Heather Williams) was extremely rude and said there is nothing they can do unless I can get my mother-in-law to find a receipt for proof-of-purchase. So now I have NO RECEIPT AND THEY HAVE MY BROKEN BACKPACK!!! I had no proof that I owned this pack anymore so I wrote an email to customer service complaining about the mix-up and gave them 2 options 1) send me back my broken pack so i have proof that i own it 2) send me the CORRECT replacement backpack. THEY CHOSE OPTION 1!!! What kind of place sends a customer their broken item back instead of replacing it????? In that email I also told Heather to forward it to her supervisor and I specifically requested confirmation from that supervisor that they were aware of the situation. It has been 2 days since I received a reply from Heather saying that she sent it to her supervisor, so two days since the supervisor got my email AND STILL NO RESPONSE!!! I used to shop there all the time, and just last year my father-in-law bought me a rifle from there that was $800. I can tell you that I'll never shop there again and this is just one of many stops on several blogs to share my experience.

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