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National Pen Company - www.pens.comthis company is a classic scam!

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National Pen Company is a promotional gift company. On the literature they sent us and on their Website, www.pens.com, it clearly mentions that 2008 calendars will ship within 7 days or less. We placed an order with them on August 27, 2007 for a promotional event schedules for Sept 18, thinking we have plenty of time. After a week of multiple phone call and assurances that order is fine finally on Sept 4, 8 days after the order was placed here is what they mentioned:

The 7 days promise is actually for 7 days after completion of production Your order was lost but even if we correct it today it will take 2-3 weeks to ship in transit time from Tennessee to California is 2 weeks So you should see your order by end of Sept. (5 weeks after order was placed).

This company is a classic SCAM. We are now scrambling to find someone to produce the calendars we need by Sept 18. Please don't put your promotional needs in the hand of fly by night companies like National Pen.

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  • Sa
    Saint Nick Dec 10, 2007
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    Santa Clause

    I’m not posting my real name because I still haven’t received my order. NEVER place an order with this company if you need your product within a specific time. You will get one date from the sales associate which is totally inaccurate. I should have listened to the other complaints but thought the price was worth it. Yes, they are cheap in comparison to other companies; however, they are not reliable. Depending on the quality of the order (if I ever receive it), I will only do business with them in the future if I don’t need the product for months. My original order was quoted at 3 weeks. We are now on week 6 and my product has not been produced! I would be more understanding if the product was at least on its way – but it’s not even made yet. If you’re contemplating ordering with this company, think twice.

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    anonymous May 01, 2008
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    I am an employee of National Pen Company. I have worked there for about a year now. They are the cheapest place i have ever seen, their products fall apart! out of 137 writting untensiles sold they only make five in the US. They have [censored] me several times, like promising promotions that never happen, one instance I was promised a promotion and was laid off not even a week later. They treat u like a number and try to nickel and dime you out of your pay as well! I too hate this company. Its amazing thye've stayed in business as long as they have!!! Recently they were bought out by a company named Berwin (which also owns elmer's). While they are cheap too, they do understand that customers are no. 1 and that every one matters; over all things have made a turn around. The nonexistant customer service has been referbished. I hope that there is a future for this company in america, and that its not shipped to china klike everything else is

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  • Da
    David Jun 17, 2008
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    I ordered pens from pens.com and was happy with the order but when they charged my credit card they charged more then double, I called the company and they gave me a credit but after more then ten days my credit card still was not credited. I again called the company and was told it taked three to four weeks for the credit to be processed, this is about the most rediculous thing I've ever heard of.

    In addition, many of the pens I've given away to my customers have broken and these were not the cheap pens these were to $2.49 pens. You can get good deals here but the quality is not great and if there's a problem expect it to take a while to be resolved and expect to have to make many phone calls as well.

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  • Je
    J Eisenhauer Jul 08, 2008
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    I have pens and "stick 'em" notes ordered from National Pen. I ordered them by telephone and was sent to my HOME via UPS..
    I don't know whom I am the most angry with... National Pen or UPS!!
    The computer sez' that they were to be delivered at 7:47 AM!! Perhaps they would be delivered at 7:47 a.m.(by UPS) but our Post Office (USPS) had the package (just pens) on the pens!! Thank goodness they were sent out by our post office and arrived where my work is July 7!! The credit card was credited June 19, 2008, and a letter was sent dated June 23, 2008. The numbers listed on the computer were NOT the ones used on the UPS tracking numbers!! (Not enough numbers used...)
    (Am not used to putting down 20 words or less...)
    I have to agree with those who have listed as having problems with this company..."good deals here but the quality is not great and if there's a problem expect it to take a while to be resolved and expect to have to make many phone calls as well..." jle

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  • Vi
    Vicky Pope Nov 07, 2008
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    I wish I had read these complaints before we got into a relationship with National Pen that lasted five months, saw us out of three hundred dollars and change, and numerous harassing phone calls, and here's the kicker- for products that were never delivered to us, probably never produced by them.- Vicky

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  • Ro
    Robert Kliemann Nov 10, 2008
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    I ordered calenders early because free gift boxes were to be included, when I received them 3 months later, no gift boxes were included and they did not back up the offer as stated. I was billed promptly though.

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  • St
    Steve Jan 23, 2009

    National Pen Is the worst company in history!
    I think every body at this company has there head up there ###! Joey Skinner is the worst CSR I have ever dealt with in my professional career! I placed a simple order over 3 weeks ago for 300 pens, was promised a delivery date and the day of the delivery, I called and the order had not even been processed. NEVER DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COMPANY!!! THEY WILL SCREW YOU!!!

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  • Fl
    Flattery Apr 26, 2009

    I have ordered from pens.com several times and have been very happy with all my orders. I ordered cheap pens with grip on them and the write wonderfully.

    I also ordered pocket calendars and had no problems with them either. I order way in advance so I am never in a rush so I am not sure about timeliness, but I had them when I needed them.

    Perhaps if these complaints offered a better solution I may look into trying them.

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  • Lb
    LB` Apr 28, 2009

    I had looked on the website at some promtional items and was designing something with my logo. It kicked me out, before I finished. Since I knew the order was incorrect I called to make sure it didn't process. Guess what showed up today 7 weeks later. My alleged order that according to customer service didn't go thru. Now I owe them $190 for a product that wasn't what I wanted. I didn't business with them years ago and didn't have any issues. Stay far away from this company.

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  • Ha
    hatemyjob May 14, 2009

    I agree I am currently employed with National Pen Company. The customer service reps are not allowed to do anything without someone elses approval. Customers are responsible for their orders even if they are incorrect and the customer is still responsible for paying for the order. TERRRIBLE RELATIONSHIPS WITH CUSTOMERS

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  • Hi
    highwaypirate May 21, 2009

    This company is a complete and total ripoff for anyone wanting quality advertising products at a fair price. They have prices in their ads then during checkout the "set up" fees and highly inflated shipping costs crop up.
    I ordered some pens and magnets on the 9th of May. In that order, the set up fees and shipping added up to over $60.00. (2 small boxes).
    I received an email from the company before I had received my merchandise. The email stated they would waive the set up fees and include $5.00 shipping for all orders.
    I called their "customer service" to ask if I could be included in that special. The rude lady on the phone told me that they could not give me that special pricing because my order had already been processed.
    So much for their claims that they will do what is necessary to make the customer satisfied.
    National Pen Company should be avoided!!

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  • Ja
    Jackyhu Jul 03, 2009

    We are a pen supplier from China, Export all type of logo pens, promotional pens, you can find our products on the website: www.logopen.cn, we can offer the pens for our customer at very cheap price, 10000PCS Pens, The Production lead time only 7-10days, and 100, 0000 Pcs Pens Production lead time, 10-15days, Shipment to USA, Canada, Europe are very easily and quickly, DHL, TNT, UPS, FEDEX, or by boat(LCL/Container) is avalible.feel free to contact me if u r interesting, (sales at logopen.cn)

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  • Im
    impressivejhunsi Jul 25, 2009

    I agree with all of you out there! This company is a rip off. We ordered a item from them, they were delivered and they were falling apart and broken. We contacted the company and they told us to return them and they would credit us for the item. We returned the broken crappy product with their own return label which they did send, and we never were credited. Two months later i received a bill stating payment was needed immeadialty, as it was over 30 days due. I contacted the collections department, and they stated they would take care of it. Three months later i received another notice from National penn and a second one from a collection agency that these funds were still owed. I again contacted National Pen about this, and they stated my account was credited and there was no balance due. Well...it seems like every two to three months that pass i receive a notice from different collection agencies stating these funds are still due. And everytime i call the com;pany and they tell me there is nothing to worry about, they will take care of it and i dont have to worry. Well this has been going on for a year and a half now. I just called both the collection agency today and National pen for the 12th time and this time their supervisor sent an email to me with the information that she sent to the collection agency. I threatened to sue them, and stated by the time i am done with them as they are defamating my character and credit, i will own their company. SO does anyone out there know of a GOOD lawyer?

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  • Vm
    VMS Aug 23, 2009

    I was an employee of Natinal pen company in the philippines for over 2 years. Not only is everyone right about the cheap products they sell, they also don't know how to treat their employees well. After I worked for the company for such a long time, I was terminated because I was hospitalized and wasn't able to report for work. I wasn't given the benifit of the doubt, even with all the medical certification to prove I was really confined in the hospital...TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT, I FILED A CAE AGAISNT THE OMPANY FOR ILLEGAL DISMISSAL WITH THE LABOR BOARD HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES...NOTE: NATIONAL PEN COMPANY HAS OTHER CASES THAT WERE ALSO FILED BY EX-EMPLOYEES.

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  • My
    My Thoughts Oct 18, 2009

    I've ordered many times over the years and I've been happy with all my dealings with the company and have been happy with their products. The only negative I can think of is when I ordered Christmas CDs for my husband to send to his clients. We never received the order at all, but we weren't billed for it either, so we cancelled the order because we had already bought regular cards so we could get them out in time for Christmas. All of the other orders I made were very satisfactory. If anything, they call so many times to see if I am happy with my order that I get irritated from getting so many calls.

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  • Mr
    MrsQuiet Oct 23, 2009

    My heart is so sad that this company has proved so unreliable. I ordered pens for a conference in 2008 and loved them--good quality, good customer service. I reordered a year later and was very disappointed in the quality--2/3 of the pens are faulty. I called but have not yet received the label to send back the order--it has been a month now. They would not email the return label, only snail-mail it. Phone calls go unreturned, their online support has disconnected me, email responses repeat that the label has been sent. I ordered early to ensure that any problems would be resolved before my conference. This company has managed to destroy my timeline and my confidence in their service.

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  • Kj
    kjoltd Nov 03, 2009

    National Pen Company is not True to their Word. Their customer Service leaves much to be desired. Placed Pen order on September 2, 2009 with Heather Fox, and was promised that at least part of my order would be delivered prior to September 11, 2009. (Needed for scheduled event 9/12/2009) Entire order shipped out after September 12, 2009, along with another Pen order that was previously viewed, but never placed. (Internet order 9/5/2009 with dated Pen's for 9/12/2009 Event) I spent more money on the order placed with Heather Fox that the online Pen advertisement. In any case I have tried unsucessfully to resolve the additional Pen order I received. Their 100% satisfaction is just another line of BS from National Pen Company and its Personnel. I was a customer for oder 15 years and now wouldn't recommend this Company or its Customer Service to anyone.

    Stay Clear of Company and its Listed Product Line.

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  • I was a customer for five years. Every year I would order my pocket calenders and they would deliver them. There was never an invoice in the box. When I asked for one, they would send me an invoice with a twenty dollar late charge added. I would then send them a check for the amount due less the twenty dollars.
    This year they haven't bothered to send the calenders, just the bill.
    Their customer service is a joke.
    Do yourself a favor and stay away from this company.

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  • Pi
    Pizzedashell Mar 26, 2010

    VERY BAD do not deal with. They do not contact you if there are any problems with your order. My order was placed on 3/9/2010 I have called about the order asking when it will ship. I got blah blah. My last time talking with them was today 3/26/2010

    On 3/24/10 They said it will ship by 2 day UPS. Well I got no notice it has shipped or anything so today 3/26 I asked about about my order. and they said it was discontinued a week ago!!

    THEY LIED to me telling me it was going to ship and NEVER contacted me that AFTER I placed my order on 3/9 that it was discontinued on 3/22 and here I am waiting for them!

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  • Ve
    Vesta Inpsections Jun 17, 2010

    I wish I had read this Complaints Board before ordering pens from National Pen Company. I first learned about this company through and advertisement they sent to my company PO box which came with a very nice sample pen and a reasonable offer. I placed my order and within two weeks started checking shipping status. It showed the delivery date was unknown so I eventually called customer service. They told the items were on backorder and no estimated delivery time. They couldn't even promsed me I would ever get the product! Said "it was a popular item." So, I tried again in late May. Shame on me - fool me twice!!! When I placed my order, I told the rep I needed my pens for an important marketing convention on June 22nd. The lady told me no problem. I would have them by June 18th. So again, I started checking delivery status, and again, delivery date unknown. I called customer service again and got the same lame story - on backorder, no idea they will ship. TAKE MY ADVICE, AND THE ADVICE OF EVERYONE ON THIS MESSAGE BOARD . . . STAY AWAY FROM NATIONAL PEN!!!

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  • Al
    All American Sep 13, 2010
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    Contact Clark Howard.Com. They have a team of workers that can help you

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  • Ro
    Robio Dec 07, 2010

    This company is a total rip-off, always charging a set-up fee for the same order. My total cost in the end is usually 65 percent higher than what is expected. They get you with their easy ordering by clicking a few buttons which states the original cost for the item and then tack on all sorts of fees when you receive the order and invoice in the mail. Stay away or know what your total before you accept. Customer service is useless and cannot do anything for so don't even waste your time.

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  • Jw
    JWWilliams Jan 14, 2011
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    WOULD NEVER BUY FROM THEM AGAIN!
    First couple of orders were fine. The last order was terrible. The pens would write one line or two and no more.
    All were dried up. Sent some back to them per their request and got nothing but a big runaround. Finally just
    gave up.

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  • Ja
    Jazybee Feb 19, 2011

    I have a rep named Darlene and she is fantastic to work with. I have ordered several times in the last year and no problems at all.

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  • Aj
    AJ in Tacoma, WA Mar 12, 2011

    I ordered squiggle pens from National Pen in 2007 and ordered refills at least twice when I was getting low. The last time I ordered was October of 2009, and again reordered the squiggle pens.
    I am on my last case of pens, that I have just taken out of the stock room, and every pen in the case writes briefly (a couple of words) and then stops writing for good. Shaking it, scribbling with it, dotting it, nothing helps. Every single pen in the case is like that. Very discouraging that all of these brand new pens are useless to give to customers!

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  • Th
    The Drake Mar 27, 2011

    This company copied MY graphics on our webpage, stuck them to a pen, and then tried to sell them to us - as their own design! They must think we're idiots.

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  • Ir
    IRSTaxPro May 04, 2011

    For about 5 years, I have ordered pens from the company. The batch of 100 I ordered three years ago were fine - comfortable, and wrote nicely on most any surface. Then, I ordered another batch of 100 of a different design. They wrote nicely but kept falling apart. You push the button on top to bring out the filler and the bottom part of the pen separates! I ended up cutting pieces of scotch tape to apply and hold the pieces of the pen together. The bad news was that I had given out a dozen of these before I discovered the problem. About 1/2 of those clients gave me feedback that they appreciated the pen, but it did not hold up. Great advertising.

    In April 2011, I made the mistake of ordering 130 pretty pens. They arrived - imprint was perfect, and the pens look classy. The problem with this order is that they write very poorly. On many surfaces, like my check register, they refuse to write! I have tried several different pens from this batch - all the same. I pulled out one of the prior pens that I had received from them to try in the check register - it wrote perfectly! So, it appears that they have changed fillers and these new ones are a piece of junk. Today I wrote them asking that they remove me from their mailing list. It is too bad - I really liked this new pen's appearance, but now I have 130 useless pens. I do not dare give these to clients. They actually feel like they could cut a document when you try to write with them.

    Until they get their act together, I suggest you save your money - pay more and get a product that is actually functional. I have only bought their pens - and based upon this experience, I would not buy anything else from them.

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  • Do
    Doloras Smith Jul 06, 2011

    I have ordered Advertising Pens from National Pens for quite a number of years, with no problems whatsoever. I am in the Tax/Bookkeeping Business and give the pens to my clients. This year, I again ordered but the pens I received were faulty. Some of the Highlighter Pens were already dry or would dry up in just a day or two. I called National Pen about this problem and they asked me to send some back so that their Quality Control Department could check them. I sent about 30 pens to them, but the next reponse I received was from a very "aggresive" collection agency. I am returning all the pens I have left today. I plan to order more pens and hope that the quality is better than my last order. I never received any correspondence from their Quality Control Dept. after the pens were tested. Just a series of phone calls from the "Aggresive" Collection Agency. Very disappointed!
    Smith Bookkeeping & Tax Service
    Doloras J. Smith, President.

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  • Ma
    Mad in Mo Dec 14, 2011

    Yep! All these negative comments are absolutely correct! They send out a good looking sample piece.. you place an order so you can have them before the new year, they say pay later and promise you the world!! After not hearing from them for two weeks.. I call only to find out there is a problem with the order. Keep in mind I have heard nothing of this. Call the next day to find out it has been cancelled!!! They are out of calendars. I have customers that look forward to their calendars and now I have to scramble to find some... I wouldn't do business with them. Use them as a last resort and you may or may not get what you need!!! Mad in Missouri!!

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  • Wh
    Where are my pens? Jan 25, 2012

    Similar experience...ordered on January 6th...was told it would ship by January 20th and received an email today that my order was cancelled because of lack of inventory. I have a feeling I only got the cancellation this quick because I keep emailing to check on status. Very disappointed - I will never deal with them again.

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  • I wish I too had read this first. I ordered wooden nickels with advertising on them. It is so small that you can't even read it clearly. Called them and they said that there was nothing they could do about it. I told them that I would be ashamed to put these out to customers and that I would think they would not want their advertising job to look like this. All I got was Sorry, well that doesn't cut it. DO NOT ORDER ANYTHING FROM THIS COMPANY. The customer service sucks!!! I can't wait for them to call for me to order from them again.

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  • Sa
    sample pen Feb 18, 2012

    Hi good day, please send me sample pens to my postal address:
    ATIF M ALI
    SUDAPOST
    P.O.BOX 11191
    KHARTOUM 11111
    SUDAN
    PHONE: [protected]
    ALL THANKS FOR YOU

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  • Ch
    Chuck59 May 21, 2012

    I ordered pens from them in the past. Everything was O.K. with the previous orders. When I called them this time, I asked for the same order that I had had with them in the past. I even suggested that they have a "Re-Order" button. When I received my pens (twice the price as the previous order), they had inserted their pens.com advertising logo within my logo????? When I called them about fixing the order, not cancelling, I was told by CSR Holly that their was nothing they would do about it???

    They have lost my business forever. As I am a small business owner, I learned along time ago that it was easier to fix a problem than loose a customer. It costs many times more money to get a new customer than it does to keep a current one happy.

    They got my money this time, but NEVER again.

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  • Ha
    hates plastic Jan 15, 2013
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    Verified customer

    National Pen Company keeps sending me special offers in the mail. The envelope contains one pen. I keep the pen (might as well, even though I don't like them), and throw the order form in the recycle bin. What annoys me is that they pad the envelope with a big sheet of plastic which can't be recycled. What a waste!

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  • Ma
    Madjestic Apr 02, 2013

    I am currently going through hell with this company in Australia also. Ordered a box of torches they claim I have 2 boxes, I have paid for 1 box but refuse to pay for an item i do not have being the supposed 2nd box. They have now sent the debt collector onto me. Not happy at all that they can be allowed to get away with these type of practices. The torches are dodgy also they go flat after 5min.

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  • I've only ordered twice from National Pen, but had no problems what so ever. I WILL continue to order from them. They were not the fastest company I've ever dealt with, but they were accurate and it was delivered when they said. I did not chose to take the faster delivery and pay for it, so I'm not unhappy about how long it took to get my product. I've had a good experience both times and will continue to order.

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  • Dc
    dcm Oct 16, 2013

    Was told my pens would be a promo cost of .59 each...they did not tell me anywhere (until I received my bill) that there was a $15.95 set up fee and that shipping and handling for 100 pens was $14.95. RIP OFF.

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  • Nr
    NRCT Dec 09, 2013
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    Verified customer

    We ordered calendars and pens from National Pens 4 months ago. We have 150 dedicated volunteers turning up today and no gifts. This is the most unprofessional, appalling business I have ever dealt with. The only people you can speak to are a call centre in Ireland who can't help. We are very angry.
    Do not use this business ever!!!

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  • Wr
    Wrightway pools Dec 10, 2013
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    After talking to an associate, she checked and promised that delivery would be able to be met by a specific date. After over a week, I called to check on the order and they informed me that the order would take 10 days longer. I needed the items to deliver to my clients 1 week before Xmas. This company scammed me as well. They promise delivery, then let you down. Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice, shame on me. Now I am forced to come up with an alternative present for all my clients, which has caused me more money, stress, and time that I do not have . Stay away from this company.

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  • Fi
    fisuras Mar 14, 2014
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    I ordered from National Pen in the UK. The pens came more or less when promised and I paid the invoice. However, their finance office, which claims to work with Bank of America, is still bothering me two months later. I have had e-mails, letters and phone even though, as I have pointed out to them, my cheque was cashed. Is this how they make their money? How do I get them off my back?

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