Heather Long started a gripe about franklingoose.com

This gripe is influencing  3,222,644 people  thru 8,995 friends and followers

Shared by:  Theoneandonly Pog and 39 more:
  • Shared with 27 people, who influence 11,085 followers on Twitter by Joe Cluxton
  • Shared with 310 people, who influence 102,072 followers on Twitter by Joy Hill
  • Shared with 310 people, who influence 102,072 followers on Twitter by Joy Hill
  • Shared with 310 people, who influence 102,072 followers on Twitter by Joy Hill
  • Shared with 141 people, who influence 46,848 followers on Twitter by Arash Danesh
  • Shared with 613 people, who influence 79,690 friends on Facebook by Heather Kerchner
  • Shared with 215 people, who influence 27,950 friends on Facebook by Kimberly Cleven
  • Shared with 318 people, who influence 41,340 friends on Facebook by Danielle Partridge Hryniewicz
  • Shared with 509 people, who influence 1,474,596 followers on Twitter by Farhad Mohit
  • Shared with 283 people, who influence 36,790 friends on Facebook by Brittany Kramer
  • Shared with 134 people, who influence 44,926 followers on Twitter by Arash Danesh
  • Shared with 28 people, who influence 10,150 followers on Twitter by Kimberly Harris Grisham
  • Shared with 340 people, who influence 187,774 followers on Twitter by Megan
  • Shared with 94 people, who influence 12,220 friends on Facebook by Sara Elizabeth
  • Shared with 276 people, who influence 120,009 followers on Twitter by Sara Elizabeth
  • Shared with 62 people, who influence 19,133 followers on Twitter by Bethany
  • Shared with 80 people, who influence 8,955 followers on Twitter by Amber Christina Lee Rife
  • Shared with 38 people, who influence 11,728 followers on Twitter by DC Deal Chick
  • Shared with 576 people, who influence 74,880 friends on Facebook by Kai Gradert
  • Shared with 89 people, who influence 30,401 followers on Twitter by Navid Aslani
  • Shared with 54 people, who influence 6,012 followers on Twitter by Johnna Yoder
  • Shared with 299 people, who influence 38,870 friends on Facebook by Johnna Yoder
  • Shared with 152 people, who influence 19,760 friends on Facebook by Amy Hunt-Kihiu
  • Shared with 15 people, who influence 4,822 followers on Twitter by Alexis Oja
  • Shared with 122 people, who influence 15,860 friends on Facebook by Carrie Jones
  • Shared with 257 people, who influence 33,410 friends on Facebook by LeeAnn Erickson
  • Shared with 331 people, who influence 43,030 friends on Facebook by Melissa Phinney
  • Shared with 200 people, who influence 104,823 followers on Twitter by Penny Saver
  • Shared with 1,218 people, who influence 158,340 friends on Facebook by Richard Scott Taylor
  • Shared with 621 people, who influence 217,423 followers on Twitter by Richard Scott Taylor
  • Shared with 121 people, who influence 37,087 followers on Twitter by J
  • Shared with 47 people, who influence 18,262 followers on Twitter by HingeHeads
  • Liked on Facebook by Jasmine Nicholas
  • Shared with 544 people, who influence 70,720 friends on Facebook by Carol Hardaway
  • Shared with 188 people, who influence 20,764 followers on Twitter by Carol Hardaway
  • Shared with 172 people, who influence 56,315 followers on Twitter by Kai Gradert
  • Shared with 86 people, who influence 11,180 friends on Facebook by Elizabeth Causaruckus
  • Liked on Facebook by Cyndi-Tyson Lauterbach
  • Shared with 499 people, who influence 1,461,688 followers on Twitter by Farhad Mohit
Support This
Posted Mar 19 2011 via website

What Happened

About a year ago, the natural toy company, Franklin Goose, put out a promotion saying that anyone who wrote a product review on their website would get a $5 store credit. We were told that we would get $5 for every single product review that we wrote. It seemed too good to be true, but they were extremely positive about it & stating their reasons they were willing to do this sort of giveaway. There was a deadline for this promotion, and I found out very last minute. I also found out that they were getting so overwhelmed because they didn't expect such a huge response (and there would be a delay in getting your store credit because they had to get some manpower to go through all of the product reviews to make sure they were legit, as of course, some customers were abusing this). I spent hours going through every single item the store carried so that I could write an HONEST and good review on every item that I own and have used. I sat around patiently for weeks waiting for my store credit because they needed to make sure my reviews were legit (they were). I got my credit. I decided to wait to use it because I was saving up for something big for my son's 2nd birthday which was months away. Big mistake!

They were extremely overwhelmed by all of the orders they had to process on top of this. In October 2010, they emailed all of their customers who partcipated in this promotion saying, "the promotion was much more popular than we were honestly prepared for.", "In the last 6 months we have been depleting our inventory and resource with no foreseeable means of restoring these resources as our energy and time have been focused on fulfilling the promotion and not growing our business.", "we are placing a mandatory freeze on store credit sales (though we will fulfill all existing orders as inventory permits). We will also be banking all store credit for 6 months (with interest). ", and "In 6 months, we'll unbank the credits and be better prepared to fulfill your orders."

I emailed them several times in February/March 2011 to find out when they would be reinstating my store credit, and never heard back from anyone. Not one single response. And I know that they are active online, as they post to their facebook page nearly everyday.

In March 2011, us patient customers finally get an email (after we are excitedly waiting for our long overdue credits to be reinstated). Here are some quotes from the email. "Unfortunately, many of those who submitted reviews merely sought the promotion's benefits without providing a commensurate genuine, honest review. While we initially filled a large amount of orders, we simply do not have the resources to continue vetting the reviews to distinguish those that followed the rules from those that did not.", "In order to continue as a business, we must amend the promotion. This is not a step we take lightly, but one which is necessary for the health of our business. Accordingly, we have decided to take down and remove from the site all reviews which were written as part of the promotion. All open orders using store credit and partial store credit will be cancelled, as well as all remaining store credit. In their place, we are providing a one-time use coupon for 40% off of any purchase. The purchase can be as large or small as you wish, but only you can use the coupon code-it is not transferrable, refundable, or redeemable for cash and it can only be used on full price merchandise. The coupon will be good until September 15, 2011. In order to get your coupon code you must email us at

couponcode@franklingoose.com."

They also stated, "If you have constructive feedback, we look forward to hearing from you." Several customers did provide feedback. This feedback was led to them being immediately banned from the Franklin Goose Facebook page. They deleted all comments from customers complaining on their page, and took down their Discussions board.

I also read a comment online from a customer saying, "I had a pending order from last summer that I paid for with a cc and $5 in fg store credit that has now been apparently cancelled and not refunded. I'd forgotten about it completely and emailed them today after hearing about the credit cancellation... and an hour later my account was gone and they miraculously have no record of me ever being a customer. "

Some may say that everyone who is upset with them is overreacting. That we should just support them as a business because they are doing good things, trying to get a start in the natural toy company world, and didn't think ahead so I should just have a little sympathy. Yet, how on earth could they not have expected some people would completely take advantage of this promotion? And many of these customers immediately got their store credits and used them before the fiasco began, leaving the rest of us honest folks sitting around with nothing. Its not about the money. Its not about the toys. It is a disgusting business model, and the way they are trying to resolve it has been sketchy and dishonest, and quite frankly, unacceptable. A business that makes a promises to their customers will do well by keeping that promise. In the meantime we get a daily slap in the face with their "Daily Giveaways" on their Facebook page.

I also found this link that they posted a month before they put their promo out. Looks like we were all victims of their viral campaign! http://blog.ampagency.com/25000-reward-for-great-marketing-idea/

I Spoke With

No one because not one single customer support person responded to my emails.

What It Would Take to Resolve This

Give customers what they promised---our store credit! Be honest, be open, answer our emails. The idea of deleting your customer fans from your facebook page is beyond juvenile, especially after you are welcoming our input (and you can't expect that many customers are not going to be frustrated).

  1. Amanda Buchanan commented on this

    I had $287 leftover credits – I ordered a book that I actually received, and paid $5 shipping out of pocket – initially I had a large order of diapers, accessories, and the book, which used up more than my credits, so I had to pay some out of pocket + shipping – They sent the book and the rest was back-ordered and they encouraged me to cancel and bank, and so I did, with the promise I would get 20% on my banking the credits. That would bring it to $344.40 after maturing, which would have happened in June. Now to find that they yanked all the credits from me when I was trying to be helpful to them is highly upsetting to me. It’s not even that I need it – but its the principle of the thing. I advertised for them – told all my friends to check them out – and they made a liar out of me and I am so upset for that too. Then they don’t pay me for my reviews and word of mouth advertising as promised. That to me is fraud. A total scam. Boo on them. Really looking into legal action.

    Mar 19 2011
  2. Elizabeth Causaruckus commented on this

    I had $250 in credits that I banked with them too. I was also saving them for a special occasion (my husband is out on disability, so this was my only way to get my son xmas gifts) and lost out because I didn't use them right away like others did.

    Mar 19 2011
  3. Jasmine Nicholas commented on this

    I lost $80 in credits that I was going to use for xmas gifts as well. All of my reviews were honest, and obvs I wasn't trying to take advantage of anything since I opted to bank my credits when they gave us the choice to. I figured I would give them a break since they were probably running out of inventory anyway, and I knew I would get the credits in Sept 2010 and be able to use them in time for xmas. Well, then they sent that email out about banking them until spring, w/o giving us an option. I waited patiently, b/c what else could I do. I emailed a few times and got a couple responses that basically said, "We don't know yet when the credits will be reinstated" and then an email that said, "sometime in march or april we will let you know what's going on". I emailed once more in March asking what was up. The next day I got the email about them deciding not to honor the credits. I am pissed. I wasted all that time doing reviews for them, and I also promoted them on my blog and FB page. SHAME.

    Mar 19 2011
  4. Brittany Kramer commented on this

    i had almost 200 in credit and was planning on using for cloth diapers and some other items i needed for my 3 kids. all of my reviews were legit and I too figured I would just help them out by banking my credits and now I'm out of everything. If something isn't fixed I'm definitely not shopping there.

    Mar 20 2011
  5. Penny Saver commented on this

    So with you on the gripe! You can see my blog post about the Franklin Goose fiasco here: http://thesavedquarter.com/2011/03/franklin-goose-you-suck/

    Mar 20 2011
  6. Robyn Avery Sazonov commented on this

    This scam is beyond ridiculous. They cheated me out of hours of honest worthwhile reviews and got lots of publicity in the process, then totally screwed a huge proportion of the people out of their "paycheck." Here's to hoping they go under soon for all the headache and heartache they have caused the well-intentioned consumers.

    Mar 20 2011
  7. Alexis Oja commented on this

    supported you Gripe!

    Mar 21 2011
  8. Jennifer Jurek Land commented on this

    I support this! I have also filed with BBB. I am extremely disappointed. Less than a week ago, they made it sound like they were "still working on" our store credits. Liars!

    Mar 21 2011
  9. Kai Gradert commented on this

    Lot's of love and support here :-) I sincerely hope Franklin Goose is reconsidering their decision.

    Mar 21 2011
  10. Kim commented on this

    I contacted franklingoose.com and informed them of your gripe. Hopefully they'll be in touch soon. Best, Kim (Gripe Support Team)

    Mar 21 2011
  11. Jennifer Regan commented on this

    Shared on Twitter - 4,000+ followers

    Mar 23 2011
  12. Kai Gradert commented on this

    Heather, have you heard anything back from FG yet? I've been doing the occasional Google search to see if there is an official statement from them, but they've been very quiet about the whole issue despite the community backlash. Let's try to keep the ball rolling here…

    Mar 23 2011
  13. Kai Gradert commented on this

    Were your credits deleted by Franklin Goose? Sign up here (http://goo.gl/cXSKa) and show them that there are more than 40 “involved in the campaign against them.”

    Mar 23 2011
  14. Kim commented on this

    Hi all, I contacted Franklin Goose once again. I hope that they'll be in touch soon to address this issue, in the meantime, let's keep this gripe growing!

    Mar 23 2011
  15. Brian Long commented on this

    Franklin Goose's statements on this matter are completely self-contradictory. They stated that they do not have the resources to vet the reviews to ensure they merit credit, and therefore have to revoke the credits. However, according to http://thesavedquarter.com/more-than-40-screwed-by-franklin-goose/, they've been able to determine that the people campaigning against them were "the worst abusers of the terms." Was Franklin Goose overwhelmed by "fake" reviews or have they have been able to meticulously examine a small group of trouble makers? I guess the answer depends on whichever scenario suits them most at any given time.

    Mar 23 2011
  16. Carrie Jones commented on this

    Brian, that's crap. I spent days going through the entire website to ensure I only reviewed items I owned or had used. I didn't abuse anything! When I say days, I literally mean days. I didn't want to be one of the ones doing fake reviews. I wanted to give them honest opinions on products that would be helpful to others. Not all of my reviews were absolutely positive either. Ugh! I hate liars.

    Mar 28 2011
  17. LeeAnn Erickson commented on this

    I too spent hours of my time giving thoughtful and honest reviews; I went through every product they have in their store. I did this to be able to get some birthday gifts or my daughter and so decided to save the credit t use this January. As a result my daughter received one small present, as I hadn't budgeted for birthday presents (she's only 2 so it wasn't all that big of a deal) but what is a big deal is that FG went back on their word - they took something from me and are not giving back in return as they promised they would. I agree they made a horrible business decision in running this marketing campaign - they should have put a cap on the number of reviews people could complete. But they didn't. I know people who had $300 in credits and of course spent it right away on big ticket items. It is so unfair that the responsible people, like all of us, are the ones who are losing out on this.

    Mar 28 2011
  18. Eryn Buch commented on this

    You know, if they didn't have the "resources" the vet all the reviews, I bet a ton of people would have volunteered to HELP, had they just asked. I for one would donate my time to read reviews and sort out the real from the fake in order to ensure that the people who actually DID the job got paid for it. I personally wrote a few valid reviews for them (And I'm an actual product reviewer, it's my "job" and I own a legitimate review site - Lovehatereviews.com) I got my $45.00 credit, and placed a $70 order, (Which contained ONE diaper, a bib, a stacking ring and a boon snack ball-for seventy dollars-but their insane prices are besides the point here). I used my credit card for the excess, and most of my items eventually came, except the snack ball, because I moved and, frankly, forgot about it until I got an email saying it was shipped to my old address SIX MONTHS after the order was placed. And they flat out refused to fix it. Of course. (Interesting side note-the same thing happened with Think Geek.com and they replaced an entire fifty dollar order that got shipped to my old address, and it was completely my fault for forgetting to change my saved address on my account. This is called "Customer Service" Franklin Goose, take notes.)

    Anyway, they don't really owe me anything but I would absolutely help them weed out the good from the bad in order to pay those that earned it, and I'm sure many others would as well.

    Of course, I'm sure that's not the actual reason for this fiasco and they have no intention of even trying to fix things.

    Mar 28 2011
  19. Kimberly Harris Grisham commented on this

    I did apply to work with them, but then I also offered my time to help them. Was ignored both times.

    Mar 28 2011
  20. Arash Danesh commented on this

    So it seems that one of Franklin Goose's suppliers has suspended their account until further notice... Let's keep mounting the pressure!

    http://www.sheposts.com/content/don’t-mess-mom-bloggers…or-else

    Mar 29 2011
  21. Jasmine Nicholas commented on this

    OOh, which supplier??

    Mar 29 2011
  22. Arash Danesh commented on this

    GorVia diapers, you'll see the announcement on their Facebbok page if you follow the link above and scroll down! :-)

    Mar 29 2011
  23. Alexis Oja commented on this

    you can also see here http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=201966546489559

    Mar 29 2011
  24. Jasmine Nicholas commented on this

    Nice, they are a great company.

    Mar 29 2011
  25. Richard Robertson commented on this

    If it's a U.S. company, federal "Truth in Advertising" laws may apply If they continue to ignore attempts to contact them with complaints and make no other reasonable efforts at providing a remedy to the issue, a formal complaint to the appropriate agencies should be the next step before going into civil proceedings. Makes you look better in court anyways. :)

    May 29 2011
  26. Matt Mastracci commented on this

    Any updates on the Franklin Goose story?

    Jun 10 2011
  27. Heather Long commented on this

    Matt, nope...absolutely nothing has been done.

    Jun 11 2011
  28. Robyn Avery Sazonov commented on this

    Everyone can lodge a complaint with the Va office of consumer affairs- they are now aware of the situation and if enough complaints are registered, it might eventually get handed over for investigation or review by the VA attorney general. PLEASE call or use their online form to register a complaint- you don't even have to put in all your gory details into the written complaint- just write that you were taken advantage of by the Franklin Goose promotion scam in March 2010, and how upset you are, offer to be contacted for further details if needed, just saves some time in filling out the form. Please Please do this asap while you are thinking about it! Here's a link to the form

    http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/forms-pdf/cp/oca/complaint/oca1complaint.pdf

    Sep 23 2011
  29. Add a Comment…
    1. Sign in with Twitter or Facebook to add a comment.
    2. Are you affiliated with this business? Claim this business before adding a comment.
  30. Replies marked with This Is a Verified Merchant are from the business owner.  Claim this business…