Inspect each box for signs of damage such as crushed, torn, open, unseamed tape, etc. If you do find outward damage, sign the receipt with the words "Exception - Damage." For United Parcel Service deliveries, contact Carrie's Treasures Member Support Department and give the invoice number or the shipment involved. Explain the damage involved, number of cartons received and whether you desire a replacement or credit to your account. This information will prepare us for a claim report from the carrier
Claims will fall under the following categories: (1) Lost order, (2) Damaged merchandise, (3) Shortage on order, (4) Defective merchandise, (5) Wrong item sent, (6) Manufacturer's Guarantee defect
It doesn't happen often, but carriers such as UPS, truck lines and Parcel Post do lose orders. If you have placed an order and have not received it in a reasonable period, do the following:
Phone Carrie's Treasures. Ask for the Member Services Department. Please have the following information ready:
Your name Approximate dollar amount remitted and how the order was paid. Personal check? Charge card? Money order?
Your latest statement, if it shows the order in question.
If a partial order was delivered and the invoice is included in one of the delivered cartons, please have this invoice available and a list of the missing items. Advise the Adjustment Department of the number of cartons received.
We will check our computer to find the date your order was shipped and the carrier used.
We will initiate a tracer with the carrier. Normally a response is received within 10 working days after the tracer is initiated. Most carriers require a 10-day waiting period before they will accept a tracer request. The U.S. Postal Service requires a 30-day waiting period from date of shipment before they will accept a tracer. (90 days outside continental U.S.)
We will notify you when we receive the result of the tracer. Results of a tracer are generally one of the following:
The Carrier is unable to prove delivery. Therefore, credit has been issued to your account, or we have reshipped your merchandise as you requested.
The Carrier will submit a photocopy of a delivery receipt which will be forwarded to you. It will show the order was delivered in full, and the signature of the person who received the order and the date it was delivered.
If, after receiving the photocopy, you find the signature is not yours, a neighbor's or a member of your family's return the photocopy to our Adjustments Department together with a denial of signature letter. We'll then file a denial of signature claim with the carrier. This will require an additional 7 to 10 working days. We'll notify you of the results.
The Carrier may have returned the order to Us for the following reasons:
UPS made three attempts at delivery to you and no one was home.
Your delivery address is a Post Office Box. UPS does not deliver to a Post Office Box. They notify you, but if no response is made within seven days, the package is returned to us.
You have moved and your order was sent to your former address. The package may have been retained by someone who signed for the package at your old address, or the shipment was returned to us.
WHAT IF I HAVE A CLAIM?
We make a supreme effort to see that your orders are shipped correctly and that they reach you safely. Every order shipped from us is double-checked for accuracy. If a member places a claim for a shortage on an order, we take special care that it will not happen again. The member's file is flagged. Each order placed by a flagged account must be double-checked by a supervisor before it is packed and shipped. Our quality control procedure is one of the most stringent in the industry. In addition to retaining overseas inspectors, each shipment is spot-checked on arrival. If excessive defects or a problem is found, the entire shipment is individually inspected and imperfects removed. Items are again randomly inspected on the order filling line.
We seek the best value which takes into account price as well as quality. We believe we offer the best quality for the lowest possible price. However, quality is subjective and viewed differently by each person. What appears to be a flaw to one person may be viewed as a natural mark of beauty to another. From time to time, claims may also arise because spot-checking cannot assure that 100% of flawed merchandise is removed.
We use styrofoam pellets as cushioning material when packing your order. These pellets are much more costly than shredded newsprint which is commonly used. The pellets do not compact, and therefore offer more protection. They are much lighter than shredded paper thereby saving you shipping costs.
Despite all of these precautions, claims do arise. SMC's adjustment and return policy is truly very simple. We want to protect you and make you feel comfortable - and make certain you get what you pay for. We have established some requirements to make our policies and programs workable.
My order has been lost. I need it now. Can't you just send a duplicate?
UPS, Parcel Post, and trucking firms will not accept any responsibility for hardships caused by lost shipments. We regret that we cannot assist you in this manner. We suggest you place and pay for a duplicate order. When the carrier validates your claim, we will credit your account or send a refund check at your request
If you receive an order from us and find it has not been filled completely:
Check your invoice. If the item was out of stock, it was not charged to your account. If the item does not appear on your invoice, be sure to advise the Member Support Department representative when you call or write.
Thoroughly check the cartons and packing. Small items may be under the packing material. Upon receipt, check the condition of the cartons. If there is a shortage due to tampering, a claim must be placed with the carrier. Follow the same procedure as if there is damage.
If there is no tampering and an actual shortage exists, contact Carrie's Treasures. We'll need to know the invoice number, number of cartons received, the missing item number, and whether you prefer credit or a replacement.
We will investigate the shortage. When the item is confirmed as not shipped, it will be shipped or credit will be issued to your account, whichever you prefer.
If reweighing your shipment or other checking procedures indicates all items were shipped, we will advise you.
Hidden Damage by carrier:
If you should receive a shipment delivered by carrier that shows no visible damage, but upon inspection you discover damage due to evident rough handling, call Carrie's Treasures within 30 days of invoice date and report the damage. We will issue credit or replacement at your request.
What is your Return Policy
To obtain authorization to return a defective item for credit or replacement, simply call Member Support within 30 days of purchase. Non-defective merchandise returns will incur a 20% restocking fee, and must also be returned within 30 days of purchase. Product boxes and/or items that have been written on or otherwise marked will not be considered for credit or replacement.
Non-defective merchandise must meet the following conditions to qualify for return acceptance.
Merchandise must be in its original minimum inner pack quantity, as shipped by Carrie's Treasures. Broken quantity inner packs are not returnable.
Sample items are not returnable.
Merchandise, merchandise packaging, and inner pack must bear no markings or be otherwise defaced or damaged.
Returns which do not meet the conditions described in this return policy will be returned and shipping cost of return will be charged.
ITEMS WITH GUARANTEES OR WARRANTIES
If a purchased item includes a product guarantee or warranty, follow the instructions on the guarantee or warranty for repair or replacement.
ITEMS DAMAGED DURING SHIPMENT
All merchandise damaged during shipment is covered by the shipper. If you receive merchandise damaged during shipping, please contact our Member Services department within 30 days of the date of shipment of your order, and your claim will be processed immediately. NOTE: Established procedures by UPS, U.S.Parcel Post, and trucking lines, must be complied with or they may deny your claim.