Wish Me Luck Candles – Horrible Customer Service – Xbox One/PS4 Candle Review Horrible Customer Service

This is my less than thrilling Wish Me Luck candle experience. If you don’t know what Wish Me Luck candles are, they are a company (who claim to be the “Official Money Candle”), who sells 21oz soy candles that have hidden money inside. I hadn’t heard of them prior to their “Xbox One/Play Station 4” candle promotion, which is which is what this review will be about. 🙂

On April 25th, 2014, Wish Me Luck Candle Company posted this on their Facebook page:

So I hurried on over to their website and snagged a “Love Spell” candle from this promotion. I was in the middle of cooking dinner, but had to hurry, because they were going to “sell super fast!!”. 😉

I was prepared to wait a week or two for them to ship. I hadn’t expected it to take so long, but was excited to see they had sold out a little over two weeks later.

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Yes!! Sold out and they’re going to ship on the 14th/15th!

The 16th rolls around (Friday, almost a week after selling out).. I still don’t have a shipping notification, so I post on their facebook page asking if things have been delayed a day. I don’t get a reply to my post, but they do post on this on their facebook:

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I am slightly confused, since I figured the candles would have been poured before running this sale. But I am reassured that I should receive a shipping notice sometime before Monday. I’m beginning to get anxious.

Monday evening, no shipping notice. I am starting to wonder.. I was one of the first to place my order. They took over TWO WEEKS to sell out. If they are shipping in batches, why wasn’t mine shipped in the first batch? Something is starting to seem fishy. They update their Facebook again, which an update that is less than truthful.

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Now, I have shipped quite a few things in my lifetime. I have printed labels at home, as well as just taking them to the post office and having them printed off there. I have NEVER had to wait for them to be scanned in, before I got a tracking number. At this point, I am sure the company is lying. I don’t understand why, though. Why not just tell everyone that things have been delayed a few days?

Tuesday night. Still no tracking. I leave a message on their facebook page asking for an update, and receive a message from a strange man’s personal facebook. It takes me a minute of looking at his profile, to realize he is the “CEO” of Wish Me Luck candles. How nice of him to introduce himself.. 😉

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So my first encounter with the “CEO” is asking if I want a refund. A refund for a package that is out of his hands, since he shipped them the night before? But let’s be real, here.. he didn’t even FINISH his first message. “Like to be refunded that’s”… that’s, what? Impossible, because you don’t have my package? Hah! This is my last time ordering, for sure.

 

Wish Me Luck Candles Xbox One Play Station 4 Review

This was Tuesday. SATURDAY I receive my package. It was shipped USPS Priority Mail 2-day. Let me break that down for you.. “Shipped Monday”, received Saturday. 5 days. So, I receive the package, open it, the candle smells amazing. A good strong “Love Spell”.

Wait. When was the Click – n – Ship label printed? Oh. WEDNESDAY. The 21st of May. I look at Daniel and laugh.. for someone who was so insistent that they shipped Monday, it’s hilarious to have proof he was bluffing.

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I light the candle, go do some yard work.. It’s really getting to me that he flat out lied. The OWNER of a company cared more about his money, than keeping his customers happy. So I came in a messaged him with the picture of the CNS label.

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The response I received was mind blowing.

 

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ANOTHER lie. This time, he thanks me for “being an adult about it”.

 

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Apparently Shawn Higgins thinks anyone that has a problem with his customer service, is a “child”. That it doesn’t matter if he ticks off one customer, because he has plenty of others that will buy his product. The words of an upset customer mean nothing to him.

Classy.

Now, I can say that the candle was nice. I won $5 out of it, and we could smell it long after putting it out. Exactly what you would want out of a candle. However, our experience with the company and the owner, have in fact, “killed’ the company for us. I would never give my money to a company who thinks of an upset customer as “a child”, and has no sense of customer service.

To add to this.. It is now the 27th. I am in a group with 200+ candle/wax fans, many of which ordered from Wish Me Luck Candles during their Xbox/PS4 promotion. There are still quite a few who have YET to receive their shipping notices OR their candles. And although I cannot use the names or screenshots from their conversations with Shawn Higgins, I can tell you that I am not the only upset customer he referred to as a child.

Wish Me Luck Candles, they produce okay candles with horrible customer service. Let’s see if we actually have a winner in this promotion, and if they actually receive their prize. Or if this is one giant scam. 🙂

 

Diamond Candles – How To The Fix Air Pocket In Your Candle

I frequent the Diamond Candles Facebook page, where customers post their ring reveals and we all “Ooo” and “Ahhh” over them. In the last few months, I have seen customers complaining about their candles coming with air bubbles in the bottom. Some women have gotten down right angry, going so far as to demand a refund for their “faulty product”.

I am not affiliated with Diamond Candles. They do not have a rep program, so I am not someone that sells their candles for a pocket profit. I am simply a customer that thoroughly enjoys their candles with the surprise inside.

Now that we have that out of the way, I want to show what I have learned.

Soy candles are soft. Diamond Candles uses 100% soy wax. During the winter months (this year being EXTRA cold), when that soft soy wax freezes on it’s way to your warm cozy living room, it pulls away from the glass jar. This causes an optical illusion, making it appear that there is section of wax missing. It is referred to as “shrinkage”.

I have received many frozen candles this Winter. The air pocket appearance doesn’t bother me, because I know what it is. But I know there are people out there that order these candles as gifts, and want them to appear perfect. When I received my Honeysuckle candle last month, it had a gnarly “bubble” around the bottom. I had just seen a woman stomping her feet on Diamond Candle’s Facebook page, about how her candle was absolutely, positively, without a doubt, missing wax. So I decided to see what would happen if I ran my candle under some hot water, to warm the wax back up. Sure enough.. that “air pocket” filled right in – in other words, the wax expanded back against the glass as it “thawed”. It took a few minutes, but my Honeysuckle candle came out looking perfect!

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Let your candle warm to room temperature for a few hours before attempting this. If you immediately run your candle under hot water, the glass jar will shatter.

Now, like I said, soy candle shrinkage is totally normal. It happens to a lot of soy candles during the cooling process (if it cools too quickly), and especially during this extreme cold. But hopefully this trick will help anyone who has a problem with the appearance of their candle! 🙂

Spicy Subscriptions Deluxe Spice Box – February 2014 Valentine’s Review

This is my experience with Spicy Subscriptions – an adult toy and accessory monthly subscription. I am extremely unhappy.This is their February 2014, Valentine’s Day, Deluxe Spice Box.

On the first of this month (February, 2014) I signed up for their Deluxe Spice Box for $34.95 a month. There were two options – a Spice Box, or the Deluxe (which included a few more items). So I went with the more bang for my buck option.

When signing up, I was prompted that if I was a US resident, I could order by February 8th to receive their Valentine’s Day box. Score! It was the first, I made the deadline.

Shortly after ordering, I received an email confirmation stating my first box would be shipped during the first 10 days of March. I was confused.. so I went back, and took a screenshot of their site (with the pop-up about the Feb. 8th deadline), to email the company. The email I got told me I could either get the February box and forfeit my March box, or I could wait and get the March box. However, I would be billed TWICE before ever receiving a box. So, I went ahead with February.

My February box arrived yesterday, and this is what I received:

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With this card, detailing the items:

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My very first reaction was, “Is this a joke? A PEN?”. A ballpoint company pen, with a two inch piece of feather boa glued to the top. I didn’t receive any of the “sample oils and lubricants” it states I should have received. So this means that this pen is worth $6? I mean, if I wanted a pen, I would have gone to Target and got one. I don’t understand how this fits into an Adult Subscription box.

The toy was alright, and the oil was small, but fine. However, this card game, “31 Sexual Favors”, is worded as though a grandmother is trying to coach us. With cards like, “Lick and tease his privates with your mouth and tongue”, and, “Have him spank you while making love”. It’s hard to keep a straight face! Can anyone take this seriously?

I pull their site up again, still confused about this box. I could have sworn I was supposed to receive more than 4 items (+ a pen).

Their site, now different than when I placed my order, gives two very different descriptions of what you will receive in your box. The first is this, which is only giving the description of a “Spice Box” (the lower “level” of the two choices):

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In my box (the “deluxe”) I received the following:
1 Toy
2 Full Sized Products
1 Trial
And one pen.. I still can’t get over this one.

So, the box I received is lacking MORE than what I would get in a “Spice Box” for less money.

You click “View Boxes”, and it takes you to a where you choose which box you want. The description at the bottom (pictured) doesn’t change, regardless of which option you choose.

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Again, I received:
1 Toy
2 Full Sized Products
1 Trial
And a pen..

Still, this is less than what is advertised. Based on either description, this box contained less than what I paid for.

At this point, I’m feeling very frustrated. I contact a few other people that received the same box this month, and they all received the same. We were all deceived.

I email the company, asking why I received less in my box than what I was told I would get, and I got this reply (click image to view larger)..

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Apparently, it’s a gamble whether or not you actually get what you paid for with this company. Not only that, but they state the samples are an “added bonus” and do not contribute to it’s cost.. yet, the card they sent me, states those items (that weren’t included) are worth $6. However, I am still not understanding how a ballpoint writing pen is a “sample” in an Adult Box.

So I take to Facebook. My post on their Facebook page, asking if anyone had received their box and stating that I felt something was missing, was deleted (after people posting they agree). My posting capabilities revoked. Minutes later, Spicy Subscriptions posts this on their Facebook page..

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Professional, eh?

Now, as upset as I am that I feel their box was misrepresented and their customer service lacking, the only thing I asked is for a partial refund. Refund me half of my money, since I only got half of my box.

As of yet, this request has gone unanswered, and a Paypal dispute opened.

My advice, to anyone who is looking to sign up for an Adult Subscription Box, is to go with a company other than “”Spicy Subscriptions”. They have false advertisements every which way. They say “Cancel Anytime!”, however, you are unable to actually log into your account to do so. You are greeted with an error message. Despite multiple people complaining about this, the problem has not been fixed. The only way to cancel is to email the company, to which they ignore. The only way to get a response to an email asking for cancellation, is to post on their Facebook page.

I subscribe to various other monthly subscriptions – mostly beauty – all of which have spot on customer service. If you have a problem, places like Ipsy, BirchBox, BoxyCharm and Beauty Box 5, are quick to resolve whatever issue, or answer any question, you may have. I expected more from Spicy Subscriptions, considering the price of their monthly box, $34.95!

 

Diamond Candles – Rings

What is better than Candles and jewelry? (chocolate?…. yeah.. ok.. maybe)

My daughter Cassie bought a bunch of candles for early Christmas presents – I say early, because she was so excited she couldn’t wait. These candles are 21 oz. and inside each one is a piece of jewelry – most is costume jewelry, but we’ve seen quite a few with real stones, or sterling silver.

I requested Cinnamon Tea.. It has a nice scent – strong enough to smell, but not overbearing. I set it to burn and figured it’d be the next day before I got to the foil wrapped baggie containing my ring.

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After a few hours, I could see the foil, but I let it go another hour or so, just because I didn’t want to dig it out. In the above picture, you can see the foil in the liquid wax. One really nice thing is because the candles are soy (I’m assuming so, since they liquefy), the wax burns down nicely. If you do dig the prize out, lighting it again will quickly liquefy chunky wax.. so it’ll be pretty again very quickly.

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The ring location is marked on the inside of each candle by a gold circle, making it easy to find. we used needle nose plies to pull it up out of the wax.

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These would make a great gift for any woman. Diamond Candle 20% Off Coupon Code

Gone Girl – by Gillian Flynn

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine shared a link 14 Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen and on that list (among several I’ve already read, and a few I still want to and at least one I’ll wait for the movie) was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

This book has been in my Audible wishlist for quite some time. What luck, as I’d been trying to decide which book to get and was having a time of it.. this made up my mind though.

About halfway through, I thought, what is really so special about this book? I mean, it’s good, but.. enough to warrant over 11,000 reviews on Amazon? I wasn’t so sure.

In reading a few reviews, I was careful, because I didn’t want the story spoiled, I saw that the story really picks up when it hits Part Two. I seriously thought I must have been in Part Two already, but I just wasn’t feeling that it had picked up that much.

Getting ready to go out to the Fourth of July Festival today, I was listening and … actually got to Part Two, I really hadn’t missed the announcement. There was no doubting it, even if I had missed “Part Two”.. the story takes such a wild plot twist that I was just in shock. I want so badly to talk to someone about it, but alas.. I’m here, writing to tell you, if you enjoy mysteries, plot twists.. this book, it is soooo worth the read. It makes me want to crawl into a hole and just finish listening – screw the festival, I’m the only one who wanted to go anyway, lol! But no, I must savor it, little bits at a time.

Who am I kidding, I’ll probably spend tomorrow cleaning the house *just* so I can finish the book. Sometimes, I love audio books.

Garage Sales and Haggling

We had a garage sale a few times already this spring. It’s been years since I’ve had one.. but I have spend a couple years helping out at the flea market. And one thing I noticed is there are two main types of shoppers.

One is the shy person. They accept the price marked on the item(s) as set in stone.

I had a man with a thick accent ask how much I wanted for a child’s convertible rocker chair. I told him the price I had on it was $12. He asked again, ‘how much will you take for it?’.. and I replied that I had given him my price, what did he want to offer. He told me he didn’t want to ‘hurt my feelings’. I chuckled.. I told him, it’s a garage sale, let’s haggle.. We settled on a price.

Some people won’t even go as far as he did, but his comment gave me some insight into why some people just accept the price as ‘the price’. People don’t want to offend.

To you shy folks, we may not offer a lower price.. I find I’m less willing to haggle with people who aren’t willing to engage. Chat a bit.. about the weather, about the traffic, about other garage sales, anything.. heck, some lady today told us about her false teeth and how her bottoms ones fit better than the top. My daughter and I looked at each and chuckled as the woman drove away, but we remember her and she got a deal on a few things.

The other type of person, the one who’s ready to get a deal and get it for the best possible price. They may ask how much you want, or they may just say ‘Will you take $x for this?’

Either way, I love this type of shopper. It makes the day more fun. And every item someone buys is one less item I need to move back to the garage – or drive to the thrift store.

One thing to keep in mind, as you set up your garage or yard sale, is many times people attach a sentimental value to items. Sometimes this is good.. but if you are attaching sentimental value to everything you’re trying to sell, you may not do very well. Mark your prices for what you’d be willing to pay, if you saw it at the store or flea market. If it’s worth more to you than you’re willing to part it for, don’t sell it.. save it for the next time.

Don’t be shy. Worst we can do is say ‘no.. that’s too low, how about…. ‘… Just ask. Most people like to haggle, wrangle or dicker.. and this term, I don’t think I’ve heard before.. higgle. What funny words. Just think of those when your out there and remember to higgle a little.

Happy Garage Sale-ing!

Old Roberds Emporium – Picket Fence Gifts

Come see us! Here’s a map to Old Roberds Emporium.

Traffic is picking up.. the Emporium is growing weekly with new vendors. While much of it is vintage-type items and much fun to browse through (Cas just bought some great old soda fountain shop chairs… very cool!), there are other artisans who create wooden bowls, jewelry, painted animals, candles and crafts, and me with handmade soap and lotion – I’ll have some of my anti-wrinkle cream next weekend.

Stop in and see us – Picket Fence Gifts — my new neighbors brought in their own fence, but you still won’t miss mine. Do some Christmas shopping!