RANT: Tower Hobbies [LONG]

I have a bone to pick with Tower Hobbies.

I have finished and flown a .40-sized electric conversion of a Tracer kit. I will fly it on 6 of the Kokam 3-cell 1500 mAH packs arranged to provide a

6S3P pack. Tower had a good price, so I ordered 19 packs, enough for 3 battery assemblies plus a spare. I had decided not to have a custom pack made or to assemble it myself. I know there are problems with balance in such an arrangement, and think I can handle them. (Whether I can or not will be determined in good time.) I had ordered something a couple of years ago, but couldn't remember anything about numbers and passwords, so I ordered the items as a new customer. I received the following order confirmation:

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Tower Hobbies" To: Sent: Monday, May 31, 2004 12:37 PM Subject: Thank you for placing your order with Tower Hobbies!

Tower Hobbies Order Confirmation > -------------------------------------------------------------------------- > MICHAEL NORTON , Thank you for your order! > We are now processing it. > -------------------------------------------------------------------------- > > > Order Confirmation > Thank you for placing your first order with Tower Hobbies! You've made

the right first move and now it's our turn to pull out all the stops to treat you like royalty! We want to show you that Tower Hobbies is absolutely the finest in the business. We want you to know that you are absolutely the most important part of Tower Hobbies today... tomorrow and forever!

Your order information appears below. Please allow a minimum of two

business days for your order to ship (our shipping companies do not accept shipments on Saturday or Sunday). The estimated date you should receive your shipment is shown below within the product details. If you need to contact us about your order, for quickest response, please use one of these telephone numbers: 800-637-6050 or 217-398-3636. You may track the status of your order by visiting the Customer Information Center found on the Tower Hobbies web site at:

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Mike Norton
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On 6/11/2004 7:20 PM Ted shuffled out of his cave and grunted these great (and sometimes not so great) words of knowledge:

  1. Notify your CC about the screw up.

  1. Notify Tower that the CC payment will be delayed/disputed unless THEY notify FEDEX of the correct address and THEY have it corrected within 3 business days.

  2. Follow through on what you say AND send a SNAIL MAIL letter (return receipt) to the CEO/President of Tower Hobbies.

You should receive some action. Businesses do not like having charge backs from CC companies and/or CC companies investigating their procedures.

Just my $0.02 worth.

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Ted Campanelli

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