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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #45 on: March 11, 2015, 11:04:12 AM »
Above post sums it up, when you buy goods new they should work straight from the box, and the retailer
is responsible. I wonder if model rail stuff is more likely to be bought by mail order than other things, which
might lead some people to "fix it yourself" rather than go through the hassle of returning it etc.
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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #46 on: March 11, 2015, 11:07:33 AM »
This is all self-contradictory - on the one hand; we have people (quite rightly) 'observing' that the service of manufacturers can fall below both expectation and, sometimes, statutory rights.
On the other; people asking why you can't fix it yourself.

You wouldn't put up with shoddy goods/service in any other field and frankly; 'fixing it yourself' is just letting the manufacturer off the hook.

If you *can* fix it yourself; good for you - but this thread wasn't for you.

Not quite. A DCC blanking card slipping out in transit does not constitute shoddy goods/service in my view, but I guess we all have differing view on what is acceptable and what isn't.

What was this thread for? For those who feel disaffected by something that doesn't work as advertised to have a collective moan, open only to those who agree with their sentiment? Or a thread open to everyone who may actually have some decent, relevant and helpful advice.

If the problem is something simple like a blanking card fallen out, then slot it back in and tell the manufacturer you had to do it. How in the world is that letting them off the hook?

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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #47 on: March 11, 2015, 11:28:31 AM »
I had a 22 go into clicky grindy noise mode last night, it's hardy been run and was part of the Milk Train set I purchased at Christmas... On investigation the WORM at one end has fractured so about the last 3mm has sheared off, this leaving a sharp end so as the motor turns it catches on the bogey gear, then jams and UN jams quickly... Called Fiona at DCC supplies just now and have an email to and free post return to return it straight away... So by following instructions for issues on Warranty card the process seems to work pretty flawlessly. Obviously this probably doesn't apply to DOA parts!

Thought I'd post this as never heard or seen this issue before.....



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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #48 on: March 11, 2015, 11:32:21 AM »
Thought I'd post this as never heard or seen this issue before.....

That's a truely bizarre one....

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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #49 on: March 11, 2015, 11:39:11 AM »
Not quite. A DCC blanking card slipping out in transit does not constitute shoddy goods/service in my view, but I guess we all have differing view on what is acceptable and what isn't.

Indeed we do; my view is it's been received 'not fit for purpose' - What do *you* think 'Ready to Run' means??

If the problem is something simple like a blanking card fallen out, then slot it back in and tell the manufacturer you had to do it. How in the world is that letting them off the hook?

Because that doesn't happen, does it?? Nobody that fixes (or; finishes the job properly) a faulty item contacts the manufacturer with that feedback, so the manufacturer never knows how crap some of the kit they ship is.
Instead; they just seem to bleat about how easy it is to do and give the impression that the less experienced/confident person is somehow 'failing' by having the temerity to ask for proper kit.

These are expensive and delicate items, is it *really* so wrong to expect them to work properly?
« Last Edit: March 11, 2015, 11:57:44 AM by FeelixTC, Reason: Fingers too fat for this keyboard »

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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #50 on: March 11, 2015, 12:38:38 PM »
I think the main problem has been the fact that it took so long to get a response of any kind from Dapol and that they only replied once The OP posted on Facebook.

The MD said that he was away but the rest of the staff have let him down badly. All they would have needed to do was to refer Ditape to DCC supplies or at the very least have the courtesy to reply to her letter.





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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #51 on: March 11, 2015, 01:05:30 PM »
I fear Dapol have ignored customer service for years and will probably continue to do so as they just cannot seem to 'connect' with their customers. 4 years ago I was told in no uncertain terms at TINGS that the NGF had a downer on Dapol. The Q & A on RMWeb degenerated into a farce as Dapol couldn't/wouldn't answer what was thrown at them. Does their entire customer interface revolve around Joel? If so, it just sums them up :unimpressed:
I have many Dapol locos and, when you get a good 'un, they are lovely lookers/runners.
I'm of the 'if it doesn't do what it says on the tin return it immediately to the retailer' brigade. They sold me the shoddy goods so they should replace it. What they do with the duff one is up to them - I don't care. This applies to Dapol/Farish/Peco (I've had duffers from each) so I'm not biased :no:

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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #52 on: March 11, 2015, 01:14:25 PM »
The faulty item is not fit for purpose and you should not need to mess around in any way in the hope that you can rectify the fault, even if it is simply the pick up's not making proper contact.

Really? Should the "average" modeller not even be able to make sure that contacts are actually making contact?

It would be great to think that nothing ever gets dislodged in shipping (half way round the world and within the UK postal network), but it may be wishful thinking.

Cheers, Mike

Yes Really !!  I think you're out of order suggesting that "average " modellers should know how to .........
If manufacturers sent out well QC'd models to start out with we wouldn't need to have the knowledge you obviously have and to suggest that if we don't have it we are below "average", well I take exception to that !

We're looking to improve the standard of these expensive items not gain knowledge of how to rectify their mistakes,

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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #53 on: March 11, 2015, 01:22:15 PM »
I wouldn't want to even try to take a Dapol loco apart as they seem to be held together with easily broken plastic clips and paint. I don't think they were ever designed to be taken apart and serviced.

I've been very lucky with their locos so far and only have one semi dud which is a real screecher.

The new locos are delicate and finely detailed, not everyone has the confidence and skill to take them apart for even the simplest adjustment.

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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #54 on: March 11, 2015, 01:32:58 PM »
Yes Really !!  I think you're out of order suggesting that "average " modellers should know how to .........
If manufacturers sent out well QC'd models to start out with we wouldn't need to have the knowledge you obviously have and to suggest that if we don't have it we are below "average", well I take exception to that !

Sorry but that is a completely OTT reaction. If you want to take offence where none was intended then you will only stress yourself out.

My point was not necessarily about QC. The example I gave of things becoming loose or mal-aligned in transit is almost impossible to solve - QC, testing and even design (unless you can come up with something radically different) won't necessarily solve those sorts of problems.

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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #55 on: March 11, 2015, 01:35:45 PM »

My point was not necessarily about QC. The example I gave of things becoming loose or mal-aligned in transit is almost impossible to solve - QC, testing and even design (unless you can come up with something radically different) won't necessarily solve those sorts of problems.

Mike

But it's still not the purchasers problem is it?

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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #56 on: March 11, 2015, 01:42:58 PM »
Yes Really !!  I think you're out of order suggesting that "average " modellers should know how to .........
If manufacturers sent out well QC'd models to start out with we wouldn't need to have the knowledge you obviously have and to suggest that if we don't have it we are below "average", well I take exception to that !

Sorry but that is a completely OTT reaction. If you want to take offence where none was intended then you will only stress yourself out.

My point was not necessarily about QC. The example I gave of things becoming loose or mal-aligned in transit is almost impossible to solve - QC, testing and even design (unless you can come up with something radically different) won't necessarily solve those sorts of problems.

Mike
Well if the designers can't design something that doesn't come loose, misaligned or detached then in my view they haven't done a very good job, and its still not my job to rectify it - even if i had you unenviable knowledge !!

Stressed out Rob, not !!
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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #57 on: March 11, 2015, 01:57:23 PM »
Not quite. A DCC blanking card slipping out in transit does not constitute shoddy goods/service in my view, but I guess we all have differing view on what is acceptable and what isn't.

Indeed we do; my view is it's been received 'not fit for purpose' - What do *you* think 'Ready to Run' means??

If the problem is something simple like a blanking card fallen out, then slot it back in and tell the manufacturer you had to do it. How in the world is that letting them off the hook?

Because that doesn't happen, does it?? Nobody that fixes (or; finishes the job properly) a faulty item contacts the manufacturer with that feedback, so the manufacturer never knows how crap some of the kit they ship is.
Instead; they just seem to bleat about how easy it is to do and give the impression that the less experienced/confident person is somehow 'failing' by having the temerity to ask for proper kit.

These are expensive and delicate items, is it *really* so wrong to expect them to work properly?

Nobody? The biggest sweeping statement of this whole thread. :smiley-laughing:

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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #58 on: March 11, 2015, 02:06:46 PM »

Nobody? The biggest sweeping statement of this whole thread. :smiley-laughing:

Let's do a straw poll then; come on, hands up?

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Re: Dapol-Customer Service???
« Reply #59 on: March 11, 2015, 02:08:26 PM »
Well I do, so that's blown your 'nobody' out of the water.

Seriously mate, take a chill pill and calm down. It's a toy train, pure and simple. :D

 

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