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  • Swanson Health
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  • Review History & Profile See full Rating history

    Product & services pricing Rating 6.71/10 6.71/10
    Chance of future purchase: Rating 5.25/10 5.25/10
    Shipping & packaging: Rating 5.25/10 5.25/10
    Customer service: Rating 4.47/10 4.47/10
    Return/Replacement policy: Rating 7.78/10 7.78/10

69 Customer Reviews

Rating 2/10
modified review posted


Swanson Vitamins has chosen to use DHL as its new shipping supplier. I placed an order that was shipped out quickly on the sixth of May. I checked today and noticed they they have provided a "GM" tracking number.

This is a DHL Global Mail tracking number, that can take up to several weeks to arrive. In checkout it is listed as DHL Priority Mail with shipping time 4-8 days. Such a time frame is DHL Express, not DHL Global Mail.

There is no tracking for DHL Global Mail once it leaves its country of origin. All I know is that my parcel left the US on the 8th. I have no idea when or if I will receive this parcel.

Please people, do not choose this shipping option unless you are willing to wait a considerable amount of weeks to potentially get your parcel - I know from experience.

This was the only available option available to me when choosing shipping, and I thought that it was DHL Express (due to the 4-8 days shipping time mentioned).

Australian & International customers, DO NOT place your order unless you are sure Swanson will send it express, otherwise you are likely to have a very long wait. I myself will be taking the 4-8 days quoted as being literal and be taking further action if the parcel does not arrive within an appropriate amount of time.

UPDATE: The parcel went to Germany and now MIGHT be on its way to Australia. That was a week ago and apparently it sat in Germany for eight days.

I don't know about all of you, but I don't want my vitamins held in storage for weeks without proper care. Swanson have stopped replying to my requests and blatantly refusing to process a refund. I'll be contacting my bank on Monday and processing a refund. If the parcel arrives, I'll be throwing it out as the item (several hundred dollars worth) will no longer be consumable.

modified review This review was modified by asch8 on May 22 2015 06:54:01 AM

Rating 2/10
modified review posted

"Twice now when I've spoke to the people in the "Product Experts" Dept I've been treated like I'm an idiot...Breaking news Swanson...that's not how you keep customers, especially with so much competition! The Pea Protein expires this month! I bought it earlier but just now started using it on a regular basis...then I started noticing that there were hard chunks of consolidated pea protein that were like hard plastic in all my protein drinks...and they're hard as a ROCK! When I complained about that today, I was told to throw it out...when I asked if they were going to send a replacement to me...the guy flattly refused and said no. So guess what...I'm done shopping here...I had stopped last year when another of their "product experts" answered my question with a question and acted so snotty and superior that I asked for her manager! You don't treat the customer that way! The sales reps are fine...but beware the "experts"...they're full of themselves and don't act very nice! Easier to go somewhere else...like directly to Mother's Market where the real product experts are!"

Rating 10/10
modified review posted

"I just got my 1st order with swanson and I am very pleased all the products are completely fresh all the bottles have at least two years on expiration dates. I saved 20% of my order everything was packaged and in great shape I made my order on a Saturday and I received it on a Thursday, as this was the free shipping over $50.00. I spoke with the representative and everything was great and she was a very pleasant person to talk to I am in no way affiliated with this company I am definitely just a customer and a customer that is very happy they have some bad reviews that we need to speak up for them when they have done an excellent job with me I would definitely be using them in the future and stand behind them 100% if you try them you will also see the very same thing."

Rating 10/10
modified review posted

"Great and fast service! Received my order within 3 business days from shipment!

Chatted with CS and they were very friendly and helpful when I wanted to edit my order.

Will shop again!

modified review This review was modified by Lacie2 on May 10 2015 07:53:35 AM

Rating 10/10
modified review posted

"Great service and great prices on many of their products. I've ordered from then for several years and will continue to do so. I like the variety of product, which includes the Swanson brand and other manufacturers."

modified review This review was modified by pmen4vit on May 07 2015 09:37:38 PM

Rating 6/10
modified review posted

"ATTENTION people!!! swansonvitamins.com does not list the correct ingredients for their products.
Check before you buy. Good luck.

modified review This review was modified by privoz59 on April 17 2015 05:04:56 PM
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Rating 10/10
modified review posted

"I have been using Swanson for about 1 year. I have had nothing but good experiences with them. I have noticed that Swanson herbs and vitamins are stronger then the ones locally available through Vitamin Shoppe brand, or health food store brands. The shipping is consistently about one week. "

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Rating 10/10
modified review posted

"Compared to most other online health food websites, Swanson Health has the cheapest prices, based upon my own research. Swanson Health offers great discounts to its customers. Shipping is reliable and not too slow. Highly recommended !"

Rating 6/10
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"NOT WORTH THE HASSLE. I placed an order over 2 weeks ago. I tried to place it one night and it didn't go through. The next morning I completed the order using PayPal. PP is a safe and easy way to pay/receive payment, which is how I receive payment in my online store. I was charged twice for the same order. I knew it was a mistake b/c the first time I tried to order it did not go through and I only received e-mail confirmation for ONE order. I have now called 4 times in over two weeks-allowing time for the hold to be taken off. Each Customer Service Rep I talk to says they can see the charge, but it's not attached to an order. This means there is absolutely no reason the money should not be released. Someone in Billing simply needs to go into their PP account and verify that the charge is void. I placed the order at the end of February and I MIGHT have the money released in May by MY PP account if the charge continues to not go through and stay pending. I have now paid $100 for a $50 order. This was not my first purchase. I was becoming a regular customer. However, I WILL NOT be using them anymore. Every phone call ends in an e-mail sent to someone who never takes care of the issue. I have yet to receive a call either, which I was told I would. This is a simple problem with a simple solution and an overall terrible customer service call to action. BUY SOMEWHERE ELSE. There are plenty of other stores, whether they be online or not. Save yourself the headache."

modified review This review was modified by csullivanc on March 15 2015 05:08:40 AM

Rating 4/10
modified review posted

"I am based in Canada & order for delivery here.

Putting things in perspective to give honest assessment:

(1) The link below says, estimated delivery in 3-10 business days (Landmark Global Canadian delivery option) . The company does not start counting these days until order has left their warehouse

Catch here is: Found them taking 2-5 days for shipments after the date of orders. So goods arrive past this period. For my recent order (Placed on February 16th, 2015), I am still waiting for the delivery. So far 12 business days have passed from the date of shipment (21 calender days)

Link (referred above):

(2) This period of 3-10 business days includes time taken for customs. (As confirmed by CSR: Molly B. during online chat on March 4, 2015 between 10:50am and 11:15am (EST)

In my case, customs took 2 business days for clearance, so standard excuse delays in customs clearance does not apply.

(3) Personal experience on shipping: I have ordered over 15 parcels over the last 3 years (might have accounted for over $3000 purchase), in almost all cases after ordering, the shipment has happened after 2-5 business days. Usual response of CSR due to high volumes of orders, there is delay in shipment, we are sorry.

Guys, hire more people instead of standard excuses?
How does your apology solve any health problem?

Now, if ordered, and there is delay in shipment after ordering. The company policy is: Order can not be cancelled if the order processing has started So you get stuck!

Solution: Call up their CSR, who if kind enough can take you out of this mess and might cancel the order.

If it does not work, dispute the payment with credit card company and cancel the payment.

(5) If order has passed 3-10 business days limit, then as per the policy of the company, the customer must wait 15 business days to receive refunds/replace the package by sending another parcel. So in such cases, after adding there is further time-lag to receive the shipment. So minimum 20 business days (or maybe over 26 calender days if count 2 days of weekends). And remember that this is from the day of shipment.
So hopefully in a month such orders might be received!

So what should a customer do if such goods are not received on time and have passed 3-10 business days from the date of shipment.

The solution I found, dispute the payment and cancel the payment from your credit card company; instead of dealing with their hopeless CSR.

Now, god forbid if you have to deal with their CSR.

If calling them, there is no record of that conversation. If chatting, (based on personal experience), if there is serious complaint and try to resolve that matter, less probability to receive the copy of that chat by email (their default option is to send the transcript of the chat by email), maybe the CSR does some magic!

(8) If email them, then absolute useless responses:
From my recent interaction:
My email (Dated March 3, 2015 EST): "I have checked in your online tracking system of both service providers (which are Landmark and Canada Post), then called up Canada Post, the order status has not been updated for the last many days. Could you please investigate so I receive my order as it it urgent.

CSR response (responded on March 4, 2015 by Courtney B., Email Specialist): We are sorry. You could check the tracking status at Canadapost.ca. We advise you to have patience.

Did you read the email?
How the hell patience would solve the health problem?

Perhaps you should also go through the same problem to have the right experience.

Follow up email:
My email (March 6, 2015): the order status has not been updated. These products are urgent due to my health issue, could you please investigate or reship the goods;

CSR response (March 7, 2015 by Kellie B., Email Specialist): We are sorry. If you do not receive your goods by March 12, 2015, then contact us for further assistance. Also, can you verify your address with us?

Now, I pray that you have similar health issues so that you learn to deal with the real issue rather than doing smart talk.

Verify your address: Guys, how many orders have you shipped so far and for how many years? You can not do this earlier?
Long-live smart talk!

So after pleading and waiting for 21 calender days, the order status has changed (so that gives everyone the solution that one should wait to be harassed by their CSR, and if you are alive by that time due to them being sorry/having patience, then perhaps order status change would be granted to you.

In my case, unfortunately it is a weekend, so might have to wait another 2-3 days!

(10) Found other options:
(a) eVitamins.com
(b) iHerb.com
(c) VitaminLife.com
(d) LuckyVitamin.com
(e) Vitacost.com

Canadians beware, 12-months refund option only applies to the orders within the US.

Pardon my grammar and spelling mistakes if any.

modified review This review was modified by Mikeworld1976 on March 07 2015 09:13:16 AM

Rating 8/10
modified review posted

"I am happy with my first two orders recently.However, I have been getting a lot of new spam since then lately. I hope that is a coincidence, but IT BETTER STOP !!"

modified review This review was modified by J.J.Atkinson on February 18 2015 02:11:51 PM

Rating 10/10
modified review posted

"I've bought supplements from Swanson regularly for 15 years. They have a HUGE selection, the best possible prices, and high quality. I once had a problem with a box that got lost. I called Swanson, and they replaced the whole order immediately. In all these years of ordering from them monthly, I've received only excellent service, quality, and value."

Rating 10/10
modified review posted

"I have been ordering from Swanson's for over 4 years, and I have never had a problem, certainly nothing like the bad reviews I read on this site. The products are of high quality, the company is highly regarded by ConsumerLab, an independent research company that reviews medications and herbal supplements; and the products that I've ordered have been very good. "

modified review This review was modified by Susan72 on February 08 2015 09:58:52 PM

Rating 2/10
modified review posted

"If you are lonely, order something from Swanson Health products. It is impossible for you to imagine the amount of spam email and junk mail you will get. All of a sudden, I am also getting large amounts of spam from people that I never had a problem with. I am 100% certain that Swanson sells your information to other for their spam marketing. "

Rating 2/10
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"I joke wasted at least 4 hours of my own time trying to get this order straightened out between PayPal and swansons.... Swansons claimed I did not pay for my order... Yet they shipped it and I recieved it? Make any sense? Nope! So they kept calling and emailing me asking me to pay for it.... I contacted PayPal the said they recieved the money and even did a 3 way with me them and PayPal 2 times... The lady at PayPal gave up and just filed a dispute with them.... 2 days later I get a lame email saying Dear Benjamin,

Thank you for choosing Swanson Health Products.

Please be advised we have looked into the issue with the payment with pay pal. We have found the payment has been deposited into our account. We apologize greatly for the miscommunication on our end. No further action is needed for this order. We hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions please contact us.
Our quality, value and customer service have made Swanson Health Products a trusted source of nutritional supplements since 1969. To help us build this privileged relationship with you, we welcome your comments and suggestions, as it is our pleasure to serve you at any time.
Have a good day!

Amber S.
Customer Account Specialist

Wow thanks Swanson I feel like such a valued customer

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