LL Bean is lo longer LL Bean
"Obviously trying to keep up with trends, Bean has made serious, even irrevocable, changes, which may have begun by their hiring a CEO formerly employed by Walmart in 2016.Aside from higher prices, the expensive Signature line which is not in very good taste, and the products themselves, the vast majority produced in "third world" countries, there is Citibank.Bean switched their credit card server from Barclay to Citibank and the results have been disastrous. Google consumer responses to Citibank credit cards and you will see what I mean.Citibank is in the process of defrauding me with fabricated due payments totaling thousands of dollars. Contacting them by mail or phone has been more than frustrating: Robotic responses, contradictions, lies, and doubletalk.Asking LL Bean customer service to intervene has been fruitless. The Bean managers disclaim any responsibility for Citibank and they are not always courteous (after Bean's long tradition of courtesy).Right now I am stuck with being defrauded big time by Citibank without any viable recourse but to pen these reviews and broadcast my nightmare experience.After some 40 years of being a loyal customer, I have cut all ties to Bean who only remotely resemble the honest yankees they once were."
Why the delay?
"Ordered 2 items. Received email with a delivery date. On the date it was supposed to be delivered I received an email stating 5 more days. I emailed customer service asking why the delay? My answer was a non response. Thank you for ordering, we'll let you know when it ships. Blah, blah, blah. I sent another email that read: Again, why the delay? Received an email that read they don't know why, there could be many factors. I know why, allow me to answer what those factors might be.The system upgrade. "Trust the process" Hahaha! The Company was "overstaffed" so early retirement packages were offered. Take the deal or be eliminated. The previous CEO retired and the new one came from Wal-Mart. The company expects an unrealistic 10% growth every year and changed their return and customer service policy. Bad upgrade, disgruntled employees that aren't valued, thinking you're better than Amazon and that you can rely on your name, equals poor buying experience. Most of their products come from overseas so I might as well order from any other and get them sooner. "
"The Hell Stitching inside the shoes was tearing and i was not satisfied."
Famous LL Bean Return Policy No Longer Honored
"Returned a couple pair of granddaughters sneakers bought last summer. Very expensive for a 8 years old. On one pair the stitching came apart at the toe and the other one the sole peeled off. Sent them back weeks ago with no acknowledgement or response. Might as we buy them at Wal-mart for a third of the Bean price and no expectation of being able to return them. If Bean wants to rescind its Return Policy fine, but they need to let to let people know that at the time of the purchase"
Big Disappointment and Family Christmas Letdown
"A 20+ year tradition of ordering family holiday presents, gift wrapped and tagged and sent to my family, where I spend Christmas eve/morning, my LL Bean gifts always a hit. Arrive Christmas Eve to find that although I had confirmation on Dec 12 that my presents were delivered, they were delivered to a completely different address then on order, customer service verified this too. UPS delivered to wrong address and someone had signed for them too. LL Bean says they're re-shipping in four business days, a replacement order at no charge to me, but customer service couldn't give me an incident number for verification or tracking. Now I get an email confirmation that one of my items will be delivered around Jan 2, I'll be charged when item ships (I already paid, LL Bean delivered to the wrong address, they verified this) and the item is coming to me, instead of the originally ordered shipped to, without gift wrap or my gift message. VERY DISAPPOINTED in LL Bean, rethinking ever ordering from them again after this big Christmas disappointment. Lousy delivery and customer service needs to be able to generate incident numbers for tracking and verification of a complaint. "
The Best Shopping Experience of any Company
"I have been shopping from LL Bean for years and they always exceed with quality, price and of course customer service. LL Bean customer service is second to NONE. I have called in to the call center many times over the years and I am always amazed at the incredible service, and I have never had to wait to get a human on the phone. The signature line is a great addition for the younger generation with style and exceptional fit. "
WARNING! This company is a hot mess..simply clueless
"I ordered a women's coat on 11/28. On 12/1 I received a men's cotton turtleneck the was supposed to be shipped to someone in NYC. Plus I was charged for the coat twice and customer service said they have to pass it over to someone with more authority to remove the second charge when I haven't even received the merchandise. This is my warning to you....Do not order from LL Bean. Their merchandise is not unique. Similar quality and styles can be found elsewhere. Perhaps from a company that has their act together."
Do not buy from them, they do not care about their customers
"LL Bean told me they made a mistake in allowing me to order something on 10/17/17, so they kept pushing my order back eventually passed Christmas, so I was forced to cancel. I asked for them to give me the next closely related item at the price I was getting the other ones for, they said no. Their customer service is pathetic. They kept offering me the exact same deal that was their special of the day."
"Fraudulent chargesOrdered a shirt from L.L. Bean by international shipping from the U.S: to Germany. The shirt was too big. THerefore, I returned it. I payd USD 75 for the shirt and was refunded USD 45. THey kept USD 30 for the handling costs! USD 30 for a shirt I never wore. What a rip off!"
"I ordered 1 pair of Merrell shoes online total order of $137.70 throughout the day L.L.Bean charged my card a total of 5 charges of $137.70! I spent over 2 hours on the phone between my credit card company, PayPal and L.L.Bean and don't even know if the situation has been remedied."
comfort of slippers and shoes
"I HAVE BEEN WEARING YOUR PRODUCTS, ALSO MY HUSBAND. AS I GOT OLDER I DEVELOPED LUMBER PAIN IN MY BACK AND HAD SURGERY. MY LL BEANS ARE NOT COMFORTABLE ENOUGH FOR MY BACK PROBLEM. THE SHOES AND SLIPPERS DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH CUSHION IN THE HEEL OF THE PRODUCT. WEARING ALL DAY GIVES ME PAIN IN THE LUMBER. I NEED FOR CUSHION IN THE HEEL. I LOVE YOUR PRODUCT BUT I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN WEAR THEM ANYMORE. DO YOU SELL MORE CUSHIONED SHOES AND SLIPPERS. I WANT TO ORDER FOR MY WHOLE FAMILY."
Pleased, Great experience
"We visited the Freeport store coming from Houston. We purchased a pair of boots and winter jacket for my grandson who was starting college at Colby. We had a wonderful experience with two friendly knowledgeable gentleman. Very professional patient and pleasant. Unfortunately we did not write their names.both kudos to them Jana at the register was equally patience and kind. Not at any time did any of those people we encountered seemed impatient. All 3 treated us like we were the only customers in the store. That was my first experience with 'LL Bean and it was a very pleasant on Customer service personnel has been just as kind and attentive "
The Buck Stops With LLBean
"On June 12th. I ordered a kayak from llbean, with delivery to Maine. The delivery time was listed as 1 to 2 weeks, with shipping provided by a trucking company requiring that someone be at home to sign for and off-load the kayak from the truck. I chose the order date deliberately so that we would be available to receive the shipment. I got an email notifiying me that the kayak had been shipped on June 14th, so I anticipated that the kayak should arrive by July 1st. Decided I needed a kayak seat, ordered it from llbean, and it arrived the next day. Tried to check on progress of kayak, but because it was being shipped by freight, there was no tracking information. On June 30th. I called llbean customer service to inquire the whereabouts of this kayak. I was told by the customer service person that she had no tracking information, but she did send me on to the next level of customer service. That person told me that the kayak was scheduled to be delivered that day (6/30) and I should expect a call anytime from the shipping company. No call, no kayak. I gave everyone the benefit of the doubt because July 4th. holiday was coming up, and didn't call llbean again until July 5th. Had to go through the various levels of customer service, and the person I finally got told me that the kayak had been delivered to my front yard the week before. Needless to say, I was a bit upset, and I got transferred to the next level. I explained my story yet again. This fellow had access to the tracking information for the shipping company and told me that the kayak had arrived in Portland Maine on June 23rd. , had been scheduled for home delivery on June 30th, and was still sitting in a trailer waiting for delivery. This fellow suggested that he give me the phone number for the shipping company so I could follow up myself. I told him I would take the information, but I ordered the kayak from llbean, they were paid for said kayak the day it shipped, and as far as I was concerned the buck stopped with them. I then called the shipping company, was put on hold for 20 minutes, and then finally talked with someone in Atlanta. She tried to call the Portland branch and after being on hold for 20 minutes, gave up. At this point, I at least had a name and phone number for someone at llbean, so called him back. He assured me that he would have someone follow up with the shipping company and get back to me. I got a call back, with the assurance that the kayak would be delivered July 10th. and that the shipping company would call me that afternoon to confirm this. By 4 pm, on a Friday, I hadn't heard from shipping company so I called them. A very rude woman answered, begrudgingly said the kayak would be delivered on Monday (although she didn't say which Monday), and that the driver would call 10 minutes before he arrived. Waited all day Monday with no call and no kayak. Called llbean again on Tue. July 11th. and spoke with yet another person who assured me that she would follow up with the shipping company. I got a call in the afternoon from the shipping company person who actually scheduled the deliveries. He told me no one had told him he needed to deliver the said kayak, but assured me that it would be on the truck the next day, and would be delivered between 10 and 11 on the 12th. At this point I had spent way more time on this kayak than it was worth, but thought it would finally arrive, since we were leaving at noon and would be away for a month. Well, no call and no kayak. I called the shipping number, someone new answered, and he told me that the kayak was not on the truck for delivery. At that point I had had it. Called llbean back and the nice lady said she was amazed that the kayak had not been delivered. I realize that llbean has little control over the shipping company, but had they been waiting for 30 kayaks for their store, you can be sure that those kayaks would not have been sitting in a trailer for days. Bottom line, if you order something from llbean and pay llbean for the item and shipping, then the buck stops with llbean and they are responsible for what does or doesn't happen. I was offered a slight discount if I wanted to come pick up the kayak (if they had one) in their Freeport store. If I had wanted to do that, I would have picked up the kayak in the first place. I was also offered a $100 gift card for my inconvenience. Since I never plan to shop at llbean again, that wasn't very helpful. There were several things that could have been done along the way that would have made this experience slightly better, starting with providing tracking information for items that are shipped via a trucking company. "
"I ordered a sun shelter for the beach for the grandkids and was told it would arrive yesterday. After LL Bean shipped it with UPS it was turned over to the Sure Post delivery by the post office. Because this is a summer home the post office doesn't deliver. It is now sitting in a post office two towns away on the Cape and customer service says they cannot intercede once SurePost has the package. So it will get sent back to LLB and we can reorder it. Really??? after the vacation is over?? This is not the company it used to be and REI, EMS and Sierra Trading Post can easily equip me with anything I need. Goodby LLB."
Poor Shipping/Order fulfillment continues
"I will pile on to the other comments here and add that at the time of this post 7/14/17 the issues others have noted continue with ordering off web. Product showed in stock and was suppose to be delivered the following day. Product didn't show up so looked up order number and it showed still processing 48 hours after i had placed. Sent e-mail to customer service inquiring and they cited computer system problems and could not provide a ship date other than to say it would be "shipping shortly" Unacceptable and disappointing.... these are known issues, have been going on for what looks to be at least a month, so there should either be a warning on the website that states that there will be delays. This is preferable as it would allow you to source the product from another vendor if you didn't know when you would receive it or at least there should be notification in their e-mail confirmation of the order. Instead everything looks like it will ship immediately and in my case be there the next day"
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