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Sep 25, 2006
Sep 25, 2006
Pricey Priceless Gifts at Things Remembered.com
With the wedding beckoning I sallied forth in search of groomsmen gifts for all my closest friends whom would be standing up in my wedding. Searching through the google archives I found several different companies offering similar gifts at various prices. Things Remembered is a gift and specialty store that offers custom engraving and Monogramming on most items. They carry a wide selection of gifts for special occasions, holidays, birthdays, children, babies, weddings, parties, friends, and family.
My first impressions of the site were fairly good as the site navigation was easy, I did however feel over whelmed with links to every isolated gift idea imaginable. I do like the custom engraving, and monogramming they offer as I want my friends to feel like the gift is something they will keep forever and remind them of this special occasion. Shipping turned out exactly as claimed, I received standard free shipping, along with 50% off an item I purchased of equal or lesser value, and the items came on time.
Honestly the 50% off was merely a drop in a bucket, because the base price of the items I purchased was not that expensive, but the killer was the personalized engraving that ran nearly $6 a word. Again this is something that made the gift more personable and special, so I felt this was something I could deal with.
*Some information is obtained directly from the website
At Things Remembered, we are committed to your satisfaction. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with a purchase, you may return or exchange it, even if it's been personalized. We will satisfy you in accordance with the return policy below.
Returning an Item
You can return an item purchased online or by phone in two ways
Via Phone : Call us at 866.902.4438 to arrange for a free, convenient pickup.
Via Store: Bring your item to any of the 600 mall locations nationwide
Chart Reads: Item Price, Standard Shipping, Second Day Air, and Next Day Air.
(Up to $25) $5.95 $11.95 $17.95
($25.01 - $50.00) $7.95 $13.95 $19.95
($50.01 - $75.00) $8.95 $14.95 $20.95
($75.01 - $100.00) $10.95 $16.95 $22.95
($100.01 - $200.00)$14.95 $20.95 $26.95
($200.00) $19.95 $25.95 $31.95
Free standard shipping is currently going on with purchases of $99 or more.
Standard Delivery: You will receive your order within 5 business days from the day it is shipped.
Second Day Air: You will receive your order within 2 business days from the day it is shipped. Please add $6.00 to the standard delivery charge.
Next Day Air: You will receive your order within 1 business day from the day it is shipped. Please add $12.00 to the standard delivery charge.
I would personally recommend ordering before the special holiday/occasion as to use the inexpensive shipping method, rather than wait for the last minute. If you want to avoid the shipping charges all together you can purchase your gift from the store directly.
Security Features of Site
Rest assured that we utilize the latest encryption technology to ensure the safety of your personal information at Things Remembered. Your ordering information (name, address, credit card, etc.) is encrypted during the ordering process & transmission, using our secure server to provide the highest level of security possible. In addition, once received, your credit card data is stored on a server that cannot be accessed via the Internet.
We further protect your information using the following methods:
Password protection: When you create an account with us, your password creates another level of security for your personal information. Your password is your secret code into your account. Make your password a combination of at least 6 (no more than 10) characters/numbers that are not easily guessed (don't make your password your last name, for example).
Site protection: Our entire site is protected behind an advanced firewall (think of it as a cyber fortress), which prevents unauthorized persons from accessing your information.
Typically when running into a snag you should call customer service, especially if you cannot find an item youre looking for, or you have a special request. Another helpful tool is the store locator, which is similar to map quest, as it gives you the store nearest to the zip code or city you live in. The website accepts major credit cards, purchase orders, and checking accounts. Larger purchases made will increase your chance of a bulk order discount. One quick fact about purchasing outside the US, they only accept telephone orders.
My experience with customer service was quite good as they called me to verify my order, and sent me an email verifying my information, plus a tracking number with an estimated date of arrival.
The final balanced accrued was about $179.83 with tax, engraving, discounts applied, and free shipping. This was not bad for 6 people (about $30 bucks each), but I personally did not get the bang for the buck that I would have received from a standard store. I figured that this is a one time deal, with the wedding so why not do something special for the people involved in it.
I would not recommend a constant purchase of gifts from ThingsRemembered.com as the prices and comparison was much higher than other specialty stores that I had visited, and make sure you find the deals like free shipping or 50% off which makes the experience on your wallet less painful.
Call toll free: 1-866-902-4438 or visit http://www.thingsremembered.com
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