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#1 Portia

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 15:44

Does anyone have any experience with the Montblanc boutique on Bloor St. in Toronto?

I took my pen there in January for repairs, and am in the midst of a protracted effort to get my pen back, as the wrong pen was returned to me.

(They'd apparently sent my pen to the Canadian Service Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, to have the repairs done, and now they seem to be passing the buck back and forth as to who is responsible for my pen.

So if you have any experience with them, and especially if it might help me resolve this, I'd appreciate knowing.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 18:30

Sorry have no info to help you, I have been there once, they were nice and helpful but that was it.
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 19:50

Why don't you call the Canadian Service Centre directly?

What pen did they lose?

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 21:14

The boutique cannot in their right minds be giving you the runaround, unless their business plan includes driving away customers.

Tell the manager of the boutique you expect them to give you a replacement pen from their shop inventory without further delay. If you don't get satisfaction, contact Montblanc North America and make your displeasure known, first by phone, and then a follow-up letter confirming all the details and a summary of the phone call. Unhappy customers do so much damage!

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 02:02

I had them work on my pens a couple of times about 4 or 5 years ago (fixed a flow problem; changed a nib) without any issues - however, they did take their time!

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 02:41

Sorry to hear of your problems. I have used them for repairs and have not had a problem. I would ask to speak to Wayne who owns the boutique. That may jump start something.

Best of luck.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 03:36

The boutique cannot in their right minds be giving you the runaround, unless their business plan includes driving away customers.

Tell the manager of the boutique you expect them to give you a replacement pen from their shop inventory without further delay. If you don't get satisfaction, contact Montblanc North America and make your displeasure known, first by phone, and then a follow-up letter confirming all the details and a summary of the phone call. Unhappy customers do so much damage!

Fred


That's sounds like a reasonable course of action to me.

Matt

Edited by meiers, 23 March 2011 - 03:37.


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Posted 23 March 2011 - 13:05

I sorry to hear that you're having problems with this boutique. I love the service that I get from them. I've given them my 145 in the past for a slight tweak. Currently I have a Starwalker with them, and I'm still within the five to ten business day wait, so I'm not worried.
Do talk to the manager, he's a nice man. If you have the time, show up in person; they'll try their hardest to make sure you leave happy.
Also, don't let them get away with blaming it on the service centre. They are the ONLY boutique in Canada, and they should be interacting with the service centre on your behalf.
If they try passing it off again, ask them what they can do. They will likely say they will phone the service centre, etc. Then ask them what will happen if they still can't find the pen. This is where you suggest a replacement if the pen isn't found in X number of days.
Hope you get this sorted out quickly!

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 00:02

Sorry about the bad experience you have. Hope they are able to locate your own pen quickly.

Edited by smartson, 24 March 2011 - 18:15.


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Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:19

Tell us how this situation evolves.

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:31

Out of curiosity, does anyone think that anyone from MB corporate is a member of/monitors FPN? (You'd think so, given the industry...) I'm just wondering if they would see this forum as a source of intelligence for keeping abreast of MB's fans likes/dislikes/problems. FWIW, this would be a prime example of a situation where they could catch a potential customer problem early and do something about it.

That said, I've spent enough time in business to know that the intelligent thing to do is not always what is done. ;)

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 01:51

Why don't you call the Canadian Service Centre directly?

What pen did they lose?



Hi - it was simply a 144 model, which I've since learned is perhaps the most model Meisterstuck of all! But it doesn't matter, it was perfect to me.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 01:56

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Hi - it was simply a 144 model, which I've since learned is perhaps the most model Meisterstuck of all! But it doesn't matter, it was perfect to me.
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Nothing simple aboout. The 144 is a great pen.


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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:00

The boutique cannot in their right minds be giving you the runaround, unless their business plan includes driving away customers.

Tell the manager of the boutique you expect them to give you a replacement pen from their shop inventory without further delay. If you don't get satisfaction, contact Montblanc North America and make your displeasure known, first by phone, and then a follow-up letter confirming all the details and a summary of the phone call. Unhappy customers do so much damage!

Fred


I'm a bit embarrassed to say the salesman there did offer me my choice of the 144's they have in their shop - but then, none was as good as mine was. It's been frustrating, 2 months of back and forth, I've been 4 times to the shop now as they keep returning the pen asking the repair shop to look again ... and they don't offer "user pens" while they do that, so I've been without a fountain pen most of the time which has impeded me in my work. Maybe I'm becoming neurotic about it by now. I haven't yet accepted that it is gone, and I don't know how that could have happened.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:01

Sorry to hear of your problems. I have used them for repairs and have not had a problem. I would ask to speak to Wayne who owns the boutique. That may jump start something.

Best of luck.

Sanj


Thank you, Sanj - I will do that.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:05

I sorry to hear that you're having problems with this boutique. I love the service that I get from them. I've given them my 145 in the past for a slight tweak. Currently I have a Starwalker with them, and I'm still within the five to ten business day wait, so I'm not worried.
Do talk to the manager, he's a nice man. If you have the time, show up in person; they'll try their hardest to make sure you leave happy.
Also, don't let them get away with blaming it on the service centre. They are the ONLY boutique in Canada, and they should be interacting with the service centre on your behalf.
If they try passing it off again, ask them what they can do. They will likely say they will phone the service centre, etc. Then ask them what will happen if they still can't find the pen. This is where you suggest a replacement if the pen isn't found in X number of days.
Hope you get this sorted out quickly!

PR&G


Thank you - I fear having to take a replacement, because I don't think the 144 pens they have in their shop is actually as good as the one I had.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:06

Sorry about the bad experience you have. Hope they are able to locate your own pen quickly.


Thanks for your note, it's awfully nice to have the supportive responses of this group.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:07

Tell us how this situation evolves.



I will!

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:10

Out of curiosity, does anyone think that anyone from MB corporate is a member of/monitors FPN? (You'd think so, given the industry...) I'm just wondering if they would see this forum as a source of intelligence for keeping abreast of MB's fans likes/dislikes/problems. FWIW, this would be a prime example of a situation where they could catch a potential customer problem early and do something about it.

That said, I've spent enough time in business to know that the intelligent thing to do is not always what is done. ;)

Regards,
Justin



That's a very interesting point - now that you make it, I agree that the MB folks *ought* to keep tuned into this forum.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:16

To "Inked" - thanks for your comment - it's nice to hear someone say that! I meant to say "modest" rather than "model", bit I see you got my point.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 12:38


I sorry to hear that you're having problems with this boutique. I love the service that I get from them. I've given them my 145 in the past for a slight tweak. Currently I have a Starwalker with them, and I'm still within the five to ten business day wait, so I'm not worried.
Do talk to the manager, he's a nice man. If you have the time, show up in person; they'll try their hardest to make sure you leave happy.
Also, don't let them get away with blaming it on the service centre. They are the ONLY boutique in Canada, and they should be interacting with the service centre on your behalf.
If they try passing it off again, ask them what they can do. They will likely say they will phone the service centre, etc. Then ask them what will happen if they still can't find the pen. This is where you suggest a replacement if the pen isn't found in X number of days.
Hope you get this sorted out quickly!

PR&G


Thank you - I fear having to take a replacement, because I don't think the 144 pens they have in their shop is actually as good as the one I had.


Hmmm, you must have used it for quite a few years I'm guessing. It's been two months, so I think chances are pretty slim by now that they'll find it and return it. Did your pen have a serial number on it? If it doesn't it may also be why it is so difficult to find your pen. Whether you accept the replacement or not, I hope you walk away form all this satisfied.

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Montblanc 145, F nib.
Faber Castell E-Motion in Pearwood, F nib.
Montblanc 149, F nib.
Visconti Divina Proporzione 1618, S nib.
Montblanc Cool Blue Starwalker, EF nib.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 13:46


The boutique cannot in their right minds be giving you the runaround, unless their business plan includes driving away customers.

Tell the manager of the boutique you expect them to give you a replacement pen from their shop inventory without further delay. If you don't get satisfaction, contact Montblanc North America and make your displeasure known, first by phone, and then a follow-up letter confirming all the details and a summary of the phone call. Unhappy customers do so much damage!

Fred


I'm a bit embarrassed to say the salesman there did offer me my choice of the 144's they have in their shop - but then, none was as good as mine was. It's been frustrating, 2 months of back and forth, I've been 4 times to the shop now as they keep returning the pen asking the repair shop to look again ... and they don't offer "user pens" while they do that, so I've been without a fountain pen most of the time which has impeded me in my work. Maybe I'm becoming neurotic about it by now. I haven't yet accepted that it is gone, and I don't know how that could have happened.


I do feel for you - I have a 20+ year old Parker Vector BP that I bought in Australia and was my first 'good' pen. (OK, stop snickering...I was a recent Uni graduate on a working holiday visa.) That pen accompanied me across 3 continents and multiple jobs and I've become quite attached to it, even if it is now kind of scratched up (my cat liked to play with it) and the plastic top's been damaged.

During one of my recent jobs, I was in a warehouse collecting information for a user manual and put my pen down on one of the pallets...and forgot it until I needed it a few days later. (in my defense, I was busy and just met my soon-to-be wife...love can do weird things to pen nuts.) I went back to the warehouse but the pallet that I had put my pen on was shipped to a customer. I met one of the warehouse guys who asked me what I was doing there and I told him about my pen. Turned out that he had found it and my Parker was now sitting in a cracked coffee mug on his desk.

I can't tell you how happy I was to be reunited with my old friend. The value of that Parker ballpoint was probably close to zero for anyone else, but to me it was priceless.

With that story in mind, I hope you either get your pen back or get something comparable.

Regards,
Justin

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Posted 31 March 2011 - 20:01

Oh wow sorry to hear about your experiences with them! I've only had one dealing with them and though I want to return, I haven't had the courage to go back. It was a number of years ago when I went to have a medium nib swapped for an EF on a pen gifted to me by my grandparents for graduation. I remember it took a while to get it back (and given that I had only - JUST - finished my undergrad degree, I don't think they were too pleased to see me in their frou-frou Yorkville boutique). :P
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Posted 31 March 2011 - 20:36

I took my MBs to Sleuth and Essence as my middlemen with no problems over the last year.