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    • Please can you put up in PDF format – simply the documents that you are relying on as proof of payment. Redact them for account numbers et cetera. We don't need to see images of the damage et cetera. I understand that you are trying to recover £150 plus the delivery costs including the insurance cover – is this correct? What is the total value of this?
    • By the way, have sweatband.com actually refused to take responsibility for this now? Are they standing by the manufacturers position that it should not have been kept in a garage?
    • Sweatband.com like many of these online retailers – and also retail shops – which sell their goods, make all sorts of claims for their customer service et cetera – but when things go wrong they refer you to the manufacturer. Of course this can be a very sensible arrangement because the manufacturer is better placed to deal with the problem – but we tend to find that very often the manufacturer is pretty reluctant and of course because they are not the retailer, there really not too bothered about their customer-facing reputation. So as has been suggested by my site team colleague above, you are being fobbed off. Secondly, any attempt now to start saying that the treadmill should not be used in the garage – when this has not been referred to at all when it was being sold to you, is in effect introducing a new term into an existing contract. This means that it has no effect whatsoever and is not binding. Sweatband.com are bound by the law of contract and also by the Consumer Rights Act 2015. You are entitled to purchase a treadmill which is of satisfactory quality and remains that way for a reasonable period of time – and you are quite right, it hasn't matched up to those standards and so sweatband.com are in breach of contract. It has nothing to do with the manufacturer. If the manufacturer really wants to say that it should be kept in a garage then that's between them and sweatband. It's especially telling that according to you sweatband have actually said that this is a great thing to keep in your garage. I would suggest that you go around the Internet – trust pilot et cetera putting up reviews about sweatband – who as I have said after fobbing you off and letting you down – but also you should put up separate reviews about this particular brand of treadmill and make sure everybody sees that even the manufacturer is saying that it should be kept in a garage and that they won't stand by their product when it breaks down after three months. I can imagine that the person who said this to you from the manufacturer will get a bit of a talking to. Maybe you can tell us the make and model number of this treadmill so that references to it will come up in Google hits in the future. The situation as advised by my site team colleague is that as it has failed within the first six months, the retailer is entitled to one single opportunity to carry out a repair and failing that they are obliged either to replace the item or to give your refund at your option. These are rights which have been created by the Consumer Rights Act 2015. These rights should be asserted in writing You should write to the retailer immediately and put them on notice that you are asserting your rights under the 2015 act and you are giving them a single opportunity to repair the treadmill. Tell them that given its size and its weight, it will have to be repaired at your home unless sweatband.com want to take responsibility for picking it up and selling it to whoever they want to get it repaired by. I can imagine sweatband won't be happy about this and you are going to find everybody's going to start dragging their feet. I can imagine also that sweatband would try to up the ante by saying that it is your responsibility to return the treadmill to them. That would be wrong. The treadmill is defective. Sweatband are in breach – and it is up to them to deal with the problem. I think you will need to be quite assertive and I would suggest that your letter to them should give them a seven day window to let you know what the arrangements are and that the treadmill should be repaired or replaced in any event within 14 days. Please keep us informed as to what happens. Just so you know what we will advise if sweatband don't step up to the mark – if they don't let you have a satisfactory response within the first seven days then we will be suggesting that you begin the claims process by sending them a letter of claim – which then leads to a small claim in the County Court. This is not something you should worry about. Your chances of success are much better than 95% and I can imagine that at the end of the day sweatband.com don't want this kind of trouble and once they realise that you are happy to confront them, they will buckle down. Of course you never know – maybe they are going to act brilliantly and respond correctly immediately – in which case it will be kudos to them. Let's see  
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I haven't had any communication from IQOR but last week I came home to find a card from they saying they called but got no answer and advised me to call a mobile number (no name or ref). I haven't and since Saturday they have been calling (did a check on WhoCallsMe) when I was out but left no message. Should I respond or would it be disturbing hornet's nest?

 

Thanks in advance. Lilly

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How was that card delivered? Does it have a postmark on it? Was it in an envelope?

 

As for responding to them, er NO!

Whatever these children have to say can be committed in writing, as for their harassment on the phone use your phone providers malicious calls procedure, keep a diary of events too.

Who ever heard of someone getting a job at the Jobcentre? The unemployed are sent there as penance for their sins, not to help them find work!

 

 

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These debt collectors like to put 'we called' because it sounds like they actually knocked on a door when infact it's more likely that it means we called/phoned you. If it had a stamp/postmark then it's just a cleverly worded card that might be read as 'we came to your house' in order to scare you but is very unlikely and actually just refers to them phoning you.

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It had no postmark and was pushed through the letterbox in the evening between 19:00 and 22:00. So, presumably someone came to the door. All it says is "I am on 'mobile no'" - Final Notice Call our rep and so on.

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Ok so even if they did come they have no powers. Just tell them to sod off. They might growl a bit but they have no bite. No legal powers whatsoever. Do not be afraid of them.

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I they do call hand them this letter and shut the door.

 

Take note I withdraw all permissions explicit or implied

for any agent or employee of xxxxxxxxx to enter upon

this property at any time.

 

I do not wish to make any appointment to discuss any matters.

 

Yoi will not contact me by telephone or any other means except

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