I’m not generally one for public complaint, but I need to vent my frustration.
Back on the 3rd of October I contacted the Support email about ordering a replacement horizontal drive belt for under the head gantry. I damaged mine, it failed a couple of days later, I currently have an expensive paperweight.
On the 8th (america)/9th (UK) I got a confirmation that Glowforge could ship me a replacement belt. Could I confirm my address so they can raise a paypal invoice and calculate shipping.
I replied with my address and the suggestion that costs could come out of my store credit as its not like I can spend it on anything.
10th October: Glowforge great suggestion i’ll see it thats posible. your belt is going to cost $20 and $52 to ship it.
($52 to ship a small spare part is pretty ridiculous i think to my self, but surely that means i’ll have my machine back up and running in a couple of days, i cant earn anything on it whilst its idle. Fine.)
I pointed out the shipping seems quite high, can i get two belts on that, to save me being out of action if this happens again?
11 Oct Glowforge: Yes i can ship you 2 belts, it will cost $92, i also have permission to deduct this from your store credit, your balance is $xxx. do you wish to proceed?
me: Yes i wish to proceed. can you also tell me when the catalogue/shop are available to international users?
11th/12th (uk) Glowforge: Ive deducted the money from your store credit account, i’ll update you when i have the tracking information. Also i cant give you a time line on when international sales will be available.
18th october: me: Can you please confirm that the belts have been sent?
Its now the 23rd of October and I’ve heard nothing from the Glowforge team. They have deducted the amount from my store credit, but nothing to say how long its going to take to receive the part, or if its even been shipped.
If anyone has the belt specifications so I can find and source my own replacement it would be greatly appreciated.
As for when the catalogue and store are going to be available, I suppose as a founding owner I shouldn’t be surprised with more empty promises. Its not like digital files even require shipping calculations.