Rapid Satllite bad experience!!!

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by Rew452, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. Rew452

    Rew452 New Member

    Jun 26, 2004


    Last Thursday I called and repeatedly asked if they had in stock and could fill my order. He even checked with supervisor and was totally assured if I placed my order they would be able to ship from the warehouse..

    They attached credit card in minutes, no charge but it ties up credit line.

    Called them this morning and was told that my order was back ordered!!

    I protested but no good couldn't even tell me where I was in line.

    Found my local ABC Warehouse has some and was able to snag one; should have it by Thursday.

    Called to cancel my order with Rapid and was told OK but it would take 48 hrs to 30 days to remove hold on card.!!!!!!

    It seems that they are not very reputable; Take heed.

  2. gr8reb8

    gr8reb8 Looking for deals.

    May 5, 2004
    West Michigan
    Did ABC Warehouse come down in price? Initially they were selling them for $999.00 Then they bumped the price up to $1,499.00 :thumbsdown:
  3. Rew452

    Rew452 New Member

    Jun 26, 2004
    Got it for MSRP.

  4. Bigg

    Bigg Cord Cutter

    Oct 30, 2003
    Thats not the first time I have heard bad things about rapidsatellite. They have some of the best prices, and as they say, you get what you pay for.
  5. Robert Simandl

    Robert Simandl Member

    Jan 16, 2004


    It took 5 days for them to release the hold on my card.
  6. Rew452

    Rew452 New Member

    Jun 26, 2004
    I t took them minutes to put a hold on the card and days to remove????

    What is wrong with this picture??? It still sounds more like charging your card; don't you think?

  7. Scott D

    Scott D Active Member

    Jun 17, 2001
    Pasadena, Texas
    Any good business must cancel all ties with the customer when an order is no longer going to happen. If this is their standards of doing business, I want no part of them. Besides, warranties could very well be a royal pain with Rapid. Based upon what I have heard, Rapid just may be reluctant to do a return BUT quick to sell you a product. I would need a company to back up their products they sell.
  8. DoritoOfDeath

    DoritoOfDeath New Member

    Apr 26, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    I bought my HD-Tivo from Rapidsatellite and got it no problem a couple months back. Others that ordered and cancelled also had no issues with the hold being released or anything. What was wrong with them was inconsistency of their customer service reps. We all know CSR's can be less than knowledable at times.
  9. Jul 1, 2004 #9 of 19

    FlopShot New Member

    Apr 24, 2004
    Central CA
    I thought I'd clear this issue up, because I'm afraid you do not know how credit card processing works. When a retailer "attached credit card" as you stated, what they are doing is taking an authorization on the card, to make sure you have available credit and to hold it away from other authorizations and/or charges. e.g. If you had $1000 available credit, and RS puts an auth for $999 on your card, then if you attempted to charge a $1.99 BigMac at McDonalds, your cc would be declined even though your statement says $1000 available credit. When they actually want to charge the amount to your card, like when they are about to deliver, then they "settle the charge against the auth", meaning they were already holding the credit, now they are claiming it. But if the retailer does nothing with this held authorization, like for several (14+) days, then your issuing bank will release the authorization, assuming that the retailer no longer needs the credit. This is why you will see retailers that have you on a wait-list re-authorizing your card over and over again, because they are keeping the hold against your available credit so you can't go blow it on something else and not leave them enough credit to claim. Now, when you cancel an order, they basically take you off their wait list and they tell the bank to release the auth, but it's not their problem to actually release the authorization in your account and free up the credit. That is completely up to your bank. So when Rapid Satellite is telling you that it will take a few days for the hold on your credit card to release, they are making an estimate. Some banks will release the auth the next day, but some banks don't release the auth for upwards of 14-21 days. So if you want to make sure the auth is released as per RS request, then contact your issuing bank directly.

    Believe me, this is a common misconception of how credit works. I have to explain this to customers at least 1-2 times a week that we are not holding their credit.
  10. steuert

    steuert TivoGeezer

    Mar 12, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    I wonder if the above explanation about "how credit works" isn't pretty much beside the point in the present case.

    There is a legitimate reason for a hotel to put a "hold" on your cc when you check in, as they expect you to accumulate charges approximating the held amount over the next few days. However, AFAIK, they don't put the hold on your cc two or three weeks before you arrive.

    In the case of a retailer, I can see no legitimate reason to put a hold on the customer's account for back-ordered merchandise. As I understand the above explanation, a retailer's basic objective in doing this is to tie up your cc and thus prevent you from spending your money elsewhere, not to protect himself from non-payment.

    The retailer, of course, has the opportunity to process the CC charge normally when he ships the item, so he has no risk of sending the item to you and not being paid.

    Although I suppose it's not strictly illegal, an ethical retailer will not charge your cc or put a hold like this against your account until he has the merchandise in hand, ready to ship. And if the funds cannot be released promptly, then the retailer has even less justification for putting a hold on them. Finally, he is the one who created the problem, not the bank, and he should see that is corrected without the customer having to contact the bank himself.

    IMO, this explanation does nothing to let Rapid off the hook, especially in view of the misrepresentations they made about having the item in stock.
  11. tarix

    tarix New Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    Torrance, CA
    Since our little SOBEKnight is back I thought I'd bump this little thread. This is a more accurate depiction of Rapid Satellite.
  12. playitagain4me

    playitagain4me New Member

    Jul 1, 2004
    My credit card was put on hold too when I was waitlisted with Rapid Satellite. After about 5 days or so, the hold went off. They never re-authorized me as far as I know -- I didn't really watch it that closely. The day they shipped it, the charge appeared on my account. I had a very good experience with Rapid. So good that I went back and got a 2nd one. Seems a few had problems getting their units or at least a straigt answer as to when it was being delivered. They told me 2-3 weeks for my first one and it was about 3 weeks. My second one came in about 8 days I think. I think the wait is pretty short now.
  13. Axiom

    Axiom New Member

    Nov 29, 2000
    It would be nice if all the people who had a bad experience with Rapid Satellite would take a little time to file a complaint with the BBB.


    It seems ridiculous that they have a clean BBB report after I've read so many complaints on this forum.
  14. Robert Simandl

    Robert Simandl Member

    Jan 16, 2004
    In my case (cancelled my order for the HD Tivo after they told me they had no idea when they'd ship the unit I just ordered), the Rapidsatellite CSR told me they'd release the hold within 24 hours.

    After 48 hours, they had not released the hold. I called and this CSR told me it would be 72 hours.

    After 80 hours, the hold was not released. I called my bank. My bank told me they can't release until the vendor tells them to, and Rapidsatellite had not contacted them at all about it.

    After three days, Rapidsatellite had still not told my bank to release the auth!

    It took five days for my funds to become available again.
  15. Never enough

    Never enough New Member

    Jul 6, 2005
    I did a Yahoo search looking to see if there were other people having problems with Rapid satellite. I see there are many out there. I will never deal with them again and I hope others will stay away. We ordered DirectTV through them and were supposed to get a refund on our shipping, plus a DVD player. After 7 months we got the check for shipping but they won't give us the DVD player. The girlfreind called and worked with a rep so the paper work would be EXACTLY what they required. after many calls later, 3 weeks ago we finally got conformation that it would be sent, and should be recieved within 2 weeks. Yesturday she called and another rep told her we didn't get the paper work right and they were not going to send it. She then transfered to another rep who told her the paper work was turned in too late and they were not going to send it. She then talked to the manager and he told her another story about not having enough bill copies. IMO they are crooked liers and should be stayed away from. Thanks for the link Axiom.
  16. Rcrew

    Rcrew Active Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Didn't notice the date when I first started reading this post. I was thinking man, these guys should have read stuff from the archive.

    Then I noticed it's originally from last year.

    I still think they should have read the archive...
  17. jor-el

    jor-el New Member

    May 24, 2002
    Sorry, I don't accept this as reasonable business practices. If you put the hold on, why shouldn't you be removing it? Just forgetting about it and letting the bank fix it is a copout.

    In this particular case, he didn't cancel the order, RapidSat failed to meet the promise made - namely of having an in stock unit to ship. And if they're the ones without inventory, I don't see any justification for locking up credit anyway. When they have a unit to sell him, they can run the charge. If he doesn't have funds, they don't have to ship. If they need a deposit to do a backorder, charge a deposit, in the open.

    What business do you run, that I can avoid dealing with?
  18. Paperboy2003

    Paperboy2003 Wasting time here

    Mar 30, 2004
    two words :

    They Suck

    two more :

    Stay Away
  19. tiedeus

    tiedeus New Member

    Feb 8, 2006
    the installers they sent out to my house lied to my face in order to run new coax drops to all 3 floors and charge me $70 a floor stating the existing coax in the wallis bad when i am currently using it for my cable TV. I have been trying to cancel everything w/ Rapid Satellite due to the way i've been treated and i'm still fighting w/ them to take their equipment and repair the unnecessary holes that were drilled into the side of my house. This has been going on since Dec. 29th. Now they will not return my calls or respond to my emails. it's too bad i didn't find this forum before i placed the order.


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