Consumer Complaints and Reviews
I have been with Vitacost for so many years that I can't remember. Their customer service has always been first rate. If any error was made with an order, a free replacement was sent, including the one that Lasership dropped at the wrong address, where it was rained on for two days, box fell apart, paper inside soaked, etc. If the error required a refund, it was forthcoming immediately. That sounds like there have been a lot of errors. There have not. Over enough years with any company that one orders from monthly, there will be a snafu here and there.
I noticed that many of the poor ratings were not really about Vitacost, but about the shippers they use. Okay, that's a legitimate complaint, but it can be solved. When they made the change to companies like Lasership, for the first time we started experiencing shipping problems, orders either not delivered at all or delivered to the wrong address. I contacted the company and they flagged my account for FedEx shipment only at no cost to me. Now if that's not good customer service, I don't know what is. Yesterday I spent part of my morning on Live Chat, giving Vitacost heck. In the end I realized that I was making a mountain of a molehill and rather than them owing me an apology, I owed them one. Here it is.
I placed an order on Sunday, June 11, and had my box by FedEx Home Delivery on Tuesday, June 13. I live about 15 miles from the East Coast shipping warehouse, although at the time I ordered, I didn't realize that. :) I got top-quality products that I'd pay much more for elsewhere. Thank you!!!! Very pleased with products and service.
I ordered from Vitacost unaware that they use OnTrac as a delivery service. OnTrac is the WORSE delivery co. in the U.S. In fact there are hundreds and hundreds of complaints against them. After many years of shopping online from Walmart and Amazon I closed both accounts because they are using OnTrac as well. When these companies decide to listen to their customers instead of forcing OnTrac on us perhaps we, the customers, will go back shopping online with them again.
I have been with Vitacost for 15 years. People writing bad reviews are those with computer training issues or bad browser problems. The simplest and best way to order is by smartphone app. It is the most current and most user friendly on the planet. Secondly, their products are without a doubt the most incredible and less costly on the planet. Let's also talk about this delivery issue some of these people thought was worth one star about. Seriously, read the disclaimer! If you're ordering a supplement you will get it within three days and if you are close to the center within one day. Remember if you are on the east coast, it is not the company's fault if the shippers run into delay. And you get what you pay for!!! I wish the company success for many years!!!
When I received a product that had become damaged during shipment Vitacost sent a free replacement right away, no hassle. They have a great selection of products and the shipping is very fast. This is my new favorite company for healthy living products. Their customer service is excellent.
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I was a first time buyer of Vitacost supplement. When they arrived I noticed that I am allergic to one ingredient of a supplement. I emailed them asking for a possible refund and offered to return the supplement which is unopened with the shipment fully borned by me. Being an international order and the ingredients of the supplement were actually listed on the website, I thought I had zero chance of a refund, feeling that it was my mistake to begin with. To my surprise, I immediately got the refund and Vitacost responded that I did not have to return the supplement. They even gave me suggestion on how to get speedier refund without writing them an email! I am now onto my second order. I am more careful with ordering now and really read the ingredients and other info before ordering. I wouldn't want my favorite supplement supplier to suffer unnecessary loss. I am now a customer for life. Well done Vitacost!
As a Canadian who has lived in the USA briefly I'd say Americans are a bit spoiled re: customer service. And by the way God bless America - I love Americans. I ordered several items from Vitacost and they came up; sailed through customs no problem. You guys are lucky because several good products are banned here in Canada for literally no good reason. Hang on to your supplement freedom because believe me, big bad pharma would love to do here what it has in Europe; massive restrictions on vitamins.
Anyways my advice is to be patient when ordering something. I honestly had no idea when the product would be here or how long it took. I was in pleasant anticipation and then quite happy when my package arrived. End of story. I am ordering again 8 months later. I ordered lots, so I can get free shipping and also more convenient for me to order bigger, less often. Also better for the environment! Thank you Vitacost, from me, a nutritionist with 20+ years' experience.
My granddaughter and I need Gluten Free food which is hard to find locally. We particularly like the Schar products that are only carried sporadically at Walmart. I've tried several other online companies for GF food and none of them had the amazing selection and service that I get from Vitacost. I find out in my email when they have promotions in food and then load up. Most of the items that are available locally are much higher priced at stores compared to Vitacost. While I always try to buy locally, GF foods are so expensive that I only buy my bread locally.
My last order was 20% off and they offer Fed-Ex delivery on orders at least $49. How can you beat that? My granddaughter will be thrilled to get more Schar Entertainment crackers and breadsticks along with the GF candy I ordered. I highly recommend Vitacost as a company. Even when I ordered frozen foods from them, they were still frozen. It was during the fall and I live in Northern MN. If I had a problem I have no doubt that they would handle it to my satisfaction.
It makes me so flipping angry that people leave bad reviews for silly things like a website problem or things unrelated to what Vitacost is here to do. I live in California so I don't really run into an issue when looking for healthy, vegan items but on Vitacost, I at least can find new flavors of things not in stores, and my go-to items at a lower cost! My friend, however, lives in Minnesota and says there is nothing near her. Vitacost fills this niche. Not only is the product selection affordable, and HIGH QUALITY but there is ZERO worry or hassle! If you don't like something, it's seriously a two-click process to get a replacement. Customer service is seriously amazing and they have online chat too. It's crazy easy and the employees are nothing but nice. I created an account ONLY to review Vitacost because I want to spread the word and make sure that GOOD businesses get the respect and attention they deserve to STAY in business!
Been ordering from Vitacost for about two years and have never had an issue. I did have a question and the customer service rep I spoke to was really helpful. Free shipping does take about a week and if I had to nitpick about anything it would be that they don't always send the shipment confirmation but they do send an order confirmation right away and you can use that number to log in to the website and track it from there.
There's something way super wrong with their app. It won't let you check out. It just flashes a blank screen so I signed up for PayPal so I COULD check out & I got an email saying it was processed then another one the next day saying it hadn't been so I followed the prompts & they double charged me for the same order. It's slow, inaccurate, the "promo code" was not discounted even though it "said" it was. The delivery is also painfully SLOW. It often arrives late at night & sometimes at even the neighbor's house. They send my husband's messages to MY inbox (not that it matters). It's just annoying.
You can't get ahold of them by phone. Transferred all over the place, wow! I've always been happy with Vitacost in the past, & I don't know if it is due to Kroger taking over, but this site is in bad shape & needs updating in such a huge way, honestly we should be able to get a complete compensation for all this trouble we have been having recently with this ** system.
Customer Care couldnt help me with sign on. When I indicated Vitacost said they already had me in the system. Even though (don't want to reveal the C.S. Chat person) at Vitacost said I wasn't in the system and that he only suggested me going to another Browser. With this lack of help. I would not want to think what would happen if I really needed support with a product order, difficulty, etc. I really don't perceive the owner(s), or President of Vitacost knows, or even cares about these practices. Oh well! I'll just return to a competitive Supplement Company who "really" values my business. Sorry Vitacost. Best of luck in the future.
First of note, I am a self-employed online consultant and not associated with anyone from Vitacost. It sucks we have the "burden of proof" just to leave a positive review for someone! But I promise, this is a legit review on a really great experience I had with this company. I'm not sure how to go about submitting a receipt for verification but I did include my order number, so hopefully that helps! I have been shopping with Vitacost for a couple of years now. My packages are generally received within a day of my order. One day. Perhaps I live somewhere near a distribution center who knows. I recently lost a box that said it was delivered on my doorstep and I am still not sure what happened. It might have been stolen. I have a neighbor who loves leaving her dog poop on my yard so I wouldn't put it past her that's all I'm saying but I have no idea and no proof.
Tracking said it was delivered and so I started a chat with Vitacost asking what my next steps were from here. The woman who helped me, Juliana, was so sweet and offered to replace or refund everything. I thanked them and accepted a replacement. Kind, fast, and always gracious. This is a great company and I'm sorry if others have had negative experiences with them. They have the best prices for health-conscious products and free shipping on larger orders, which I always use! They also send a coupon for 10% off your next order with every order you get, so you constantly have a coupon. It's a nice feeling. I will continue ordering from them for years to come and tell my friends and family about their service.
I have ordered numerous times with Vitacost. Their products are great plus the discounts aren't bad either! However, it always tells me that the item will be received in 3 business days. Which is NEVER the case. It usually takes a week or two. I wouldn't be upset about this however, when you tell your customers or when the website states 3 business days I believe you should be responsible for getting that item to them in 3 business days. NOT A WEEK!
I have been a VITACOST CUSTOMER for several years. I placed my latest order in September 2016 and it took a week to get it to me. I called VITACOST customer service numerous times and was always promised an immediate call back which only once happened. I even called the shipping company only to be put on hold for 20 minutes and no one ever came on the line. I called the shipper the next day and was told they will review and call me back and they did not. Their customer service did not care about my order or its timely delivery. My other complaint is that there is no way to get to upper level management to voice my complaint.
I and a small group of friends all order from Vitacost every month or so, for over 3 years. If I forget something, my friends will add it to their order, or if we don't have enough to make free shipping, we pool our orders. None of us has had any problems with the company so far. Occasionally we've had to return items we ordered by mistake, and customer service was prompt and returns were easy. I noticed many of the negative reviews of this company were questionable in their complaints, and many were obvious errors made by the consumers themselves. I think this company is great and deserves a high rating.
About two weeks ago, I ordered a half dozen bars of Taza 87% dark chocolate from Vitacost.com. The items arrived within a few days (timely), which was good. Peeling back the wrappers, I realized one by one, the bars of chocolate were aged/heat damaged, while others were spotted with mold. 100% of the shipment was poor quality, thus raised a question in my mind about inventory control and supply chain management. I asked for a refund and received one immediately. All in all, a couple of good things happened (shipping time and quick refund) but not all together. They didn't truly solve the issue - at least not in my mind.
I was surprised Vitacost did not want me to return the product. Why are they not interested in seeing what the issue was with the product? Was it the cost of shipping to return? Hey, that's the cost of doing business... sorry. Businesses have to take opportunities as they arise to improve themselves. To share my experience with other shoppers, I took time to create a review with pictures to support. A week after submitting, it's still not up. I guess my negative review wasn't accepted by the editorial review board. On the submission, it stated that someone may contact me to discuss. Today, still no type of communication has been made by Vitacost. The combination of Vitacost not wanting to see the problem and not allowing me to share it with other shoppers via online review left me with a poor impression.
I made an order on 7/13 and was promised to receive it within 2 business days. Well, by 7/15 nothing, and there was zero tracking info as if the package was in limbo somewhere. I contact, via email, Laser, and they admitted something went awry, but give it another 2 business days, get what nothing and no tracking. Contacted Vitacost via email, but no answer. Contacted via chat, and they admitted there was a problem, and whether I wanted a refund or replacement. I choose the refund. I need to wait 3 days to see it. Poor and poor customer relation, avoid these people at any price. Many people in my building have complained about Laser and their lack of responsibility, such as leaving packages outside the lobby, so anybody from the street could grab the parcels.
I placed an order for vitamin supplements through Vitacost. They advertised "free and fast shipping" with my order over $39.00. Unfortunately, their "free and fast" shipping was contracted through LaserShip. I placed my order on 6/28/2016 and received a confirmation from Vitacost that delivery would be made in a two-day timeframe. I got busy with family and the 7/4 holiday and didn't dawn on me that it was 7/10 and I still had not received my order. I went to my Vitacost confirmation page and it gave me my LaserShip tracking number. When I clicked on the link, I was taken to the LaserShip site where it showed that the order was shipped to the wrong LaserShip facility so it was shipped back to the vendor. The next day I checked it read "delivery attempted -- wrong address." I verified my address on the original order and it was correct.
I was corresponding via email to both Vitacost and LaserShip about this error. Being held on hold for more than 15 minutes, I elected to contact each company by email. I received the same "We have received your communication and will check into the matter" three separate times from Vitacost. The third message on LaserShip's tracking was "attempted to contact buyer -- was unavailable." What the **??? No one had tried to contact me and I was home all week and no one attempted to deliver the package. Finally, after a fourth email to LaserShip requesting they contact me by telephone and not email, I listened to a voice message later that day that said, "Sorry your order was messed up; apparently it was sent to the wrong part of the country. We have returned the shipment to the seller. You will have to contact them to re-send the merchandise."
I'm just as upset with Vitacost because I have now asked twice to just cancel the order and refund my credit card. Twice now I've received emails asking me to verify my address so that they can ship out my order. Are you kidding me? I don't want vitamin supplements that have been on a hot truck that has travelled to another part of the country. GIVE ME MY REFUND AND I WILL SHOP LOCALLY FROM NOW ON, EVEN IF I HAVE TO PAY MORE -- at least I won't have to go through these hassles!!! Poorest customer service I have ever experienced from BOTH companies. As of today, this is STILL not resolved.
This is the second time I have had an issue with their shopping cart system. On June 22, I submitted my order. I received an e-mail and I found it had over $100 of items that I had previously ordered added to my new order. Within 15 minutes I attempted to submit a request for correction via their online customer service system. It was denied because the system said I had an invalid order. I got up early around 6:00AM EST and sent the e-mail again.
At 12:09PM I received the following e-mail: "Unfortunately, due to the swift nature of our ordering process, we cannot make any changes at this stage. I am so sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you. For future reference, when placing your order through your online account, you can delete items or cancel your order within 15 minutes from placing your order. The good news is that your entire purchase is covered by our 100% Money-Back Guarantee. If you are unhappy with any product for any reason, you may return it or request a full refund or replacement within 60 days of purchase. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us via chat, phone, or by simply replying to this email." Needless to say I am going to locate a reliable vendor.
I placed an order through Vitacost and within enough time that my kids would not be without their much needed supplements. The package arrived and the probiotic, which is supposed to be shipped with an ice pack, came wrapped in paper. I immediately got on their website to get a replacement. I marked in the reason area, "item not shipped cold". A few days later the same thing, no ice pack! Again, why did I waste my time ordering a replacement and put a reason just for it to be ignored! Waste of my time!
I called customer service and I was told that it is a warehouse issue and will take 3-5 business days to fix. More time wasted! She would refund the product and I would have to call back and re-order. As a courtesy for my trouble she would waive the shipping. I had free shipping on my original order so how does that do any justice? She was also laughing during our conversation with another employee. I was not happy and she got a manager.
The manager came on and repeated exactly what the first representative had told me. I explained that they needed to refund the product and ship me a new one for free in a cold pack. It states right on their website that "item ships cold". Since they cannot bring back time or take back any aggravation or frustration, the only way to compensate me is to send me the product for free. She offered me 10% off and 1 day shipping (which she bragged was an awesome deal because shipping is usually $14.99.)
She also went on to say that they recommend 1 day shipping with items that need to be kept cold and since I did not pay for that the first time I was getting a "deal". She just could not understand how that is NOT doing anything extra for me. I have a 12% off sitting in my inbox and I ordered in enough time to not need 1 day shipping. The 2 day shipping in a cold pack is enough to keep the potency of the product. They created the problem so basically I would expect that they would at least refund the product and send it ASAP! I am not being paid to be their quality control and it is not my problem that it takes them 3-5 business days to fix an error in their warehouse.
So, here is the irony: the manager was adamant that she could not send me the product free, but the warehouse will continue to send out a faulty product and waste tons of money (much more than sending me the free product) while they try to fix the issue. In addition, it was highly offensive, like previous customer reviews have commented, that they act like they are giving you a "deal" by doing what they should already be doing. I.E. shipping it out ASAP and at least offering more than a discount that I already have in my account! Bottom line: Order at your own risk. Vitacost does not care about their customers or the quality of their products!
Anyone who knows me knows the vigilant lengths I go to protect my sobriety. I don’t use cough syrup or mouthwash, I don’t take anything stronger than aspirin for pain and I don’t eat food that has alcohol in it even with the claim that it “cooks off“. Late last year I ordered vanilla extract from vitacost.com. I get it from here because it’s hard to find a non-alcoholic version that isn’t synthetic and loaded with preservatives. I don’t use it very often but I know that vanilla extract is 41% alcohol and shouldn’t be ingested by someone like me.
Since I don’t use it that often it took me a few months to realize the mistake that had been made. I was making a cake and spilled a drop of the extract on my hand. Instinctively I went to lick it off. Something was wrong. I looked at the bottle and noticed it was not the non-alcohol version. I immediately dumped the bottle and washed my mouth out furiously trying to get that taste out. I went online to check my order and saw that it was not my mistake – I had only ever ordered the non-alcohol version.
Now if I had used this for baking I wouldn’t have been in a total panic. But I do not. I use it in smoothies and yogurt and don’t know how many times I have accidentally ingested alcohol in the past few months. I protect myself so vigilantly because I don’t want to take any chances with my sobriety. I don’t know if the taste of alcohol or having even trace amounts in my system will trigger me to go back out. The thought terrifies me.
I wrote to the company. What I received a string of emails – from a different person each time – asking me what ELSE they could do after they refunded the $9.47 for the wrong product they sent me. They also said they checked the warehouse to make sure this kind of thing never happened again. They told me this no less than 7 times. Am I glad that this won’t happen to someone else? Of course. Am I glad I got my money back for a product I won't use. Sure. Is that enough? Hardly. They also apologized for the “inconvenience”. It’s so much more than an inconvenience. SO much more.
I got one last email today telling me how seriously they take this claim. They offered me 15% off my next purchase. I actually laughed out loud. Anyone who signs up for their services will tell you I get emails offering 15% off several times a day! And countless flyers sent to me each week! 15% off is a joke. They clearly don’t care enough about keeping my business. I order so many things from them each month and have referred many friends to ordering products from them as well. So much so that it will actually take some time to order all that stuff from some place else. Which I am going to do this afternoon. I write this to not only alert alcoholics but also alert anyone who values good customer service. These people are not that. I may be overreacting but I value my sobriety more than anything else in my life because with it I have nothing.
I've been a happy Vitacost customer for several months and my experiences have all been great, so great that I've begun recommending this company to friends and family. The correct products have been delivered in a timely manner consistently and the prices are competitive. A recent experience, however, has me questioning their integrity and my one-star rating is in regard to this. I believe this company is fixing their product ratings.
Recently, I purchased a spirulina powder from Vitacost. After receiving the product I decided to do further research into spirulina and the manufacturing process. This particular product was not only from China, but there is no additional information to be found on the manufacturer. Not through Vitacost and not through the distributor, Starwest Botanicals. Because of this lack of information and minimal information on the product label, I submitted a low rating and warned consumers to do their research on where their spirulina is manufactured.
Two weeks later and my review has not yet been posted. This prompted me to do a little digging and in doing so I noticed that the bulk of their products have a five-star rating. I even found a spirulina product with an overall 4.5 stars, only to find one reviewer gave two stars and the other rating was five stars, but the five stars was generic. There was no name or information of any kind tied to it. It was simply there to boost the overall product rating. This has to be illegal. If nothing else it's immoral and I'm not giving Vitacost anymore business until they can speak to this matter and also post my review. My concerns were voiced to a customer service rep today. We'll see how we go.
I tried to change the arrival date of my package. I spent an hour trying to get through to the shipper who could not help me. I spent over an hour between two different Vitacost chat representatives who both assured me the package would be rerouted back to them and my money refunded. This never happened and the shipper left the package in the parking lot of a different building. Vitacost customer service never got back to me even after leaving multiple emails and speaking with multiple customer service representatives. What a waste of hours of my time. Worst customer service ever. Shop at your own risk!
I've started ordering from this company about 3 years ago, here and there. Lately, I've had the need to order from them much more, on a bi-weekly basis after comparing prices, they were the best. After multiple orders, I've made two mistakes on details of my orders but they've taken care of me both times! First time, I meant to order shampoo but carelessly ordered conditioners. So, I got to their site and chatted with a customer service and within seconds a rep helped me out. I thought, man this is so convenient and they're response is FAST & FRIENDLY. In fact, I ended up with free conditioners.
Then this week, I contacted them again because I thought my order didn't arrive as expected. It actually did come in right after I chatted with the rep. I was just impatient (got spoiled with one-day shipping). They took care of it in a speedy manner. I'll just leave it here because this is getting really long, but I just want to say, I've NEVER experienced such customer service as I have with them. AWESOME company with AWESOME price and customer service. One more awesomeness, their shipping is only a day or two!!
All of a sudden the website is impossible to use. Boxes cover the site and it says "slow script". I cannot keep anything on the screen. The little round ball keeps popping up. I called several times and cannot get help. I am looking for another site.
I ordered product online and applied a promotional code. I received an invoice online. Part of the product arrived several days later with an invoice indicating 2 of the 6 items arrived, the adjusted cost including the promotional discount and that the other 4 items were shipped separately. They never arrived. After contacting VitaCost they indicated the 4 items were cancelled. They never sent me notice of the cancelled items. The amount charged to my credit card was more than the invoice amount. Upon contacting VitaCost they said they didn't know about any promotional code. Nonsense - they printed the invoice and their site applied the discount. They refused to honor the invoiced amount. They never notified me of the change in price. I disputed the charge with the credit card company and they promptly credited me the amount. VitaCost.com seems very much to be disreputable.
2 different $100+ orders were supposed to arrive in a couple days. They didn't. No response from the shipping company, OnTrac, who is equally as horrible. NO response. Vitacost finally said they would issue a refund and I actually have email confirmation saying they would do so. They did not and now say they will not issue a refund. They have completely ripped me off. 10 days later, no product, no refund, multiple attempts to get help. Nothing. Do not do business with them.
For years I have bought from Vitacost without a problem. I can find the latest and even unusual products, in stock, packed with brown paper, shipped soon! I have been very pleased with Vitacost.
I made the mistake of buying from them and now they spam email me constantly, relentlessly despite having unsubscribed a dozen times and being told by the customer service people that they'll stop.
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