Consumer Complaints and Reviews
I went to the Lids store in my hometown and tried to find Pittsburgh Steelers knit hat. I was told you can order it from the kiosk. I put my info and used my bank card. Got a confirmation on my order with an order number. 1-14-17 I was told it takes 7 to 10 days, went by following Saturday and was told it will be in Monday. I called Tuesday and they said my order was canceled. 1-16-17 I got no email saying it was canceled. My bank statement shows on 1-17-17 that 32.46 was taken out by Lids and it was never put back in . Why was money taken out when my order was canceled on the 16th? They were not helpful. Now I have to go to my bank and get a copy and fax it to them before I get money back. I didn't receive a hat. That's stealing if they canceled on 16th. Beware of buying from Lids.
If they have your hat available I suggest you find the closest Lids in your area and buy it in the store rather than buying it online. I spent over $100 plus I spent the extra $20 for overnight shipping just to find out that they didn't ship it overnight. I called the customer service for Lids.com and I spoke with an employee who was extremely rude and had an attitude with me because I was asking when my order was going to be shipped because I paid for overnight shipping and come to tell me that my order is not going to get there until about 4 days after I ordered it so I asked why am I paying overnight shipping if I'm not going to get my order for 4 days. It makes no sense to me and she said I had to order it the day of before 10 a.m.
Well the day that I did order it – I actually ordered it at 12 a.m. which would be about 10 hours before I needed to order it in order to get the overnight shipping but she apparently can't tell time and didn't understand what I was trying to tell her that I ordered it at 12 a.m. which would be that same day 10 hours before the 10 a.m. but I guess apparently Lids can't tell time either and it doesn't work that way so I asked for the money back and she went to tell me that "Oh I'll just cancel your whole order since you have issues with it." I was like “No, I'm asking for my shipping charge back. I'm not asking you to cancel my whole order.” She had the biggest attitude ever like I was an inconvenience to her. All I can say is they are zero help and from what I'm reading on other reports I'm not the only person and I'm not the first and I definitely probably won't be the last.
Do not order from them. Or until they can get some employees that don’t treat their consumers like garbage. I'm a customer service manager myself and the way that the employee talked was just was very unprofessional. I can hear the attitude in the voice not very understanding or apologetic at all. They need to reevaluate the employees that they hire for their call center because this is straight ridiculous us. As consumers we are keeping the company going! We spend our money there. If you keep hiring these crappy employees your business is going nowhere. Oh and that shipping charge the best back for still hasn't been credited to my card yet I was charged the full amount. Thanks Lids.
Have placed 2 orders with Lids for a total of 6 hats (2 & 4 per order). 1st order, received 1 of 2 hats, and was notified that 1 hat was out of stock. 2nd order was for 4 hats and 1 of 4 hats was for wrong team. Called customer "service" and was told "sorry about the mistake" and "hat ordered is out of stock". So for their error, I got to waste time calling and now get to ship the hat back. Absolutely no effort in finding something to accommodate, just "sooo sorry for the inconvenience". Since when did empty apologies become good customer service? Support your local stores and avoid Lids. You'll be glad you didn't waste your time with their ineptitude.
This is what you state on your website: "Our website is designed so that once the last available style or size has been ordered, that product is instantly removed from the site. Therefore, you are only shown inventory that is available." I placed an order on an item that was available on 12/19 and they was told on 12/23 that it would not be shipped because it was not in stock. I could have placed an order somewhere else, but I trusted that you had the item and that what you stated was accurate. Now I have no item when I could have gone to someone else to get it. You guys need to be honest about how your operations REALLY run. I'm so pissed. I could have gotten it somewhere else, but you tied me up thinking that I was getting the item.
Lids is the worst online business ever. I go buy a classic Vince Carter jersey; 12/22/16 I use the one day over shipping option 20 dollars extra because I wanted it before Christmas and so it's the next day when the package is suppose to arrive so I go online to see the tracking number and where it's at and it directs me to Fedex the delivery service ever and it's says it's coming the 12/27/16.
I was in so much rage so I called lids. I had to wait a hour to get someone on the phone (probably because so many people called because how bad their online service is). Anyways someone picks up very polite and apologized this happened and said, "We have no control over it." So I asked for the refund and they gave it to me so the next day which is today for me 12/24/16 I call them about to ask them, "What's the point of adding those shipping options in if you have absolutely no control of when it comes?"
So this guy picks up and I told the situation and what happened I told him I already got my refund and I asked him the question and he says, "We have no control over what time the delivery comes." And I said I know that and I repeated the question again and he said the same thing so at this point I realized he's a hard-headed ** so I hung up and decided to write a review. I still haven't got my package and hopefully it contains the thing I ordered because I read some reviews and people got random things they didn't order and if I could I would give this negative or 0 stars. NEVER BUY FROM HERE!!!
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First off, do yourself a favor & NEVER order anything from Lids online. Their service was just as described on this site, TERRIBLE, & completely unprofessional. I made the mistake of looking up reviews after I already ordered. I purchased a hat on Tuesday, 12/13 & even paid two-day shipping for it to arrive sooner. I had plans to wear it on Friday 12/16 so I expected it to get there on Thursday, it did not. So I called customer service & she told me the hat would arrive on Friday as it was shipping locally from a store in my town. OK, understandable but that should have been my first red flag as the hat I wanted was ONLY available online - there were none in any store. When I got the hat Friday it was obviously the wrong item - a completely different brand of hat. So I called again, the wait was so long they have a call back list. Though they never called me back.
A few days go by & I figure I'll just return it at the store. Even a bigger mistake as their employees seem incompetent & were ultimately useless - I was told I could only receive store credit. I quickly rejected. The manager then proceeded to call the same customer service I had already been calling. Saying until they call him back there's nothing he could do which only made me more pissed. I wasn't going to wait any longer, I left & called customer service myself AGAIN with no results. I tried again the next morning & they have finally agreed to give me my refund & possibly a gift card but after all the bs I went thru I have no desire to spend a penny more with them. I'll get my hats elsewhere.
(Long story short I received my order after 7 business days). On Sunday 12-11-16 I placed an order for a vintage 90's Tracy McGrady Toronto Raptors jersey that I had a hard time finding anywhere else. The next day I received a e-mail stating my order had been confirmed. Shortly after, that same day I came across this review page about Lids and became extremely nervous. So nervous that I emailed Lids asking to cancel my order. I never got an email back from them so I assumed my package would be shipped which it was. On Tuesday I received a DHL shipping tracking number. I read DHL shipping reviews and I completely lost hope.
Then my DHL tracking number informed me that it had been passed on to USPS to handle the rest of the shipping. And it had. Was smooth and regular updated. It told me it had been delivered at my door at 4:03 Tuesday 12-20-16. And when I came home it was there waiting for me in the perfect condition. Let me remind you this was around holiday season as well. I don't know if I got lucky or what, but I can not complain. (DHL shipping had slightly weird formatting for the tracking, but nothing major.)
NEVER order from the online site. If you really want that hat, I suggest you walk into the store and buy it personally. The way they handle the online orders is disturbing. They are not helpful and you get the run around for weeks no matter how understanding you are about shipping and mailing and all that good stuff. They are just ridiculous.
I ordered two hats from Lids.com. I received a notice the following day that one of my hats was not available so I decided to order three more hats that were on sale instead. Weeks later, I contacted Lids to see why my new order was never shipped and they told me that all three hats were not available. Not only was it unprofessional for them not to contact me and tell me my order was canceled but they shouldn't advertise products that they do not have in stock. The represented I spoke to, did offer his apologies but he also disconnected from our live chat immediately after apologizing and I didn't even get to ask him where I could file a complaint.
Ordered 2 items from Lids and didn't receive them and noticed that they had refunded my order due to a "shipping error" and didn't contact me about it until I figured it out. Very disappointed and will NEVER order from them again. Think wisely before purchasing anything from them online. Most likely something will go wrong! Definitely a lesson learned.
If I could give them 0 stars I would. I ordered a Chicago Cubs track jacket that was $79.99 and received instead a Colorado Rockies t-shirt. I called them and was on hold for around 15-20 minutes. I finally get someone on the phone and she apologizes and says "Ok, I'll just resend the item you originally ordered." Oh but wait, conveniently that item was out of stock! They also will not refund me my money until I send that t-shirt back! As I read the other similar reviews on here that customers shared the exact same thing about this company sending wrong merchandise, I began to feel like something is fishy about this place. This company seems shady! I am just going to contact my credit card company and let them know that this transaction wasn't authorized. I never ordered an $80 t-shirt! I hope nobody orders from here again. I should've stick to ordering from FansEdge!
I want to start off that I have spoken to two customer service reps and both have been more than helpful. Some how the USPS delivered or the driver kept the hat I ordered online. I normally shop Lids stores in the malls in my city but this one hat I ordered was only available online. I took the chance and lo and behold it goes missing. My wife is a huge online shopper and never has had anything go "missing". Apparently our post office is privately owned? WTF? They suck big **! Let me get back to Lids and their great customer service so far. They are sending me a replacement as they told me today. I do hope they keep their word. Happy dude so far. I will keep you posted.
My husband just got his new debit card with a chip in it. Apparently there is a way for those to be read and used by others even when the card is your possession. This is what happened to us, several purchases made to various merchants. All the other merchants involved made sure to hold the transaction number so it didn't go through or reverse the charges back to my account. Lids.com refused to intervene in any way until the bank contacted them and a police report had been made. This means not only did a $300.00 charge come through, create a negative balance in my account, and created overdraft charges for legitimate bills, but the purchase wasn't held so the person who stole the merchandise is more likely to get it actually shipped to him.
I work full time but am now on surgical leave so I only get 60% of my paycheck and I am the sole breadwinner at this time. My daughter is hospitalized with a breathing disorder so I have my grandkids right now who are 8 and 10 and this couldn't have come at a worse time! In my mind, a responsible merchant would at least hold a transaction until the details were worked out. Maybe make credit card purchases a little more complicated to protect consumers since the chips make everything so easy. Maybe protect the consumers funds instead of the thieves rights. Ridiculous.
Order a hat online in-store. A $50 hat that wasn't in stock in the store but available online. What did we receive? A clearance hat for $15. You cannot get hold of a rep over the phone. You have to wait 20 min to speak to a rep on live chat. Waste of time. They cannot do exchanges online. Only returns. They do not know why they sent the wrong hat when they had it in stock. I asked and they said, "I don't know, but we do have it in stock". Then I asked "well why was this one sent?" And their response, "Oh because the one you ordered is limited". Okay, so send me a random cheap hat? I paid for it in full at the store and this is what I get.
They have no clue of policies and they told me to search for stores that carry the hat when they have the hat in-stock at their facility but can't do an exchange? No way am I going to cruise the Bay Area to look for this hat when they could just simply send the correct item. It was a waste of my time. Now I have to go to the store to get a refund. Such an inconvenience.
I'm very upset about the way this company handles their online orders. I placed an online order thinking that when I paid for my hat online then I could just go to the store with an order # and pick it up (like most companies do) since the web page sends you to a "see if it's in stock at the store" page... Well that's not the case with Lids. They actually send the one hat that you ordered from the warehouse... Well problem is, it's been almost 3 weeks and it still has not made it to the store. They give you no shipping number... So basically you're just stuck wondering, "Where's my hat?" I'm pissed because I had an event to do and was gonna wear that hat and I ordered it way ahead of time and still came up short of the hat that was gonna match my outfit. And I refuse to go and spend extra just to get another one of the same hat that should of been here weeks ago... Pissed customer!!! I might just have to deal with the other hat companies online.
I have made one previous order with Lids.com before making this recent order. I found some "discount" items I just had to have 1) LA Kings ball cap, 2) LA Kings tank top. Upon arrival, I open my package to find the tank top, and that the items had been shipped separately. I throw on the tank top and notice the logo is tilted and not sitting straight on the tank top. It's not horribly off, but, it's enough to disappoint you for an 18$ "sale price" tank top. I contact customer service knowing that they do not take returns/refunds on sale items. This is fine with me as I don't want a refund, just a tank top without a tilted logo. Numerous emails were exchanged which resulted in me sending pictures of the tilted logo tank top I received. Customer service simply tells me they cannot do anything as the tank top is as pictured on the site and all discounted sale orders are final. Okay, so I bite the bullet for that one.
Now, nearly 3 weeks later, I received my ball cap. My 25$ "Sale" price ball cap has horrible stitching around the band portion which actually sits around your head which led to the material bunching up and causing creases to run from the bottom band of the cap up to the top near the button. I have not contacted customer service as of receiving the cap, but will do so in the morning. With these poor quality items sent to me, it makes me wonder if Lids is selling returned "damaged, but good enough" store items as "discounted" items. Just horrible.
Bottom line: Lids has extremely poor delivery on anything more than one item, extremely poor customer service, very bad quality control. I will no longer be doing business with them and have spoken to many friends, family and coworkers about my experience whom will also not be doing business with them either. I'd recommend the same. What should you do? Personally, I've been getting my favorite sports memorabilia through the NHL online store through my LA Kings app. Might not be a bad idea for to do the same. First two pics show how off center and tilted the logo is on the tank top. I folded the shirt for better reference points. Last shows the stitching in the hat seems. Unfortunately, I am only able to post three photos.
I placed an online order on Thursday, 2/4/2016 9:44 AM. It's now Tuesday 2/16/2016 9:30 AM. The order still shows as "processing". It has been almost two weeks since the order was placed. I followed up on Thursday of last week (Feb. 11th), and was told "You should receive this order by 2/15" (I have this in chat transcript still). According to the website, "orders of $60 or more, deliver in 9-12 business days, including order processing time, which is 1-2 days for in-stock items". But, we are on the 9th business day now, and it still shows as processing. All items on this order were indeed in-stock items.
Anyway, I called to cancel the order this morning, which again, according to the site, as long as it's still processing, and has not shipped, is allowed. I was told when I contacted the chat agent this morning, that she would put in the request, but can't guarantee a cancel. What??? If it has not shipped yet, there's absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be able to cancel the order. This is absurd. "You can cancel an order that does not contain embroidery only if it has not entered the shipping process. It is often too late to cancel an order because we start processing orders for 'In Stock' items within 24 hours. Once an order has been processed and it's too late to cancel, you will need to return the item once it is received."
My order shows as processing still. I have received no shipment notification. So, according to the above, then they should be able to cancel it. The chat agent countered with "well, it's already processing, so I can send the request to the warehouse, but it's up to them if they cancel or not. If it's meant to say that it can't be cancelled once processing has BEGUN, then they need to re-word the policy, as that's not what it says. The policy states that it can be cancelled as long as it has not entered the shipping process. My order has not entered shipping, and is still processing.
I can honestly say that I am extremely disappointed with this online shopping experience. Truth be told, it is probably the worst online shopping experience that I've ever actually had. I do a lot of online shopping, as do most people these days. I would have definitely been a valuable repeat customer. But given this situation, and depending on the outcome, I'm highly unlikely to ever shop at Lids again (online or in store), and will definitely be sharing this experience with my peers so that they can avoid experiencing similar headaches.
I purchased 5 hats on 2/27/16; order#**. I picked up my order in store (Oxford Valley Mall) to find only 2 hats had been delivered. The store manager called whomever and got my other 3 hats reordered and I was to pick them up the following week. I never heard from anyone so I called Lids customer service and I was told there was never another order put in and that my hats were sold; they had no more in stock. I was then placed on hold and then told that they found 3 hats at a store and they would ship them directly to me overnight; Order Number **.
I received an email today stating that my Credit Card had been refunded and the hats would not be sent to me because they were out of stock. I go on the phone with Lids.com customer service and they were unwilling to help me. I DID NOT approve a refund. I need 5 identical hats for my wedding and this whole process has become a nightmare. I was told on 3 separate occasions that my hats were there; I should be given the 3 hats or 3 similar hats to make up for it. I also, never received the refund on my credit card and I called my credit card company and they said they have had no processes or information from them of any kind since the 27.
After reading some of these reviews, I had the same exact experience as JJ in Dallas who paid in full for an order, got it piecemeal & never got the rest of the order. No matter how much I email to ask about the missing items they can't find any of the orders I placed by my name, by phone #, or by my email, yet every 5 minutes they send me new emails about their new sales. I am so done with these people. I got most of my stuff so I'll live but this is called highway robbery when you pay for something & it is not sent to you. DON'T EVER ORDER FROM THIS SITE. If you want to give away your money, donate it to animal rescue because these people have stolen enough!
Purchased an NBA hoodie online. Later I received the wrong style/model and 3 sizes smaller. I emailed customer service and after not receiving a reply for almost a week I filled out the enclosed return form and shipped it back to them. I later received an email stating they would refund my money, minus the $9 I had to pay for shipping. Eight days later and I still haven't received my refund. They lost a customer forever over $9 dollars. What terrible "customer service."
I am not kidding when I say this is the absolute worst company to order ANYTHING from. A month wait time no refund and I mean even 20 mins after you place your order. No phone call back. Absolutely rudest customer services reps. It's really shock me. I shop from home for my kids every day all day long. Every website from cookieskids, jcpenney, Macy's, old navy, Carter , Wal-Mart, target etc I have never had to wait this long with no answer or get the run around. I repeat do not waste your time. Do not think for one second your order or experience will be different. You or anyone else will be VERY disappointment. THIS just can't be a real company for real?
Worst online experience ever. I tried to order a hat online for a Xmas gift for my son. Received an email stating my order was in, but when I went to store I discovered it was not. Staff in Peabody, MA store was rude and useless. 2 hrs wait on CS phone call. I canceled order after not getting it in time for Xmas.
On 12/8 I visited the downstairs Lids location at the Holyoke mall. Not only was I not greeted when I went in, but there was a guy and a girl working. The girl was up on the top of a ladder on a phone talking to someone and it was obviously a personal call, talking about "I love you" and more and I was in that store for more than a half hour and she was on the phone the entire time. I got the attention of the male associate and asked for help in locating a certain Montreal Expos that my wife had seen. I got the deer in the headlights look. He had no idea what I was talking about so he asked the female associate. She motioned to the other part of the store and looked upset that we were disturbing her phone call.
I went to that area and found the hats I was searching for by myself hidden behind other teams and hats. I bought the hat I found but it was not the exact one so I inquired about the return policy, paid and left. I then went online and found the correct hat and ordered it. On 12/15 I got a call from the Lids store that my hat had arrived.
Today, 12/16 I went to the mall. I parked on the upper level so I decided to check and see if the upper level store location had received the hat as the message never indicated which of the two stores it was sent to. As I walked up, there were two male associates. One was making inappropriate comments about some girls that had just left and there was a Bluetooth speaker blasting out rap music with inappropriate language. ** and such.
I asked if they had my delivery or if it was downstairs and they asked me which phone number had called me. I had to pull out my phone and search for the call. I found it and they acknowledged it was this location so with that done, the "supervisor" of the two went into the small storage area and came out with the it in seconds. He handed it to me and I mentioned I'd like to return the first one I'd bought as it was not the right one. He looked at the receipt and told me I had to go to the other location to make the return as "it would mess up his inventory". So, off I go to the other location on the other floor and performed the return with no issue.
Now, about me. I'm a multi store retail manager for a company. I've had more than 22 years of customer service, 15 years in mall locations. I've run stores with more than $10m in sales and have had locations with more than 35 associates under my supervision. It takes a lot for me to go through this effort to communicate my displeasure but to top it all off, I called customer service twice tonight after all of this and after 13 minutes on hold in total and being told all personnel were busy, I had had enough.
Your company has never been known for hiring the brightest shining stars in the retail world to staff your stores, but guys wearing baggy pants and white t-shirts blasting rap music with explicit lyrics doing a disservice to a paying customer is worse than I would have expected. The culture in your stores and the store standards are below par and should be addressed.
Wow! I placed my order online and thought all was well. I tracked my order online and it got to the Lids store near me, free shipping and I thought "great". I went to the store and 2 of 3 items were there. It took 3 calls to customer service, 3 emails and no answer at the store itself to find out order was split, credit card was charged immediately for the full order, and no answer on the phone at the store still. Things should not be this hard. Lids lost a customer for good based on this painful experience.
Tried to call customer service for the last 3 days, waited each for countless amounts of time - today I am on my 50th minute on hold waiting for someone to answer. Left my number each day for callback, nothing. Tried the Chatline, it says I'm 2nd in queue and counts down from 10 mins then of course at 10 seconds and resets back to 10 and says I'm still 2nd in queue. There has to be a better way to deal with customers. I have been charged but my confirmation email went into the trash folder by accident and now I have nothing to reference :(
Like many other complaints on here, the processing time is extremely long. Order two items for Christmas on Dec15 with free shipping. Based on their website regular ground shipping takes 5-7 days, well in time for Christmas. Called on the 21st still being processed for shipping and the customer rep had no idea when it might ship. I tried to cancel the order and was told once it was ordered it cannot be cancelled.... really this is the 2015. Avoid this place. There are plenty of other places to purchase team hats, jerseys and such.
Ordered a hat 11/23, got a tracking number 11/25, contacted them 12/6 since the status of the tracking haven't changed. Contacted them again 12/13 because it still hasn't updated. Finally talked to them 12/17 and they said my order has been in the store since 12/15 and the tracking number they gave me was different from what I got on the email. They gave me a free express shipping code for all the trouble but the online customer service is really bad.
After paying for my online purchase, I was advised that the item would take 11 business days or more to ship. As I needed it before Christmas, I decided to immediately cancel the order. This is something that is easily done with most companies-- but not with Lids. After a lengthy wait for customer service, I was informed that it was not possible to cancel the item because it was already in process. It seems that "in process" starts the moment they have your money (given that I had placed the order only minutes earlier). The customer service rep's advice to me was to refuse delivery when the item arrived- a poor and unconvincing solution. Surely, in 2015, an immediate cancellation should be just a click away.
Placed an order on November 20th. (Its December 10 as of this posting) Almost 3 weeks and no notification about my order being shipped. Then out of nowhere, an email from PayPal stating that one of my items was REFUNDED. No reason given. Had to contact Lids to inquire in which they state: "Your item was refunded because it was marked as missing. This usually happens when we have an incorrect count in our inventory, or if the item was damaged when we tried to fulfill your order, so we had to refund you." Am I missing something here? How does a site show 'in stock' then suddenly not? As of this moment the item I had refunded still shows 'in stock'. Wow.
I placed an order and it said estimated 11-14 day shipping. Reasonable as it was free. However I needed it within 16 business days. The order took 10 days to be "processed" followed by 16 business days to ship afterwards. All throughout the process I was emailing and calling asking if I could change the shipping address and I was not allowed to because the order was already in the system. When I complained about the length of processing time they just kept telling me "the website says all orders take between 24-48 hours to ship".
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