Return & Shipping Policy
Rattan Shack’s products are packaged carefully to prevent damages that may occur during shipping. Even with proper packaging, damages may occur if proper care is not used in transit.
All boxes are to be inspected before they are accepted as instructed on each carton. If any damage is noticed, please make a notation on the receiving bill or refuse shipment altogether. Failure to follow these instructions upon delivery will result in a denial credit or replacement.
We utilize a variety of shipping methods to safely deliver our various products. Some products specifically require that we send them either common carrier or specialty carrier depending on the packaging or unique requirements of the product. Most orders ship out on wooden pallets for added protection against shipping damage, customer is responsible for disposal of the pallet. "Free Shipping" applies to full price orders shipping to the lower 48 US States. Outside of the lower 48 US States, shipping may not always be possible or may need to be arranged by the customer. However please call us, we will do our best to assist in making arrangements.
Additional shipping fees may be incurred for delivery to isolated areas. Orders shipped with freight carriers are most often delivered in large trucks that may not have the ability to access all residential streets, particularly in rural areas or islands where roads may provide limited accessibility. Though this is very rare, in this case additional charges may apply to complete delivery, or the customer would have the option to pick up their order from the shipping company's terminal closest to the delivery location.
For orders picked up from our warehouse location, any and all claims related to the condition of the products, or accuracy of the order must be addressed before receiving and signing for the order at the time of pickup.
*** ATTENTION: OPEN IMMEDIATELY IN FRONT OF DRIVER - DO NOT SIGN FOR A SHIPMENT THAT YOU HAVE NOT COMPLETELY INSPECTED ***
- Delivery Appointment: Whenever possible, the trucking company will call you in advance to schedule delivery. Unless the product is sent with no signature required, customer is responsible for scheduling a delivery appointment when the shipping carrier calls (usually 2-3 days in advance) at a time when you can be home to sign for the items within the carrier’s business hours. Fees resulting from re-delivery will be the sole responsibility of the customer, so please do not miss your scheduled delivery appointment. Redelivery can take up to a week, depending on your location.
- Product inspection: despite any pressure from hurried delivery drivers for you to simply sign for your package, YOU MUST INSPECT ALL ITEMS. This includes noting all damages to packaging and opening the boxes to inspect the contents as well. Any damage to the product that is not noted on the bill of lading will be the responsibility of the customer if the damages are transit related. Proper notation on the Bill of Lading is the only way for our suppliers to receive compensation and resolve transit-related issues.
- Upon arrival of your item, request that the driver wait and then inspect all internal and external contents for damages and/or discrepancies. Upon signing the release form or bill of lading (BOL/POD) Proof of Delivery, you are accepting responsibility for any damage found after the fact.
- When a delivery item is signed for and no damage is notated then you are signing you accept the product “as is” and there will be no further requests for replacements or a damage claim.
- If damage is discovered, describe the damage by writing on the POD – it is vitally important that **You must have the driver acknowledge this with their personal initials and signature, and for you to retain your copy of the POD.**
- In the event that damage is discovered, report and return ONLY the portions of the shipment that were delivered in a damaged state and noted on the POD/BOL.
- If damage to the packaging has occurred; any tear, any dent, any markings on the box, then you are entitled to inspect the shipment, thus the driver will wait until you have completed a thorough examination of all items in the shipment.
- If the driver will not wait you must note on the POD/BOL - “DRIVER UNABLE TO WAIT FOR INSPECTION – POSSIBLE CONCEALED DAMAGE – SUBJECT TO INSPECTION”.
- If the delivery confirmation is made with an electronic signature rather than a paper receipt, be sure that before you sign, you have inspected the items and any damages or shortages have been notated into the electronic device (or written on a piece of paper). All documentation must be in writing, never verbal to the driver.
Unless the entire item is completely destroyed, please do not refuse shipment. If you have any questions regarding what to do, please call us before you sign for or refuse any package. Typically damage and issues with our products can be fixed fastest when the items are left at the customer's home rather than back in the carrier's hands who caused the damage in the first place. In most cases a part can be replaced, or in circumstances when it is required to replace the entire item, we often allow the customer to use the damaged item until a replacement arrives. Please do not refuse an item unless completely destroyed.
Submitting a Claim
To report damage, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the damage and pictures. Please include your order ID number or last name on the order. Damage must be reported within three (3) days of receiving delivery. Waiting to file a claim outside of this timeframe makes us unable to advocate on your behalf to the shipper or supplier of your order.
Repair or Replacement Guarantee
By accepting damaged merchandise, you are in no way accepting responsibility for the damage as long as you clearly follow the steps for delivery above (see Product Inspection). It is the responsibility of our suppliers to replace or fix damaged or defective items at no cost to you when damage has been noted properly. We take your satisfaction seriously and will immediately take action to fix or replace damaged items.
Please note that some items sold by our suppliers are specialty, and hand-made, one of a kind products. Some may have imperfections such as knots in wood, rough surfaces, color variation, natural stone imperfection or other materials, variations in wicker weaving, minor cracks, repairs, or blemishes that are not considered defects, but are part of the hand-made nature of the product. These imperfections are not considered manufacturers defects and determining the difference between a defect and an "expected imperfection" will be determined solely by Allweather Patio staff. If you do not like the imperfections present on the particular piece(s) you receive and would like a replacement in order to attempt to receive a product more to your personal liking, exchanges can be made. The customer will be responsible for return shipping costs as well as the cost of shipping the new item. Returns will be subject to the policies above.
Rattan Shack stands behind its products. If a manufacturer defect occurs within the warranty period, Rattan Shack must be notified immediately. Photos identifying the defect as well as the original invoice number are required.
Once we have determined the product is defective, it is up to our discretion to issue an RMA or advise of the disposal of the defective item. The approved RMA number must be referenced on all return documents.
Rattan Shack will be held responsible for all inbound and outbound freight charges related to all approved manufacture defects.
Rattan Shack’s return policy lasts 7 days. If 7 days or more have passed since the customer has received the purchase, a refund or exchange will not be approved.
If the return is within our 7-day policy, Rattan Shack will issue an RMA number which must be referenced on all return documents. Rattan Shack will not be responsible for any customer remorse related shipping costs.
Products must be returned in the same condition and packaging as received initially. When the items are received and inspected by our quality control center (usually within 72 hours of receipt), a restocking fee will apply and vary between 15%-25% depending on the results of the inspection. Once the merchandise has been inspected, a final credit towards your account will be issued within 48-72 hours reflecting the determined restocking fee.
It should be noted that our cancellation and return policy for custom sunbrella fabric that is cut, sewn, and made specific based on the customers selection are not able to be cancelled after shipment.