Bill Ballan Reels. LONG wait or lost moneys

Discussion in 'Bamboo, Fiberglass & Classic Reels' started by wayne syn, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. wayne syn New Member

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    Hi Guys,
    Just curious if anyone has had the same experience I have had with Bill. When Bill had his "sale" on his reels early 2012 I ordered 3 of them online and paid for them in April of 2012. Since then I've spoken to Bill at least 6 times asking for my reels and he keeps saying they are being built. I did get one trout reel late last year so I'm waiting for the salmon and steelhead reels now.
    I checked yesterday again but now noticed his website is no longer on the net.
    Has anyone else experience this with Bill? A year and a half wait is a long time and I think the longer the wait the more likely the money I paid is gone.
    WS
  2. Brady Burmeister Active Member

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    No. Mine took about 2 months. Did he give a time table?
  3. wayne syn New Member

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    He keeps saying he is working on them and that he has had health problems and he can only do things at a certain pace. Early this year he said the steelhead reels were just about done and he will be shipping in a week or so. It's now many months later and no reels still. Now that his website is gone, I fear he might have closed shop.
  4. Brady Burmeister Active Member

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    Can't hurt to ask for your money back if you don't feel he is gonna come through. It's been a mighty long time. Asking for your money back might get the reels in your hands.
  5. wayne syn New Member

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    I emailed him a few months ago asking for my money back and had not response. I called and left a message yesterday for him to call me back and requested a refund. I probably should not have said that because he probably won't call back.
  6. Denny Active Member

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    Why did you order Ballans?

    I think after this long I'd ask for my money back. Something's goofy, as that's waaaay too long.
  7. wayne syn New Member

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    With the sale price of 50% off I thought it was a great deal for a handmade reel. One of them was going to be a gift.

    I will call him again and leave another message for a refund but I think I'm coming to terms that the moneys are gone.

    Wayne
  8. Lugan Joe Streamer

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  9. wayne syn New Member

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  10. Denny Active Member

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    Any luck?
  11. wayne syn New Member

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    No answer on the phone still and no return phone call after I asked
    Nicely for a call back.
  12. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    He's most likely on his way to china to pick up his next batch of reels
  13. rockthief Fly fishing = food for my soul

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    Better Business Bureau?
    Florida sheriff?

    I'd consider that theft.
  14. Lugan Joe Streamer

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    China? I thought his reels were made in the USA by him.