Wig-Wag Trains is still in business

oldrk Jan 18, 2013

  1. oldrk

    oldrk TrainBoard Supporter

    I sent in some orders over a month ago and have heard nothing from them. I emailed them and got no reply.
  2. Tom L

    Tom L TrainBoard Member

    Note on the website

    "Special Notice - If you placed a phone,
    e-mail or in person Pre-Order for products that have not yet been
    by the manufacturer between April 20th, 2012 and January 3, 2013,
    you will need to submit the order again using the Shopping Cart system.
    Unfortunately we received an e-mail with an attachment that was infected by a
    worm. It destroyed our hard drive and backup system including the e-mail and the
    reservation database. Orders placed on the Shopping
    Cart system are secure and recoverable. DO NOT re-submit those."

    Tom L.
  3. PGE-N°2

    PGE-N°2 TrainBoard Member

    Curious... I placed an order with them in September, and I did use the shopping cart system, but it hasn't been shipped, yet. I asked them about shipping confirmation a few days after ordering, because I noticed that they had a shopping cart system on the site, which haldn't been there before. They said it would take some time to get the product from multiple suppliers. No word since then.

    It is kind of confusing how their main page still states they don't use a shopping cart system, when that is exactly what they are using, now.
  4. Calzephyr

    Calzephyr TrainBoard Supporter

    Well... I've received a recent message from the US Post Office...


    Expected Delivery By:
    January 18, 2013

    Delivery Confirmation

    If Wig-Wag is out of business... then our orders are shipping themselves. LOL
  5. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

    Be patient, he eventually gets his orders out. Give Wig Wag time and he will get his computer program upgraded and it will make it easier on all of us to order from him.
  6. Metro Red Line

    Metro Red Line TrainBoard Member

    I personally helped them set up their booth at the Great Train Expo in Anaheim a couple weeks ago. I got my DCC system from them. George and Debra are still in business.
  7. Wrath0fWotan

    Wrath0fWotan E-Mail Bounces

    Rob, I buy around 50% of my new stuff from them, and never had a problem. Just pay attention to the expected delivery date when you pre-order. One thing they've added is the ability to log in to your account, and check your order history. Not everything has been upgraded to the shopping cart system yet, so if you have questions or doubts just give them a call.
  8. Metro Red Line

    Metro Red Line TrainBoard Member

    Yes, they seem to be in this transition between the shopping cart and the e-mail orders; the older inventory still has "E-mail your order" links. Also, they're on the road every so often; they're vendors at most of the Great Train Expos and other major train shows in the southwest - which means they pack up pretty much their entire inventory, go on the road with it and set up a physical store at the train show.
  9. hoyden

    hoyden TrainBoard Supporter

    I am encouraged if they move to the shopping cart system. It's been a few years since my last attempt, but even with email, faxes, and phone, I have never been able to close the loop on a successful order. I finally gave up.
  10. John Moore

    John Moore TrainBoard Supporter

    If the system they move over to is as good as the one currently used by the vendor I recently patronized then it will be a vast improvement. That system lets you see the instock inventory, make your selection and number of items, proceed to check out, and has shipping options to choose from. Plus you can edit your choices before final tally. After the order is done you get a order confirmation within about 15 minutes via Email with a tracking number. When it ships you get another Email with the shipping method tracking number so you can know when it will arrive. Another neat thing is if you go back to the site right after you made your order and check the same items and the store inventory reflects the reduction by the number of each item you ordered. Thus it is a realtime inventory and reflects exactly what is in the store or warehouse at the time you are shopping. If it doesn't show up it isn't there and you need to look elswhere. Of course any system is only as good as the folks entering the data and the reliable and strong antivirus sytem protecting it and the store and customer data. But such a system does require a dedicated warehouse and shipping person(s) with computer skills to make it run smoothly. All of the orders I have made to that outfit north of me always ship within two days of ordering and I always have my order at my door within a week of ordering with no partial or back ordering.
  11. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    George and Deb are in business. I just reserved some cars and heard back from them. All is well.

  12. Fotheringill

    Fotheringill Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    The first step in confirmation of whether or not someone is in business or not is to call them.
  13. PGE-N°2

    PGE-N°2 TrainBoard Member

    Not that it's any reflection on them, but sometimes, having a social anxiety disorder can make phone calls difficult to do.

    I appreciated their quick response by email when I initially placed my order, but waiting several months without an update is a little distressing, especially if they are taking their inventory on the road so often.
  14. johnh

    johnh TrainBoard Member

    For most of us that is true. I have a friend that has all of the toys and high speed internet but refuses to be saddled with a phone bill
  15. Wrath0fWotan

    Wrath0fWotan E-Mail Bounces

    I've called several times to check on pre-order status, and if you call during their posted phone hours you'll either get a busy signal or talk to Debbie or Natasha - they're both cool and should be able to resolve any issues. Just a heads up.
  16. Metro Red Line

    Metro Red Line TrainBoard Member

    He must have a cellphone, right? Well calling across the country costs just as much as calling your next door neighbor these days via mobile!
  17. CBQ Fan

    CBQ Fan TrainBoard Member

    I thought I remember reading something on their website of having a system issue that caused them to lose a lot of email orders and to resubmit it if it was between date "a" and date "b". I may call them if I were you. The dual website thing has got to go thought.
  18. oldrk

    oldrk TrainBoard Supporter

    My orders were placed in the online shopping cart that they claim want affected. Who knows....
  19. NorsemanJack

    NorsemanJack TrainBoard Member

    This is a dangerous thread, as there are folks who will see the title and jump to incorrect conclusions. I would encourage a moderator to delete it for that reason. That said, I hope George gets the shopping cart system working well. Many of us have been frustrated with various on-line retailers that lack a good system for taking orders and confirming them with their customers. That doesn't help either the businessman or the model railroader.
  20. umtrr-author

    umtrr-author TrainBoard Member

    Or at least change the title... since Wig-Wag is most definitely in still business.

    Can the OP do that, perhaps?

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