Unfairpak Forum - How Farepak Stole Christmas

On Friday 13th Oct 2006 - Farepak Hampers went into administration. Over 100,000 customers were told that no food hampers or vouchers or other goods will be supplied this Christmas as promised, and no refunds! Share your thoughts here...
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were you aware your money was at risk with farepak?
Poll ended at Sat Dec 16, 2006 7:26 pm
yes 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
no 99%  99%  [ 85 ]
unsure 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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I'd been saving this way for probably 10 years.

I always paid monthly by cheque, it was like a payment for gas or something, I didn't miss it. Then when the vouchers arrived, wow, it was like a gift from someone! Because its not cash you can't blow it on just anything, it had to be on Christmas.

I always had Christmas done wrapped and hidden by early December.

And very smug I felt too.

If some sort of regulation comes in I would definately do it again.

For me, a normal savings account just isn't the same.


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I voted NO because I always thought my payment by installments was a down payment on goods to be delivered later. I didn't realise (did any of us?) that our money would just go into the general company funds and be passed here there and everywhere at the whim of the directors. And even if I had thought that then I still thought my vouchers would be delivered because whatever the company decided to do with my money I had paid for them!

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couldnt of said it better myself karen, i voted no as well.

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I am sure that if anybody thought that there was the slightest chance that they would lose there christmas savings through farepak then they would not have done it. I connot believe that in this day and age this dreadfull situation has happened, the laws need changing !!!!!


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I also voted no.
I dont think anyone knew where all the money was actually going.
Its a lesson well and truly learned.


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Hmm: I see nobody else voted "yes".

I didn't invest with FP, but I looked into, or rather tried to look into, Kleeneze's activities in Swindon around easter 2004.
The Farepak name wasn't so well known, obviously, but I wouldn't have given any money to anything KZ was involved in: I've heard too many bad stories from people that have (as investors, not customers).


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I also voted no. As i have been with FAIRPAK for the last 20yrs. I thought my money was safe. If i wanted to waste my money i would of done. But instead i saved it to give my daughter a good christmas, but now i have nothing to show for it. Instead i have given it to a bunch of theives. :cry: :cry: :cry:


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I voted no too, as i have been an agent for five years and have had no problems. I knew they where affiliated? with kleeneze as when we lived in Bristol my husband, for a very short time i might add, became a kleeneze distributor. We barely made any money, and i think the company ended up better off than we did from our money. It was.nt even organised effectively.

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Hi All
I thought my money was safe as I have been an agent for nearly 20 years and never had any bother so had no reason to be worried.You can imagine my shock.I have to say this is the least I have sent them in all these years £2,430.50p As my work collegues and I, all have redundancy hanging over us1 Customer has been payed off and leaves at xmas,SHE HAS LOST £200.
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if i knew money was at risk then i wouldn't have paid them!!


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I never thought my money was at risk with a company who got paid upfront and had no outlay until October/November thought they would make enough on the interest and the hampers! Plus they had been going since the 60's!

Oh how little I knew :cry:


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