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Oct. 12, 2012
ronnied8
18 posts
Bat issue
I play 50 major and won a bat at the TOC in the precision hitting contest over a year ago. It was a Miken ultraII that lasted 30-40 swings tops! I thought this bat should be replaced
and I called Miken and they said since it was donated it can't be replaced! I called Senior Softball and talked to Barbara who was extremely nice and said call Corky and he would take care of the problem. Thats where the problem starts, after talking to Corky on the phone at least 5 times and talking to him face to face 5 times at 2 different tournaments still no solution. I've already sent the bat to Corky 6 months ago and nothing! I'm asking what should be my next move or am I barking up the wrong tree!!!!
Oct. 12, 2012
Allan55
80 posts
ronnied8,
I heard this story two years ago. I had an Ultra, and it broke after approximately 40 cuts. My friend informed me he would take my bat, along with his (which also broke after a limited number of cuts) to Corky. He said Corky will take care of it...and gave the bats to him. When my friend and I saw Corky some time later, we asked him what was happening with the bats. We wanted to know if they would be replaced. Corky informed me that my bat would not be replaced, because I must have been swinging too hard. I thought that was interesting, because I was not under the impression he had ever seen me swing. I will also bet your bat, ronnied8, still had that nice new shine on it like my bat did. Yes, I would say you are barking up the wrong tree. Five months later, I was informed I should have called Miken direct and shipped the bat to them. Instead, I did not have a bat to ship. That was my fault for dealing with the wrong person. Good luck. I hope your story has a better ending than mine.
Oct. 13, 2012
Pricer
Men's 50
622 posts
For whatever it's worth. These are no warranty products. It doesn't matter if they are purchased for thousands of dollars or they are given away for free. They have no warranty! It is/was known before purchase. One swing or a thousand, it makes no difference. Iím amazed that some feel something should be replaced knowing there is no warranty. This is not directed at the two of you here on this post, it's for everyone who feels you should get something back knowing you should get nothing back. JMO
Oct. 13, 2012
ronnied8
18 posts
I understand about a warranty, but I didn't purchase this bat I won it and in my opinion someone should replace it with another brand bat or one that will last more than 40 swings! It just seems like good business to me!
Oct. 13, 2012
Pricer
Men's 50
622 posts
Ronnie, it's free! If you got one swing out of it, you got your monies worth. NO WARRANTY! That's part of playing senior ball. It's a price we pay for the technolgy we choose. Like I said, why would anyone expect anymore from a non warranty product. No warranty expressed or implied! JMO
Oct. 13, 2012
ronnied8
18 posts
I understand about a warranty, but I didn't purchase this bat I won it and in my opinion someone should replace it with another brand bat or one that will last more than 40 swings! It just seems like good business to me!
Oct. 13, 2012
ronnied8
18 posts
Pricer it sounds like you work for Miken or Senior Softball! LOL! Bottom line I think a bat should last more than 35 swings and if it don't warranty or no warranty it should be replaced!
Oct. 13, 2012
ffdonnie
Men's 50
95 posts
Just another Miken story.
I'm amazed people still buy these (I know yours was free). There's better bats out there people. And better distributors too.
Oct. 13, 2012
titanhd
Men's 50
334 posts
Ronnie 8 are you talking about the Gold Mikens that are presented at the TOC or a regular model Ultra II?
Oct. 13, 2012
Stretch14
Men's 50
186 posts
Third times the charm.
Oct. 14, 2012
jsheeran
Men's 50
41 posts
I agree with Pricer. No warranty is no warranty no matter how it came into your possesion.
Personally I think a bat costing $200+ should last as long as I want to use it. Our team has team bats paid with team funds. I cannot see paying my own hard earned money for a bat that cracks in less than one season. We need a steel bat association, get back to pitching, defense and let the true home run hitters be the home run hitters. Games 52-51 are ridiculous!!
Oct. 14, 2012
ronnied8
18 posts
Pricer it sounds like you work for Miken or Senior Softball! LOL! Bottom line I think a bat should last more than 35 swings and if it don't warranty or no warranty it should be replaced!
Oct. 14, 2012
ronnied8
18 posts
No it was the red Miken Ultra II
Oct. 14, 2012
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
ronnied8,

I don't think this will make you feel better, but I have dealt with Corky for many, many years.......I have always been treated great by him. Any bat issue I have had, he has "always" taken care of it on the spot !
Oct. 14, 2012
stick8
1299 posts
Ronnie in the realm of good business practice your correct but Pricer and jsherran are also correct. Unfortunately, no warranty is no warranty no matter how many swings you have on a bat that is purchased or in your case the bat you won. While Miken is not required to replace the bat you referenced Corky is a good guy who will work with you in situations like this.
Oct. 15, 2012
ronnied8
18 posts
No it was the red Miken Ultra II
Oct. 15, 2012
ronnied8
18 posts
Corky seems like a nice guy it just seems like he's giving me the run around! I think one more phone call today and we'll see what happens! Thanks for the input!
Oct. 15, 2012
neck10
498 posts
should have sold bat for what you could get then drink beer with the money then everyone would be happy
Oct. 15, 2012
ronnied8
18 posts
Corky seems like a nice guy it just seems like he's giving me the run around! I think one more phone call today and we'll see what happens! Thanks for the input!
Oct. 15, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
ronnie, do you understand this bat has NO warranty? Forget that you got it for free, it has NO warranty. None for me, none for others, why do you think it should for you? Just curious.
Oct. 15, 2012
Pricer
Men's 50
622 posts
Nope, I do not work for any bat company. I have been involved in the retail sporting goods for a good length of time. I have listened, overheard and had to referee this type of debates with customers for years. My recommendation to these folks then is the same then as it is today. STOP buying them or stop complaining when they don't last as long as you feel they should. Do you or anyone for that matter go and offer the manufactures any more money when the equipment exceeds the average expectations? To see or hear of anyone who knows what a warranty is before buying a bat and then complain that it did not last as long as THEY FEEL IT SHOULD HAVE, is mind boggling. There is a reason they do not warranty these bats, plain and simple. For the free one you won, please get over it. No outlay of money and you want a replacement? Look back at what your stating or asking on here, knowing you SHOULD NOT RECEIVE ANYTHING. They should say we're sorry, BUT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY ANOTHER? Most of todays players will just buy another! JMO
Oct. 15, 2012
titanhd
Men's 50
334 posts
Well said Price.
Oct. 15, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
If a company won't stand for one f'n day behind its product, they don't deserve anyone's business. Or money.

But again, guys will gladly pay hundreds for a No Warranty product if it might give them an extra 10' of distance.

Just kind of sad.
Oct. 15, 2012
ronnied8
18 posts
Well final verdict came in and Terry said it wasn't under warranty so no replacement! Well that really sucks! oh well life goes on then you play another game of softball!!!! I tried!!!!
Oct. 15, 2012
kbl
Men's 60
529 posts
ronnied8..IMO...i think if i had won one of those Miken bats, i would never use it. To me it would be like a very nice trophy...thanks, Ken
Oct. 15, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
How does a company not doing exactly what they never said they would do "suck"?
Oct. 15, 2012
jsheeran
Men's 50
41 posts
SSUSA how about a steel bat tournament in 2013? Have it in Michigan, our team will play. Any other teams up for this?
Oct. 15, 2012
boston
306 posts
As the sayings goes "Watch out what you wish for." Seniors wanted hot bats and had dreams of hitting like they did at age 20. You got it a $200 no warranty bat that breaks in less than a yr. Seniors keep complaining about how often the Mikens break and there is no warranty. Well you asked for it and you keep buying them so you get what you deserve. I gave up on Ultras for good a year ago. I found several USSSA bats w/ 400 day warranties that hit the ball over 305 ft. That's all I need for a HR. Keep your ohh and ahh 350-400 ft HR. Like I've said before depending on where you play 305 will get you a HR. maybe, no ohh or ahh moment but it still counts as a HR in the book.

I recommend the new Easton Stealth 100, Easton Stealth 98, Worth Resmondo WSE. these bats can all be had for $225-$249 if you look around. NIW w/ a warranty. Most of you bangers will still get your ohh and ahh moments. The rest of youi line drive hitters will not be disappointed. These bats hit BB's through the IF. My son weighs 130lbs tried my Stealth 100 in a USSSA game last week and hit a ball of the fence at 300 ft. I did contemplate having the bat tested for being shaved and my son tested for steriods. lol

Stay thirsty my friends.

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