Beesource Beekeeping Forums banner
1 - 20 of 21 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I posted this in the wrong area before I think. :doh:

I see the owner is a member here. Anyone order a suit recently? I was alittle concerned after I paypalled the $$ that I got no communication. The phone goes to a full voicemail, no response to email and the website link to the suits now is not working :s

I do see they put a not up a week or so ago about having alot of suit orders and not taking anymore but not sure how to confirm mine is on the way or when it will be.

Anyone know these guys?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,533 Posts
I bought a suit from them but it was OFF season and I am sure they are swamped now and will get to you asap.

The suit will bee worth the wait :thumbsup:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,300 Posts
The suit will bee worth the wait :thumbsup:
I agree. You're not dealing with a factory or large business; you're dealing with Bill, a guy with a regular job who makes great bee suits on the side. Give him time, he'll respond to your email eventually, and when you finally get your suit, you'll agree with honeyman that it was worth the wait.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Yeah the suit looked good on the site.

I knew it was a part time job for him...I just thought it strange the phone numbers was n/a straight to a full voice mail. I usually call before I just pay for something but was excited about the suit and paypalled it :D

I'm not to concerned now. My hive is queenless now so I got bigger problems anyway :(
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
94 Posts
I ordered a jacket and was told two weeks by Bill. It has now been over four weeks going on five. When I ordered, he told me two weeks. I thought that was awful soon and knowing he has to custom make one my size. I too have been calling each day only to have it go straight to voice mail that is full and I too have notice the site is mostly down. I am hoping that it is only because he is swamped right now and just has to catch up. My only problem is I am now without a jacket and have been putting several people off for cutouts and also harvesting my hives until the new jacket comes in. I do not know how anyone who has ever complained about dealing with Bill or the Ultra Breeze and I try to remember that as I look for patience each day and patience is something I have a hard time finding at times. lol Just remember Spek, we are one of those who waited until the busy time of year to make our orders. *Keep repeating* "Patience is a virtue." lol
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
201 Posts
I was just going to post the same thing. My bees arrive on Friday and I have NO Veil, no protection, nothing. I took the website at it's word when it said give it a week. I Ordered June 2nd and have sent several messages and no reply. Paypal, however has NO hesitation taking payment... I guess I will need to find another option in the next 3 days! :eek:

If only I had some communication, I would have had time to come up with a plan B.

Lauren
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,239 Posts
Lauren, get on the phone and locate/contact your local bee club. there will CERTAINLY be more than one willing to loan you a veil/gloves. the people in NC are great, and beekeepers are the best. good luck,mike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
94 Posts
Lauren,
I do have several veils and jackets that I loan to others who visit my bee yards. My problem is my size hence the name 'BIG T'. When I was younger/smaller I could readily get a jacket or suit from anywhere but now I am reliant on a padded jacket and veil. One thing I used to do when I used to buy packages of bees was to lightly spray them with sugar water right before installing the package. I would never wear a veil and as far as I can remember, I never got stung. I'm not recommending that you not wear a veil because I don't want to be the cause of you getting stung, but instead I'm just sharing my experience with you. Mike is correct when he said someone in a local club would probably be more than happy to help you out. Just some food for thought and good luck.
Big T
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
113 Posts
I have one of Bill's jackets it's the the best money I've spent on beekeeping. I e-mailed him about 3 weeks ago to ask if he was still working on developing some pants to go with the jacket. I haven't heard anything back.
I hope he's hasn't gotten tangled up in his sewing machine:eek:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
201 Posts
Thanks Guys. I will call around. When I called the NC Agriculture Exts. office they gave me the name of the local expert. He told me to read some books and call him in the spring. SO... I built a TBH (yikes) and ordered a Russian nuc! :shhhh:I feel strange going back to him to borrow a veil now....

But it is worth not getting stung in the face! I will definitely carry the sugar water! I am moving a nuc into a temporary nuc box attached under my TBH in hopes they will move UP! on the other hand, the guy selling me the bees is AWESOME and is sending them in a super "Just in case" Maybe this is the case he was talking about!

I too own my own business and am constantly worried about letting people down (turns out worrying doesn't stop it from happening....:() I am sure that Bill is working his hardest to make us all happy and I hope that he is able to shrug off the stress that comes from all of our expectations. It is a good problem to have, this being TOO busy,Bill! That is what I keep telling myself anyway!

Thanks again for the newbie advise! Lauren
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,487 Posts
Last year at this time of year, Bill was swamped also. That's when we got our jackets. You're money is safe with him, & his product is the best.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,016 Posts
Don't know your situations, just an idea...
Grab a Tyvek overall from wal-mart or hardware store. Grab a bug net (if you have such things. Wear a wide brim hat. Should get you through. I am told that bees won't sting through the tyvek, but I doubt that is true all the time.

Would get you through till you get your jackets maybe?

Mike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
Bee warned: the Tyvek does not breathe, and in this hot weather, it will become almost unbearable to use. But the protection is unmatched
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,016 Posts
Oh yeah... It is hot :) The bees don't seem to mind the salt water to much :)

I had a pair that ripped, so I cut the top off and tuck it in like a jacket - sometime. I will just use a veil, shirt, pants tucked in if I'm not having to do a lot.

Mike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
99 Posts
Hi Spek,

I've got one of his suits,and as others here have said, it is worth the money & wait. It took about 3 weeks for mine to arrive, and that was early this year.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Thanks for the replies. Glad to hear everyone thinks its gunna be fine. Just strange no communication. If I didn't have this forum Id be really concerned with the no communication.

Guess Ill sit back and wait :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
94 Posts
I just got off the phone with Jean, Bill's wife. Bill passed away a week ago this past Monday. Extreamly sad news for the bee keeping world. I posted more information under the main forum page. Sad...
Big T
 
1 - 20 of 21 Posts
Top