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|On Sep 14, 2015, GentlemanJohn Alhambra, CA wrote:
|On Jul 14, 2015, mlaiuppa San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
Posted on February 26, 2012, updated July 14, 2015
On July 14th, 2015, mlaiuppa added the following:
In June of 2015 Chris Morgan Gilcrest was sentenced to a year in Ventura county jail and 5 years probation for pleading guilty to 3 felony counts and one misdemeanor. As part of the terms of his conviction he is to pay restitution to all those he defrauded who filed complaints with the Ventura County D.A. in the last 3 years and is not to run a nursery, deal in horticulture or agriculture nor is he to sell plants of any kind.
We'll see how long it takes for Chris to get back in "business" again after he gets out.
This is his second conviction in Ventura and possibly his third in the state. I think he was convicted in Tulare also.
|On Sep 26, 2014, treeplanter55 Silver City, NM wrote:
BEWARE! Unprofessional, endless delays, bad communication, payment issues, and to top it off, attitude from the seller. I had to file a paypal dispute to get out of this nightmare. Look elsewhere.
|On Sep 2, 2014, Roselover2 Bridgewater, CT wrote:
I chose a neutral rating because it is the average of positive and negative. The negative first (which is livable) and then the positive.
|On Aug 12, 2014, fjnz Fullerton,
United States wrote:
Wow! Chris has delivered a total of 4 trees in the past few months. My first impression was how fast he delivered the first tree. It was a LAMB HASS and this tree is now full of new avocados. The tree came, he helped me plant it (im a novice), and within 15 minutes we had the whole thing done. This guy knows his stuff. He showed me how the experts care and grow their trees....So I call Chris on a Tuesday and told him I was off the next day. I told him what I wanted and within a second he KNEW what would work best in my location (considering my soil type). He showed up the next day...All my other trees (Hass avocado/ Newly Improved Meyer Lemon/ Cara Cara Orange) arrived and Chris helped out again. He actually cares and wants his customers to enjoy the whole process...Looking forward to more trees from you Chris...Good stuff bro!...
|On Jun 14, 2014, Jengab Novato, CA wrote:
so much negativity and I stood up for this dude, seemed ok to me but then it came to delivery.
|On Jun 1, 2014, Windchyme Stockton, CA wrote:
Posted on June 23, 2005, updated June 1, 2014
On June 23rd, 2005, Windchyme added the following:
Oh lordy, people should really go through and read each and every entry. It becomes clear that this owner will lie. There are several posts that came from the business pretending to be satisfied customers that the webmaster caught and identified as such- how many more slipped by. The owner admitted to posting these. When people say this business makes unending excuses all one has to do is read through and you see it for yourself.
As far as I am concerned they have 2 weeks to refund my money (7-7-05) all of it including shipping or I will call the Visalia BBB, I will file for internet fraud, and I will have my credit card company do a charge back in order to get my money. If they want this bucket of whatever they sent me they can send someone over to pick it up and send it off to them as this is clearly not what I ordered and I am not responsible for getting something I didn't order. Further I will investigate the legality of shipping this stuff unlabeled and if appropriate file a complaint on that as well.
I don't want excuses as to why this was sent or how or a story to get my pity about how the wife is sick. I frankly won't believe a syllable that would come out of the mouth of anyone affiliated with this company. Failing to ship a plant could possibly be explained away as a simple mistake, shipping a bucket such as the one I recieved is no slipup. Boy am I ticked off.
On June 23rd, 2005, Windchyme added the following:
Email just now from this person...
"It is not left overs, that is most absurd statement I have heard. We buy in bulk and pack in the containers. If you want a shiny package we can adjust the price upwards and send you a nice shiny package. "
Or you could specify that one is buying in bulk and will be shipped in various different containers and has a lower price (if it is in fact lower) because of this- people could live with that. Boy I see what others are saying about you- you just don’t care. If this is in fact true what a nasty ramshackle way to run and portray your business.
On June 23rd, 2005, Windchyme added the following:
I am going to attempt to post some pictures here since he is accusing me of posting lies.-
Photo of what I am describing can be found at-
Just copy and paste that into another browser window. Would you like to pull this out a box expecting a new sealed package?
On June 24th, 2005, Windchyme added the following:
After many attempts to get me to argue, playing the pity card,making fun of and otherwise casting aspersions on my character, playing the hard workin man card and general mudslinging when I wouldn't go any of those places and none of those buttons worked, it appears that I have been refunded all that I payed him including shipping. It usually takes a couple days to clear into my bank account so I will watch for it to clear. Reccomendation for others dealing with him- Refuse to join him in the pre adolescent activities.
He has threatened to sue me for telling my experience here. That's fine as my sister is a lawyer. But he ought to know one thing- before you can prevail in a slander or libel lawsuit you have to be able to prove that the person maliciously LIED in an attempt to cause you harm and that none of what they said was true.That's going to be really hard considering I can prove every last word of what I put forward as material fact. And I can personally assure you all that what I put forward as my opinion is in fact exactly my true opinion (grin)- anyone think it wasn't? Will post again when the money clears or I have more antics to add.
On June 28th, 2005, Windchyme added the following:
The refund has now cleared my account. Thank you Growquest for a rotten experience, thank you for my money back.
Beware: This person made fun of a disability I was born with, then of me in general then wanted me to feel sorry that his wife is sick in the hospital. He reminded me of a 10 year old bully on the playground. He was rude, and obnoxious and ended with threatening to sue me for stating my experiences and opinions about that here in an attempt to frighten me (didn't work). In my opinion people would do better to avoid this train wreck of a business completely and save themselves a bunch of grief.
On June 1st, 2014, Windchyme added the following:
Can't believe this guy is still in business...view the following
recieved from the people that was nailing this guy to the wall and trying to protect customers...Fri, January 27, 2006
PHILLIP J. CLINE
District Attorney & Public Administrator
County of Tulare
County Civic Center
221 S. Mooney Blvd., Rm 224
Visalia, California 93291 4593
(559) 733 6411
FAX (559) 730 2658
On 01-26-06, Investigators of the Tulare County District Attorney ’s Office in cooperation with the Central California Better Business Bureau, and the Federal Trade Commission served search warrants at the residence and business of a Visalia resident, Christopher Morgan Gilcrest, age 41.
As a result of a six-month investigation, investigators discovered over 100 consumer complaints against the Internet businesses known as; “Growquest”, “ABP Growquest”, and “A Better Plant Grower,” for theft and fraud. It was learned that a warehouse, located at 446 W. Prosperity, and a residence located in the 1000 block of S. Kent Ct. were the computer bases of this operation. Investigators contacted consumers and businesses across the nation and discovered that the suspect, Gilcrest, and his business staff would take credit card orders of roses, ladybugs, and citrus trees and fail to provide the products to the consumers.
Businesses with losses to Grow Quest were identified as rose growers and distributors. Investigators discovered that Gilcrest ordered large amounts of rose plant products from distributors and did not pay for those materials. Dave Austin Roses LTD, England, Performance Nursery, Redondo Beach, Weeks Roses, Upland, California, and locally, Luis Nursery, were among the affected parties.
During this investigation, it was discovered that Gilcrest employed individuals to assist in manual labor and other services without providing workers compensation insurance or tax withholdings for his employees.
During the service of the Search Warrants, Gilcrest was arrested for Grand Theft, False Pretenses, and failure to provide insurance. During the search, Investigators seized five computers and components, bank records, business records, ledgers and documented the existence of numerous plant materials in Gilcrest’s possession.
Investigators attempted to assist the injured businesses by allowing victims to view the unpaid for roses. As a result, investigators were able to return, to Performance Nursery, approximately 400 plants, valued at $8,000.00.
Gilcrest was transported and booked into Tulare County Jail this afternoon for the listed charges. Bail has been set at $25,000.00.
Any business representative or consumer, who has not been previously contacted about this business, is asked to submit your complaint to the Special Investigations Bureau at the telephone number of (559) 733-6600.
For additional information, Tulare County District Attorney’s Office
Contact: ADA Don Gallian- (559) 733 6411.
|On Mar 12, 2014, yodamainecoon Costa Mesa, CA wrote:
I was searching for the perfect pair of Swan Hill Olive Trees and found Growquest listed as a vendor, the nursery was in good company with well known and highly credited nurseries.
|On Jan 29, 2014, mmeppster East La Mirada, CA wrote:
I ordered a 24" box lamb hass from Chris and had nothing but a good experience. These trees looked really healthy and had fruit on them at the time of delivery. He showed up on time, answered all of my questions and i hope to do more business with Growquest in the future.
|On Dec 6, 2013, jhprince Norfolk, VA wrote:
Posted on December 5, 2013, updated December 6, 2013
On December 3rd, 2013, jhprince added the following:
Oh, and because so many reviewers never have received their product ordered from this crook, as did I, I forgot to mention that I never received mine in the original post. And never received a refund.
On December 5th, 2013, jhprince added the following:
And Gilchrest just emailed me today, Dec 5th, 2013, to say to all the posts that were made about him here: "I can tell you... nothing positive will result, 90% piffle and 10% fact.". For 274 posts of negative comments here, another 80 on another online post (Yelp) he says they are mostly false. This guy is a consummate thief and liar, and doesn't know up from down anymore.
On December 5th, 2013, jhprince added the following:
Just heard back from him I assume another careless phrase of his "enjoy your time", I assume to mean trying to get my money back. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS GUY.
On December 6th, 2013, jhprince added the following:
It is rather telling about the State and local authorities of California that they allow this business to go on, and continue to incur problems that could be avoided.
|On Oct 1, 2013, BowtieFan Covina, CA wrote:
I did a search on the web for Avocado trees. I was interested in purchasing a Hass to replace my dying 50 or so year old tree. Growquest was one of the sites that came up. After reading the info on their site I decided to order a couple 5 gallon container Hass trees.
|On Oct 1, 2013, MarcusAllen Torrance, CA wrote:
I placed an order on line from grow quest for three avocado trees with shipping. I received an e-male a couple of days later confirming my order and to my delight, informing me that the shipping would be much less than quoted. Delivery was one week after initially planned but was explained prior in an e-male so no big deal. The trees arrived in excellent condition containing more than 6 large avocados each. As a bonus, one of the trees came as a 15 gallon instead of a 7 gallon at no additional charge. Chris called the day before delivery and then again the day of in order to accommodate my schedule and drop off requirements. He arrived on time, was very nice, took time to talk about different avocado trees and the planting and their care. My credit card was never charged, he gave me the option of paying with check or pay-pal. A few days after delivery, Chris sent me some links in regards to care and planting and also reminding me to water daily while the trees were still in pots. I will definitely buy from him again. Thanks Chris.
|On Sep 29, 2013, gal2014 Sun City, CA wrote:
I wanted to plant several varieties of Avocado Trees in my backyard so I went to local Nurseries but they had limited types of Avocado Trees and most of them in poor condition.
|On Sep 27, 2013, CasseyCA West Hollywood, CA wrote:
We are newbies and were looking for a Meyer's Lemon. We initially found Chris from his YouTube tutorials on planting lemon trees in pots. It was refreshing to find his simple to understand and easy to follow instructions on how to plant a sustainable 15 gallon tree in a pot. We called (it can take a day or two for him to get back to you but worth the wait) and ordered a 15 gallon Meyer's Lemon that he delivered, planted, and trimmed for us. The experience was second to none. We highly recommend him. The tree was gorgeous, far superior to anything we saw in our local nurseries. The good ones are worth the wait.
|On Sep 16, 2013, DATFL Hillsboro Beach, FL wrote:
I was interested in buying 2 California Hass avocado trees, 15 gallon size and have them shipped to Florida. I searched the web and contacted a few nurseries. No one was willing to fullfill this order. I then found Growquest. Growquest was the only nursery I could find willing to ship #15 trees to Florida. Chris at Growquest was very knowledgeable about his product and answered all the questions I had. (and I asked a bunch). My trees were crated perfectly to protect them during shipment and they were the exact trees I was looking for. I also liked that Chris sent me a video of my exact trees before they were shipped. I am happy with my overall experience buying from Growquest and would certainly buy from this company again.
|On Jul 5, 2013, tom_pixel Asheville, NC wrote:
Early in the spring of 2013, I was looking for a particular Rose , Ah found a seller " GrowQuest". I place an order only to never hear anything .I called the Fone # , only to hear a bunch of gibberish ramblings that went on and on . I then sent e mail inquiring about the order . I then rc'd an Order confirmation and #. Time went by , nothing , so started e mailing and rc'd a note back " you still want the rose ?" well sure where do I submit payment with pay pal etc ? Response was " will call you back".
|On Jun 17, 2013, meadrocks Long Beach, CA wrote:
I emailed Growquest with questions about avocado trees, I wanted to buy 2 for 2 locations. I described the locations & Chris suggested a Reed & a Lamb Hass. We agreed on COD payment. About a week later the 2 trees were delivered. I wasn't there for the delivery but he dropped them off anyway. The trees appear to be healthy, quality trees, both have small fruit on them. I'm happy with the product. The following day I mailed him a check. Many of the negative reviews of him seem to be about prepayment & not receiving product. I suggest to avoid these problems deal with Growquest on a COD basis, as I did and I feel you'll be happy with the results.
|On Jun 16, 2013, laurievdb Laguna Niguel, CA wrote:
We would recommend Growquest!!!
|On Jun 5, 2013, mel3 Los Angeles, CA wrote:
I watched Growquest videos online and Chris reminded me of Huell Howser...approachable and knowlegable. I called Growquest and left a message for an avocado tree, then sent an email. Within a week I spoke with Chris on the phone and was pleased with what he had to say. I told him I'd think about what I wanted and get back to him. I took another week before I could get him on the phone to order the tree. He said he'd be out on Saturday to bring the tree and lady bugs for my daughter. Saturday morning we got ready for out tree delivery and then I received an email from Chris saying he was running behind and he couldn't make it until the next day at 10am. He arrived Sunday with a beautiful Hass tree and lady bugs. We were thrilled to have Chris in our yard as we have a good size garden and had lots of questions about the best appoach for our veggies. When we are ready I look forward to ordering another tree from Chris.
|On May 29, 2013, nmendell Sherman, CT wrote:
FRAUDULENT WEBSITE – THEIF – STAY AWAY!
|On May 28, 2013, Forrestbear Shelby Forest, TN,
United States wrote:
I purchased four Albrequina olive trees from Chris Gilcrest and paid by check per Gilcrest saying he did not take credit cards except on the shipping cost for total $131.89 on 2/7/2013. One tree died days after arrival. I emailed Gilcrest many times concerning the dead tree, sent a jpg of dead tree per his request, and he promised to replace the tree. Then his emails went cold. Filed complaint with BBB Santa Barbara on 5/5/2015 asking for refund of $32.97 for the dead tree, then Gilcrest finally responds on 5/6/2013 with a "yes" to my email asking for a refund or a replacement, so that answer does not tell me anything. Gilcrest does not respond to BBB, so the case is closed with a three-year "bad" rating for Growquest. Filed a complaint with FBI division of internet fraud. This scam business needs to be shut down! Buyer Beware!
|On May 21, 2013, Joeyfornow Lake Hamilton, AR (Zone 7a) wrote:
I was looking for a particular rose (Black Bacarra) and was unable to find one anywhere except at Growquest. I was very leery of purchasing from them because of some of the reviews here on Dave's Garden. I decided to give them a try. I ordered my rose and got an email confirmation right away. The rose took about 12 days to arrive and I admit I was getting worried. I want to note though that my concern was because I really wanted this rose. Their website says not to pay until the rose is received and believed to be ok so I was out nothing. I sent an email to inquire and got a email back asking for a review of their service. A day or so later the rose arrived. It was definitely alive and may not have been the most robust looking plant but it is a bare root and the largest budding canes that it had were white! I had never seen that before but we took care of the bush as they told us and it began to green up and grow after a few days. It is now looking great, has many new leaves and its first tiny bud. We are really happy with the bush and are sending in a check. Thank you, Growquest! I would definitely order from them again.
|On May 20, 2013, jrevell Urbana, IL wrote:
Ordered a rose in early May. He was quick to respondwith an invoice with shipping charges and instructions to send a check. Mailed check and it was cashed right away by company. Rose was not revieved. When I emailed and inquired about the status, he sent me another invoice with additional $5 for shipping. Inquired what was going on, never received an response, tried calling and got a long babbling answering machine with no way to leave a message or reach Chris. One month later still no rose, I guess I should have researched this company further, if I had I would have seen all the negative complains about him and would never have ordered. I don't expect to receive either a retund or the rose I ordered from them. Growquest is a rip-off--DO NOT ORDER FROM THEM!!!!
|On May 18, 2013, jeepstergrower Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:
Posted on April 26, 2013, updated May 18, 2013
On May 18th, 2013, jeepstergrower added the following:
I just placed an additional order with Chris for a Pistachio tree and a blueberry bush. Chris delivered the Pistachio tree (it had numerous large clusters of pistachio's) and the blueberry bush (the blueberry bush was a large bush and was covered in very large blueberries.) Chris also gave me a free beautiful rose bush. I told Chris that it was my son's birthday and he brought two large bags of ladybugs for them. He never charged me for ladybugs or rose bush.
Chris, then gave me additional advice on how much water my fruit trees in my backyard needed. I discovered that many of my fruit trees were dropping fruit due to the lack of water.
I always appreciate the products ad advise Chris has given me. He always returns my email and always provides trees that are substantially larger than the ones the local nursery sells.
I know Chris is busy and has lots of deliveries in multiple states. But, be patient and you will be more than happy with the products and advise he provides.
|On May 2, 2013, Gordana1958 Long Beach, CA wrote:
Avoid doing business with this guy, Chris. He strung me along for one month on an order for an avocado tree. He confirmed a delivery schedule time after time, and never delivered with some reason or another. I followed up by email & phone and got only lies from him.
|On Apr 30, 2013, luvroses1 Mesa, AZ wrote:
I am very pleased with my experience. I have been searching for a Honey Dijon rose and Chris made available to me one of his four year old roses. I also ordered a Stainless Steel at the same time. Both roses came very well packed in a wood crate. Both roses arrived in bloom and have not stopped growing and blooming. Will happily use them for future purchases.
|On Apr 16, 2013, JessicaEd Arlington, WA wrote:
Buyer beware: I had prepaid for these roses (even forgot to deduct my "prepay" discount). Even so, they never came. The first time I emailed, I received an immediate response indicating that they would be sent in short order w/ an extra plant. I waited. Still, they never came. I sent several more emails, this time requesting a refund as I had reached the point of giving up on them and never received a response. I'll give them a week to send me a refund.
|On Apr 5, 2013, ALS1950 Coto de Caza, CA wrote:
I have done business with Chris and Growquest for the past 7 years. I have had nothing but good experience with them. In fact, on my latest order, Chris went out of his way and found 6 roses for me to match the 40 roses we purchased from him years ago. I searched all over the country for them prior to Chris finding them for me and personally delivering them. That is service beyond compare. Chris, my wife and I thank you very much. I would recommend you without hesitation to anyone.
|On Mar 28, 2013, Sammysgarden Casas Adobes, AZ wrote:
I recently put an order in with Chris from Growquest for three roses. Chris told me that I could expect the roses in about one week. after 2 weeks I called Chris to tell him the roses where not delivered yet. He was very nice and explained that he was very busy but he would get them out this week. I explained that I had a family emergency and would not be home for the delivery and ask him if he could please wait till the following week. Chris did wait to send the roses till the following week. The roses are in very good condition. I,am very happy with the roses and I will definitely do business with Chris again. Thank you chris
|On Mar 23, 2013, clintdiego Poway, CA wrote:
I recently placed an order with Chris from Growquest. We were in contact for a few weeks prior to the deliver, he provided great direction on how to plant to the trees and optimize the growth. Although the deliver was delayed one day, I must say I am very pleased with the quality of the 5 15G Avocado trees delivered.
|On Mar 17, 2013, b_arnold1976 High Point, NC wrote:
I ordered 5 roses from GrowQuest.com. I did my research and Chris had the best selection. I wanted certain roses and he had what I was looking for. Also he has some great YouTube videos. I sent my check because I wanted the best price and I knew I would not be home for a C.O.D order. This was in the winter time when I placed my order and I knew it would be awhile before my order would ship. The weather started to warm up and Chris said my order would be shipping soon. I didn’t hear back from him or get the tracking number. I got worried and saw all of the bad reviews. I e-mailed Chris my concerns. He apologized and told me the situation. He shipped my order directly and threw in an extra rose for the delay. The order arrived as promised. Minus the FireFighter rose but his picker said the quality wasn’t that great and he will find a better supplier and ship that one separate. The root systems on these roses were very nice and they looked like nice sized roses. One rose looked like it was taken out of the pot and had lots of nice soil. I’ve looked at the reviews and it sounds like sour grapes. I don’t know the story behind them but I do know that my experience was good. Chris cares about the product and the customer. He only ships when the weather is good. It says that on his site, that is the second reason I decided to order from his site. I could pay $30 plus dollars for a rose at my local nursery and I didn’t want to spend $17 for a dead rose delivered via the mail. Again I was very happy with my order. Be patient, wait for the right weather conditions, send Chris a nice e-mail and he will update you. He is a good honest guy.
|On Mar 12, 2013, david5d Venice, CA wrote:
I was looking for a non fruiting olive tree at a fair price and Chris came through with an attractive 36" box wilsonii, delivered and at a great price!
|On Mar 3, 2013, seamsso Corona, CA wrote:
I ordered 18 Floribunda rose bushes from Mr. Gilcrest about three weeks ago and he hand delivered them to my home yesterday. The roses exceeded my expectations--the plants were older than I thought they would be, had many, many strong canes and their root systems were large and healthy. The plants arrived in a moist condition. Upon arrival of the plants Mr. Gilcrest asked to see the site they would be planted on and I took him to the back yard and showed him the hillside I had prepared for their arrival. He was pleased to see the holes I had dug for the bushes were quite large and would easily handle the excellent root system the bushes had. He then showed me two methods for planting the bushes that was different than I was about to do. He planted a couple of them for me and showed me how to water them in deeply. Using his method I was able to plant all 18 bushes in under two hours. (Since I had previously prepped the holes and the 50/50 top soil and mulch combination.) He states he is going to follow up with me in April to see how the bushes are coming along. He feels they will thrive very well on the sloop and produce a mass of pink Passionate Kisses Floribunda roses year after year. I wish to thank Mr. Gilcrest for his time, teaching and labor he didn't need to do any of those extra things. He gave me excellent prices, also.
|On Feb 6, 2013, shihao Palo Alto, CA wrote:
I ordered 4 roses on 8/11/2012 and just took delivery on 2/2/2013.
|On Feb 5, 2013, mebrann Dove Creek, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:
Growquest Nursery, Christopher Morgan Gilcrest, is a total scam. Do not be fooled by their beautiful website. Mr. Gilcrest will gladly take your money. You will never, ever receive your product and you will never, ever receive your order. I ordered and paid for 3 roses, plus shipping in August, 2011. He has been dancing me around since then despite my calls and e-mails. He has finally just stopped responding to me.
|On Aug 17, 2012, chrisjr CANYON CNTRY, CA wrote:
Posted on August 16, 2012, updated August 17, 2012
On March 13th, 2012, chrisjr added the following:
UPDATE: My two trees were hand delivered last night at 6:00pm. After placing the order at Noon, I received my order just 6 hours later. I have never had a faster shipment in my life as I did with this one.
I have to say the trees look very good. They both are helathy and strong with a lot of new growth on them. The large tree is over 10 feet tall, I was shocked (in a good way) when I got it. Some nurseries sell crap and small trees for a large price plus delivery. I know, I was taken from another nursery (full refund was given).
I have to admit Chris and his team really came through for me. His driver that delivered the trees was very nice and friendly. He asked me if my trees look good enough and he even wheeled them to the backyard for me. He didnt leave until I was fully satisfied. I appreciate the speedy service and honest feedback that I was given. I will always buy more trees from them. Thanks.
On August 16th, 2012, chrisjr changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
You are right. Chris Gilcrest is a total fraud. He should be in jail or someone should put a stop to him. He stole my money. He is a lier, calls you names and steals from you. He even denys you ave him money. He disconnects his phones from time to time and then adds another address to his business. This LOSER, LIER, THEFT NEEDS TO BE CAUGHT AND IN JAIL. CAN ANYONE HELP???
NEVER USE GROWQUEST GROWERS AT ALL. BE CAREFUL HE HAS MANY WEBSITES OUT THERE.
WRITE TO BBB AND THE FBI LIKE I DID
I have changed my rating because the trees that Chris LOSER sold me was dieased and DIED. I had them checked out by a true professional and he told me that he didnt grow them right and used not only bad soil, but also salt in the water and killed the roots. He is a total FRUAD. He takes your money and sends you dead trees. Many people have stated that he in fact stole their money. Now the FBI is onto him. read it all online. Check out BBB. Its all there. Last night he called me 5 times cursing me out like a littel child over and over again. Then he emailed me over and over again, which I called the police, filed a report and wrote to BBB what he has done. I also called the FBI and filed a complaint. I sent the police all the emails he sent me. He is very RUDE, NASTY, UNPROFESSIONAL, LIER THEFT AND NO GOOD LOSER. HE IS NOT A MAN AT ALL, BUT A MENTAL ISSNESS CASE. Serisouly someone needs to put a stop to him. I will not be insulted at all. I am blogging everywhere. Its called freedom of speech Chris, so take that LOSER!!! He will steal your money and send you plants that will die. Good luck!!! BBB has an alert out on his company that is run from an apartment and garage. BE CAREFUL!!! Read some forums, I beleive their is a class action suit that is filed. I will jump onto that.
On August 17th, 2012, chrisjr added the following:
Chris Gilcrest is a total fraud. He should be in jail. He stole my money. He is a lier, calls you names and steals from you. He disconnects his phones from time to time and then adds another address to his business. He bounces around from place to place after he got kick out of Tulare country. Now he is in Ventura Country. This LOSER, LIER, THEIF should be in jail. Someone needs to put a stop to him.
NEVER USE GROWQUEST GROWERS AT ALL. BE CAREFUL HE HAS MANY WEBSITES OUT THERE. WRITE TO BBB AND THE FBI LIKE I DID. When you call his bluff or write something bad, he will get very mad at you, call you names and treats you like a child. Something is totally wrong with him mentally. Seriously many people have stated this.
The trees that Chris LOSER sold me were diseased and DIED. I had them checked out by a true professional. The trees he sent had too much salt, bugs and was root bound. I found out that he never grew this himself. These are knock off trees from a discount place. Basically, these trees were trashed and he sold them to me. He doesn’t even ship them to you, but throw them in an old crappy van laying down in the hot sun. He damaged these trees. It is on purpose. Check out BBB. Don’t buy from him!! HE CHARGES YOU FOR UPS SHIPPING BUT NEVER SHIPS THEM. THIS IS BAD!!!
He has many you tube videos that shows his plants, DONT believe it. Look at all of them, every video is from a different nursery. He goes around taking videos, post them on You tube as his own, which is a crime and then he sells you crap. He doesn’t sell you these trees at all. What a TOTAL JERK AND SCAM.
HIS BUSINESS IS MAINLY FROM YOU TUBE SO PLEASE DONT BUY FROM HIM AND IN FACT CHECK OUT WHAT TRUE CUSTOMER POSTS.
I KNOW HIS GAME. WHAT A TOTALL LOSER AND JERK.
I know his game well and here is the story. You can confirm everything by going to you tube and reading all the negative things about him. None of this is made up at all by me. THIS IS THE TRUTH. READ ON.
This guy is a thief big time. He has no nursery at all. He works out of a garage with an apartment. He drives around from nursery to nursery taking videos and then post them online to sell you items. His wife left him. His family is mad at him. His children, well, I won’t go into that. Recently his brother is in trouble. Chris Morgan Gilcrest has been in jail, and has to pay a fine. He was required to cease and decease order by the FBI. Now he is being investigated by the FBI and BBB. BBB also has alert out on his business and name. Please look online, you will find everything. I am not making any of this up.
He will either send you trees that will die or not send you anything at all. My job is to stop him and post whatever and whenever I can. There are many customers doing the same thing. We have the right to as freedom of speech. In fact what he is doing is breaking the law and is a federal crime, since he stole over $1,000.00 from customers. I hope he is jailed. I have called the FBI and BBB.
CHRIS LOSER GILCREST, I HOPE YOU READ THIS, LOSER. YOU KNOW ALL THIS IS TRUE. DONT DENY OR LIE. BE HONEST AND BE A MAN. YOU ACT LIKE A CHILD.
|On Aug 17, 2012, knowd777 Casa Conejo, CA wrote:
Wow, I can't believe all the negatives.
|On Jul 24, 2012, karentom2174 Ingleside, TX wrote:
Posted on July 9, 2012, updated July 24, 2012
On June 4th, 2011, karentom2174 added the following:
Chris: Have you ever heard of the " 3 strikes and you're out law? Is 50 years of your life spent behind bars worth it to you to stiff me on 2 trees?
On June 4th, 2012, karentom2174 added the following:
6/3/2012. STILL NO RESOLUTION FROM CHRIS OR GROWQUEST. Instead of name calling or further venting, I will point out that anyone who is willing to wait 14 months or more for a refund or thier order should feel free to order from Growquest. If you want customer service, adequate response time, and/or a resolution, go elsewhere.
On June 21st, 2012, karentom2174 added the following:
Chris sent me a few e mails, but still no trees or refund. WHY, CHRIS? YOU HAVE HAD MY MONEY FOR WELL OVER A YEAR< GIVE IT BACK OR SHIP MY TREES!
On June 23rd, 2012, karentom2174 added the following:
When I logged in at Growquest, I find that now they have no record of my order, even after I sent them a copy of my cancelled check with my order number on it. ( 10011987 )
On June 28th, 2012, karentom2174 added the following:
O.K. EVERYONE, GRAB A PEN AND PAPER!! CONTACT THE FBI ON E MAIL, REFERENCE INTERSTATE CYBERTHEFT COMPLAINT# 110527045956812, LEAVING YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, ( INCLUDING STATE), INVOICE # AND PARTICULARS. LET"S SEE HOW CHRIS LIKES A 50K FINE, AND 15-25 YEARS IN A FEDERAL PEN!
On July 9th, 2012, karentom2174 added the following:
HEY CHRIS: CHECK OUT YOUR KID'S VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE!! I BET THEY'RE REAL PROUD OF DAD!!
On July 24th, 2012, karentom2174 added the following:
Hey Chris: We have reported you to YouTube's legal dept. to get all of your video's banned, just like HGTV. Next up, I will format all complaints into the FBI complaint that I listed. Care to guess how many charges you'll face?
|On Jul 19, 2012, scottishgent Conroe, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Order placed 3/19/2011, for 5 bare root roses, paid this character $140 w/cashiers check, after sending him a Chase Quick Pay which he never picked up. No plants received, but several e-mails were received: