PENSACOLA, FLORIDA -- I wish I would have done some investigation prior to making purchases. The lack of communication between Customer Service rep, warehouse managers, store sales clerks, and the regional managers is non existent. I guess I'm just another RIPPED OFF consumer with some unsatisfactory furniture. After months of going back and forth with the above reps I have come to the conclusion that these individuals need some education. They over all couldn't care less about the customer and assume in time you will go away.
Well, I'm one that won't and will attempt to educate consumers NOT to buy or be suckered into the less than acceptable craftsmanship, customer service and regional managers spineless attempt to be a male. My dog has more testicles and she's a female.
HELENA, MONTANTA -- We just bought a new house and wanted new living room furniture. Unfortunately we chose to go into Ashley Furniture in Helena, MT instead of one of our local stores. On 1/15/10, we paid $1000 for a couch, coffee table and end table. We were told by the salesman that it would be 6-8 weeks for this to be delivered. While I thought this was outlandish for a delivery time, we had already spent a couple of hours picking out the stuff we wanted so agreed to this.
Six weeks into our wait, I called the store to see if they had an approximate delivery date. I was told our salesperson no longer worked there and this person I was talking to said there was nothing in the system yet as far as a delivery date. He said he would add us to his call list. Two weeks later, no call from anyone - we're 8 weeks into the wait time. I call the store again and get another person. She looks up our info and again I'm told that there is no anticipated delivery date yet. I told her I wanted to cancel the order. She tells me that all cancellations have to be approved by the store manager (who's never in or available) and that we would be subject to a 20% restocking fee.
I inquired why there would be a restocking fee for something that hadn't even been shipped yet. I received no logical explanation. I waited two more weeks, went to the store to see a manager. None available. Talked to another salesman who looked our order up in the system. He said that because we order things that were new designs, that Ashley sits and waits to see how many are ordered, and then puts them into production at a later date. Our furniture had not even been built yet!!! He also could not tell me when our order would be shipped.
I again stated "I wanted to cancel my order" and was told that I couldn't because they had already paid Ashley Furniture for the order and that Ashley would not give them the money back. I told him that this was ludicrous and there was no way that was true. He then told me again that it had to be approved by a manager and that there would be a 20% restocking fee (for something that hasn't even been built yet!).
He said he would work on getting me some sort of discount on my next order to make it right and that he would put me on his call list. It has now been 12 weeks, still no call from anyone and no discount card. This is the worst company I've ever done business with except Capital One. And that says a lot.
ALTOONA, PENNSYLVANIA -- I read many of these reviews before purchasing from Ashley. I'll admit I was very nervous when we ordered a living room set and bedroom set from our local Ashley furniture store in Altoona, PA.
I am very pleasantly surprised at the service and quality we received. At the store, the salesperson was very personable and professional. The customer service group over the telephone was good - they didn't always have an immediate answer for us and were sometimes confused about the questions we asked. But in all fairness, they were very friendly and got us answers. Delivery was prompt and the delivery guys were excellent. They were friendly and made sure everything was in place. Our experience was A+!
As a note, I did a little research into why there were so many complaints with Ashley. As it turns out, Ashley has become one of the largest retailers of furniture in the U.S. by franchising its name and products. What happens is that anybody with the money can purchase the franchise rights to sell Ashley furniture. As in any business there are good and bad business people. As I researched the store in Altoona, PA I found out it was franchised by a very reputable furniture company from Pittsburgh PA. I'm now not so surprised at the positive experience since I now know that the Altoona Ashley Furniture is independently owned and operated by a reputable company.
My advice to anybody looking to purchase from their local Ashley home store is to check the Better Business Bureau website. Some Ashley furniture stores ARE members of the BBB (as was the one from Altoona) and others are NOT. Just out of curiosity, I checked some of the stores that have a lot of complaints on this site, and they were not members of the BBB and had many complaints filed with the BBB. So a little homework on our part as consumers can go a long way.
COOKEVILLE, TENNESSEE -- I urge anyone who reads this website to NEVER NEVER buy anything from ASHLEY FURNITURE Cookeville Tn, and to read reviews from other ASHLEY FURNITURE stores across the country. I wish my husband had before he purchased me a gift certificate as a surprise for our new house. I have been waiting 6 wks past the due date for my furniture to be delivered. First I was told they were waiting on the sofa, before they could make delivery. ** at the distribution center said it should be in on the next shipment (1 week) after due date. The next week (2) they acted like they had never talked to me before and said it would be in the next week.
When I asked what was taking so long for my sofa, he said he did not know. I would have to call my salesman at the store. I called the salesman immediately. He said he did not know why the distribution center told me that he has nothing to do with it after the point of sales. I'm sure he has his commission check in pocket although I have no furniture. Next they told me the sofa would be in on the next truck due to the distribution center at the end of the week (3). No furniture!!!! As you can guess week (4,5) same thing.
Now we are at week (6) for furniture that was supposed to be delivered early August. This week it would be delivered on the next truck they had coming to this area, mind you I paid for delivery. My husband called the distribution center. They said it would be here Thursday or Friday. On Friday he called again. They said they did not have a truck coming this way. He told them "it had better be here Saturday morning!!" ** at the distribution center called back and said it would be here by 1:00 pm Saturday.
In the meantime I have called the store twice to talk to upper management and both times she has been out of the store running errands! Of course she will call me back immediately. No phone call. Which brings us to 7:50 am on a Saturday morning, ** from the distribution center calls and gives me this long story about the second driver's son having fever and he wouldn't be in and he could not deliver my furniture today. Incredible! What about the first driver? No response will not deliver my furniture today. They have my money paid in full why would they deliver my product?? DO NOT BUY FROM ASHLEY FURNITURE UNLESS YOU HAVE MONEY TO THROW AWAY!!!!!!!!!!
COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI -- The Ashley store in Columbus is owned by the same guy that has the Tupelo store, so I don't have a problem thinking this review applies to both locations. We ordered a $4500 living room suite in November and were told it would be "two weeks, possibly three" before it would be delivered. Three weeks later we hadn't heard a word, so I called the customer service number on my receipt. Another three weeks is the answer I got. Knowing there wasn't a thing I could do about it, we waited it out. I never got a call from Ashely at ANY point in our wait, to explain the delay or let us know what was going on.
Finally, seven weeks after we paid for our furniture, it was delivered. We had only ordered one end table, and one of the legs was broken off. The delivery guys didn't even bother to bring it in, apparently they couldn't glue it back on at the back of the truck. I made sure I noted on the delivery confirmation that the end table was broken and not delivered. I called Ashley the next day and they said "since it wasn't your fault we'll order another one". (Also note that the coffee table, sofa table and end tables are made in CHINA, not here in the states by Ashley. Those pieces are clearly marked AS made in China, there's no mistaking it).
Another four weeks (exactly) passed without so much as a word from Ashley. So I called again, and was told that the end table was in and I could schedule delivery. Gee, how long had it BEEN in? Screw delivery, I plan on picking it up and doing any assembly myself when it stops raining here.
My experience with Ashley is that they don't care one bit whether you ever get the stuff they make you pay for up front; they don't bother to let you know when or if it'll ever come in; and they couldn't care less if you like it when you ever do get it. Once you pay for it they're happy, and they don't care about anything else. This was FAR from the only furniture purchase we made after moving into our new house, but it's the first and last furniture purchase from Ashley.
They cost themselves not only our business for bedroom furniture, a dining set, a huge area rug and thousands in decorative items, but hopefully I can keep anyone else who asks about my experience from shopping there. I won't buy so much as a candle from Ashley ever again.
BUFFALO, NEW YORK -- I have to start out by saying that I was skeptical about purchasing anything from Ashley Furniture, based on reviews I read. In spite of the negative experiences people have had with furniture delivery, I decided to take a chance anyway. I had been looking for just the right couch and oversized ottoman. My search took me to every furniture store in the Buffalo, NY area with no luck except at Ashley Furniture. Ashley was one of the first places I looked. About 15 stores and 2 months later, I ended up back at Ashley.
The reviews were bad but after thinking about it, I decided that you usually only find bad reviews about a company because only the dissatisfied customers write reviews. My thought is that for every one bad experience someone has there are probably hundreds of good experiences you never hear about. Well, I bought at Ashley anyway. Our salesman Steve checked availability and estimated delivery and informed me that the items I wanted were in their regional warehouse and would arrive in Buffalo February 9th. To my surprise it arrived February 5th instead. Ashley called me while it was in transit to arrange delivery.
I could have had it delivered February 6th if I chose, but it was more convenient for me to have it delivered February 12. They said they would be there between 2 pm & 6 pm. At 3 pm I got a call from the truck driver telling me they would be there in 5 minutes and they were. I knew there was going to be a tight squeeze to get the 109 inch couch we bought into the house, and it was. However, the two delivery men got it in with absolutely no damage to the furniture or the house. They had about a 1/2 inch to spare. It even involved lifting that heavy couch over their heads. I am completely satisfied with the furniture and delivery.
MEDFORD, OREGON -- I purchased a reclining couch and love seat set, a recliner chair, and an over sized ottoman from Ashley Furniture early 2006. When it arrived the recliner was dysfunctional. When you sat in it, it fell forward almost throwing you out. The ottoman had a tear in one of the four top cushions. The love seat had a back panel that was sewn wrong and displayed the underside of the unit.
We called in these issues and they sent a serviceman that was rude, ripped the arm of the recliner and stated that there was nothing they could do for us. We contacted the sales manager who stated that he would take care of it. His idea of fixing things was to send this same rude service man that got ruder with each visit. These two additional visits happened several months apart.
Finally, frustrated beyond measure, I went down to see the customer service manager in person. Of course he did not remember me or my situation (right!), he finally agreed to order me a whole new living room set. Several months passed and several more calls were made with no word about when the new set would arrive. A year later with no word, I went down to see the manager again. He refused to see me and pawned me off on another assistant manager (female this time). A few months later a love seat arrived, it looked used and was worse than the one we had. A few months after that a recliner chair arrived that was also worse than the one we had. I refused both.
We did not hear from the store again for several more months. When I called they said they could not help us because they could no longer get that set. They did let us pick a new set that did not include the ottoman we wanted. I have had this new set for two months now and the cushions have all gone flat, you can feel the frame beneath and they say that our warranty is out as it was made clear that we were still using the warranty from the first set.
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA -- Gainesville, Florida: We visited Ashley's about 3 times in 2 weeks comparing prices with other stores. Then there was an ad in the local newspaper that Ashley's was "selling out" in Gainesville and thank you patrons for being so good to them for "XX" amount of years. The wording made it sound like they were moving out of Gainesville. Yeah, great sale time we thought.
We, along with many others that had been there the previous weeks, were shocked with what they did. They put these large yellow papers on all the furniture with prices raised 2-3 times what they were the week before, slashed through the prices with a marker, and put a second price that represented the sale.
The sale price was still half or double more than what it was the week before on every sofa set we looked at. While my husband and I stood discussing this we would have others walk by saying the same thing about furniture they had been pricing from weeks before. When brought to the attention of the sales representatives they told us that the liquidators came in and set the prices based on the market value of the furniture (sold somewhere else in the US) and set the sale prices based on that.
In Florida it sold for $600 but California $1200 so it was based on California's price. People who had not been in the store had no idea what they were pulling on them. This was confirmed to us by an Ashley Distributing Center in Ocala, FL, when we went there to check it out. Plus, he told us that Gainesville store was not closing or leaving, just their way of liquidating old stock. Went back to Ashley's Furniture 11/02/07 and the big yellow signs with the cut prices are still on the furniture 3 months later and they promise to beat any prices in town.
FRANKLIN, WISCONSIN -- My mother and I purchased 3 living room sets from Ashleys back in 05. My furniture was not delivered on the day that was schedule. When I called to question why my furniture was not delivered I was told that the date that was schedule was a date to be delivered to their warehouse. I asked the sales rep why would I choose a date to be delivered to the warehouse for I can care less. The sales rep Fred Cole argued with me in the store and made a scene. I cancel the order and after 2 hours of arguing with the supervisor Scott the restocking fee was waived due to what they call miscommunication. I really liked the set so I went to Ashleys in Pewaukee and purchased the same set and a office desk set. The couch was delivered with a rip in the back which I was told a new couch was already order. Everything seemed fine until 6 months later. I noticed a rip on the couch under the cushion. I called and had a service tech out from Ashleys. My husband was told that we would receive a call in one week. 2 weeks went by no call. I called and after a week of arguing and go back and forth I was told that my set was discountinue but they found a couch at their main location in Arcadia. The couch was set to be delivered. Sad to say that when the couch was delivered there were 3 stains on the couch and the couch looked used which I specifically told Kelly the customer care supervisor that I would not accept the furniture if it is not brand new and sealed. After dealing with this for a whole month now finally dealt with Mike a Sales Manager who had me go in and pick out a new set. The order is set to be deliver next week Friday. I will keep you posted on what happens next. All this after 2 sets of couch was delivered to replace the original set. I have talked to so many supervisors and managers and no one seems to know what their duties or anything about their job.
This company has incompetent and irresponsible employees. I will not purchase another thing from this company or refer anyone to them.