I would never buy either an Xbox or an extended warranty from Best Buy. Trust me, the troubles I went through were not worth it. I bought an Xbox in 2007, the best they had $500.00 I bought the extended warranty. Although my son used it only about once per week it began giving us trouble in March of 2009. I took it to Best Buy and for the next three months it was in and out of Best Buy for repairs. It would work for a couple of weeks and then die.
After four times, not three, they agreed to give me the cheapest Xbox they had on the shelf ($179.00). I insisted that I had paid $500.00 for the original and should get the best Xbox they had which was still only about $300.00. They refused! After much argument, they finally agreed to give me the second best Xbox, about $229.00, but only if I agreed to buy an extended warranty for it at another cost of about $80.00.
As luck would have it, in August of 2010 that Xbox went. I took it to Best Buy and they told me it was still under manufacturer's warranty and there was nothing Best Buy could do for me. I will have to deal with the manufacturer. My experience with Best Buy has been dismal at best. DON'T BUY AN EXTENDED WARRANTY FROM BEST BUY!
I had a TV replaced by BB that they had bricked, it took 9 months for them to do, by this time the TV was 13 months old cost was 3400.00 with calibration that ruined TV. When TV was replaced, the manager of the store told me that my extended warranty 450.00 would transfer to the new TV. Then they came back later and told me it would not because it was 13 months old. I had been working on this for 9 months. So Best Buy had gotten over 1500.00 of my money for their mistakes. This just does not seem right. Their motto should be BEST BUY STEALS YOUR MONEY BEST!
RENO, NEVADA -- My daughter (16) decided to use her $100 Best Buy gift card from my brother to buy a Bissell Little Green for my wife. The Bissell is OK at cleaning, but very difficult to clean, and actually drips water - so technically it is defective. So 20 days after purchasing it, my wife and daughter went to the Best Buy where she bought it to return the unit for store credit. Best Buy refuses to take it back, saying they have no record of the sale and since she does not have her receipt, she could have bought it anywhere. We have other receipts from purchases with her gift card but they refuse to give us the card number.
So basically they are not taking the product back - even for store credit. This is the second time I have a problem with Best Buy - the first was a camera that I had purchased and got the extended warranty with. They simply could not find a record of the purchase, the warranty or even me for that matter. So if you want to but from Best Buy, do so with the knowledge that they will not take the product back should you lose the receipt, and DO NOT buy those extended warranties - 2 years from your purchase, you will not have the receipt and they will not honor the warranty without the receipt.
EAST SETAUKET, NEW YORK -- On Oct 18th, I reported to Best Buy that our 50-inch Samsung DLP TV purchased in 2003 was inoperable due to a cooling fan problem. The first local service rep never arrived, and never returned our follow-up calls. I contacted Best Buy to advise of the problem. Best Buy said they were also unable to contact my service contractor. They re-assigned our case to another service firm.
The 2nd service company's rep arrived as promised, diagnosed the problem, and said that the part would be shipped directly to our home. The part would be installed following our call to advise them that it had arrived. The part never arrived. I have spoken to Best Buy on the average of every 48 hours since the beginning of November. Everyone I speak to is polite, but they have no idea of what they are doing to resolve my problem. They don't seem to know why the part never came, or if it was ever ordered.
There is no logical structure within their huge service organization. You never speak to the same person twice. They NEVER call you back as promised. Everyone apologizes, and promises to try to resolve the problem, but nothing happens. Every time you call, you enter a frustrating world of continuous transfers between a corporate and a home service. A Corporate customer relations does not have access to the Home Service Dept's files, and vice versa.
The information that I provide about the history of the problem never makes its way into their records. Best Buy's records of what has transpired is filled with gaps (like the Nixon tapes) and errors. Only a handful of our calls were ever noted. None of the promises and assurances Best Buy representatives made to us were noted. This morning, I was actually told that, according to Best Buy records, our set's light engine was replaced on Oct 27, and our service incident file had been closed.
Funny, considering that we supposedly have a fan problem, the replacement fan is nowhere to be found, and we have spoken to Best Buy a multitude of times since Oct 27 to try to get our TV working again. (Funny, but we're not laughing). A service tech hasn't been in our home since the day of the original diagnosis. There is no way to speak to anyone in management with the authority to resolve the problem. FIFTY DAYS HAVE PASSED SINCE I REPORTED THE PROBLEM. TO DATE, THERE IS NO END IN SIGHT!!!
Note: I have asked the last twenty or so Best Buy Customer Care employees that I have spoken to, if they could name the company's VP of Customer Care... None could, and most said they couldn't name anyone higher than their direct supervisor. I'm not surprised. The big shots at Best Buy travel around the national and international business convention circuit, giving platform presentations about Best Buy's commitment to customer care and the "customer experience". I would love the opportunity to tag along and enhance their presentations with a first-hand account of my "experience"...
Best Buy's CEO, Bradbury Anderson, apparently earned 10.2 million dollars last year. I wonder how many heads would roll at Best Buy, if his TV was still out of order 50 days after one of his administrative assistants called the service group to report the problem. Maybe, once your salary hits $10M, you don't have to care about your customers (or anything else) anymore. In the last two years, we have spent thousands of dollars at Best Buy on appliances, computers, games, iPods, cell phones, cameras, and camcorders. What does it take to be valued as a customer?
MANAHAWKIN, NEW JERSEY -- I also bought an extended warranty for my 32 inch Insignia. I called Best Buy and explained that the TV got accidentally knocked over and the inside screen broke. the sales representative on the phone told me to bring it in with the receipt. I brought it in and was then told that the warranty doesn't cover broken screen but when I bought warranty they told me everything is covered. This store is a bunch of scammers. They talk you into the warranty and don't honor it!!!
PORTERVILLE, CALIFORNIA -- I had purchased a 27" TV/VHS/DVD combo w/ extended in-home service warranty (4 years). My DVD player quit working on me. It only took one call to set up a service appointment, the man arrived on a Tuesday, removed TV from my home and returned it the following Tuesday... He had replaced the complete DVD unit. I was pleased with the service.
CORALVILLE, IOWA -- On December 21, 2000, I purchased a Samsung 35mm camera and 4 year extended warranty from a Best Buy store in Dayton, Ohio. My purchase price was $139.99 for the camera and $19.99 for the four year warranty. In January of 2002, I discovered my camera was not working when none of the photos we took of our baby's birth turned out. Even though I was devastated at not having the pictures, I was confident that the camera would be fixed because I had purchased the service plan.
Since we now live in Iowa, I called the Best Buy store in Coralville, Iowa to ask about getting my camera repaired. I was told to bring it in and they would fix it, so we made the 60 mile trip from our home with camera and warranty in hand. No mention was made that there was a chance my camera would not be repaired. Upon arriving at the store, ** (the "Manager" on duty) informed me that my camera would not be repaired, but replaced.
Even though I had the original receipt and my camera was still under warranty, I would be charged a 'restocking' fee because I did not have the manual or the box with me. In addition, she said I would have to pay the difference between the original cost of my camera and the price of the replacement. My total cost for the 'replacement' came to around $52.00. As for the 4 year warranty that I purchased for $19.99? It is now a 2 1/2 year warranty on the new camera.
To help keep me as a potential future customer, I would like the following: A refund of the $72.00 I lost because your store did not want to repair my camera. This is the cost of the useless warranty that I purchased plus what it cost me to replace my camera. If this was truly a 'replacement', it should have cost me nothing, since I had already purchased the extended warranty. It was your store's choice not to repair my camera. At the very least I would like a response from your company regarding this incident. Thank you for your time.
My wife and I bought two of the same Toshiba Laptops at Best Buy. We have found in the past that buying the same laptops have made it easier for us to learn using them and understanding what the problems will be. We bought the extended warranty because Toshiba's warranty was one year. Total we spent close to $4,000 with warranty at Best Buy in Tucson Arizona. As soon as we arrived home my wife's laptop began to sound like terminator was inside it and error messages popped up.
Within a couple days she took it back to The Geek Squad, Best buys computer people. They had the laptop for a week and said they fixed it by wiping the hard drive. As soon as we arrived home, the same thing happened again. A couple weeks later, we took the laptop in again. After a couple weeks Best Buy called saying they replaced the hard drive. We arrived home and turned on our laptop to have the same problem.
We took her laptop in again. This continued a total of four times before I told Best Buy to either fix it or we would go to court because we need our laptops for work. The manager of the Geek Squad asked me to leave the store and had me escorted out of the store as if I was a shoplifter and told not to come back in again. I called 800 Best Buy only to be further insulted. They told me I was a liar and never took my laptop into Best Buy for repair.
I explained I had the paperwork from the Geek Squad but it was like I was dealing with a 3rd world country. No one there cared. They continued to call me a liar and hung up on me. I called Toshiba and they informed me that Best Buy never changed our hard drive or anything or Best Buy would have billed them and they would show it on their records. The Man said "I don't want to call Best Buy liars but I would say they are not telling you the truth." Great!
Now my Toshiba warranty is over after a year of playing with Best Buy and both my laptops have something evil in them and I am not wasting my time with Best Buy no more. I do home theatre for a living and have told my customers if they buy the equipment I install at Best Buy I guarantee it will never work. I am having stickers made that say "If you see this car in Best Buy's Parking Lot, Please flatten all four tires.” I feel like I could have gave a homeless person four grand and felt better about what I had done. My laptop does the same thing now and we try to find the humor in it, Yeah Right.. Ha, Ha, Ha. Made an ass out of me, thanks Best Buy.
TENNESSEE -- I have had an even worse experience with Best Buy's service, but rather than detail that, I would like to propose a course of action. I have seen thousands if not more complaints against BB's practices but as consumers we are pretty much just screwed, we have almost no recourse against them. I would like to suggest that each of us spend some time in BB stores. Go to the high dollar items like big screen TV's and appliances and blend in with the other customers.
At every opportunity, tell someone considering a purchase to run for their lives they are fixing to get screwed. Quietly do whatever it takes to cost them a few sales on high dollar items. You may get kicked out but you will get some satisfaction. If we propagate this strategy to other websites we may get several thousand people doing this and cost them big time. We need to start guerilla warfare against them because we have no other recourse.
Please get this idea around the web and to other dissatisfied customers. If we get enough people involved, we can hurt them. Most of our complaints are not worth taking to court and they know that. This is a way to get a little even. Please spread this idea around and let's go 'shopping' at BB. If you are seriously PO'ed, this is worth your time.
BAXTER, MINNESOTA -- My HP Notebook needed a new battery, one of the letter keys popped off, and the power cord connection was malfunctioning. I figured this would be no problem to be repaired as I had purchased the four year extended warranty package. I brought my laptop into my local store to be repaired and the employees stated that the computer had to be sent to HP for the repair work, and that it would take two weeks tops.
Well, it is three weeks later, I still have no computer. I called Best Buy a week ago to inquire as to the status of the computer and they stated that HP had just received it, and to call back in a week and a half. Keep in mind Best Buy had already had my computer for 10 days before HP even received it for repair! Lo and behold, Best Buy called me today and said the computer was finished and could be picked up. I went to pick it up, and was told that the battery wasn't holding a charge, I would have to send away for a replacement battery, and it would be another 5 days or so.
HUH? They have had my computer for 3 weeks, they were told the battery needed to be replaced when I brought it in, and it still hasn't been done? This extended warranty they offer is a joke, I think in the future I will be taking my business elsewhere as my difficulties with Best Buy just never end, and the worst part about it, they don't seem to care one bit about the crappy customer service that they offer! P.S. The store # I refer to is #522, in Baxter, Mn.