ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA -- Ray (store mgr), lee, Diana, and Sam has real great with helping us making sure we was satisfied with our purchase.. we went to the store Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We got great deals every visit... Thank you.
DUNMORE, PENNSYLVANIA -- Every time I go into the Dunmore Big Lots it is always swamped with people. The employees are always working hard to get the customers in and out. The managers there are very helpful, I've asked for assistance from Brittany many of times and she is always very helpful and does what she can to make my experience there great. Thumbs up!!
LUBBOCK, TEXAS -- I am an avid Big Lot customer who enjoys shopping in an organized pleasant manner. The new Big Lots recently opened at 98th Street and Indiana Ave. in Lubbock Texas really exemplifies all of these qualities. ** at Store #4647 and his associates are really pulling together to make this a pleasant shopping experience. Way to go Lubbock!
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA -- Where is the manager? When there are 15 or more people standing in line, why doesn't the manager call for more staff so customers can pay and leave? Ridiculous! Maybe he or she could operate a register in order to alleviate this terrible congestion.
BRIDGETON, MISSOURI -- I went to Big Lots to do research. Customers are to give purses and backpacks to the cashiers or else they are not allowed to shop there. They probably want to cut down on shoplifting but truthfully you can shoplift without those things. If you appear bulky, an employee will stalk you throughout the store, stop you, and tell you to unzip and take out all the things from within your bags. They'll tell you to search your pockets and take everything out. If you don't comply, they threaten to call the police so it's best not to cause a conflict.
The employee who did that never smiles. Never says "How are you?" Never seems to say anything nice to customers. She only talks to customers when she finds them suspicious. It's not race related either so don't worry, they do this to all bulky looking or purse/bag carriers.
But then again that same employee said in the usual rude, sassy tone "You do know you cannot wear that scarf around your head?" She fails to speak in a polite way as usual. I think that comment would be offensive to Middle Easterns to be honest. She didn't even bother to know if I was wearing the scarf to protect a possibly balding head due to chemotherapy. But I guess they don't want potential shoplifters to hide their identity. They're against wearing medical masks for that reason too and my relative has a respiratory problem.
The prices are some of the lowest I've seen for toys at least. The snacks and foods are priced OK... could be lower. Some of the things like iPhone cases and silicone coin purses are WAY overpriced and can be found on the internet for like 1/8th or 1/4th of what they're selling it for. This store is full of mainly cheap items from China that you don't really need but are nice to have. For electronics, they're not reliable. The food is mainly candy and packaged cereal, junk food, things that are almost/beyond expiration. Big Lots sells lots of secondhand items that bigger stores cannot sell I hear. So you get what you pay for.
So... if you want cheap toys and headphones I suppose this is an OK store. Everything else is OK priced... I found My Little Pony toys (Traveling suitcase pony edition) there for $5 each when they're like $7 each on Amazon. I can't find other places that sell them for lower. Thrift stores are better... But honestly you have to be tolerant about being treated like a criminal and being stared at. Shoplifters aren't tolerated in any store to keep prices low you know? Sub par items, sub par employees...
PENNSYLVANIA -- This place…. I've never felt so manipulated in my life. I bought an mp3 player packed in a thick plastic wrap. To get it out of this plastic, it had to be cut. I turn on the mp3 player… it crashes. When I take it back within 30 days, with my receipt, all the accessories, the headphones not even touched in a clean zip lock bag… I was told because I didn't save the plastic wrapping they could not help me. No exchange, no store credit, no refund. I ask the sales woman, “So I have to keep something broken you guys sold me because I didn't keep a plastic wrapper?” “Yes,” she said then said carelessly.
Not to mention she didn't know the store policy in the first place. She had to read the back of my receipt then go to find three others to read it and the policy board. She told me they announce the return policy on the intercom. I am a regular shopper… since when did they do this? The manager refused to come speak with us pretending to be very busy when there were plenty of workers and only three customers. The cashier walked away from the desk several times on her own mission while we were still asking could we call headquarters or anything to not lose our money.
So not only a broken product, stupid excuse for no money back, bad customer service! I walked out without the rest of what I wanted to buy… not because I didn't get a refund… but because the lady was so uncaring to the situation. Now get this, I email a complaint about this behavior. Instead of even an apology for such treatment I am told that I need the original plastic. Plastic? When I have a receipt and the merchandise. Who keeps cut up plastic? This is a gimmick, I assure you. This is something they know everyone would throw away. It was very unapologetic. No apology, no sympathy, no exceptions.
There is no other way to put this other than Big Lots sucks big time. I wouldn't recommend it for anything over five dollars… and if you value even that, I would keep my money in my pockets. This policy is for items that are higher prices, cameras, mp3s, vacuums, etc. A scam if I ever heard of one.
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA -- This place is a horrible place to work. It is minimum wage hell. Supervisors and managers to do not fully explain policies or rules and then get mad when you do not comply with the rules they never explained. They make you follow stupid rules that you know are just going to piss the customers off. If you like to help ppl and actually apply your knowledge and time to help their needs, this job is not for you. I've wanted to go home and shoot myself many times due to the quality of the treatment of employees. I do recovery part time, and cashiering the other half, and let me tell you. This place at the end of the day always ends up looking like a zoo.
The organization system they give us to follow is horrendous, and if you try to go above and beyond to fix it and make it look nice and do not finish in time you get penalized. They give you three hours at the end of the day to recover the sections and expect it in tip top shape. But like I said, if you REALLY make sure it is in tip top shape and don't finished you get penalized, so it still ends up looking like a zoo at the end of the day. There is only three of us most nights, plus the 5 something carts of go backs we are usually left with at the end of the day.
At the register, no matter how busy, even if there are customers backed up all the way to the aisles, we must hound each and every customer to join our rewards program or else we get written up. It does not matter how many ppl are back there in line and how you just want to get them out quickly, you HAVE to take the time to hound each one about the rewards club. No matter how annoying it is. My managers are **, and I think there may be some kind of racism or favoritism of race going on for whom gets bumped up to management. Not proof, just a theory. But still nonetheless, this is a horrible place and I advise you go work at Wal-Mart or something. This place sucks!!!
ESSEX, VERMONT -- Big Lots had a 50% off Christmas sale. In the store were ad cards stating 50% off ALL CHRISTMAS STOCK. I went to purchase a Christmas decoration storage box marked at $20.00. The box was red, the cover was green, it had snow flakes on the label, and it said Xmas stock on the label as well. It was displayed on a table with Christmas trees and the sign under it said 50% off ALL CHRISTMAS STOCK. I went to the register and was told that the storage box was not on sale. The register girl was rude and condescending. I asked for the manager and was told he was out. I purchased the box at full price.
I called the store the next day to speak with the manager and the assistant manager was rude, and denied that the box had snow flakes on the label and that it said xmas stock on it, and refused to honor the store's stated sale policies. When I asked him for his name he hung up. I called the corporate offices of Big Lots and was treated the same rude way, with the man telling me that the label on the box did not have snow flakes on it, that it did not say Xmas stock, and that if fact the box was not red with a green top. I asked to speak with someone over his head in the company and was told he was it, there was no one over his head.
I returned the box to the store and showed the manager the color, the label, and the display, and he just walked away from me. I got my refund and left to never return to this store or this company. Last year they swapped price signs in the middle of my purchasing a mattress (raised $100.00), but I caught them and they honored the original price. Frauds! Boycott!
JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK -- Me and my daughter went in to Big Lots, 21 South Main St., Jamestown, for some help in the patio furniture department. Waited 10 minutes for help. Told the employee, **, that we would like 2 tables, 6 chairs, and the umbrella. He said "wait up front and I will bring everything up so you can cash out." While we were waiting to cash out another couple took the umbrella because we didn't know it was the last one and the employee told us he would bring everything up front. When we went to check out we were told there was no more umbrellas. We told them ""there was one we had already claimed and ** told us he would bring it up front."
The people at the service counter **, were very rude and didn't act in an appropriate manner. Told us they have the umbrella in their hands and they could not do anything about it, even though the other customers were there and they called ** up and asked him whose umbrella it was, and he said it was ours, he was just collecting our other pieces. The other two employees,** totally disregarded the fact that we were there first, the other customers didn't even come in until after we had already claimed the furniture.
They were just rude to us because we were now holding up the line when we were trying to make a $600 purchase. They embarrassed us in front of the other customers, when we did nothing wrong. We were trying to explain calmly and they just brushed us off and continued to say the other couple had it in their hands, when we could have easily had carried ourselves too, if we were not told just to wait and ** would bring everything up front, so we did as we were instructed and Big Lots did not back us or care if we were a paying customer.
They lost out on a bigger sale and a very loyal customer, who will not be returning. I have never been so disrespected and disregarded in my entire life, and I know how employees should treat their customers as I am in personnel relations full time and have a very successful sales business where I have had to deal with customer problems and I know how they should be handled. The only person that did anything to help us was ** but the other Big Lots employees did not care what he or we had to say, they did not want to deal with an issue, they just tried to ignore us and the problem as the other couple checked out behind us.
Frustrated first time customer will not return to Big Lots... In February, I purchased a number of items at the Glenwood Ave. Big Lots in Raleigh - including a paper shredder. I probably used it less than 10 times before it stopped working May. Today (May 20th) I took it back to the store (with receipt) to ask for a refund and I was told that all refunds must take place in the first 30 days…
I doubt that I even used the machine in the first 30 days, and explained this was not a choice that I had made…The product simply doesn't work as advertised. At that point, employee ** offered to exchange the unit (although I wasn't thrilled about the idea of getting another defective unit). However it turned out that they had none in stock, so she wasn't able to do anything at all. No refund, credit, or exchange for anything of value.
Next, I talked to the manager **, and explained very carefully that a $15 shredder was about to create a negative Customer Relationship Management experience for Big Lots. He admitted that the policy was bad, however, he has only been in his position for a week and there is nothing he could really do about the situation. He offered a discount on a more expensive shredder by the same manufacturer, however, you will recall that I've already had a bad experience and can't imagine pouring in additional money.
So, after visiting Big Lots a total of two times, I will keep my broken $15 shredder so I can use it as an example and warning to other potential customers… ‘Let the buyer beware'. I want everyone to know they they are essentially shopping at a yard sale, and if something looks too good to be true, consider the fact that it probably is too good to be true. I sent a complaint note to Big Lots and received a repeat of their 30 day policy. In the future, if I think of anything I might want from Big Lots, I will go to Walmart instead.