NESCONSET, NEW YORK -- I see many complaints here about Bob's furniture, delivery and customer service so I felt compelled to give my positive review figuring that people only post reviews when they have a bad experience, but not the good. I bought a couch and a king sized Bobby Bear bed with euro top (which I've also seen several complaints about). The salesman I dealt with was very friendly, patient and helpful. After putting my order through I even changed my mind on which couch I wanted before even leaving the store, and he gladly changed the order for me and I gave him the additional money because that couch was $200 more than my original choice.
The furniture was delivered the date it was promised and I had a car accident on my way to my new apartment to meet the delivery, so they even came back later the same day because I was not there for their first delivery attempt that morning due to the accident (as a side note, I was not hurt but my Mercedes was totaled, not a good start to my day). When the delivery guys arrived they were nice enough and although they seemed to move quickly, which made me nervous they would damage the furniture, they didn't cause any damage to the furniture or my new place, and in no time the furniture was inside.
Unfortunately, the one problem I did have was when they started to unwrap the couch, I noticed it was not the color I had ordered it in. I called the store while they waited and arranged for a new delivery of the correct color couch. The salesman said I could keep the wrong color couch for now and when they deliver the correct color couch, they will pick up the wrong couch at the same time. I thought that was cool because at least I still have a couch in the meantime. Other than that I didn't have any problem with Bob's furniture at all.
It is now almost 5 years later and although I have since moved and did have the furniture in storage for part of that time, I have been using the furniture for a total of around 3 1/2 years and I am still happy with both pieces. My Bobby Bear bed is still so comfy, and I believe the problem people are having with it being lumpy or sagging may have something to do with the frame, because I don't have mine on a frame, I have it on the floor with a dust ruffle on the box spring because I don't like my bed too high up and mine is still firm, no lumps and no sagging at all.
My couch is also still in good shape, no sagging and not falling apart and I have pets and fat friends who sit all over it! As far as the stories about the Goof proof insurance, I bought it too but that is a separate company which is an "insurance" company, and to me it just doesn't make sense that they would actually replace or repair anything for such a small amount of money, even damage done due to one's own fault such a long time after purchase and use.
If something seems too good to be true, that's probably because it is. Most insurance is rarely what it's sold as. I got it too but never really had reason to use it. Both of my choices have since been discontinued, and I feel lucky I got them when I did because I am still very happy with both.
WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS -- We were sent damaged furniture twice, and the "supplier" did not have the piece that we looked at in the showroom and delivered a different version, twice. They hang up on you after keeping you on hold for 20-30 minutes. This is after the salesman had called their customer service and handed me the phone WHILE IN THE STORE, then say they have been having phone issues.This happened several times, same thing over and over, "let me look into that" on hold for 10-20 minutes, then they hung up.
Delivery driver told us that he could not take back damaged furniture and found later that this was a flat out lie. We got tired of them and had them pick up everything and give us a refund. Guess what, they say that they get to keep warranty and delivery fees? So basically, this store wants you to pay hundreds of dollars to give you damaged furniture and then take back that damaged furniture.This was after we had this in our house for only a couple of weeks, and only that long because we kept having to have them deliver pieces that were not damaged (but were).
Customer care tells me I am entitled to refund and will get ALL of my money back. They lied. They then tell 2 or 3 times that are starting the process to get me the rest of my refund and will call me. No phone calls or contact at all, so I call back and NOW they are really going to start the process, only I don't get all my money back, on the phone for an hour and finally get told okay, "we will give a full refund, someone will call you..." and rinse and repeat.
Someone needs to explain to me how it is legal for a store to lie to you, give you damaged merchandise at full prices not once but twice, and still get to keep hundreds of dollars of my money. What a rip off. Never buy from these people, ever...scam artist and will rip you off!
KING OF PRUSSIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- We bought a Chaise Lounge and the "goof proof" protection. The salesperson convinced us to use delivery ($40) instead of picking up the item in tax-free Delaware. On delivery day, the online delivery tracker kept changing its 1.5 hour window until it went beyond the 4 hour window we had gotten the night before. When the lounge was delivered, it was damaged. We called customer service and arranged for a redelivery and exchange for the earliest time - 5 days. On the second delivery day, again, the online tracker gave us faulty and changing information. When the lounge was delivered, the new one was damaged again.
We arranged for a third delivery, another 6 days out. The lounge arrived, again outside of the 4 hour window. This time, the lounge was not damaged, but had an odd asymmetry which we decided to live with. We wasted 3 days waiting for deliveries that were never "on time" or "on schedule." Bob's online tracker was a waste of time and the technology it uses just isn't ready, yet. The customer service, while friendly and always apologetic, never knew where the truck was or when we should expect it. We always got a different ETA each time we called.
After the first missed delivery and damaged product, we called customer service to discuss compensation. We were told they only discuss it once and only after the item is successfully delivered. Nevertheless, a couple account managers (1st level up in supervision) did work out partial elements of our compensation. On day one, we were told we would get our delivery money back (the $40). Today, after the third delivery of the non-damaged item and after three wasted days, we argued through layers of supervisors to no avail. At one point, we were told the (2nd level) supervisor was not in and would get back to us within 72 hours.
After some pressing, a 2nd level supervisor came to the phone. All they seem to be able to say is, Bob's does not refund money. We were very lucky to be offered our $40 back and a $50 store credit! We told them that after our experience, we would not be shopping at Bob's and that a "gift card" is really more money for them (what furniture is $50?).
To satisfy us and compensate us for lost time and aggravation, we would need more than just $40 back. We felt that 3 x $40 (one for each wasted day) and a refund on the goof-proof ($50) would suffice. We will never shop at Bob's Discount Furniture again and urge everyone else to be very wary of their delivery, their customer "service" and the quality of their furniture.
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND -- The saying proves right with Bob's discount furniture; You get what you pay for. I purchased a mattress and had it delivered today. When purchasing the mattress my girlfriend and I were told by the sales staff that the delivery fee we were paying was for delivery and haul away of our old mattress. We do not have a truck so having the haul away was a very important part of our decision to have it delivered. Upon arrival, the mattress was set up and then the movers informed us that the box spring was dirty and they could not take it and that the mattress was inside a plastic mattress cover so they could not take it.
Upon removing the cover they said it too was dirty and they could not take it. I spoke with their supervisor and it was explained to me that I paid for delivery only and that haul away was strictly a courtesy and could be denied for any reason. No apology was given for their actions and that there was no way they could refund all or part of my delivery fee. I requested to speak with her supervisor and upon speaking with the supervisor's supervisor they refused to so much as apologize for their sales team deceiving my girlfriend and I when we purchased the delivery service, much less, provide any restitution so that I can rent a truck to dispose of my mattress.
I remained parked in front of their delivery truck while on the phone with them and was told that they were contacting the POLICE because I would not move my vehicle from my own driveway. The staff at Bob's would rather waste the time of our law enforcement officers instead of simply refunding all or part of my delivery fee so that I could take care of, myself, what I paid them to take care of when I purchased my mattress. Upon requesting to talk to their public relations department or a supervisor I was told that there was nobody else that I could speak to and they ceased speaking to me.
In summary, Bob's may have discount furniture but when it comes to customer service, they are rude, do not care about the customer experience, will not stand behind the actions and words of their sales staff and are downright hostile by threatening to contact law enforcement. This was my first and will most certainly be my last purchase from Bob's Discount Furniture, as I do not do business with companies that lie to you in order to make a sale.
MASSACHUSETTS -- I purchased about $2,000 worth of furniture including a bed frame, mattress, sofa, and two dressers from Bob's in October 2012. I also purchased the "goof proof" protection plan on both the bed frame and the sofa. I'll start by talking about the bed. About a year after I had bought the furniture my bed completely collapsed while I was sleeping in it. I was pretty upset seeing as the bed was only a year old and I called Bob's to fix it. They indeed came to fix it without too much hassle. About 7 months later the bed collapsed again in all the places that had previously been "fixed" plus some new areas. The bed was less than 2 years old, it should not have been falling apart.
I called Bob's again but this time they told me that I was not eligible for the goof proof protection because it seemed like my bed had manufacturing issues, even though they had come to fix it the first time for the same reasons. After getting hung up and calling back a few times they finally transferred me to manufacturing, where I was told that they would also not fix it because the 1-year warranty had already expired. They did offer to send someone out to look at it...in 3 weeks. So basically expected to sleep in a completely broken bed for 3 weeks until they came in person to tell me they couldn't fix it. I ended up just tossing the entire bed and bought a quality one from a competing store.
On to the couch. Within a month of getting the couch, two of the cushion zippers broke. Throughout the time I have had the couch its seams have split in several places. I also have pets that have caused some stains on the couch. Once again I called Bob's because all of these problems are covered under my goof proof plan. After explaining the situation several times I was placed on hold for 28 minutes. When the customer service representative "Bill" returned he told me that would not fix any of the problems I was having because I did not call them every time something had happened and that I had originally tried to repair the splits myself.
I was furious. I had paid a good amount of money for this extra "protection" and they have basically refused to honor any request that I have had. Bottom line...shop somewhere else. Somewhere with quality furniture and helpful customer service. I will never again give a dime of my money to Bob's cheap furniture outlet and I suggest that anyone else looking to buy furniture do the same.
NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- The sales person was great. Unfortunately, it was downhill from there. The living room set I bought was a special order, so I waited a month, which was fine. They finally set up delivery for my sofa, loveseat, and ottoman. They brought the right sofa, but the other pieces were the wrong color. Stuff happens, I know, so I was willing to give it another chance. While they were there, the delivery people got customer service on the phone and customer service agreed to deliver 2 days later after 3:00.
The next day I got a robocall saying they would be there between 11-3. I called to remind them that they said they'd come after 3:00, but was told they couldn't make any guarantees about delivery times. I got a little fussy so the customer service person said she would try to find a good delivery time for me and put me on hold for 32 minutes. She came back and said it would have to be the next weekend. The next weekend I had to be out of my town but my husband kindly agreed to put off going to his brother's to wait for the furniture. They brought the loveseat, but not the ottoman.
When I got back in town I called customer service. The prompts and such are very convoluted and I could never get anyone on the phone, so I finally went into the store and talked to a manager. Over the next month I talked to 3 different managers, one of whom called me "sweetie" and one who thanked me for being such a "lady" for not freaking out over the fact I had to talk to 3 different managers to get any response whatsoever.
Finally, manager #3 managed to get the thing reordered and delivery was set up, They came today without calling first and brought the wrong color ottoman. I will be receiving my refund via check within 10-14 days. Or so I hope. They'll probably send the wrong amount sometime next month... Moral of the story, don't shop at Bob's. The free ice cream just isn't worth it.
BELLINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS -- Bought two sofas and big chair three years ago. Was talked into getting extended warranty and Goof Proof for all items since we had dogs. Was told all damage to couches would be covered with purchasing these extended warranties and the fabric goof proofing. So the other day when cleaning the couch we noticed a stain from one of the dogs licking it and also a coil popped up through the cushions. Also noticed that the couch had lost its firmness and everything was sagging. We called Bob's and they sent a service man out.
The man opened up the back of the couch and stuffed more padding in and said he would have to contact the shop to order the part to repair the wire that had broken and popped up tearing couch. Once he was finished he asked to borrow my phone and call the shop. He packed up all his stuff and then called. After a few minutes he handed me the phone and said they wanted to talk to me. They asked me a few questions that took about 3 min. Long enough for the service tech to put his stuff in his car and leave.
Then the woman on the other line says that the issue with the wires was not covered. I asked how that could be since we bought the extended warranty. She said this was a manufacturers defect and since my couch model was no longer being made they were not going to be able to find a part. And even if they did they wouldn't be covering it because it wasn't covered under the warranty. I asked what did I buy the extension for then and they had no answer.
I then asked as far as the stain goes and they referred me to Goof Proof. We contacted them and they said since we couldn't tell them exactly when the "accident" occurred that they would not cover it. An accumulation of dog licks was not covered. Bob's and all the policies they try to sell are a joke. I would have been better off if I jumped on the couch and snapped the frame and called it an accident. Honest people get swindled with the sales pitch of "don't worry whatever your dogs do is covered". A big load of crap. Will never buy from Bob's again. And to think they charged us over $300 to cover the 4 pieces and none of it is covered. Bob's = Scam!
I bought a couch set a little over a year ago in Nov 2012. I was informed of the Goof Proof plan that would send someone over to fix any accidental stain or damage. In addition, the Goof Proof plus will have Bob's furniture or the insurance company replace the furniture one time with free delivery. I informed the agent I was leaving to another state and I was told that coverage is for anywhere within the USA.
It is not May of 2014 and I had a spill on the couch which was never cleaned as I was told it would be. I cleaned it myself with Bob's cleaning agent. My couch now has an accidental rip in it as well as scratches. I was told by the company that it is normal wear and tear and not accidental. A different agent said it should be covered by the insurance company but the insurance company claimed that it is a manufacturer's defect. Finally I report this to the Better Business Bureau and I get an email from ** stating that they issued me an in house credit towards another couch which will be delivered for free.
Later she says she was unaware that I was outside their delivery zone and that I have to pay for the shipment or they can refund the cost of the Goof Proof. Basically, Bob's sells you an extended warranty and when you need something replaced, they go back on their word and attempt to refund you the cost of the Goof Proof only. As of now, they have not fixed my issue and it has been a little over 2 weeks since I complained.
Stay away from Bob's furniture as they are full of gimmicks. So much for the phony slogan "No phony Gimmicks! Just pure value." This should have caused me to throw up a red flag and proceed with caution because Bob's warns you against stores with phony gimmicks and they claim not to have any. Then what are talking furniture, catchy little jingles and animated figure heads if not pretty obvious gimmicks? In addition, Bob's biggest gimmick is saying he has no gimmick while he saturates you with gimmicks.
As the saying goes, "if it seems too good to be true then it probably is too good to be true." Listen to Bob himself, or the animated version of him, and look out for phony gimmicks.
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS -- I purchased a leather sectional almost exactly two years ago. It never fit together properly, but we dealt with it. Now, the chaise part has a discoloration and two small tears. The middle section has a tear along a seam on the seat. We aren't sure how the rips happened, but they all appeared on the same day.
We called Bob's and they sent a technician to look at it. He said he couldn't fix it and it's not covered by the manufacturer. He said someone from the store would call us with next steps. Two weeks go by, no calls and the rips get worse. Finally I call and after sitting on hold for 45 minutes, I am told I need to speak to Guardian for the Goof Proof warranty we purchased. Another 30 minutes on hold and then, because we can't tell them exactly how it happened, they don't consider it accidental and won't cover it. Now I have a two-year-old, $2500 sofa that is garbage.
I will NEVER shop at Bob's again!!!! And I will tell everyone I know looking for furniture to stay far, far away. We were told that the Goof Proof warranty would cover everything when we bought it. Dog pees on it, it's covered! Your kid draws in it with marker. Covered! The padding goes on the arms. They will fix it! It rips and becomes useless? You bet! Don't believe it. It's a total load of crap and a total waste of money.