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Unprofessional/Unsatisfactory Customer service and store policies
Posted by Shane1B on 04/21/2010
BRANDON, FLORIDA -- From: C Shane Blancett USAF/Retd
To: Customer Service Director or your equivalent:

Subject: Unprofessional and downright poor customer service at the store below...

17 April 2010
Store Number: ST7N0028 363 SALE
CompUSA - Brandon FL
11211 Causeway Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 681-7778

Concerning:

Product: Kingston 64gb DataTraveler
$165.99
$ 11.62
$177.61





Hello and Dear Sir/Maam,

Thank you for taking time to read this as I rarely write these types of letters. My name is Christopher 'Shane' Blancett and I am a retired NASA engineer and a disabled Gulf War veteran. I however do a lot of tech work 'on the side' and while I order a lot of things online I spend hundreds of dollars at CompUSA on a pretty regular basis. I want you all to know that I now intend on doing my best to avoid having to use CompUSA for ANY more of my business and I insure you my colleagues feel the same way!

Here was the last straw:

I recently had yet another very poor experience at my local CompUSA. I was having trouble with my second Kingston® 64 Gigabyte 'Thumb' Drive. Like the first one it became unreadable on all four of my computers even with different operating systems. While I had every pretty much backed up the process of storing programs and processes on each thumb drive took about 28hours total. Well needless to say I was not very happy and just decided I wanted my money back with no questions asked. I went to the 'tech station' and informed the tech on duty that the disk was defective and I just wanted a refund. I had the original packaging, the receipt dated 4/02/10 from the same store which was well within a 15 day possible purchase deadline.

Well the tech did not even bother to check it and just sent me to a 'front' register to get my refund. The clerk at the front desk (Kevin) looked at the thumb drive and proceeded to ring out/up the refund amount. I do not recall if the clerk called him over or he just stepped in but a manager by the name of "Joe Fleming" took the drive and said "I cannot give you a refund until it is tested"? I asked: "why didn't the tech over there [pointing to the tech desk] just send me here then without testing it when I informed him of my issue??". Mr. Fleming totally seemed to ignore my question and told me that he would have to test the drive. Joe then walked over to a register, inserted the drive and said to me that he could not access it. I replied "of course you cannot access it sir I told you and everyone else it is DEFECTIVE". He told me again that he had to check the drive but the reason it did not work at the register is because of a 'security' lock out on the register. Incredulously, I then had the nerve I guess to ask him "well why did you check it there then instead of a terminal that you know would work??" his reply: "Even though I cannot access it due to the security issues at this register I know it works because I could see the drive letter saying 'removable drive". I told him that it says that on all of my computers too but it is still not accessible! I also submitted to him that I have purchased several drives like this in the past and when they are working correctly the moniker on the drive letter is always "Kingston®" and not the generic "removable drive" name. He then started to lecture and 'talk down' to me about the procedures that CompUSA *must* go through to verify that this drive is bad-I cut him off and said "I'm not shopping here anymore just give me my refund and let me go about my business". I just want my refund and you can do ALL the checking you need when I am out of here."

No such luck - how DARE a simple customer get away without following store policy!

I finally got my refund of a $177.24 cents and left the store as quick as I could after the usual CompUSA 'door guard officerette' approved my hasty exit by checking my papers and writing the usual 'kryptic kode' on my receipt.

Just a note about 'yours truly' here, I am a pretty outgoing, patient and ebullient person with a smile for everyone but alas this has not been my first poor experience with the CompUSA management I informed another manager by the name of Joe Spencer. I received NO apologies, NO real satisfaction, was treated like a second class customer when I plainly am spending more than the average Joe. (no pun intended) Where do you dig up these guys??

I appreciate your reading this drawn out letter but I felt compelled to write it that way because if something is not said then it is "my" fault if the issue is not fixed.

I formerly request at least an email back from you people or I will have an editor 'touch this up' and I will be submitting everywhere including the Better Business Bureau

Sincerely

C Shane Blancett
USAF Retd/Disabled Vet
     
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Posted by Obsfucation on 2010-04-22:
I thought that CompUSA went out of business years ago. There are still stores left?
Posted by saj80 on 2010-04-22:
I'm confused, too, as I also thought their retail stores were no longer open. Have you also complained to Kingston, since they are the manufacturer?
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2010-04-22:
CompUSA is still in business?
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-04-22:
Apparently, there are still some sites
http://www.compusa.com/main/indexcu.asp?SRCCODE=COMPGOOTD&cm_mmc_o=mH4CjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE
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CompUSA Very Negative Experience
Posted by Pmick on 12/26/2010
NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS -- I'm typing this message in order to brig to somebody's attention the very negative experience I had at the CompUSA Naperville, IL store. I've been a long time customer and have purchased many items at the store without an issue. On Oct 27th my wife purchased a JVC video recorder for my son as a Christmas present. The box was not opened until Christmas morning when my son opened his present. Unfortunately the device did not work. I immediately the following morning brought the item back to the store. The manager was called to review the purchase and would not return the item or exchange the item. Since the item was a Christmas present I would have though the manager would have made an exception to the 30 day policy. It was not like I ordered it online or was using it and then it broke. The item was broken from the day it was opened. He refused to return the item and told me to send it back to JVC. Now my son needs to wait another 4-6 weeks to get his Christmas present. The manager could have easily replaced the item and send the defective item back to JVC, but he decided to place that burden on me, which is why I will never purchase another item from CompUSA and I will suggest the same to everyone in my breath. All this over a $65 item. I've worked in retail for 15 years and that is not good customer service. I mostly feel bad for my son, who was very disappointed on Christmas morning.
     
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Posted by trmn8r on 2010-12-26:
I understand your frustration that the store did not make an exception to their return policy because the item in question was a Christmas gift. The fact of the matter is, this is now a warranty issue, and contacting the manufacturer is the proper course of action.
Posted by Obsfucation on 2010-12-26:
What you do is go to the store and buy another one of the same thing. Box up the defective one and take it with your receipt and return it.
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CompUsa alleges water damage to brush away my claim
Posted by Alashraq on 11/21/2007
NORCROSS, GEORGIA --
I bought a Compaq laptop from CompUSA with 2 year extended warranty. It worked fine for about 14 months before I started having problems with it. Since the location in my area was closed, I shipped it to their repair facility. The replaced the screen with a used “refurbished” one and they replaced the mouse pad. I never knew you pay for extended warranty to get used parts.
I wasn't happy with the parts, but I accepted it.

Approximately 3 weeks later, the screen just went black, so it only worked for about 3 weeks. I shipped it back to CompUsa repair facility, but this time, they claimed the laptop has water damage. I assured them that can NOT be true and they asked me to send it back again. It was sent back again to me unrepaired and they emailed me pictures showing a motherboard that seems as if it was dipped in water. Extensive rust can be seen in the picture.

I contacted their corporate office in Dallas and a TAP manager agreed that something isn't right and agreed that a laptop with the kind of damage shown in the picture is likely to have stopped working instantly and she seemed to agree that rust cant build so bad in the 3 weeks since it came back to me from their repair facility. Once again, I was told to ship the laptop to CompUsa, this time to Dallas.

I called few days later to get an update and was told they need to “locate” the laptop if it has been delivered. I told them I checked the tracking number and it shows it was received. However, eventually, the TAP manager told me the damage the laptop shows matches the damage in the pics (she is a genius). I assured her that motherboard cant be mine and must have been replaced by ConUSA so that they don't repair the laptop. It is beyond me why compUSA would have me ship the laptop 4 times only to give me the same answer. Now CompUsa expects me to continue to make payment on a laptop that should be repaired or replaced and also pay for their worthless extended warranty. My next step is to take them to court and have a judge decide.

Please avoid CompUsa and spend your hard earned dollars at a business that respects its customers. No wonder they have to close many of their locations.

     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-21:
I am always suspicious of warranty denials for water damage. How can there be 'extensive' rust on a motherboard unless it was kept in water for a very long time? If you still have the pics they sent there is a way to see if they were taken during the period your laptop was there. Digital images have data in the file that contains time, date and exposure info. I once helped a friend whose laptop was denied service for 'water damage'. The photos emailed to him were taken months before he sent it in for service. Obviously it wasn't his laptop. If you wish go to my profile and email me. I'll send you my email address so you can forward the pics to me. Not guaranteed but it usually works.
Posted by Pomona Guy on 2007-11-21:
CompUSA shut down all their Southern California stores. Too bad, they were a good place to go to get computer stuff and they sold Apple computers.
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Horrible Customer Service
Posted by Peeved consumer on 01/10/2007
WICHITA, KS, LOUISIANA -- My husband and I decided to treat ourselves with a flat screen TV. We saw that Comp USA had a better price than the other guys. We went to the store only to find that they didnt even have any of the TVs in stock. We had to go to a competitor's store just to see the product up close. We decided we still wanted that TV so we returned to Comp USA to order it. It took us 2 hours just to place the order because Phil had no idea what he was doing. Thanks to his incompitence my husband filled out a Comp USA credit card and a Sony card when all he needed was the Sony card. Thus, he took two hits to his credit score. Phil told us the TV would be in by 12/28/06 or by 1/2/07 at the latest. That Thursday and then Tuesday rolled around with no word. I began to call at that point. Kelley informed me that my TV was being delayed by the snow storms in Colorado. I continued to call. She said she would call me back and let me know exactly where my TV was. One week later, after much calling, I finally get a hold of Edwin. He informs me, on 1/8/07, that my order never went through because it was lost. Great. I asked him why they couldnt have informed me of that the first 20 times I called. He was apologetic but not very effective in fixing my problem. I talked to Edwin all day 1/9/07. He had yet to offer me any solution. He just kept telling me that he was trying to figure out what was happening. I let him know that my husband and I would be coming in on 1/10/07 at 5:30pm. He let me know that that time would be perfect. He didnt let me know that the reason it would be perfect was because his shift ended at 5pm.
We ended up dealing with Nelson. Who got the TV re-ordered from Denver. He tried to impress us by telling us that he "had connections all over the place" and that it took him no time at all to get the problem fixed. I asked him why he couldnt use his connections two weeks ago. He remained silent. I kept trying to voice my complaints only to have him keep cutting me off. He said he would compensate us with $50 or $100 in store credit. I dont want in store credit because I am never shopping there again. Oh, and we have yet to see any of that in store credit.


Update. We finally got our TV after harassing Comp USA a bit more. It got here on Tuesday Jan. 16th. I had reached an agreement with Kelly. She had agreed to take off the delivery fee and credit us $100 in place of an instore credit (because like I said, we are never shopping there again...just to clarify for you). When my husband got there to pick up the TV Kelly wasnt there. The guy my husband was dealing with called her. Kelly told him that she would only give us $50. After my husband undoubtably made some crazy frustrated faces, the guy agreed to give us the $100. I am glad that this ordeal is finally over. I hope that nothing happens to our TV. We bought a 4 year warranty, but after reading the other complaints about Comp USA, it doesnt seem like they honor their warranties.
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-11:
This is another case of an item supposedly delayed by the Colorado snow storms yet the order was never actually placed because the order was lost. It's just so easy to blame Mother Nature when the clerks screw up.

Cancel the CompUSA card. Use the toll-free number because you can't cancel it in the store.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-11:
I agree with PB cancel the card ASAP. CompUSA is an over priced store in the first place and there service is not very good anyway.
Posted by SAJ on 2007-01-11:
First, this is why they are known as InCOMPetent USA in almost every market they are in, and second, two credit inquiries will not have any effect on your husband's credit rating.
Posted by Ponie on 2007-01-11:
And third, why are you complaining about not getting the in-store credit when you already said you'd never shop there again?
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Most incompetent and most unhelpful
Posted by Nuff2do on 01/08/2007
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA -- This has been a long nightmare, but I'll try to be brief. In April 2004, I went in to buy a wireless laptop and a router for my desktop PC. In the long long run, after many return visits, I still have NEITHER. They sold me a laptop that ISNT wireless. I didn't find this out for some time, because I spent so much time trying to get them to set up my PC with a router. They never did, and eventually rendered my PC unusable since it wouldn't boot properly. They sold me some more parts that turned out to be totally unnecessary. I just can't tell you how horrible this whole experience has been. They really know how to wear you down. I've waited in so many lines, called so many times, talked to so many different personnel. I have moved since all this started, and my paperwork has been lost. Guess what? They don't have any record of my purchases either. First of all, I'd recommend that you avoid this store like a plague. If you DO buy anything, KEEP YOUR RECEIPT and paperwork forever. This is the WORST purchase experience I have had in my life.
     
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Posted by MRM on 2007-01-08:
If your PC wouldnt boot up properly, you may need to perform clean install of your harddrive. Find your recovery disc that came with your PC. This recovery disc will set it back to factory settings. **WARNING: before using the recovery disc please backup your important files. The recovery process will delete everything! I hope this helps...

As far as the laptop, you could add on USB wi-fi adapter which is about $50 at Newegg.com. Whats so great about USB wi-fi is that you can remove them and connect to another desktop or laptop.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-08:
You've been waiting since April 2004? Or did you mean April 2006? Either way that's way too long. Setting up a router to a PC is quite easy even for the technically challenged. Takes maybe 15 minutes to have it running. Wireless connections take a little longer.

After you restore the PC go over to www.dslreports.com. Register and post your situation in the appropriate forum. I guarantee you will get the help needed to have you up and running smoothly in a short time.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-08:
COMP USA is one of the higher priced stores I've ever been to and I don't do business with them because of the help they hire there.

It has been my experience that everybody and his brother is a computer expert when it comes to fixing yours. I have been doing my own computer work both personal and professional for 35 years and all I can tell you is find a local computer guy and if he does a good job, stick with him/her and there company.

Both MRM and PassingBy have given you some excellent advice here and it would behoove you to try their suggestions. Good luck to you on this issue.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-01-08:
Wow...what drama. If this is the worst experience of your life, I'd say you are blessed.
Posted by Nuff2do on 2007-01-10:
I appreciate all the advice, but I guess I didn't mention in the article that I've tried everything mentioned (but I've already discarded my old PC - Compusa did reformat and did all the stuff mentioned, but the new software for the unnecessary adapter screwed it all up. They sold me a router that wouldn't plug into my old pc which didn't have ethernet so they sold me an adapter so I could use the router and that messed it all up. Turns out they could have just sold me a router that WOULD plug into my pc without an adapter but I didn't find this out until much later). I took my PC to two other experts and neither could help. Wireless card would not work on the PC and the experts say that is a problem with that brand of laptop.
Posted by Nuff2do on 2007-01-10:
And oh yes, I have been working with this problem for 3 years. I'll call them, email them, go in person, and wrestle with them for a while - they take it and work on it - it comes back not working. I lived 45 minutes away and didn't do this frequently. I'd get so frustrated with them that I'd give up for a while. (Meanwhile, I was dealing with some more pressing family issues - several deaths in family - and I just couldn't work with CompUSA forever). Then after a few weeks, I'd try again. New problems every time. New manager, new tech, explain it all again. They just don't seem to know what's going on, and they've mastered the art of ignore. I have reported them to BBB, but I really need to locate my original paperwork - my extended warranty expires April 2007.
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Useless Warranty / Poor Service
Posted by Bandit22 on 11/25/2006
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- I purchased a laptop from the CompUSA store in South San Francisco. After only using the computer for 5 days, it stared to have problem with screen. I returned the computer sever times, each time required me to leave it for 5-7 days to be repaired. After the 7th time, a repair tech informed me if the problem occurred again, they would replace the computer. Two weeks later, the problem occurred again, I was informed again that the next time they would replace the unit. This time it was the store manager that made the promise, and he assured me that they now know the problem and certain it will be repaired. Two days later the problem occurred again, I returned the computer on the same day (Sunday) to secure they could witness the problem. Note: Most of the other times, the problem would not occur once I would bring it in. However, two other times in addition to the Sunday visit, the problem did occur for them to witness. After witnessing the problem, I was informed that CompUSA can no longer have the authority to replace a computer and can only be authorized by their insurance company. I concluded that it was a waste of time to keep dealing with a company like CompUSA and just discarded the computer. Since this was the 3rd computer purchased from CompUSA and I never experienced any problems prior, I later discovered CompUSA was sold after this computer purchas and many consider the new
owner is low, low in when it come to customer service.
     
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Posted by Bababooey on 2006-11-25:
What was the brand of the laptop you purchased from CompUSA?
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Toshiba Laptop Purchase
Posted by LawWyfe on 11/17/2006
CompUSA
11350 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, Florida 33026

In September of 2004 I purchased a Toshiba laptop for over $1500.00 including the 2 year extended TAP warranty plan. I was a new CompUSA shopper as this was a new store and I had never had one nearby me before. The salesman informed me during his sales pitch that all repair work was done right there in the store (lie #1) for which I liked since I would not have to have it sent away. I was also told this TAP warranty (like other warranties I had purchased in the past on computers in a competitor's store) would begin the day the manufacturer's warranty ended - making it in essence a 3 year warranty. Let me also add that when you purchase this extended warranty, you get no paperwork (or at least I didn't) - it is just reflected that you purchased it on your purchase receipt.

Within 1 month I began to have various problems with this computer. Constant blue screen crashes, error messages, total shutdowns OR reboots in the middle of my work. I also could not keep a charge on the laptop when plugged in, meaning a short or some type of connection issue with the power supply cord. I took it to the store for repair and was informed, "oh no we send all Toshiba laptops out for repair!" I was without for nearly 3 weeks. Finally got it back (motherboard replacement) and home only to find the same issues wrong. To condense the story, numerous trips in and arguments with the tech people who told me that "there is nothing wrong with this computer, we tested it." Now WHY would I continually take it in for repair issues and do without it for weeks at a time IF there is nothing wrong with it?? Because I consider this entertainment??

I took it in for the 3rd time (same issues) and was told "sorry we won't do anything since your warranty expired last week." I replied with, "NO, I have another year left." I was then told the TAP warranty began the day I purchased the laptop which made it only a 2 year total warranty - (Lie #2!) I raised cain until Corporate Headquarters finally told them to fix it.

My last trip in I insisted on a new hard drive to take care of the constant crashing issues since the tech's could not seem to diagnos the problems. They tell me they replaced the HD and the motherboard (2nd time now). I picked it up and guess what? THE SAME issues are still wrong with it! This computer has been nothing but a lemon since the beginning!Corporate Headquarters will do nothing for me either. I am told that before they will replace anything, it must go in for repair 3 times and have the SAME part replaced 3 times. It doesn't matter how inconvenienced I am having to do without it over and over again for weeks at a time. I have now been without my computer a grand total of nearly 2 months off and on and still the same issues. WHY oh why didn't I remain a customer of the competitor I used to shop with for my computers?

Let me also mention that during the course of this 2 year period, I spent A LOT of money there in purchasing also a desktop computer, ipods, flat screen monitors, GPS system, computer accessories, digital camera, etc., etc. And this is the treatment I get for being a loyal spending customer...NEVER AGAIN!
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-18:
CompUSA is one of the most high dollar stores I ever shopped at and that was a long time ago. I have not shopped there in about 10 years and for the same reason’s you have. I see it has not changed a bit! Sorry about your experience
Posted by techguru on 2006-11-21:
CompUSA blows. I used to work there as a teenager and the TAP is the only thing that you get a commission on, they will lie lie lie (like telling you the laptop screen is fully covered against breakage )to get you and buy it since they will prolly quit in a week. I used to work in the 5th Ave NYC location and the manager (Andrew Sloat) would have a speech every morning before open and say "don't forget to TAP that ass (meaning customers). Stay away from CompUSA not only because the employees don't care, but also because they have no incentives to be honest.
Posted by LawWyfe on 2006-11-21:
Thanks for the feedback :) Keep them coming! I have found out the hard way that not only is CompUSA unethical in their practices, but they DON"T care about the customer's satisfaction or whether they return. Apparently they feel they have enough new business that it doesn't matter if they don't treat old returning customers properly!
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Simple repair turns to nightmare
Posted by Slim27 on 04/07/2006
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- I brought my computer to compUSA's repair center because its power went out on Saturday, April 1st 2006. The receptionist quickly checked the machine and gathered that the power supply was out of order and might need to be replaced but they would have to confirm that. I could choose between simply having the power supply changed for $40 or having a full diagnosis done for $99 because there might be other issues. I opted for the $99 service.

She also offered me the option to back up my data just in case. She told me that when the power supply is out some other parts might be out as well. Once the hardware issue is resolved they would have to make sure that no other issues came in play and so the data would have to be backed up just in case. I elected for the option.

I called back on Sunday, April 2nd for a status. I was told that the technician was about to call me to confirm that the power supply was indeed out and needed to be replaced but they need my consent. I agreed for the replacement.

I eventually got a voice mail on Monday from the technician, named Donovan, saying that the computer was ready and that he was sorry for the mistake. I didn't know what he meant but I went to compUSA to pick up the computer on Tuesday, April 4th.

I picked up my machine and received some paperwork saying that the machine was fine and virus-free. When I brought it home and booted it up I realized that all my desktop settings were lost, all the data in My Documents and on the desktop were missing. An XP cd was in the drive, meaning they had reinstalled the OS.

I brought back the machine to compUSA but the technician was gone and I asked why it was returned to me with missing data and I wasn't told about it. They didn't know because the technician, Donovan, was out so he was the only one who knew what was going on. A technician looked for the data backup but couldn't find it. He assured me they would fix the problem because "the data had to be somewhere."

I asked to be called for any status at all but to this day I have not received one call. I called several time the past few days but every time it was a new technician taking care of my computer, supposedly still working on it. I asked for the manager on Wednesday, April 5th and he assured me that everything will be recovered and fixed. I asked for an ETA for my computer and I was told a day.

I asked why all the data was lost and why the OS had to be reinstalled and he told me that the virus had wiped out all the data. I work in the software industry and I have never heard of a virus discriminately wiping out data from my documents, the desktop and changing the desktop settings. I told him that this was highly suspiscious but he said that they "didn't do anything on purpose to mess up my machine." I asked if he could justify the $140 I spent for this kind of work and he told me that the technician was working very hard and was doing a "fee-waiving job." I asked to get a phone call no matter what happens.

I called again on Thursday, April 6th because I never got a phone call but the technician was gone for the day. I spoke with another technician who said the data was being recovered and that Donovan was gone until Sunday but David, the tech lead, would take over. It is now Friday and when I called this morning David told me he was busy but would try to get to my machine today before he left at 1:30 pm. No matter what he can do with it he would call me before he leaves.

At 2:00 pm no one had called me. I called CompUSA and got Brian on the phone. He said that no one was working on my computer because only the person who worked on it last night knows what is going on but someone would get on it at 6:00 tonight. I asked him if he could look at the computer but he said he didn't want to "mess up" my computer. He then told me that I had to "stop calling and that they would call me when needed."

I fell I have been given the run around for too long now and that they made some mistakes and are trying to cover themselves. I am going down to pick up my computer tonight to see what was backed up and will take it with me. I filed a report to the Better Business Bureau.
     
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Posted by viperpa33s on 2006-04-07:
My suggestion is next time take your computer to a local computer shop in your area if you have one. I would never trust these chain computer stores with my computer. What they do, you can yourself. I have seen a virus wipe out data but not like in your case. Always do a backup of your computer at least once a week and more than oncce a week if your always adding and removing.
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CompUSA going so low to make money
Posted by Laqum on 03/14/2006
Three months ago, I purchased a laptop opening a credit card account CompUSA offered at their store. It took me about an hour to select a computer, adn the clerk kept reassuring me that if I didn't like it, I had 21 days to bring it back and I would get a full refund. I took it back the next day, and they pointed at a small sign on the counter table where precisely my computer box (larger than the sign) had covered it the day before. According to it, open computer boxes only get store credits. The clerk added, why I had opened the box if I was going to bring it back. Well, if I knew I going to bring it back, in the first place, I wouldn't have purchased it. And the clerk accused me of opening the warranty box, which certainly I did not open because I had been told explicitly by another clerk the day before not to open it, and I wasn't going to keep the item--why would I open the warranty papers? The clerk literally tried tearing the package in front of me saying that I had opened it. I told her it was completely sealed it, and NOT to break it open herself. This is how far CompUSA people are willing to go to make money. When I complained to the store manager, very politely and poised (because I know that showing emotion under such a circumstance, only fires back) the guy kicked me out of the store. At any rate, the second complaint is that CompUSA is so desperate to make money that they will openly cheat the customer. I made a monthly payment over the phone on the store credit card paying an extra $15 fee to have the payment go through the same day. Because of a number of fishy practices I had encountered previously, I actually called back that day with the confirmation number to verify that the payment went through. They assured me that the payment went through. The next month, when I got my statement I saw that they had charged me a penalty fee of $25. I called to inquire about the fee, and they said that they did not receive the payment. I said I even had a confirmation number that the payment went through, and asked whether they could remove the penalty fee. They refused. I have never seen anywhere else such a dishonest business practice. I have other very unpleasant experiences with this store/company, but I'll keep it brief.

     
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Posted by tander on 2006-03-15:
I've never shopped there for computers or anything else, do you mind me asking what kind of computer you bought, that you weren't satisfied with?
Posted by Ponie on 2006-03-15:
Sorry to hear of your perceived problem. I've had very good luck with CompUSA. That's where I purchased my desktop and printer. Because my ISP was battling with the store, each blaming the other for not being able to hook up to the Internet, the tech from CompUSA made 3 trips to my home until I was finally up and running--there was no additional charge for the 'house calls.' Don't know how their credit cards work because I paid $1,850 cash for my system. With that background, if I ever need another computer, CompUSA gets my money.
Posted by dsmith68 on 2006-03-15:
"When I complained to the store manager, very politely and poised the guy kicked me out of the store." - There is something missing from this story..
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misrepresentation of warranties
Posted by Deddhedd6 on 10/19/2005
ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- I would like to express my extreme displeasure at what I consider deceptive business practices that took place at the Orlando Florida CompUsa store. In April 2005 I purchased an HP Pavillion zx5000 at this store. I also purchased the three-year extended warranty plan. Before purchasing this extended warranty I was very specific regarding my questions as to what was covered under this warranty. I was told by two salespeople that the warranty covers screen damage, battery replacement and ANY damage to laptop components. This extended warranty cost $369.99 which was almost half the price of the laptop after rebates. To cut to the chase, on Sept. 29 I was setting the laptop from my lap to the couch when my hand inadvertently touched the eject button for my cd rom drive causing it to eject and strike the couch as I set it down, which damaged the drive carriage.When I returned it to the CompUsa store for service I was told it had to be sent to hp because it was still under the manufacturer’s warranty the first year but that I “saved myself a whole lot of money because the part was still under warranty’.hp determined that the damage was caused by customer abuse and refused to honor the warranty At first I was told by the service tech the repair would cost $387.00. When I questioned why this wasn’t covered by any warranty I was told “well didn’t you read your contract?Does it say anywhere in the warranty that it’s covered.? His immediate combative attitude told me right then this is a common occurrence with their customers. Besides his unprofessional attitude he was obviously used to dealing with people like me who trusted CompUsa salespeople who are either misinformed during training or intentionally lie to boost sales. Granted I should have read the contract regarding the warranty but I erroneously trusted compusa to be honest. When I read the clause returned in my email by compusa customer service, that clause basically states the warranty can be determined to cover basically nothing. When a manager called me back I was told the repair would be $285. I still didn’t agree with that charge either by I needed the laptop back so I authorized the charge. When I picked the laptop up I was charged $402 for the repair and tax. I had to pay it because I needed the laptop for business. As another sign of compusa’s unprofessionalism I had to call the store to find out if my laptop was ready because customer service reps are either too busy or too incompetent. Now here is the real galling part—while my laptop was in the shop I started talking with hp reps and was given the following answers: hp charges compusa only $229 to replace the drive. I could have purchased the drive or sent it in directly to hp and had it fixed for $299. So basically you crooks at compusa charged me $160 to mail my laptop to hp. To add to the insult, hp offers a two-year insurance plan for $250 which would have covered this repair but compusa does not reveal this. This was the first of two laptops I purchased from the same compusa store but you can bet I will never spend another cent with either hp or compusa. This whole problem could have been solved if hp had a locking device on the cdrom drive to prevent it from popping out by accident which would have made this a product malfunction which would have been covered by its warranty. We all know both companies make more money with accessories and virtually worthless warranties than on consoles. I am glad both companies are doing so well financially that they can afford to lose customers like me who spend several thousand dollars a year with them due to deceptive business practices.
     
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Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2005-10-19:
No manufature is going to cover physical damage caused by the consumer. You admitted it yourself, you caused the damage. Actually if you would have sent it to the manufacture and they were to repair it, it is possible that you would have had to pay the retail cost of the computer, not what you paid for it. I have worked with different manufactures over the years and if they do determine that the consumer damaged it, then they will not repair or they will charge you out the butt for repairs. You are not the first to complain about this and you won't be the last. But I am not sure how an accidental brush against the sofa would have caused that much damage to the drive. Mine has been through worse and is still working fine after 4 years. I would though, suggest Premio computers. There not a well known brand name that you hear everyday, but they are well made and well handled. That is what I have now and what I will get in the future.
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