I visited the Dick's Sporting Goods store located in Hoover (Birmingham), Alabama. My purpose was to purchase a full set of relaxed cloths to attend a local minor league baseball game. I was attending a military function in the town and had failed to bring civilian clothes. I verified with every sales associate I spoke with that I wanted to change at the store, pay for my goods and leave going straight to the game. Keep in mind I am in full military uniform. Everyone said it was fine, no problem, etc, etc. Until I asked for the security tags to be removed from the clothes.
This seemed to be a problem even though the Dick's sales associate volunteered to walk me, their clothes and my money to the front to make sure it was paid for completely. I explained my dissatisfaction to the front manager on my way out of the store. Then over to Academy where it seemed no problem at all and I saved $4.95 on the same shirt. All that was just the tip of the iceberg. I received an email from Customer Service that ‘my expectations' were not to be met.
OCALA, FLORIDA -- On 11 Nov 11, I was at the Dick's store in Ocala Fl. I was looking at the R11 driver. There was no one in the golf dept. There was a demo club there and I began to hit it in the golf net. A man, dressed in shorts, gruff looking, beard asked if he could help me in a stern voice. I told him no that I was just looking. He again said "can I help you" I again told him no thinking maybe he is just hard of hearing. I did ask a question about the club and he had no real answer, he again asked if he could help me. I asked him what part of no not at this time does he not understand. He said I was in a restricted area and had to be supervised while there. (Who and what was he?)
I was becoming very irritated and said that he should become more polite and get some customer service. I told him that Golfsmith does not act or say the things he did to me and maybe that is why they sell more clubs. He said I should then go there. With all the people looking for work, you should be able to do better than this person. And yes I did go to Golfsmith later in the day and I did buy an R11 Driver from them.
HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS -- Bad customer service and overcharged for items. This store is badly understaffed. The clerk assisting us stopped waiting on us to take phone calls and assist people who arrived after we did. He was taking care of some paperwork and said we could continue shopping for fifteen minutes and he would be ready to check us out.
When we returned, he was nowhere to be found. I had to get someone to page him to return to the counter. He had not done the paperwork. After four hours of non-customer service, we finally were checked out. After we left the store we realized that we were overcharged $20 for one item. Also, two items had rebates but we were not told what to do to get the rebates. I would recommend you shop at another store if you don't want to waste your time.
BUFORD, GEORGIA -- Went to Dick's at Mall of Georgia to replace running shoes that I had bought at Dick's two years earlier. Hardly anyone in store, no one in shoe dept. Looking at many shoes on wall by myself. Saw man watching big TV. Asked if he worked there. He came over to me and I told him I needed to replace my shoes. All he did was ask what shoes I had been wearing. He brought out the new version of my old shoes and disappeared.
Tried shoes on, but wanted to try others. The place was not busy, almost dead. No salesperson around, so I walked out. Went to Foot Locker and got some customer service, and a new pair of shoes. Walked back through Dick's with my Foot Locker bag. No one noticed, but it made me feel better. I won't be going back to Dick's.
FRISCO, TEXAS -- Adams Golf said to take it back to the store, and they will send it in for a free repair. The manager said that they could not do that and that the shafts were not warranted by Adams Golf. This is all BS, because two Adams Golf representatives said that it was under warranty. To make a long story short. GOLF GALAXY rocks and sent it to Adams Golf for a repair. My conclusion is that Dick's Sporting Goods managers are too lazy to help the consumer, and do not back the products that they sell. DO NOT BUY FROM DICK'S.
MADISON, WISCONSIN -- We purchased a $369 ping pong table from Dick's Sporting Goods on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin. They wanted $90 to deliver it, so we arranged for some friends to pick it up (big imposition) instead. We spent three hours trying to set it up and made very little progress. The pieces are very heavy, and the instructions ask for us to lift them and set them down on bars. Maybe possible to a couple of college football players, but not for anyone I know. We tried multiple times (we had four people) - and one of us experienced a back injury trying. The directions are very complicated, and we had to redo our work more than once although we tried to follow directions very carefully.
We called Dick's back and the only option they would provide was to send someone out to put it together - for another $100! Or return it, which means we would have to get friends together again and impose on them, and then Dick's of course would have to send it back to the manufacturer, all costing them more than $100 anyway. We tried to negotiate them down to $50 but they absolutely refused. Do not buy a ping pong table from Dick's (and I'm never buying anything else from them either)! This has turned into a nightmare for us, and Dick's has been completely uncooperative in trying to help us resolve the issue reasonably.
My wife and I tried to purchase a gun safe for our daughter, who is married to a soldier, in Tennessee. The listed price was $138.98. We are in Virginia. We tried to buy it on-line but the delivery was more than the item. So, we tried to buy it on-line and have my son-in-law pick it up. They would not do that. Then they made the suggestion that we buy it in Virginia and have them pick it up from the store in Tennessee. This did not work either. Each time we tried to come up with another option, their "rules" would not allow it. So, we are through with Dick's. If you shop on-line with Dick's be aware of hidden costs and inflexible rules.
Dick's has a reward program that for every so much you purchase, you receive points that eventually turn into dollars. Sounds like a good deal right? No! First, I had a certificate worth $20 and when I checked out, they did not give me the whole amount and the clerk said she could not fix it. It was a $20 certificate and they gave me $19.50. Why is that? Then, the way the program works, if you purchase two items, the purchase is split between the items rather than taken off the total purchase. If you purchase something then have to return it for ANY reason, you lose your reward dollars.
I recently purchased two items, each was $100, for a total of $200. I had a $20 reward certificate so they took $10 off each item. One of the items was defective. When I returned it to the store, they did not have the same item so I could not exchange it. The store would not let me get a different brand, or place an order online to use the dollars on the original purchase. All they would do is return the item and it ate my reward dollars. The store told me to call the customer service number and complain. I did and they just said, "sorry, that is our policy".
What a terrible policy! I could have spent all $20 on socks and been better off. In these days of bad economic times, I will never purchase another item from Dick's. The name says everything about the store!
BROOMFIELD, COLORADO -- When asked by a store clerk, if he could help us, we explained that we were looking to purchase a child's ski bib. Without ever moving from his comfy position behind the counter, he quickly replied that they didn't carry those. Knowing that we had seen children's ski bibs in other Dick's Sporting Goods locations, we mentioned this to him, and he became irritated and dismissed us to look on our own.
As we were looking, another employee asked what we needed and promptly guided us to a large rack full of exactly what we're looking for 20 feet from where the original clerk, was standing! The worst part is when it was time to pay out, ** was the closest clerk available to assist us. He was smug when he saw what we were buying, and then turned to my children and announced that he hoped they were going to wear helmets when skiing because, and I quote, "Skiing is a dangerous sport, and people get killed everyday doing it." I was shocked! Some people are not meant to work with the public, and ** from the Broomfield, CO Dick's Sporting Goods is definitely one of them!
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- On Feb. 2nd 2009 I ordered the Iron Gym Xtreme from the Dick's sporting goods website. The status said "In-Stock" and "Ships in 4 to 5 Days". On the third I get an email saying that they actually don't have it in stock and that the item was back ordered. I contacted the customer service department and they told me that it would take them 5 days to get this item and they would ship it as soon as they received it. A week later on Feb. 9th, I get a call from Dick's on my cell phone telling me that they will be shipping my item in 4 to 5 days... huh... sounds familiar...
Another week later, on the 16th, I get an email telling me that they still haven't received my item, they don't know when they will receive it and they can't tell me when it will be shipped but they will keep my order in their system. WTF?
This is the absolute worst online shopping experience that I have ever had... Most companies when they don't have an item in stock will disable the order feature on that item and not let you order it online. This company actually wastes your time by allowing you to order it and then dragging you along for weeks. I will NEVER buy from their site again. Actually if I can help it I will not go to their stores either... Dick's sporting goods is the worst place to shop ever!!!