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POOR Customer Service
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CALIFORNIA -- On 11/24/06, we purchased a post-Thanksgiving special at Wal-Mart-a 32' Symphonic LCD TV and loved it. In May of '07, a black vertical line appeared in the right half. After contacting customer service, we were directed to a repair shop 2 1/2 hours away (the closest to our home). We carried the TV in (with receipt and in original box) and were finally told the LCD module was bad and that labor (parts still in warranty) would be $225! After much discussion, we decided to go ahead and have it repaired.

We were told the part would take 7-10 days to come in, so after not hearing anything until a full month had passed, I contacted the repair shop and was told company had not sent part and they could not give me the part #, against their rules. I was also told I would be charged the original $28.50 I had paid for a restock fee. I contacted FUNAI customer service and reached a very helpful man, Jeff, badge **, who said my original information given by Candice **, had been in error. My TV was a REPLACE or REFUND TV and gave me a fax # to Enrique who was handling this problem.

We did so immediately and called the repair shop to cancel any repairs as the part was not on the way and would not be sent. We were then told we owed $224.50 for repairs that had already been done--none of which we authorized. On 6/20, after speaking with Charlene **, who forwarded the info on to corporate, I talked with Tasha, who agreed the repair shop was crooked, admitted they had complaints against them in the past and would help me get my TV back.

She even said she would get their name off their list of repair shops and notify other companies of his ways. (he is still listed on their website) (All I can say is even if a company recommends them, CHECK THE BBB!!) Finally, the corporate office got the TV shipped to them, supposedly repaired it and then shipped it to us. This is now July, but the TV seems to work fine. We're happy for now. My husband gets a phone call from the repair shop. He wasn't home, so I took a message. I suppose they are wanting money, so I call the customer service dept. to see exactly what had been done to the TV when they got it in.

I called the 310-787-3000 extension ** (this was the # George, our contact for shipping the TV back to us, gave me to contact him) on 8/16 twice and left messages for Tasha, no return call. I called twice that day for George, who never returned my call. I called 8/20 and left a message. I called customer service 8/29 and spoke with Tim ** who assured me he would put in an escalation and someone from corporate would call me back in 7-10 days. No calls back. All I want to know is what was done to the TV when they got it in. On 9/11, the black line is back and I am so unhappy with the whole mess.

I speak with Pat ** who is giving info to supervisor. Someone will call back. I call back on 9/20 & speak with Carla ** and she lets me talk with Charlene (supervisor **). I re-summerize the whole story for her. She puts me on hold and supposedly talks with David at corporate, who is forwarding the info on to Enrique who will give me a call that day. I call back on 9/26 and talk with Bree ** who wants to know if I got my TV back. She says she will fill out another escalation form and someone should call back. I call back on 9/27 and speak to badge ** (J Bass I think) about the escalation form and am told it would do no good to fill another out.

I insisted another be filled out as nothing had been done with the prior ones & was transferred to Ian ** escalation supervisor. Told him my tale of woe, put on hold while he calls corporate, Enrique is not in, but Edgar will call me back. On 10/2 I call & talk with Val ** who says Ian is not in and am transferred to Josh **. He can't access their computer as they are having problems. I am on hold while he finds a working computer and calls corporate. He says he talked with Enrique who will call that day and to re-call him (josh) if I haven't heard from Enrique by 1 pm (pst).

So when I call back, Josh is busy, I get Drew ** said Enrique should call back in a couple of days, as he probably wasn't in. I told him Josh said he had spoken with him that morning. Drew said he'd call after he hung up and get back with me, as he had to use the phone he was on. I told him Josh had found another phone to use and I held that morning and was willing to do the same again. Now after being on hold, I'm back to Josh. He puts me on hold again, comes back and says Enrique is busy right now, but will call me that afternoon.

So this morning, after speaking with Ricki ** I ask to speak to Josh - she puts me on hold and comes back and said he wasn't in and that he 'said he'd call me back'. HMMM So I ask to speak to his supervisor. I get JOSH! Wow I told him I had heard from no one and wanted to speak to his supervisor. He said they were both busy but either Oliver or Bill will call me back as he will put a message on their desk. I asked Josh for the CEO's name and address and got the company address.

I have been very patient with this company and was truly impressed with their customer service department until they fell through with their help. I feel they are just waiting me out until the warranty is no longer any good. I truly hope this helps someone in their decision on what TV to buy - I would like them to either replace or refund my TV as they stated.

Poor Quality/Poor Response
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DAYTON, OHIO -- SEQUENCE OF EVENTS – 32” SYLVANIA LCD TV. 4/25/08 – Purchased Model LC320SS8 (Limited Edition), SN J477xxx from Meijer, Huber Heights OH, hereafter referred to as “Set 1”. Did not connect set for five weeks because new room (addition) was not ready. 6/15/08 – Connected (Set 1) TV for new room. Set 1 failure - presented display problem of bottom third of picture darker than top two-thirds. All modes: Cable, Cable Box, Antenna, DVD player and VCR player. (Coax cable input and RCA jack inputs.)

6/17/08 – Meijer would not take set back because it was over 30 days. Meijer referred us to Manufacturer (Sylvania) Customer Support, which turned out to be Funai Customer Support. 6/23/08 – As per Funai instructions, took Set 1 to Funai Repair Facility, Buckeye Electronics, Kettering OH for repair. Time Passes. 9/17/08 – Picked up Set 1 from Buckeye Electronics. They were unable to repair. Set did not work at all and base was gouged when I got it back. 9/19/08 – Purchased shipping carton from UPS Store, packed Set 1, and waited for pickup. 10/3/08 – Set 1 picked up by shipper.

10/7/08 – Set 1 received at Funai Facility – Grove City OH, (55 miles). Time Passes. 11/14/08 – Exchange # ** assigned by Funai Customer Support. 11/24/08 - Replacement unit SN R50___042, Model LC320SS8 (Set 2) shipped. 11/25/08 – Set 2, SN R50___042, Model LC320SS8 delivered by shipper. Order #/Bill of Lading **.
12/13/08 – Set 2 failure - presented original problem of bottom third of picture darker than top two-thirds.
O/A 12/18/08 – Set 2 picked up by shipper, Ticket No **. 12/30/08 – Set 2 received at Funai Facility – Grove City OH, (55 miles). Time Passes.

3/20/09 – Replacement unit SN R50___128, Model LC320SS8A (Set 3) delivered by shipper. Order #/ Bill of Lading **. (This is a different model, not the Limited Edition version we previously had and paid for.) 3/20/09 – Set 3 presented identical display problem as Sets 1 and 2 as soon as it was plugged in. 3/21/09 – Email instructions given by Funai Customer Support on 3/20/09 were for incorrect address.

3/23/09 – New email obtained – sent message in two parts. Supervisors of xxx informed. I am to send set back to Grove City for review and disposition. Pickup was on 3/24/09 at 1037 am. FedEx Tracking No wxyz. They promised to expedite at other end. They will be back in contact with me in 72 hours (after tech reviews the set). xxx will call me on Thursday 3/26.

Extremely poor product and customer service
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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NEW YORK -- In January 2008 I bought a 32 inch Sylvania LCD HD television. 6 months later I was experiencing difficulties with the color and picture quality. It's been 2 and a half months since I began dealing with the company to try to facilitate a repair and still nothing has been done. I have consistently been either ignored, given vague and non-committal answers, or flat out lied to. So now I have a broken, boxed up TV in my den. This is an extremely dishonest company who manufactures sub par products and who takes absolutely no responsibility for it.

I will never buy another product manufactured by the company and will go out of my way to check who manufactures any electronics/appliances I buy in the future. Be careful-this company is the manufacturer behind several brand names such as Emerson and Magnavox.

Sylvania 32" Digital LCD TV
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GROVEPORT, OHIO -- Within 3 months after purchase in April 2008 this TV began to develop a band at the bottom of the screen. It took 3 months of back and forward to have the TV picked up for repair by this company. The TV was picked up 11-11-2008. It is now 04-06-2009 and my TV still has not been returned. I have called weekly for months, holding on the phone for hours, each time speaking to a different person with a different badge number and a different lie. They have even sent me a refurbished 42" TV that is in far worse shape than the one I sent back for repair. I have a small house with this very large box sitting in my living room. This is the company from Hell.

Run from their products Sylvania, Emerson, Magnavox. One would think if they are selling a substandard product the service would at least be responsive. Product and service both are at the bottom of scale. Any advice for dealing with this company would be appreciated.

Warranty Satisfaction
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I purchased your product, a 32' TV Five days prior to my warranty running out, my TV just quit working. I called 18004740045. I faxed my receipt, which was confirmed. They were to send me a box for shipping. Said would take 7-10 days to receive. Well, that was 3 x 7-10 days later and still no box. Fax sent on 3-7-08, now is 4-21-08. I no longer want my TV to be fixed. I want a full refund. If it took 2 months for a box, how long to get my TV back??? I talked to someone today again!!

She said she would fill out papers today for a full refund. I also talked to another person to confirm my info. Please help me resolve this problem. I have little money and I had to work hard and long just to spend what I did. I did my part in buying your product, please do yours and satisfy your customer.

Terrible Customer Service
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HEAVENER, OHIO -- Last Jan we purchased a DVD recorder in late Jan, used it in the bedroom. Probably not more than 25 times. In June it would not power-up. I called and called and finally got the ball started around the 30th of June. They said a box will be sent out to send in because it is UNDER WARRANTY. The pickup box arrived 3 AUGUST. I kept calling about my unit. On Halloween I got a call from a lady saying that they are going to send me a check for a refund in 3-5 weeks. About 2 weeks later I got a snotty guy from Corp who was verifying the data. I have a complete list of emails. It is now the 22nd of Jan 2008. No emails, no call and no check.

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Funai Corporation
201 Route 17 North, Suite 903
Rutherford, NJ 07070
201-727-4560 (ph)
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