RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA -- My husband and I have been considering upgrading our TV. We have been wanting a flat screen and larger TV. So we did some research and on Saturday it was on. We went to every store possible even Tiger Direct. We went to HHGregg on Capital and picked up a sales paper as we went in. Needless to say with it being President's Day weekend there were GREAT sales every where. Well they had a TV at an unbeatable price, but they were sold out. We called the Brier Creek location and they had one left. We asked the sales guy if they could hold he said sure and we went straight there. We got there. Saw the TV, PAID for the TV got our receipt.
Then we asked if they could hold the TV while we went to the movies. (NOTE: We had planned ongoing to the movies in Wakefield, but changed all of that when we learned that Brier Creek had the TV) The guy said sure... since we had paid for it. He gave us our copy of the receipt and the blue copy he took to the back to put it on our TV. He marked sold on the receipt and went on his way. We leave and go to the movies.
We return right after to pick up the TV. I had my receipt out to show the sales guy when he states "we have an issue". I was like what... He stated "We accidentally sold your TV, however we are going to give you a better TV to replace what we did". "Cool" I told him. So we get to the information desk to make the switch. At that point we were told it would be an additional $53.00 to do the exchange. I asked what for. I was told that the TV we were getting was $300.00 more than the one we purchased and that one was the most comparable one to the one we purchased, but they could not just give it to us. At this point I became livid. ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!!!!!!!!
So let me get this straight you sold the TV that we purchased... notice I said purchased... not put on hold or financed. We paid for it out right. So the manager said "It is only $53.00". Now I am MAD. I told him it is not a money issue. It is the principal of the matter. Our TV is gone and it is not our fault that it is gone. They would not budge. The manager felt I was being unfair because of the "deal" he was offering us. I told him it is not our fault the next TV you have in stock is $300.00 more than the one we got. The only reason it was $300.00 more was because the one we got was on sale.
We finally got our money back and I told them that I was going to tell anyone who would listen what they did. Because when you get good business you tell a few people. But bad service you tell everyone and this was DIRTY!!!!! business.
NORRIDGE, ILLINOIS -- To all those who are contemplating making a purchase at hhgregg, especially a big-ticket item, I wish you better luck. I have never written a negative review about a retailer before. However, my extremely bad experience with hhgregg compelled me to write this hoping it will save some consumers undeserved headache and hassles.
I bought a refrigerator on 11/6/2011 from the Norridge, IL store. It was delivered as promised, but the delivery person broke off the handle of my fridge water line. To make matters worse, he would not repair what he damaged at that time. We waited another day and the fridge wasn't making any ice, and the bottom drawers were sticking all the time. Any bit of force to open the drawers would cause the whole drawer assembly to almost pull up and out, possibly causing damage. So, in addition to the hassle thus far, I got stuck with a defective fridge. Called the toll-free number, no luck, was just on hold for a very long time.
I decided to call the delivery man (I took his cell number when he was here) and he kept on saying that he was busy and that he can't repair the damage he made and I'll have to wait. Waited, waited, no luck. Called again and he said he would call me back as to when he can stop by. Never happened, days went by and no calls, no show. Anyone who's ever had a water line installed knows that it isn't cheap; mine cost close to $200 parts & labor a couple years ago. Also, the handle is not the kind you would use for, say, a regular water tap. During my last call to the delivery man he said not to call him anymore and that I should call hhgregg directly.
The following day I went to the same Norridge, IL store to speak directly with the store manager. Admittedly, she listened patiently and was sympathetic to what I've been through - a defective fridge, a damaged water line, no repair from the delivery man. She scheduled the pick-up of the defective fridge and wrote up an invoice that would credit back the charge on my card after the defective unit was picked up.
So, the refund would be “in process” pending hhgregg's receipt of the defective unit. A couple days went by and finally the defective unit was picked up. A few more days went by and I checked with my credit card company to see if there was a credit from hhgregg. None! This was 5 days later!
I went back to the Norridge store and this time I had to raise hell to get them to ring up a proper refund to my credit card. At first, they did not want to do it and were giving me the run-around and telling me I should wait 2 weeks, and then 72 hours, then back again to 2 weeks, on and on. Also, even though they confirmed that their distribution center in Aurora, IL had indeed received the defective fridge from their delivery man, only Aurora, IL can process the refund.
A whole bunch of hogwash just to get me out of the store. I persevered and refused to leave until my credit card was properly credited right there at the store's register. I will call the credit card company again in 2 days and if my account still does not show the full credit of $830+ due me I will file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and every consumer fraud agency I can write to or call. Re the broken water line handle-I give up with hhgregg. I would prefer to never have anything to do with this company ever again.
Same day, I went to Sears, better prices, better unit, delivery next day. Fridge now in my kitchen, working well as it should. Have already received phone call confirming installation of new water line and connection to fridge in less than a day. No hassles, no b. s. The only conclusion I could come up with is that your shopping experience at hhgregg has the potential of being a total nightmare unless your purchase is 100% perfect and all the stars are aligned properly for you. Otherwise, buyer beware! Never again, hhgregg! I will make sure to warn friends and family about the gross incompetence of this company.
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA -- On Saturday the 27th of Dec 2008 we went to hhgregg to purchase a range we had looked at prior to this visit. We walked in and the salesman wrote the sale up and told us the range could be delivered on Friday the day after New Year. Great! I went home and put my old stove on Craig's list and sold it the next day. I called the store on Dec 29th to see if I could get the range delivered on Wed instead of Friday because I had sold the old stove.
I was told by the woman on the phone that the range I purchased was out of stock and could not be delivered Wednesday much less Friday because it was out of stock and it would not be available until Jan 8th. In shock I asked to speak to a store manager. I was directed to a man named ** who took ownership of the problem and told me the store manager would call back. I asked if there was a range they could substitute until a new one came in. He said he did not speak for the store manager but he would indeed see if they could do that and he would call me back.
I waited about three hours and then I called the store again. I was told by a woman I would have to talk to my salesman **. He was busy so she told me she would have him call me back. Another hour went by and I called the store again. I was told ** was very busy with customers and would get back to me shortly. I explained I also was a customer and if he could call me back I would appreciate it.
After forty minutes I called back. ** said no one had spoken to him about my problem and this is after I told no less than four people about it. I was upset and told him I had a house full of guest expected the following week no stove and please tell me what can be done for me. He did actually call me back after ten minutes and say they would give me the floor model. I did ask if they would give me a 10% discount off the price since I was getting a floor model. I was told no allowance would be made. I tried to explain I was between a rock and a hard place.
If I had known there were not a range in stock I should have been told when I bought it, then I would not have sold my old one so soon. He said he was sorry but giving me the floor model was the best they would do for me. I told him I felt cheated by this experience. He said he felt the store was bending over backwards for me. I thought to myself I am the one bending over. Through the entire day I did not once get to speak to the store manager and not once did anyone say they were sorry or show and concern for the situation.
WINTER GARDEN, FLORIDA -- Worst company to do business with. Purchases a TV as a present for wife's birthday and they had the nerve to open the box and check the TV for damage. The associate did not even have enough common sense to make it look unopened so I could wrap it like a present. So needless to say, will never come back.
GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA -- Yesterday I visited your store to look for an mp3 player for a friend. I stood by the mp3 players & reviewed them for about 5 minutes while trying to catch the eye of a service worker. I couldn't find anyone around & when I attempted to approach a man, he quickly picked up the phone & turned away from me. This was very distressing. All I wanted was some information about a product & there was no one interested in helping an elderly person who felt lost & confused.
While I understand that staff can be overwhelmed with customers, the store wasn't that busy (in my humble opinion) & nobody even told me that they would be with me shortly. Instead, I went home and purchased an mp3 player from Best Buy's web site (simply because I'm more familiar with it) & was done with the whole situation. I just wanted everyone to know how difficult it can be to get someone's attention at your store & I hope this can be used as a learning tool to help staff learn better customer service. Thank you.
PIQUA, OHIO -- We purchased a small refrigerator that was on sale from the HHGregg store in Piqua, OH. It's been one big hassle. I am 65 years old, and it's a 50+ mile round trip. The hassle began when I called to see if it was in stock, they said it wasn't, and I'd have to come in and pay for it, before they'd order it. They wouldn't take my credit card over the phone. So I drove over and paid cash.
When it came in, I called and asked if they'd deliver it. They told me I had to come in first and pay for the delivery, (they would not trust me to pay the delivery man). So I called a friend, and we went to pick it up instead. When I got it home, it was defective, it wouldn't cool. I called the store, they told me to call the service center, who told me I'd have to call the manufacturer. I called them, they said they'd send someone out to fix it.
After no one came to fix it in the next five days, I called the store back. I talked to the manager this time. He said he'd order me a new one, but I had to bring this one back, before he'd order it. That would be two more trips over and back. But I said OK. This morning we decided to just get our money back, we had enough hassle already. When I got to the store, I told the manager I just wanted a refund. He got a little pissy, and said that's not what we agreed on last night. I told him I changed my mind, we'd already had too many problems with this.
He said he'd give me a refund, but he had the right to charge me a 20% restocking fee. (That was about $54.00.) I asked him how he could charge a restocking fee when he sold me defective merchandise. He said I should have read the back of the invoice. I said I'd pay the restocking fee, just write it up. When I asked for the cash back, he said they'd send a check in the next 7 to 10 days, he said they also had the right do this as it was also stated on the back of the invoice. Before I walked out of the store, I told him he was going to get a little publicity. I'd write the Attorney General, Better Business Bureau, and post this on several web sites. He said didn't seem to care.
TOWSON, MARYLAND -- H. H. Gregg makes you pay for shipping with a promise to 100% reimburse this by mailing you a prepaid Visa card. I wondered, why don't they just offer free shipping in the first place? When I got the card in the mail, I found out. It's a scam. The letter that accompanies the card says it can be used "anywhere that Visa cards are accepted" but this is not true; the card is almost impossible to use.
If you try to use it in any financial institution it is automatically declined. If you try to use it in a restaurant, deli, flower shop, barber, taxi, beauty parlor, or anywhere else where *they* have decided you might leave a tip (a long list) the card is dinged for 20% more than you asked to put on it. If you try to use it to buy gas you can't buy gas at the pump. Many, many other such restrictions.
I tried to call their customer service about this. Can't be done. Like all credit/debit cards, there is a customer service number on the back of the card, but unlike any other card, when you call their number there is NO option that reaches a human being. So there is no way to inquire about this policy.
So then I called the store where I purchased the appliance, who would not do anything. "Not our department" they said. Then I said I wanted to return the appliance because of this situation but they refused to take it back. "It's too late to return it" they said. Funny about that, I just got the card yesterday. Do you guys delay sending out the card until its too late to return the appliance, on purpose?
Finally I called the corporate headquarters main number in Indianapolis where eventually, after almost half an hour of hitting dead ends in their voice mail system, I was able to reach a customer service representative. To her credit, she tried hard to find a way around all the restrictions, so the card would be usable. But even she was unable to do so.
Their hope, I think, is that you get so frustrated with trying to use their card that you throw it away in disgust. In which case, of course, they get to keep your money. They are certainly right about one thing; I am definitely disgusted with H. H. Gregg. I'll never buy from these crooks again.
BUFORD, GEORGIA -- I purchased a GE dishwasher from HHGregg just over a year ago. After about 4 months it stopped draining water so I called for a service call. When the service was scheduled the guy called me and said he was in the neighborhood and should be there in 30 minutes. He never showed, That was a half a day off work. The following week we got it rescheduled, the guy came out and said he had to kill the power to the dishwasher, so he killed the power to the whole house. He could not figure out how to turn it back on, so we had to call an electrician to turn it on. $150.00 and another half a day off work.
Another service technician finally came out and got the dishwasher to work, another half a day off work. About 3 or 4 months later the dishwasher stopped pumping the water out again. A service technician came out and said he had to order a part, another half day off work. The technician got the part and fixed the dishwasher, another half day off work.
About a week before Thanksgiving, the dishwasher stopped pumping water out and HHGregg was called. They informed us that GE was now responsible for the repair of the dishwasher. The GE technician was contacted and a service call was schedule for the day before Thanksgiving, another half day off work.The technician called the house 30 minutes before his scheduled arrival time and stated that he had priority calls and was not going to respond. We have informed GE and HHGregg that they now need to either replace the dishwasher or refund our money.
They have refused to do either and said they had to send another technician to see what the problem was. With all the time taken off from work and pay lost we could have bought another dishwasher. I informed HHGregg that I would picket their store until they replaced the dishwasher, they said go ahead. Last Sunday I spent 4 hours outside the Mall of Georgia Store with a sign that read, "I was ripped off by HHGregg". I intend to be back this weekend with the same sign.
COLUMBUS, GEORGIA -- I purchased a 42" tele for my parents Friday 11/27 at HH GREGG but have regrets doing any business with them at all. If I had more time (I was visiting from out of town) I would have left the store without further to do. They were not knowledgeable of anything other than their service agreements.
I picked a set out and wanted it rung up quickly because my dad was in the store and I didn't want him to know what I was doing. I explained this to the clerk. He continuously asked me to buy a service contract. The whole service contract thing went on for 10 minutes. He tried to scare me, he told the all the product was crap and I was crazy to go without one (what the hell?) He asked me why I don't buy contracts, he got personal. I finally told him either he ring up the purchase or I'm leaving, his attitude became surly at that point.
I gave him my American Express to purchase (which they take) and he made a half hearted attempt to swipe it, when that did not work he told me my card "must have been blocked". This whole time I was starting to get the feeling these people only knew how to sell to trailer park trash as their attitude was unprofessional to say the least.
I told him to do it again as American Express never "blocks" my card. He did very quickly and then said I needed to give him another card. After the threats and harassment over the service contract I didn't buy, and the grief over the card when it was obvious to me he was not doing it correctly, I went looking for a manager. When I found one, I told him what had taken place.
He simply took my card from me, and swiped it; of course it worked. Once the invoice to sign was printed he (the manager) gestured for me to follow him. I wondered what that was about but I followed him to the front door of the store. He had me sign the invoice there, instead of at the desk, right beside the door! Then he suggested I wait outside for the TV to be brought out. He was noticeably annoyed when I turned and walked back to the back of the store (to get my father).
Well, I am a 57 yr old woman and I certainly did not appreciate the condescending and rude behavior of these people, from the manager on down. I will NEVER walk into HH Gregg again as long as I live, AND I will blog and spread the word. Looks like I won't have to do much though as there seems to be lots of complaints. I cannot believe a retailer would act this way DURING A PURCHASE! What is WRONG with these people???? The is the Columbus Ga store on Whittlesby Rd at Columbus Crossing. AVOID!
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE -- We purchased a 56" Toshiba DLP Projection TV from HH Gregg on June 27, 2006. By August 2007 we had to have the lamp repaired. Again Jan. 2009. The repair company they use us Norman Electronics. Both times we have had difficulty getting the service call. On Jan. 8, 2009 the lamp went bad in the TV and we went directly down to HH Gregg to set up the service call and to buy a 22" flat panel Sharp TV to tide us over. They assured us that the repair co. would call us in the morning to let us know when to expect them. When I never got the call I called HH Gregg.
No record of the service call! I put in another request and we were told by Normans Elec. that they would be out Jan. 14th and would call first to let us know what time they'd arrive. I waited again and received no call. When I called Normans they said that they had just ordered the part two days before and it'll take another 7-10 days to get the part in! I called HH Gregg to complain and even called their corporate office but was told there was nothing they could do. When the lamp went out the first time we had a problem getting the part in so finally they shipped the part directly to us and a local company installed it.
When I asked HH Gregg about the TV and the problem with the lamp going out twice (was this a lemon of a TV?) they said there was nothing they could do and unless a repair company stated that there was something that was causing the lamp to go out we were "SOL". I'd never buy another Toshiba TV nor buy anything from HH Gregg as they have no service. By the way, that little 22" Sharp TV we bought? After bringing it home we discovered one of the pixels was blown which meant returning to the store to exchange it for another one!