SUNRISE, FLORIDA -- I purchased an entire kitchen in November 8, 2008 for $3698.00. This was the Nexus Brown Black design series.
This kitchen was discontinued later on after I purchased it. I finally placed a warranty claim for some damaged parts at IKEA After Sales Department located at 151 NW 136 Ave, Sunrise FL, 33325 with **, the claim is IKEA Claim **.
Like all IKEA Products I got suckered into the famous "25 Year Kitchen Warranty Dream", and the "We tested the items over a million times" dream and so on and on..... Right now today I am stuck with a useless NEXUS IKEA Kitchen because even if I wanted to purchase the replacement parts I cannot, two reason why.
FIRST: The IKEA 25 Year WARRANTY is a bunch of ** and the more you speak to the warranty reps like ** you start understanding that you might as well talk to a wall. I had to do all the research and gathering of information and pretty much stuff it in her head, then she sent the information to a ** (what he does, I have no clue, maybe the janitor) then finally they called back with the famous Cop Out Act "we talked to the IKEA Presidents and looked all over the world for your parts and you are screwed, you have NO WARRANTY ANYMORE".
SECOND: Pretty much like I said before, even if I wanted to purchase the parts IKEA does not have them and they did not even make plans to ensure there was a replacement product similar to the discontinued product to assist and honor their MAKE BELIEVE WARRANTY.
IKEA is a JOKE. I now look at their products differently and this story will be repeated at their store, I will tell my story to every person I see wanting to buy their crap kitchen until I get thrown out. I will be proud to make my friends aware of the reality of this compressed wood possibly termite infested POS Swedish Junk, I will also look into making a web site to gather info on product owners of discontinued items sold under false pretense of product availability and warranty fraud.
I will also look into making a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT against this deceitful company IKEA for breach of contract. I know lawyers who just might see things the way I see it and can help me fight this. To close this experience, People - spend your money somewhere else where their products are warranted for real! IKEA Sucks Big Time!
CALGARY, AB, CANADA -- My Ikea swivel chair had a defective footrest elevator mechanism that made it inconsistent in popping open after the lever was pulled. On the way to Ikea, it fell off my car top which caused the bottom edge to be torn and the arm to be partly scratched. After hearing my story, initially, the returns lady agreed to replace it but when she saw the scratched part she changed her mind. Even after I demonstrated to her that the footrest wouldn't pop open all the time, she insisted that it was ok for as long as I leaned back on the back rest (which wasn't consistent anyhow).
I got mad because of that and told her to put my name on the chair and that I would report her to the Better Business Bureau. She did not inform me that they would only hold my chair for 48 hours and then dispose it even though Ikea had my email and phone info. That same afternoon, I filed a complaint with their after sales customer service dept. that then ruled it as a quality issue that was covered under the 10-yr warranty. I was told that it would be forwarded to the Ikea manager for review. He also asked me where the chair was and I told him it was with the returns department.
They then decided to fix the problem by sending a repair guy... finding out eventually that the returns dept had already destroyed the chair saying that I had abandoned it and that it was their policy. If I had asked the returns lady to put my name on it and that I was going to report it, and if I had been given a complaint file number by the after sales agent who then passed it on to the manager for review, how is it NOT their fault that they failed to inform me of their 48-hour policy? How is it NOT their fault that they failed to coordinate with the returns dept? How is it NOT the manager's fault that he didn't look into it after getting the recommendation from the after sales agent?
TEXAS -- IKEA claims to be a self-service warehouse, and we found out they mean it literally. We wanted to get about $1500 worth of furniture but chose to have the IKEA staff pick it out and deliver it for which we were willing to pay extra. We thought the process started near the exit past the cash register where a sign Home Delivery was posted. Wrong. We had to go back inside to some station in the middle of the store to place the order.
The attendant was grouchy. Went to the cash register to pay but the line was long and we were short on time so we left. Came back the next day. Stood in line with our order. Then the cashier said the order was not valid because it was done the day before and told us to go back. We did and stood in line again. Cashier then told us the order was filled incorrectly by their clerk. Told her we wanted to speak to a supervisor but she refused to call anyone and just told us to go back and stand in line again.
We refused to stand in line again so I stood exactly where we were, keeping our spot, while wife went back to get the right order and had to stand in line over there because the clerk refused to handle her request until she waited her turn. We finally got out of there and wrote a letter to IKEA consumer affairs and got no answer so I looked for another place where I could file a complaint and warn others that IKEA is not a friendly store. So here I am.
Don't expect any sort of customer service there. They have well-designed products which are clever and attractive. They are cheaply built, however. If there's a problem, tough luck. And if you need something more elaborate like a kitchen, shop elsewhere unless you're ready to proceed with no help from them. They are a perfect example of "you get what you pay for."
PLYMOUTH MEETING PA -- After two visits to the store we decided on the Besta TV storage unit which was on display in the show room. Using the product literature included in the show room display we headed down to the self-service area to gather the components. Little did we know that the product was discontinued. Faithfully following the locations indicated on the product literature we searched in vain for the non-existent components. After about 30 min of very frustrating shopping I approached an IKEA associate for help. After a quick search on her computer she told me the product was discontinued.
So I realize I've wasted about 3-4 hours of my time because IKEA advertised a product for sale that was in fact not available. At that point I was extremely frustrated but still wanted the product and offered to buy the display unit at a reduced price. I was told that I needed to return to the show room and discuss my offer with the sales person. So upstairs I went only to hear from the sales person that I should have known the unit was not available. When I pointed out there was no signage she could not tell me how was supposed to know. Frustration is growing.
She asked what I wanted to correct the situation and I said I wanted to buy the display unit for a significantly reduced price. Now we head downstairs with the product on a cart to get it "valued" where I was greeted by a very uninterested employee who slapped a price on the unit. I realized I had just helped the associate move the discontinued product to the clearance area and her offer to make it right was the same price anyone could pay. The price was fair for a display unit but offered me nothing for my wasted time. I countered with a lower price and was told flatly no without any regard to my inconvenience.
There was no concession to me to make the situation right and the total disregard for my grievance is unacceptable to me. IKEA's total disregard of my wasted time which resulted from their sloppy merchandising practices is unacceptable to me. I can not imagine how I would be treated after they had my money. I can assure you they will not get any more of my money.
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK -- I ordered around 1000 worth of stuff off of their website and got an estimated delivery in about 2 weeks for a rate of $99. I was fine with it and scheduled my order. Three days later I receive an email stating something in my order may not be in stock and it might delay my order but possibly not. They did not give a quote of a new ship or arrival date, they did not say what item it was, they also did not give me any relevant information. I waited a few days and email the person back and ask them to clarify because of how vague it was.
I receive a response saying that the order is fine to ship and still estimated to deliver the original day and I should get an email when it leaves the warehouse and then it should take 2-3 days after arriving at the local delivery facility to be delivered. This would be fine except they emailed this to me 2 days before they said it was scheduled to be delivered and I still received no information on it leaving. I sent another email asking them to clarify because of the timing involved and how I was not sure if they could violate the laws of physics and space to move something instantaneously and did not receive a response.
Two more days no response so I sent another email to them and also contacted them on Twitter and Facebook for support. I received no response from any of the three sources. The delivery day comes and goes and I call Ikea and talk to them directly. They inform me everything is good and it must be at the local delivery person because they show it as filled. I argue the point and after 30 minutes they finally look into it and find out it hasn't left the warehouse. Why? Because a $10 sheet I added at checkout was out of stock in that color. Nobody called, nobody wrote, nobody could even tell me this was it?
They also informed me too much time had passed since I placed the order so I could not cancel for a full refund so the best they could do was remove the sheet from the order so that it would ship, now I have to wait 2.5 more weeks to hopefully get a delivery. I was informed that they cannot do anything to make it right until after it is delivered, so at that time I get to inspect everything and then call back again to try and get a hold of the same person to get an answer. Worst customer service I have ever used.
TEMPE, ARIZONA -- We bought a new bed frame for our son. When we went to get it delivered, and possibly assembled, the man behind the counter gave me a quote based on my total bill, not the item itself, which is incorrect based on their own rules. The assembly charge was too rich for my blood at $159, so I declined. When I got home and glanced at my receipt, I realized that I had been misinformed by the IKEA representative and that the charge should have been $89. That may not sound like a big difference, but it's the difference between reasonable and gouging in my opinion.
I tried to get the change made via phone, but got caught on IKEA's typical customer service hamster wheel and after about an hour on the phone was told the change could only be made in-store. Since we had just gotten home from IKEA, live about 20 miles away from IKEA, and I had just seriously injured my hand trying to move one of IKEA's giant boxes, I balked at having to make all the effort for something that was NOT MY FAULT BUT ENTIRELY IKEA'S.
Eventually got the frame assembled for $75 by a nice guy not affiliated with IKEA -- a fair price that demonstrates how overpriced IKEA's services are. Their customer service, too, is sorely lacking. Face it, they don't need we consumers satisfied, as they pretty much have a stranglehold on their little market niche. Nevertheless, I'll never shop there again unless I happen to be in the market for fairly cheap furniture that requires a Swedish Ph.D. to assemble and lasts about two years.
WESTCHESTER, OHIO -- I purchased the square LERHAMN dining table and there were not any screw holes for the trim to attach to the bottom of the table top. Called IKEA and was told that was normal and to install the screws with a screwdriver or a drill. So I installed the screws with a borrowed drill since I was not strong enough drive them in with a screwdriver. After all of that effort, I finally achieved full assembly just to find that the finished product had 2 manufacturing defects, that to me were not acceptable.
Called IKEA and told the customer service representative my story and he said I could return or exchange the table which meant traveling back to the store with a fully assembled table and exchange it for another one that could or could not cause me to have the same issue. I asked if it was possible to, upon me being in store with my table, to have IKEA unbox a table while at the store and have them assemble it since I'd already done it once and was told that was not possible.
I will not be purchasing anything from IKEA again. And their pricing is actually rather high for the customer to have to pull the merchandise from the shelves, load your purchases and take them home to assemble or you can make it even more expensive by paying for delivery and assembly of your purchases. Most of the merchandise is made China with the ever so Swede designer names. Find out the hard way that IKEA is not for me and cannot understand why they are so successful with all of the negative reviews. I guess IKEA does not stay afloat with repeat business.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- My wife and I traveled 2 hours to visit your store in Orlando Florida yesterday dedicating an entire day with one purpose and goal, and that was to purchase an entire bedroom set for our house. We have always spoke highly about Ikea and recommended it to everyone we know. However after the lack of customer service at this location, the rudeness of your employees, and the failure to both listen and assist us in any way we will no longer be shopping with Ikea. The experience we had yesterday with your staff and BOTH managers was the worst experience we have had at ANY public place!
After spending over 3 hours walking the store, filling our cart and picking out the items we wanted we finally made it to the warehouse level where we were to pick out the pieces we needed for the bed and dresser. At this point we were planning on spending over $1000 in your store, but after it was all said and done we left spending $0. We had written down all of the numbers for all of the pieces and started filling the flat beds with our items needed. We only had one left when we realized that what we needed was just on the 3rd shelf.... just high enough that we couldn't pull it down. At this point I went to the desk to ask for assistance.
The employee there asked what I wanted (with the attitude that I was wasting his precious time). I told him that I needed help, he looked up the part, and then informed me that it was not available. I informed him that it was only on the 3rd shelf and I just needed a hand getting it down. His response was "I won't be able to help you, better luck next time, come back tomorrow and maybe it will be lower". I was completely shocked and offended by this response! A "Customer Service" person that didn't even want to help me or even attempt it! I walked away feeling like a worthless customer.... returned to my aisle to see if I could find it somewhere else... with no result.
So then I asked another employee for help hoping that I just got one bad employee the first time. I asked him for a manager. He radioed the manager and over his radio I hear the manager say "I just talked to "That Guy" and I won't help him... tell him to come back tomorrow" Really??? I am referred to as "That Guy", not a customer? At this point I am getting very upset. I just drove 2 hours, spent 3 shopping in your store and now nobody even cares to help me with 1 item!
So I asked for another manager, still with hope that someone in your company cares about a customer that is going to spend $1000 or more! This manager was even worse. She point blank told me "There is nothing I can do for you" while looking right at the product only an arm length away! We pleaded, asked, begged even and she kept on repeating the same single line.... "There is nothing I can do for you". So, because your staff, and your company would not take one item down from only 7 feet in the air, you have now lost over $1000 in sales.... like your company even cares I am sure.
After multiple attempts to find another solution your manager did inform us that It could be shipped... for another $200! Let me ask you this, if you went to a store and saw the product you wanted, could even touch it let's say and this happened to you, would you accept a $200 shipping fee because they wouldn't help you take it off a shelf? NO... but of course if you are an Ikea employee you would think that this was just all OK just like driving another 4 hours the next day is just all OK as well! To top it off, because I was so visible upset... your manager called security to escort us out of the building. Great job Ikea... Great job caring for your customer.
I don't expect a response to this email because apparently it is your "Company Policy" to not care about your customers that drive a long distance to shop at your store, or even plan on spending hard earned money with you. We went to Target and they were happy to help us get our product that was "Not where we could get it down" and even loaded it in our car for us. You will not see us again, and I will make sure to post this everywhere I can. I am also going to contact the BBB because this was by far the worst experience I could have ever imagined... Period. You have lost a "Customer"... like you even care.
CANTON, MICHIGAN -- We have purchased and installed the Kvartal style 3 track hanging blind system in our kitchen. The plastic interlock tabs to move the 3 hanging panels keep breaking. There is one store in Burlington, Ontario 3-1/2 hours away and one in Canton, Michigan one hour away (closest stores). We have been to both twice with no success at obtaining these plastic clips which eventually break (in about a month or two if you get that far) such that you have to handle each panel individually by grabbing them which dirties and bends them - not a great practice.
The frustration is that Ikea does not have part numbers for these clips so instead you have to buy the entire track setup. If they have returns of these tracks or open boxes with missing parts they'll take all these parts and throw them in a bin which they will let you look through to find what you hope you will find - yeah, good luck! One time we were able to do this - miracle of all miracles! These clips again lasted about a month. I have tried to glue them but the type of plastic used does not lend itself to Super Glue or epoxy or any other glue I can find or think of. This is just a poor design or poor choice of polymers.
Phone calls and emails to Ikea Customer (NON) Service have been nothing short of dismal and frustrating. I would like to be able to get several parts and willing to pay for them. I would like to help Ikea make this otherwise good overall product better by letting them know they have a problem with these clips that they should redesign. They understand my problem and frustration but can do absolutely NOTHING nor will they try on either point.
I have never seen such stupidity, such poor product control (no part numbers - you have to copy the assembly instructions and circle the nameless part (not even a Swedish name for it) and show it to them so they will know what you are even looking for). Be careful what you buy at Ikea - it is seemingly cost efficient and reasonably good looking merchandise but if you have to return it or replace something, and if you expect it to last you are really out of your mind with those expectations. They rank among the worst customer service I have encountered and only rivaled by Samsung Customer Non Service - which is an whole other story or stories that you can internet search.
FRISCO, TEXAS -- My husband and I bought a Hemnes 3 drawer chest last weekend at the Frisco, TX IKEA. We had our 15 yr old grandson with us. We brought the chest home and when we opened it yesterday and laid all the parts out we discovered that the drawers were missing and there were no instructions. I called customer service IKEA and was transferred to a "After Sales" customer service line where no one was available and so I had to leave a message.
This morning we boxed up the chest and drove the 40 miles back to the store (closest one to us). When we got to the store we saw where NOW there are signs saying "Note this comes in 2 boxes". These signs were NOT there when we bought the chest. Between three of us we would have seen them and they were very noticeable today. While I was waiting my turn in the Customer service department I noticed a man who had brought the very same chest in and had to be given the second box which he apparently didn't get the first time either.
Since it took us 40 miles to get there, along with gas spent and a toll road I asked the man at customer service (who had explained all we needed was the second box) if we could exchange it for one of the 5 I saw in the store that were already assembled. There were 3 in the warehouse and 2 on the showroom floor. He said "no you can't do that." I explained we had gone to great trouble to bring the thing back and that she signs were not posted last week. He said "Well, there are signs in the store that said be sure and get your second box." I told him that when we purchased the chest that sign was not there. He said "Well, I don't know if it was there or not".
He said the only way we could purchased an assembled one was if it was in the "Returns and buy as is" section and he didn't think there was one back there but he would go check. He was gone for a few minutes and came back up with the second box with the drawers and said "Here you go all you need is this". I asked him if he didn't think that the cashiers should be aware or made aware when an item has a second box and should check before the customer leaves. He said "Well, most of the cashiers are brand new and don't know to do that".
I asked if he was aware of Ikea Frisco's customer service reviews. He said "Yes". I said "They aren't very good". He said "That's because the only people who say anything have something negative to say and that satisfied customers don't write a review." I told him that that I wrote positive reviews if I thought it was warranted. My point is not that we were not allowed to purchase an assembled one after the trouble, time and money it took us. It was the response we got from this young man. Not once did he say "I'm sorry about that."
When I asked him if the cashiers should be aware of the system of the number of boxes he didn't say "Yes, ma'am I will bring that up with my manager". His flippant remark about the cashiers being new and didn't know and his flippant remark about the Frisco's store's customer service review is the reason that store doesn't have good customer service reviews. We had the choice of keeping the chest and accepting the second box or returning the item.
Because of this guy's lack of customer service I decided I didn't want to mess with it. What if there was a part missing from the second box? There would be another 80 mile round trip, toll road fee, time and gas spent. In addition, on our way home I realized that I had a message on my phone from a customer service representative from the phone call I made last night. They left no extension but a message telling me that I probably had only got one of two boxes and I just needed to return to the store for the other box. When I tried to call that number back I was redirected to the 888 main number which I called in the first place only to get another recording.
Needless to say I did not bother to leave a message. Now, just as the young man said, I will be one of the people with something to complain about. Had he even bothered to ask someone if we could purchase one of the assembled chests, apologized and acknowledged that the cashier could have caught that mistake I might have been writing a positive review.