FLORIDA -- On September 10th of last year, our house was robbed and my beloved HP laptop was stolen. When we got our settlement, I set about looking for a new laptop. At that time, HP was not offering the Vista downgrade to XP, so I had to look elsewhere. On the basis of the facts that Iâd heard and read a great deal of good things about Lenovo, I decided to purchase from Lenovo.
I placed my order on October 15th. A few weeks later my order began arriving in Bits and Pieces. Over the course of a couple of weeks I received everything I ordered except Corel Draw Graphics Suite 4, which was priced so low I HAD to have it.
Within a week the problems started. The remote keyboard typed jibberish, the computer frequently âblue screenedâ and the card reader slot was either not what I ordered or didnât seem to be working properly. The only instructions I could find were loaded on the computer and they were general, not product specific and about as clear as mud. In addition, the program I HAD to have was being delayed.
I called customer service. English was clearly not their native language so communication was iffy at best. It was obvious they were working with the same set of instructions I was from the lack of information they were imparting to me. They seemed to feel that if they repeated themselves enough, I would go away. I did, in frustration.
Oh, and that program? It was delayed again.
I decided to try to tackle the blue screen issue on my own. I educated myself all about blue screens and what caused them. Since the machine was not that old, there couldnât be too many causes. I began writing down each error so I could trace the cause. I updated all drivers, unloaded and reloaded programs, etc.
A few weeks later, the program was delayed again, the card slot was still not working and I could not for the life of me find any instructions for my model. I called customer service again. They could not help me with the card reader slot and all they would tell me was the ship date on my program had been moved back again. I asked why and they had no answer. I asked to speak with a supervisor and kept asking to speak with a supervisor until I got someone who understood English, wouldnât keep repeating the same lame excuses and who could answer some questions.
We'll call him CSR1. CSR1 assured me they would replace the keyboard and repair or replace the card reader slot. When I explained my frustration about the delays in getting Corel Draw 4 when I could go to my local electronics store and buy it off the shelf in a matter of hours, he suggested I do just that and send him the receipt and he would reimburse me the difference. He also said he would remove that item from my order. At the time, it seemed like a great solution.
I got an email telling me the order would be cancelled. The packing slip arrived in a timely fashion and I sent out my computer with high hopes that this would all be over soon, and after months without a working computer, all would be well.
In the meantime I received the packing slip for the keyboard, but had not sent it out. I also bought the Corel Draw 4 and emailed the receipt to CSR1, which he acknowledged.
When my computer was returned, the slot was exactly the same. There were no instructions included, the blue screen errors that were a minor nuisance before were now happening almost every time I turned on the machine. (I didnât ask them to look at that problem when I sent it in the first time. I admit that was my mistake.) I couldnât get anything done without it shutting down.
I emailed my man CSR1 again and explained the situation. He acted like heâd never heard of me and sent out a rather curt response.
This time I got upset. I sent back an email reminding him of his promises and the deal we had, also pointing out that he had confirmed receipt of my receipt for purchase of the program.
He sent back an apologetic letter, admitting he had forgotten who I was and what we had agreed on. He further suggested that at this point it would be best for Lenovo to just replace the machine. He asked if I would make any modifications to my original order. I asked for one small modification, but told him if he couldnât arrange that, I would be OK with it. All I really wanted at that point was a working machine and my reimbursement for what I spent on Corel.
A few days later I got a call from a CSR2 at Lenovo asking where the keyboard was. I called her back, got her voicemail and left a message explaining that since I would be sending the computer back as well per my correspondence with CSR1, I was waiting for the packing slip for the computer so I could make one trip to the UPS/Fed Ex place.
And that was the last Iâve heard from anyone at Lenovo. Itâs now been 6 weeks and I have no packing slips, no check and no response to either phone calls or emails.
Yesterday I received a copy of Corel Draw 3 from Lenovo. I called CSR1 and asked him what was going on and would he PLEASE return my call or email me, just to let me know what is going on.
Still nothing. Now Lenovo has laid off half their American employees and are focusing on China. They have restructured their business and who knows if CSR1 still works there?
In the meantime, I have lost almost $1000.00 worth of business because of this. I have filed a complaint with the state of Floridaâs consumer help line and Iâm considering hiring a lawyer.