ROHNERT PARK, CALIFORNIA -- In one of Levitz's March ads inserted in our newspaper, they advertised an outdoor bench we were interested in. That same weekend the ad ran, we went to the store, but were told they had not received them yet and to come back in a week. Now usually, that would be enough for us to just walk away, but we really liked this bench so we came back the following weekend. Surprise - still no benches in stock, but they could order one for us. Only problem was, we either had to drive to their warehouse in Dublin (several hours away)to pick it up or it could be delivered to our house for only $35 (the bench cost $120)!
When we asked if they couldn't just deliver it to the store for pickup, they said they could but that would be another $25. Frustrated, but determined we stated we would buy the bench, but would like it delivered to the store. The very apathetic sale person started to enter the order into the computer and lo and behold the benches were on back order till June.
However, we could pay now and wait till June to get one. Knowing how easily furniture stores go out of business, we were not about to do that. At that point, we asked if we could buy the floor model and were told by a manager that they needed it on display for future customers. Yes, that would be those same customers that find out it's an extra 30% for delivery (not mentioned in the ad) and that they would have to wait at least 4 months to receive their purchase (also not mentioned in the ad). By the way, we were the only customers in the store on a Sunday afternoon and yet they sent us away empty handed instead of making a sale.
CALIFORNIA -- I spent several horrible years working for Levitz, and from seeing the inside of the company, I would not recommend shopping there. First off, for all of you who are receiving damaged furniture and dealing with incompetent customer service people you need to know that half the people who work in the distribution facilities are on drugs (maybe more than half)! Every manager knows it, but the company would not pay for drug testing. That is part of the reason I left. The guys who handle your furniture in the warehouse are high on marijuana, and drunk too, driving the machines. We regularly found 40oz beer bottles thrown under the aisles of the warehouse.
The delivery drivers who come to your home are contracted, obtained by the lowest bidding contractor and that is why 90% of them are unprofessional and incompetent. Many of them were found peeing in front of peoples' homes and in their bushes. In addition, Levitz has no formal training for customer care or management, and that is why you get all the rude treatment and no one ever seems to know what is going on.
Yes, the solution to finding your furniture you were expecting to have delivered consists of wandering the warehouse because some doped-up warehouse guy put your sofa up and didn't note where it went. I hope not all Levitz facilities were as crazy as the one I worked in, but just from seeing how the corporate side fails to support the quality of your furniture's handling tells me this may be across the board. I have moved on in my life, and am happy at a new job, but I just wanted to shed some light on the internal problems with the company.
I second the feelings of the writer of the complaint regarding Levitz's insurance company Stainsafe. I signed up and sure as the sun rises. A problem arose on the leather chair. After lots of calls, someone finally came out and replaced it. Wow it works. Or so I thought, a tear was found on the leather couch, though it was small, I called and called and called. I thought they were out of business. I gave up calling. So after five months I tried it again. I got through I gave them the info filled out their claim form and was advised that because I hadn't reported it to them in five days of it happening my claim was disallowed... never mind I couldn't get through for five months..
Put on a supervisor. Sorry.. see line 10 ( five days or too bad). A lesson learned. Lots of months later I found a tear on the top of my leather ottoman. I was on the phone and stayed on it for six hours of steady, every 3 to 5 minutes of dialing. I finally got through did the paper work and was advised if my paper work was not to them in thirty days the whole thing would be tossed. I had it in the mail the next day. I have waited for 3 months with no reply, no service technical, no nothing.
On June 25 (Sunday they are closed) my wife said look the couch is peeling in an area you couldn't see without lifting the cushions. I was on the phone Monday at 7:30am Calif time, again, calling every 3 to 4 minutes. Finally at 3:20pm I got through. I asked about my claim on the ottoman I was advised to write a letter to check on it... NICE. I then asked to put in a claim for the peeling on the couch and was advised it was also disallowed because I didn't notice when the damage started so it must be out of the five day period. I found it the day before. What a bunch of **. I asked to speak to a supervisor. They advised that they were all busy. No ** doubt.
I called the Florida / Better Business Bureau and via a recording. They advised" this company is "negatively rated" with eight complaints about their service being lodged". All of which have not been responded to by the company. My thought.. burn any money you contemplate spending on the boiler room insurance plans. This insurance is crap.. Even Levitz advised me that this company is no longer used by them due to their service make that non- service...
CONNECTICUT -- I too have had nothing but trouble since ordering from Levitz. In short we ordered a dinning room table and buffet on July 6th 2005, and after multiple delays it was finally delivered on Dec 3 2005... of course damaged. I am still waiting for a replacement glass door. I can understand delays in production, but what is inexcusable is the 1/2+ hour that I needed to wait on the phone every time I called, as well as the rude, misleading and downright lies that customer service representatives provide customers. Even at the supervisory level there is nothing but deceit.
I'm sure many of you have talked to **... well after hearing her give me the runaround multiple times I went so far as my read the companies mission statement verbatim to her in which it says customers are are #1 priority. There form of compensation... merchandise certificates for a future purchase. That really doesn't help me. This company has very misleading business practices and I urge people to think twice about ordering anything from them. In fact during the total liquidation sale at one of their closing stores I saw the exact set that I waited 5 months for with its price marked up... FOR A FLOOR MODEL!!!!!!
I do offer a suggestion... I have learned to ask to speak to the customer service manager **. He has actually been helpful and I received some positive results from dealing directly with him. I hope this helps as there are too many of us out there that have been burned by this company.
BREA, CALIFORNIA -- I purchase an entertainment center from Levitz on August 31st (which was paid in full at time of purchase) with a delivery date of October 8th (merchandise had to be ordered). I received via email and form letter that my delivery date had been rescheduled to October 16th, then October 26th, then November 12th, then November 23rd. When calling to confirm the new date, I was informed that it would be "sometime at the end of December".
I contacted the store for assistance, the saleslady Ann told me she would find out what was up and call me back. Four days later, not hearing back from her, I went into the store. She acted like she had never even met me!! (I spent over $6000.00 with her).
My husband and I decided it was not worth it and cancelled the order on November 13th. I received a refund receipt from the store stating that the check would be cut and mailed out on November 28th. The store manager ** informed me that that was the soonest a check could be cut. But wait, it gets better!!!!!
On December 12th I contacted customer service to find out where my check was, I was told that there was no refund scheduled in the month of November, was told that the check would be cut on the 20th of December. When I called again on the 20th, I was told that the refund would be issued on Jan 3rd 2006!!! I insisted on speaking with a supervisor, I was put through to a ** who told me that checks weren't cut on Tuesdays, only on Thursdays. She ASSURED me that the refund would be processed on the 22nd, which is today.
I called this a.m to confirm and she wouldn't ever come to the phone, they dropped me in her voice mail, I asked her to please return my call. HA HA HA HA!!!!!!! After 4 hours I called back and was told again by yet another person that the refund was scheduled for Jan 3rd, I asked for ** again and was told that they didn't know her or her extension. Amazingly, no other supervisors were available to speak to me. The customer service rep then told me that he called accounting and got the date moved up to the 28th! Boy do I feel special!!! They have had my money since August 31st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUYERS BEWARE.
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA -- My husband and I moved here in October with a transfer through the military. We had zero furniture as we are newly weds and we were very excited to begin the process of furnishing our new home. So we decided to give Levitz Furniture a try, despite the one bad review on Yahoo.com (I had not seen this site yet, I'm sorry to say.)
We purchased a sofa set at $2000.00 and waited for our delivery set for mid-November. It wasn't but a week later that we received a notice about our delivery date changing to December 8, 2005. I called this week to make sure and now they're saying Jan. 4, 2006.
I called customer service and, you guessed it, no one new a thing. They offered a $175.00 gift certificate for another purchase and I said, "For what? Another 3 month or so wait?" I talked to a Miss ** claiming to be Assistant to the President and she said there was nothing she could do but offer the gift or we could pick out another couch in stock or we could cancel the order. When I called back to cancel the order, she refused my call and had a CSR tell me I had to go to the store to cancel the order even though she said she would cancel it if I called back.
I gathered all the information I could before driving to the store and made an appointment with a JAG Lawyer just in case I needed some back up. To shorten the story, we received a full refund on our cancellation (They hired at least one intelligent person) after many attempts on their part to assure us it would PROBABLY only be two weeks until we received the furniture but we weren't going to risk it with all of these reviews!
Thank you to all the others who wrote about their experiences with this company. It just may have been too late if we wouldn't have been able to cancel the order before they delivered it (most likely damaged). If you're considering Levitz Furniture, do your research and trust your fellow consumers. Levitz is filing bankruptcy according to their website as part of a restructuring plan, but I will never put my money where there mouth is!
WOODINVILLE, WASHINGTON -- My husband and I found a leather sofa set that we liked in Bellevue, WA on Dec 10, 2004. We had just moved into a new home and needed to furnish an extra family room. The merchandise was just over $3,000, some of the most expensive items in the store. The salesperson ** advised us to purchase a leather protection plan.
We asked to see the details. She said she could not give us anything in writing that day because Levitz was in the process of switching vendors. She would send it soon, but that it was a very good plan covering any kind of damage… stains, burns, cuts, rips, tears, scratches, scrapes… we said we had a cat with back claws, maybe it would be a good thing. She encouraged us more. So we did it and bought a protection plan for an extra $350+. *LIE #1*
Furniture was delivered with some minor damage to the corners. I asked the delivery people to take it back. They said… “you bought the protection plan, right?" I said I did but I didn't have any paperwork on it yet. They wrote the 800 number down on a slip of paper for me and said to call them… that they'd cover everything. *LIE 2*
I said I might not get to it for a while… new house, holidays, etc. They said no problem. *LIE #3* Finally, I got around to calling the protection number… kids put a scrape on the backside of the sofa… gave me reason to get them out here. It was almost a year later. I had no idea this would be a problem.
Following the steps for getting a claim underway, I called the store and spoke with ** about getting a copy of that paperwork I had never received. She agreed to send me the details and added, “oh, yeah, they'll be great about that… Scratches, scrapes… it should all be covered.” *LIE #4*
After receiving the paperwork I learned about what it would and wouldn't cover. Turns out it doesn't cover delivery damage, doesn't cover cat damage, doesn't cover scratches or scrapes of any kind... I filed a claim, which was rejected of course, then I called the store again and spoke with Scammer ** and Manager ** about my concern.
That I had been sold something based on mistruths, which were further reinforced by the delivery people, leading me to delay seeking repairs on delivery damage through proper channels in a proper timeframe. I wanted my money back for the protection plans… I wouldn't have purchased them if the store had been truthful to me. Manager ** said I needed to call customer service. *LIE 5*
** at Customer Service told me that the store should credit me if I was given misinformation. *LIE #6* I called the store again, they referred me back to customer service. ** then recanted and said she never said the plan would cover cat scratches. *LIE #7* Spoke to ** at customer service on Nov 23, who said she'd confer with ** and call me back today, Nov 29. *LIE #8*
I received no call, so I called customer service once again and spoke to ** who finally told me part of the ugly truth. Levitz would not refund my money, would not repair the delivery damage, and said that if she were me she would have read the fine print more closely. She would not have trusted the word of the salespeople or the delivery people.
I called guardsman and asked for information about making a complaint about one of their business alliance channels misrepresenting them. The rest of the ugly truth was revealed: Guardsman is no longer doing business through Levitz as of Oct 2004. BAD CONSUMER COMPANY. They'll go down; it's just a matter of time. Eventually we smart and not-so-smart consumers will starve them out by warning fellow buyers. Good riddance.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- I see I am not the only victimized consumer who paid Levitz and months later has still had no delivery! I shopped online at Furniture.com but decided to go to the showroom in Queens before buying. On August 27, 2005 I paid for my sofa and was told that it would be delivered September 23rd. I asked if there was any way I could get it earlier since I was buying it to help alleviate my lower back pain, but I was assured this was the first possible date. Then, I received a letter saying the "anticipated delivery date" was now Sept. 30, than another letter saying October. Then another saying November 11.
A few days before Nov 11th I could not believe it; but my sofa was now really coming, or so I thought. I called to find out whether it would be delivered in the morning or afternoon and I was told it was scheduled for Nov 12th despite my having told the sales person that my coop does not allow weekend deliveries. The recording said I could select another date, so I confirmed delivery for the first available weekday which was Nov 16, 2005. Today, Nov 12 I called to find out if the delivery was anticipated in the morning or afternoon, and the machine said my new "anticipated" delivery date was now Jan 4, 2006.
4.5 months after they processed my credit card and they won't even commit to that date. They clearly feel that they have my money and they can just string me along month by month and deliver it whatever month and what ever year they please without an explanation. They continue to sell that very sofa on furniture.com which claims the following: I have cut and pasted this section for you:
At Furniture.com, deliveries are fast - in days, not months as with some stores. When will my order be delivered? Because Furniture.com works with local retailers, your furniture will be delivered fast, directly from local warehouses. Plus, we let you choose the delivery date before you check out so there's never a question as to when you'll receive your furniture. When you click "Proceed to Checkout" from your Shopping Cart, we check the inventory at a warehouse near you, and check the times that delivery teams will be in your neighborhood.
On the first page of the order process, we'll show you the earliest date your furniture is available. On the second page of the order process, once you've entered your exact address, we let you select a delivery date that is convenient for you. At Furniture.com, we want you to know exactly when you can get your furniture, and let you choose a convenient day to receive it. Sounds simple, but we're the only furniture website that offers this level of visibility and flexibility.
Today I called the showroom and the sales person I purchased it from told me he could not talk to me as he was with a customer but would call me right back. It is 9 pm. He could not even bother to call back. Please reply immediately to confirm you will deliver the sofa on the November 16th, 2005 date that was confirmed to me earlier this week.
NEWARK, DELAWARE -- Well, I am just adding to the numbers. My husband and I went to the Levitz near our home to purchase two sofas. We saw something that we liked but it was a sofa that had a "movable chaise". What that boils down to is that there is a longer cushion that sits on top of an ottoman with two normal cushions. They are all interchangeable. We did not want the chaise - just a "normal" sofa with three cushions the same size. This became a special order and it seems that this special order is being made on the space station!
We were told 4-6 weeks. I even though that was a long time to come up with two "normal" cushions but I could live with that. At five weeks, we started disposing of the furniture that occupied the room that would house the new sofas. At six weeks we received a letter apologizing for our inconvenience and it offered us 10% off a future purchase of $1,000 or more that needed to be used by Aug 15th. This was their attempt to help me regain my confidence in the store. Oh, OK, I will give you $900.00 more to make me feel better! When I looked up my order on the computer it gave Dec of 2049 as the expected delivery date and I am beginning to believe it!!
I got in touch with corporate and the woman there thanked me for my information and told me special orders can actually take 12 weeks! This is for two cushions!!!! We just got back from the store and after dealing with an ever so pleasant salesman (yes, that is sarcasm) I know nothing more than I did the day I walked out after placing my order. He has no way of knowing much of anything!
This is so frustrating and now I am really worried because the "in stock" sofa with the chaise is not even on the sales floor anymore. My husband asked what happens after 12 weeks if this is not in and his response was "that never happens." I am going to print out all of your nightmares and storm the fort for sure!! Corporate in Woodbury, NY will probably gain the honor of becoming a speed dial number on my phone! This is unbelievable!
FAIRFIELD, NEW JERSEY -- How can a company maintain good customer service relationships without employing customer service representatives? I recently purchased a number of items at your store in Fairfield, NJ, and had a pleasant experience during my visit; however, I first received a message that two of the chairs could not be delivered because of 'illegal practices by the vendor.' What does this mean? I received a phone call from the shipping department the day before the other items were to be delivered, and they gave me a SIX HOUR window to be at home from work to wait for the furniture.
When the furniture arrived, one piece was severely damaged and one was missing. When I called the customer service number, I had to wait an hour and a half on hold. Again, when the shipping company called to notify me of my '4 hour delivery window' as is stated on the contract, I am told to be at home from 8am to 2pm on a week day.
I have a job, as I assume most of your customers do, and to stay home two full days because of your mistakes and bad business practices is a lot to ask. The shippers told me to call the customer service number to schedule a Saturday delivery; however, when I called, I waited another hour on hold. When I asked the operator how many representatives were working, he replied 'not very many.'
I used to like to shop at your stores, because I could pick the furniture up myself at your warehouse. Now, with your new policies, you state you must deliver. I haven't even mentioned the fact that I am being charged an unbelievable amount for the convenience of home delivery. I think in the future I will go somewhere else for furniture. At the very least I would like a response from your company regarding this incident. Thank you for your time.