IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- "Levitz is the best store ever. The furniture is of superb quality, and the customer service staff is of the highest professional standard. I recommend Levitz to all my friends." If you read or hear anything like that, then you should know it is likely from some poor soul working on behalf of Levitz, or someone with a severe mental disorder.
My experience with Levitz was no better than many of the reports you may have already read. I purchased an entertainment center for about $1700. As it was being delivered, the delivery guy said in broken English "it has a scratch". The "scratch" was actually lying on the ground in the form of a chunk of particle-board, about 2-inch square, and a half-inch deep; it had broken from the side of one of the two towers. I rejected that piece, in lieu of a replacement.
But I soon realized that I had purchased glorified junk from just south of the border, composed of: particle-board, the cheapest hardware that one can imagine (not likely to be found at any reputable hardware store in the U.S.); poorly fitting parts; and very sloppy workmanship. I spent about two weeks replacing cheap - and often misapplied - hardware, applying touch-up stain, and reinforcing the particle-board material to make the pieces less rickety. By the time the replacement tower arrived, two months later, I had noticed that the TV base doors were warped and did not shut well, so I requested replacements for them as well.
On the day we received the final replacements (it always takes at least 2 months), and completed the assembly, it became apparent that the stains used on the separate pieces were of varying color and tone - some were semi-gloss Mahogany Red, and others were a dull brown. So, I had to beg for more replacement parts.
Nine months after placing the initial order, I continue hoping to get satisfaction from Levitz's "Customer Service" department; which is another topic of its own. My notes show that I have made no less than 18 calls to Levitz concerning the problems, and each call seems to have a minimum mandatory waiting time not less than 20 minutes, before a person answers.
A few of the personnel in the "Customer Service" Department try to be helpful and courteous, to some degree. But they do not represent the majority; many seem to be carrying on other unrelated activities (e.g., muffled laughing and whispering) as they listen to the caller, and some seem to take pleasure in irritating the caller by reading scripted lines in condescending tone, and talking over the caller.
Of course, they have probably had an abundance of experience irritating dissatisfied customers - so that they will go away. So, heed the warnings, and save yourself from the disappointment & headache. Don't try to save money by making yourself miserable for months to come. THERE ARE MANY BETTER PLACES TO SHOP!
KING OF PRUSSIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- I bought living room furniture 2yrs. ago from the King of Prussia store in Penna. I also purchased the 7 yr. warranty. What a waste of money!! I called the phone number on the warranty slip and all I got was... "please hold" etc. I finally spoke to someone & I explained that the finish is chipping off the surface in a few sections of all the tables. They told me that it was a manufacturer problem & to contact the store where I purchased them. I called the KOP store & they gave me the phone # for the Presidential line in NY since the store no longer has Safeguard as their warranty co.
Well it was nice to know that I was never notified that this co. would no longer handle any claims for Levitz. So I called the Presidential line and they not only put me on hold for about 45 min. but the woman was rude and kept stating that it could not have starting chipping within the 5 day period that they ask you to report any incidents. Well, I told her this is the day I noticed it and I am reporting it. She still went on & on about it could not of just happened. Well it did just happened.
If I was away on vacation or on business, and I called to report this, who wants to hear about this so called 5 day period they give you. She also said the warranty has expired & that it was for only 1 yr. By this time I was so hot & I hung up. I called the KOP store and spoke to Manager Deb about 2 wks ago. She assured me that she would have someone call me back that could help me. Well no one has called yet.
I am fed up. I will personally go to the store this Sat. and request something to be done. At this point, what does that 5 day period mean anyway when they can't even return a phone call. So much time a wasting. I am contacting the BBB and also the Consumer Hot Line at Channel 6 News.
January 27, 2006 - Well after all this time it did not surprise me that Levitz was going out of business. Since I last reported, I have received my warranty check for the cocktail tables. I am still in dispute with the credit card co. Since I received my check, they also debited my credit card. I still have a pending claim through the Attorney General's Office & I not only want the money back for the tables, but also the refund on the warranty for the furniture as well, since I see no reason to have to deal with this other company. I will keep you posted. Good luck to all of you!!!
PORTLAND, OREGON -- I placed an order on December 13, 2004 from my local Levitz retail store. The salesman was incredibly polite and helpful. That is not where the problem lies. Once an order has been placed, you are given a date on which your merchandise will be delivered. No time window is set until 24 hours before the delivery date. Once a time has been set, you cannot change it. My delivery date was set for 1/17/2005. I tried calling their customer service number 1-866-538-4891 on Saturday 1-15-2005. I was on hold for so long I had to hang up. I called again Sunday 1-16-2005 at 10:00am. I had to hang up after I had been on hold for an hour and fifteen minutes.
I called back at noon and had to hang up 45 minutes later. I called at 1:00 and someone finally answered at 1:47pm. I asked to speak to a supervisor. Supervisor Martha ** got on the line and was one of the most unprofessional people I have ever come across. She interrupted me not more than eight times. I asked her 4 out of the 8 times to not interrupt me.
Martha ** informed me that the delivery time cannot be changed because it was set as of this day. I explained to her how many times and days I tried to contact them and that I am not responsible for their hold time or policies. She informed me that there was nothing she could do. Not only was she rude and unapologetic, she lacked any evidence of a supervisor on a customer service level. True their furniture is cheap in the whole sense, but I knew that going in. What bothers me is that there is no customer service at the 800# that is worth this type of headache. Think twice before giving this company your money.
UPDATE: After all the headaches I have been through, it got worse. Less than 24 hours before my delivery was to be sent, they called. They said my couch was damaged and they would not be able to deliver it. I said "Of course it was damaged. I wouldn't expect anything less from Levitz." I told them to cancel the entire order. They were SHOCKED! Too bad. After reading other complaints about Levitz and their damaging practices, I had the good sense to turn them away. In a way I feel lucky to have the opportunity get out of dealing with Levitz. Let's see how long it takes to receive a full refund. I'll keep you posted.
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.
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.
NEWHALL, CALIFORNIA -- In October 2005 I purchased a reclining sofa and a reclining chair from Levitz total cost over $2000.00. Levitz filed chapter 11 the week before I purchased. The first week the sofas hardware fell out. And the seams opened. Levitz sent a tech out 6 times to repair... while I missed work to sit home and wait.
Now the chair keeps breaking. Levitz is now telling me (keep in mind I purchased an extended warranty plan) They will not fix it because they can not order the part. The set is 11 months old. And they can't get the part??? Decoro the manufacturer will not fix because their repair contract is with Levitz!!! it just keeps getting better. Levitz will give me $350.00 store credit LOL!!!!! I paid over $700.00 for the chair alone!!!! LOL I do not need store credit. I need the chair fixed. Levitz says they do not have to honor the old companies policy...
Well when you buy a company you buy their mess as well. I think a class action lawsuit is in order. I purchased with a Levitz credit card and have another year to pay. The items are defective and Levitz will not fix. I paid over $200.00 for the extended service plan that covers the set for 7 years. Only to be told now they will not cover anything sold under the old Levitz.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- I bought a mattress set last week at the store near Union Square in NYC, and the salespeople told me an elaborate story about how the truck gets to the store at 8:00 a.m., drops off new merchandise, picks up deliveries, and is on the road by 9:00 a.m. They told me that I would be the first delivery and promised to be thereby 11:00 a.m. today.
Well, guess what! The store doesn't even open until 10:00 a.m., and that is when the truck first gets there. Nor was I the first delivery. By the time they got to my house at 1:45 p.m., I was long gone. But not before I called the store and spoke to the manager, who told me that I was a liar and that the salespeople would not have told me that. I just went to Macy's and got a much better mattress, at a great price, from a truthful salesperson, with free delivery. Levitz totally sucks!
GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA -- Purchased over 3000.00 of furniture from Levitz in May 2005 and was delivered in June 2006. In less than a year the furniture is broken down and of very poor quality. Called to have furniture returned and was told due to Levitz filing bankruptcy in October 2005 the new owners will not stand behind the warranty provided when the furniture was purchased. The warranty at the time was within 1 year of delivery date.
I called before the year and was told that I was an OLD customer and if the company had not restructured that there would not be anybody to complain to. And that I should be lucky that they will try and fix the furniture. They did send a tech out to the house that said the furniture was broken down and the beginning of May 2006 new parts were ordered for the 2 leather DeCoro chairs.
As of July 14 2006 have not received the parts when I contacted customer service was told all they could do was put a track on my items. I don't want the furniture fixed I want it returned and my money refunded. I have filed many complaints on many different web sites about Levitz as I want the consumer to know what a terrible company they are. Check out other places to buy furniture and do not buy any extended warranty as Levitz is a big rip-off!! Consumers you have been warned!!!!
HUDSON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY -- If you are willing to buy from this store, keep in mind that they are very likely to make changes at will to the initially promised delivery time. They may promise delivery for next month, but each time you get an e-mail from them, it is certainly bad news: last one was to "let me know" that the delivery date changed to TWO MONTHS after the originally scheduled time (which, in my opinion, was given me out of nowhere just to sell the product).
So if you expect to have furniture any time soon, choose another place. Also, you don't want to depend on their unreachable customer service. Last time I called to cancel my order, I was put on hold for more than 45 minutes. Although I really liked the sofa I saw in the store, I am cancelling my order since I do not want to risk having to depend on them again in case the product has any defect (would probably take another 6 months to fix/replace it).
WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK -- This morning I received my 8th delivery delay notification. Order Submitted: Tuesday, September 13th. Delivery Date: Wednesday, February 8th. I moved into a new house in early Sept and got a new sectional for it. If it wasn't an exceptional couch I would just cancel my order and get something from somewhere else. But I got sucked in and really fell in love with this couch.
With each delay notice I've tried to contact Levitz to see what can be done, they always say there is nothing they can do because the customer service reps don't have that type of information, yet there is nobody in the company that they can refer me to. It's frustrating beyond belief. I've just sent out a nasty email to them (which will probably not be read), but I will most likely be cancelling my order with them this weekend after reading some of the awful reviews on this site.