SHREWSBURY, MA -- If I could have given these guys zero stars I would have. We went to look at low-cost flooring in the showroom to see what it looks like in person and decided that it was not what we wanted. Since we were working with a budget we were going to wait on doing all hardwood flooring. Instead the salesman talked us into going with the next grade up, or so we thought. When we got it home it was exactly what we didn't want and looked just like the lower grade sample in the store. The higher grade sample on display in the store looked nothing like what we got.
At least 30 % of the 1st box we opened was horrible. When I called the store the next day, chris, the manager said the salesman was upselling us, but they refused to admit it was shady and if we wanted to return it we could, with a 20% restocking fee. So here we were stuck with flooring we would never put in our house. Chris the manager told my fiancé (when he called to try to reason with them, after I got nowhere) he could upgrade the flooring to the select style for less than the restocking fee. We had to bring the original flooring 900 sq ft back to the store.
My feeling on this is that we were scammed, sold us bad flooring knowing we won't use it and then make us choose between spending another $800 on decent flooring or getting stiffed on 20% restock fee of $790. I contacted the back office and they refused to help us. Do not use lumber liquidators!!!
LONGMONT, COLORADO -- I purchased about 250 sf of hardwood for a section of my house. The delay of extensive, it took over 4 weeks to arrive at the store. I was called once that the product was in store only to get notified it was a mistake and had not arrived yet. Once the wood arrived and I took home, the quality of the wood was terrible. Do not leave store before checking the quality of the product. I would never shop at this or any Lumber Liquidator store again.
SARASOTA, FLORIDA -- I would advise anyone thinking of doing business with this company to think twice. Many problems have developed in a month's time with engineered hardwood flooring from this company. They will not stand by their product or warranty... Do yourself a huge favor and AVOID this company and their products at all costs.
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN -- My wife and I went to Lumber Liquidators in GB Wis. to buy bamboo flooring. We did some research - it was going into our bedroom. We liked the looks of it, great price, so we took the chance. The salesman helped us with the dimensions and quantity to the plank. Yes, when we finished we had exactly one plank leftover. The stranded click went in ok, a few boards had unusual markings but used those for cut ups and closet areas.
They say easy installation with the click lock, but I highly recommend hiring a professional. We did. We acclimated the planks 2 weeks as recommended. Overall this is a stunningly beautiful floor. I guess time will tell how it holds up. One little problem we noticed is that the floor makes a cracking sound, hopefully will settle out..
CALIFORNIA -- Do not buy from Lumber Liquidators. This wood is garbage. I bought the wood and when the installer started putting it together, he notice something and show me the wood is cut at different widths. It's off 1/8 so it leaves gaps in between. As well lots of twisted boards and no protection between the boards in the boxes so they don't scratch. I can't believe it. Other company do it with cheaper wood. Stay away from them. They are selling poor quality wood at high prices. I pay 7.20 a square foot so it's not cheap wood. Just wood.
If you are thinking of ordering from Lumber Liquidators, thinks twice, do not use this company, they are losers and liars, no one can give you and straight answer, every sales person I spoke to trying to solve this matter, was unprofessional, unknowledgeable, all I got from them was "I have no idea where or when your order will reach, not even knowing when it will leave the warehouse." They will take your money and leave you high and dry.
I was supposed to open my day care center this Monday 9/13/2010 but I am unable to do so because I have no floors. So thanks to Lumber Liquidators there are 40 children with no school to go to. Thank you very much Lumber Liquidators for the "wonderful service and integrity". I hope you company goes under. I hope this review will prevent many potential buyers from doing business with Lumber Liquidators.
I spoke with Chris and know he's just as disappointed the product missed the truck, but after following up on this issue I learned the weight of the truck was an issue so the order was pulled off the truck (2 orders total) to meet the weight requirements. The order in question failed in the middle of our complex warehouse systems conversion, and this whole ordeal is very unfortunate for the customer, our company, and Chris. We clearly state delivery and lead times are estimates on every order. In this case where the project had a short timeline it would have made sense to look at in stock items at the store, but the frustration generated here could have been avoided by looking into other product choices. In regards to the comments about our reputation on line, we sell products that are difficult to move because of size, weight, and in some cases location of the species. You must also consider we get blamed for issues related to the installation of products because no one cares if John Doe the local installer messed up the project because complaining on line about their work is meaningless - no one knows who they are, so let's blame the well known flooring company. Thousands of people every day save money, receive quality products, and speak highly of our company. The great thing about America is the fact that people can voice their opinions and the negative ones run to the internet. Take ownership of your projects and be a part of it and you won't have any issues. Chris is well respected and receives many compliments on his service and he should not be blamed for a situation where the customer should have planned in advance considering most projects run into unexpected delays and there were other options available that were refused.
CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Lumber Liquidators "unwritten" policy towards customer complaints is that if they put you off long enough that you will give up or at the very least take an insultingly small amount of money back to "shut up". They in all reality should advertise "we will sell you the wood, but we will not deliver it, or install it, and if you are real lucky and can afford to hire an attorney you might get a store credit forcing you to come back into our store to redeem your credit after you have an issue with our substandard products."
To anyone that wants to have additional unneeded stress added to their flooring project, or who crave the absolute worst customer service out there, or anyone that wants to have to fight through a mountain of corporate malpractice to simply correct an obvious quality issue. By all means hurry to your local Lumber Liquidators store today!! To anyone else that does not wish to undergo this drama I simply suggest to avoid Lumber Liquidators!
I have personally seen the level of disrespect and nothing short of illegal activity that takes place. For instance a store manager taking money from a cut rate contractor to insure he gets steady work regardless of the huge trail of unsatisfied customers left in their wake. The lying and cheating of the mafia like combination of regional manager and in store manager that will simply put off a customer complaint till the simply give up. I wonder if Al Capone is a shareholder in Lumber Liquidators?
As the Director of Customer Care for LL we serve over 1,000 people a day with a variety of questions, comments, positive remarks, and valid claims for which all customers are served at varying degrees of service based on the question, or concern. The photo is an example of natural defects found in wood products, not unlike any other natural product. If you don't like the knots in the wood, don't install it and use the company return policy if you have any dissatisfaction with the quality of any products we offer. If you would like to contact Customer Care and ask for me, I would be more than happy to hear your story as I'm sure we have opportunity for improvement like an organization, but as with some concerns of this nature posted on the internet that I've researched, or personally been involved with, the story is often altered to get a reader's attention and lacks the true facts of the claim. Comments like the one made about a store is hear-say and if you have facts to share the store personnel would be in serious violation of our policies, so when making such an accusation it's best to share it with the company using proper channels if you really want to take action.
We have far more gallery photos and positive reviews flowing to LL compared to the handful of people whose projects did not go well because of no fault of our products, or there was a valid claim and we took care of the customer in support of the warranty. We help customers with Install Pros available by phone, Customer Care Associates well trained, and a support staff of some of the most industry savvy people available keeping our prices low so people can enjoy quality products. If you want something really inexpensive - we have that too.
If you had a bad experience – I want to hear about it myself and look forward to your call. If we did something wrong, I'll make it right.
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS -- This review is regarding LL's warranty and specifically about a product they sell (Virgina Mills Handscraped Matterhorn Birch hardwood #10003480). Our customer purchased this flooring and when we attempted to install we found approx 20 - 30 % of the flooring unfit for installation due to variations in the widths of the flooring. We found some boxes had no variations while others had lots of this problem. This causes "gaps" to occur in the flooring whenever a board is installed that is not the same width as the others. The problem is compounded with every row of flooring installed.
The homeowner hired an independent inspector to inspect the flooring after Lumber Liquidators refused to look at the flooring on site. LL took one box of the flooring and said there were no defects. Since not all the boxes contained defects this is not acceptable. The independent inspector found variations in widths just as we did. He determined the problem to be a milling problem, just as we did. This is a manufacturing problem and NOT an installation problem.
Here is the real problem though. Lumber Liquidators' warranty states the installer is responsible for any defects in the flooring once it is installed. OK, this is fine but after they were advised of this problem they said they would not inspect any of the product on site. They said an independent inspector's report was not acceptable and that it has to be from the National Hardwood Flooring Association inspector for them to accept it. There are no inspectors near our area and would cost too much to pay to have one sent here. They make no guarantees they will do anything even if the NHFH inspector comes.
They will NOT inspect flooring that is not installed either. SO if the floor is installed it is the installer's fault for any defects and if the flooring is not installed they will not inspect it or do anything about it. They say it is the installer's responsibility to take out defective boards and to not install them. 20 - 30% of the product unusable??? They will not reimburse for any of the defective product. We installed a few of the boxes and we found this out when we tried to get them to inspect it because they wouldn't unless it was installed. They refused, saying "you installed it so we are not responsible". Even though over 90% of the product was NOT installed.
Their warranty basically puts them in the position of no responsibility for anything. Also beware that after you have had the product for 60 days their warranty is null and void. The warranty is NO warranty and they wash their hands after 60 days.
I'm a remodeling contractor in Northfield, VT. My customer's house was flooded out by Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, 2011. When all the interior repair work was nearing the point to install hardwood flooring, my customer ordered 3/4" maple flooring from Lumber Liquidators in Williston, VT. Their man came out to the job-site in Moretown, VT. And measured the area that was to receive the flooring. When other structural issues were discovered with the house we had to delay the flooring delivery.
L.L. kept pressuring us to take delivery even after we explained our situation. So we took delivery but told them we would not be installing the flooring for a few weeks. They said that would not be a problem. When we did install the flooring we discovered that L.L. had over calculated the amount of flooring by 273 s.f. We had thirteen full boxes of flooring left over. When we called to return the overage, they told us they would charge a 20% restocking fee because it was beyond 30 days from delivery.
They knew our situation, over ordered the flooring, and then made extra money by charging a restocking fee on their mistake. They took advantage of a victim of Tropical Storm Irene who has enough stress trying to sort through all the issues that come with a natural disaster such as this. Only after demanding some fairness did they drop the restocking fee to 10%. Still trying to squeeze every dime they could from my customer. The whole process took weeks to settle. Several times they said they would look into the matter and call back. They never do. We always had to call them to find out what they decided to do to resolve the problem.
We had to truck the over-ordered flooring 45 miles to return it. It certainly was not the best milled flooring I've installed and I've installed tens of thousands of feet of wood flooring but I can deal with that. The service at Lumber Liquidators after the sale was absolutely terrible at best.
LL Response to early pick up and a restocking fee:
The stores make every attempt to deliver product purchased to make room for incoming trucks with other customer orders and stock orders to meet customer needs and future sales for in stock items. If the store failed to waive the restock fee it was a judgment call and one I would say was the wrong call for this type of scenario. Please contact Customer Care at 800-366-4204 right away and we'll make this right. Not sure what you purchased (odd lot or some other lower grade) but if there was a concern with the milling the invoice, warranty, and installation instructs provide direction on what to do so we can address any product issues. We regret this happened and sell to thousands of very satisfied customers each day. Given the number of sales and repeat customers, most experiences are not at all like yours and we apologize for the less than perfect experience. We're more than willing to make this right with your help. If needed, ask for the Director of Customer Care referencing this message. Thank you for informing us about this concern. We will add this to the stores report card and company executives will know this occurred as we monitor store decisions and activity to improve the customer experience.
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA -- We are looking for new floors for our home and have shopped a variety of flooring stores. We should have researched Lumber Liquidators more prior to spending an hour driving to their store. If we did we would not have wasted our time. We did shop their website and found several floors that we liked the looks of and were reported to be in stock. Upon arrival we waited about 30 minutes to speak with a sales person who turned out to be the manager. As we waited we overheard the manager inform the only other customer in the store that the other sales person was out with a family health issue which made the wait and the staffing level understandable.
As we waited, we looked for the flooring that we were interested in and were unable to find it. Once the sales person was able to help us, we asked about the flooring we were looking for and she seemed to be shocked that it was still on the website as it has been out of stock for a long time and no longer available. In fact 2 of the 3 bamboo floors from their website we were interested in were no longer produced and the floors that we were directed to were about 30% higher. The 3rd bamboo floor was available but was priced higher than their website.
We then proceeded to look at engineered hardwood floors and could not find the variety and finish of floors that we had shopped on their website. While we did not have printouts from the website I was able to browse their site on my phone. When I showed the manager the issue she apologized but seemed to get very defensive and her level of service noticeably changed. Another customer walked into the store and she began helping him fairly quickly as he was there to pick up an order. She quickly got him out of the store and to the loading dock leaving us alone in the store. We waited about 15 minutes for her return as we wanted to ask a few more questions but she never returned.
We will not be returning to Lumber Liquidators either. In our experience they have some great looking samples but their service is lacking and it has the appearance that they promote lower prices and nonexistent products on their website to draw you into the store in the hopes that you will not notice or they will be able to up sell you to different product.