PENNSYLVANIA -- I bought new Nikon top of the line Progressive eyeglass lenses several months ago at my local Walmart (DuBois, PA 15848). They got scratches and they ordered a new pair of lenses for me over 1 month ago. I have been back and each time Walmart told me they don't know what is taking so long to get my replacement lenses. Each time they tell me they will call. Each time Nikon told them it is taking longer to get my lenses. I am VERY UNHAPPY that my $600.00 lenses are taking MONTHS to come in.
Five years ago my Nikon top of the line Progressive lenses crazed and I called up Walmart about the issue and they said they would contact Nikon and they never did or Nikon lost the request. After many months waiting, Nikon replied that it was past the warranty and they could not replace my lenses for no charge. Is this happening to me AGAIN? Where are my replacement lenses?
Nikon had a great name to me. I am not happy about what happened to me with the last pair of lenses and I am livid about what is happening to me about this 2nd pair! Over $1200.00 spent on 2 pair of glasses and neither lenses are any good! You could at least honor your warranty in a timely manner. Cheap or expensive lenses makes no difference if the company does not care about its customers. Nikon feels it's too big to fail and its customers are just not important!
MELVILLE, NEW YORK -- Terrible customer service. Having dropped my old Nikon Coolpix in the desert, I figured 5 years and sand was a good enough reason to by a newer model. I liked the way the old S6300 model worked, and figured an upgrade to twice the zooming capabilities would give me further satisfaction with the pictures I'd capture with Nikon. Let me be clear, I have no issues with the camera (although I would have liked them to keep the B&W imaging option, but this was not a deal breaker). My issue is with Nikon's policies and the way they treat (repeat) customers.
I bought the camera via a distributor (Amazon), and was pleasantly surprised to see a promotional sticker on the product box, informing me that if I registered the camera on their website within 30 days of purchase, I would extend the guarantee by 12 months. Remember, this camera was a replacement for one I had dropped, so any chance of extending the guarantee was welcome! So I registered the camera on the website, but could find no details on any extension of the guarantee.
I emailed customer service asking where I could find any details on the extension, and they asked to see a picture of the sticker - never a good sign. I emailed them a jpeg of the box, and they told me this offer had expired. The sticker is a folded expanding one - when I pulled it out, I could find no details on validity or any further terms or conditions. Just the phone number of customer service and their website.
I told Nikon they have to specify the validity on any offer they make, and then they wanted to know through whom I'd bought the camera (yet another bad sign). They told me the expired sticker was not their problem and I had better take it up with Amazon - who never made any offer, never put their name and logo behind it, and certainly didn't make the amateur mistake of not including T&Cs!
Yes, I know - a company is in business to make money, but that company should have the basic business acumen to re-check their promotional copy and ensure the terms and conditions are specified! A simple expiry date would have saved us all a lot of aggravation, especially when dealing through distributors whose supply chain and stock you can't control.
I have been shooting Nikon professionally for 35 years. I bought the D5 immediately only to find that the 70-200 mm f/2.8 ED VR II doesn't work on it. The lens works on every camera I am shooting now: D3, D4, 800, 800E, and the 810A. I have never had a problem with the lens.
I sent it to Nikon and they said I would have to pay $400 because the lens was out of warranty. It's 5 1/2 yrs old. She told me that Nikon Tech said is it was "misaligned"! I have never had a “misaligned” lens in 35 years. Nor have I had any problems with Nikon equipment that I didn't create.
It turns out Service is not in charge of customer relations and cannot, according to the supervisor, authorize free repair, even when it is clearly a Nikon problem. This is a classic “head in the sand” stance. I finally gave up and sent it back today.
Let me start by saying that I loved my Nikon D80. Great camera that took incredible shots - when it worked. Lens 18-200 went in for repair 2X under warranty with auto focus lock issues. After that, body goes down with an error message. Camera had less than 5 maybe 600 actuation's at most and was cared for very well.
I call Nikon repair in Melville NY and start the out of warranty repair incident from hell. After about 2 weeks I get a repair estimate for close to $200.00 with shipping. Speak with customer support who informs me that there is a shutter connection problem and that I need to authorize the repair and charge. I ask for a courtesy repair seeing that my system was already in their repair facility 2X which they politely refused.
I then inquire as to the warranty on the repair and informed that the repair is warranted for 6 months (it might have been less). When asked to see this in writing: answer - customer service states that Nikon does not put this in writing. "It's just something we honor and do". Are you kidding me? A multimillion company Nikon providing me with a verbal extended warranty agreement? Should have known what was coming next, but they had my camera and I already paid for shipping so I authorize the charge.
Almost a month goes by and no camera. Call Nikon service again in Melville and told that the part is not in yet and possibly not in the country. I say again - A multimillion dollar company Nikon with no repair parts in the US for my camera after almost a month. I leave a message with management same day and get a response later stating the part is now in and camera will be fixed shortly - magic FedEx I guess. Camera is returned with a happy customer? WRONG...
Camera comes back with broken housing and flash. I call Melville Nikon customer support again and ask to speak with a supervisor. Almost 30 minutes on hold and then I CLEARLY explain the damage, which I even offer up as a possible shipping issue between customer and merchant. Manager states that they want the camera back and will pay for shipping + expedite and possibly swap out after all of the aggravation.
Camera sent back and guess what happens next? Yup - I get another bill from Nikon for exactly the same amount (down to the penny for housing/flash repair damage) as the previous bill for an internal shutter issue. Best part, this damage was CLEARLY noted with Nikon management and was not my fault which is why the manager offered to ship it back at their cost.
Call Nikon customer service again in Melville NY. They pull up the invoice and the notes taken from the manager. I'm informed that the notes have no information whatsoever as to the damage upon receipt claim and that only a flash issue was mentioned. Again - are you kidding me? That's why I friggin' called!!! They were happy to report though that the camera had impact damage and what the charges were. Holy **!! Really??? I'm then told that they now have to send the new info back up to management to see if the repair will be done as a courtesy. I decided not to say out loud what I was thinking and I am once again without my camera.
As mentioned in a previous negative Nikon service issue, my intent with this complaint is not to sway your purchase decision but to help you make a more informed one after seeing what I and other customers have gone through. Warranty/out of warranty issues may be handled better by other Nikon repair facilities and the shots taken with my D80 (when it worked) were all without complaint. Unfortunately, Nikon's after sales support and repair history left me a very unhappy Nikon owner.
I have found Nikon to be an excellent camera in the past when I used a SLR (non-digital) to document incoming gas turbine equipment back in the 70s. That camera was a workhorse and tough. In most cases, Nikon is probably a good or even great camera.
The problem is in the reliability of the product. If you get a good camera, you are fortunate. If, however, you get a bad camera, look out. I have had the misfortune of getting a bad camera (D80) the first time I purchased a Nikon. It took great pictures for a while and then became totally unpredictable, taking pictures one time and then nothing the next. To me, it seems to be an electrical problem. If it were mechanical, it would probably stay non-functional once the component broke.
I have found that once you get into the aftermarket or service part of Nikon you will have a very hard time getting them to communicate with you. They do not send you any feedback on your equipment other than a form letter (e-mail) stating they have your camera and it is being looked at.
In my case, had I not gone online and followed an ambiguous trail entering code numbers and initials I would not have learned of my cameras status. They provide no time frame for completion dates, shipping or anything else. The first two times I returned the camera it simply showed up on my porch one day around a month later. To be fair, they do provide expedited shipping to and from their facility.... if you push them. Of course, once the camera is received by them it goes into this black, unresponsive hole.
I have returned my D80 three times for warranty repair. The first time it came back worse than when I sent it. The second time it worked for a day and went out again. I have pretty much lost the spring and summer opportunities for shooting. Very frustrating, especially when they fail to communicate or respond to your being inconvenienced by their poor workmanship.
Two days ago, I checked on the status and, after following the convoluted trail to get the status, found the code that means they are replacing the camera. No letter of apology stating they are sorry for the inconvenience. No "we will get you a new product ASAP". No nothing. This is not a good way to run a company. Their corporate philosophy is interesting in that nowhere in it does it use the word quality. Now I am beginning to see why. They do mention meeting customer needs and expectations. That philosophy seems to end on their website. See for yourself here; http://www.nikon.com/about/info/philosophy/index.htm
A neighbor friend of mine had an even worse experience with his Nikon. His replacement camera (first camera was sent back three times as well) failed! Unbelievable. The bottom line is, if I had to do it again I probably would not buy a Nikon. I need reliability and a company that responds to its customer's needs.
MELVILLE, TENNESSEE -- On 4/23/2012 my favorite Nikon 24-70 f2.8 G lens was bumped against a piece of drywall, and now needed a new filter ring. I'd been putting off purchasing a new rubber grip, but was otherwise performing 100% up to my expectations and my favorite lens.
In September of 2011, I decided I finally had a short window of time to work on lens, and called and spoke with Terrell ** at Nikon support and asked to purchase 2 $20 parts to replace the filter ring on my 24-70 and was informed that I could no longer order them, and had no option other than sending lens into be repaired in-house. (Thank goodness we can go order parts for our cars, otherwise we'd have to take them to the dealership every time we needed a new headlight bulb.)
On 10/31/12 I sent the lens in to have the ring and grip replaced, received estimate for $772 related to "impact damage" - the lens had never been dropped or even made a funny noise or been stiff ever. On Jan 31st, 2013 after over 20 emails and 15 phone calls, I finally gave up and simply paid them at a discounted rate ($621.02) and didn't receive my lens back until the first week of March.
I began using lens in March and quickly noticed that focusing seemed a little off but in the busy wedding season I simply blamed perhaps user error or maybe camera settings (fine-tuning on body). On June 2nd, 2013 I sent Nikon service a message stating that the lens was indeed still having problems and that I was VERY unhappy considering that the lens was working better PRIOR to my simple attempts to purchase the filter ring which ended up costing me $621. ALL NIKON SERVICE has a 6-month warranty and June 2 is less than 6 months from March.
Sara ** (upper level person) replied to me the next day requesting sample images. I finally (after extensive testing and experimentation) submitted sample images (quite a while later due to some family and travel related issues) but it was confirmed that the lens was still in need of service. At least this time I got a loaner lens (which seems to be banged up worse than any of my lenses, but at least it focuses properly) - I sent my poor lens off again on 11/11/2013 and now, I've been given the same exact runaround - they're accusing me of impact damage (a second time??) and sent me an estimate for $640 on 11/16/13.
This is heinous - I'll be selling all my Nikon gear and switching to Canon. It breaks my heart as I've always been a die-hard Nikon fanboy, but can't keep getting mistreated. Now, like a battered spouse, I'm TERRIFIED of having to send in any of my other lenses, for fear they'll accuse me of "IMPACT DAMAGE" again.
What are we professionals to do? $2300 lens and just a filter ring and rubber grip are about to cost me $1250 and over 40 hours of time sending emails, phone calls etc - just trying to get treated as though we've spent $20k in equipment.
I had bought a Coolpix S610c series camera. After two months of use it would no longer take pictures, displaying a "lens error" screen. I sent it in for repair after speaking to a customer service representative who explained that it would take 7-10 business days for repair. I felt this was perfect because I was leaving to go back to school in the Caribbean in 3 weeks, so I would have my camera back in time. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I kept trying to track the status on their website and it was not updating.
3 weeks later, right before I was about to go back to school I called the company and they said that they were waiting for a part to come in for the replacement. I asked why it was taking so long and they said that it is coming from Japan and could take anywhere from 3 weeks to a month. I asked why they do not inform customers that if a part is needed to be ordered it could take longer and they replied with, "it usually takes 7 to 10 business days." When I replied "clearly, that is not always the case though," they could not come up with a response.
For another month I had to hound them for an estimated time I would be receiving my camera again. Every time they said they would e-mail me back a response they did not - a total of 3 or 4 times. Finally, I called and demanded to speak to a supervisor who took over the case and finally found out when the part would be in and claimed she would express ship it to me via UPS.
I received an e-mail eventually stating it would be at the post office on Friday and I would be e-mailed the UPS tracking number. The Wednesday after the company claimed my camera would be at the post office I still had no tracking number, and the way the post office here works it is a necessity to pick up your package because they will not alert you when it is here. Again I called and again I was told I would be e-mailed the number because they "did not have it yet" which is ridiculous because UPS gives your tracking number immediately. Again I called back and was promised another e-mail, which I refused to believe and spoke to a supervisor.
So as of now, I sent my camera in for a repair that I was told would take 7-10 business days... 2 months ago. The only way I was able to get answers from this company was when I got irritated and started yelling and demanding things, and who wants that kind of stress. I would never, ever, ever, EVER recommend Nikon due to this experience. They give you the runaround and then act like it is beyond their control to help you. It is not customer service if they do not do what they say they will. This company literally disgusts me.
I received a Nikon Coolpix camera for Christmas and found it to be pretty user friendly and took good pictures. I did however have a problem with the camera (battery not holding charge, camera taking blurry pics, and randomly snapping pics) after a few months but was not concerned because it was covered by a year manufacture warranty. I called Nikon and got less than helpful service from the customer service dept. They did ask that I send the camera in to be looked at and probably would need repair.
Then about a week later I received an email informing me that my repairs would not be covered by my warranty and my warranty as far as they were concerned was void. I was quite upset since I had only had the camera a few months and not done any damage to the camera. I again spoke with a different customer service representative who was quite short with me and said the repair dept reported that the camera needed repair but due to the external damage to the camera my warranty was completely void.
I asked what damage the camera had since I did not send a camera with any damage. His reply was that there were minor scratches observed on the exterior of the camera. I explained that I have a 1 year old daughter and take lots of pictures and the camera had normal wear from being in and out of my purse but no major damage to it. He informed me that only cameras that remain in “mint condition” absolutely no scratches or any kind of wear are covered under the warranty. Nikon puts unrealistic limitations on their warranty as a way of not upholding their warranty and forcing the customer to pay for repairs. I am not fixing the camera and will go back to a Canon!!!!!
I was very excited when I first bought my Nikon in Jan 2009 for our 25th anniversary. I know it was on the expensive side. I was going to buy a Canon, live and learn. My boss said he had one and was working well for him at the time. Well I went on our trip for our anniversary and wanted something light to take that would keep those special memories. Well I took about 15 pictures and started getting a lens error, which I now know is very common! My bosses started doing it too a month after mine did. So anyway, I ended up buying a Kodak throwaway to capture our specials moments. I was not happy to say the least.
I thought well things happened and sent it back they repaired it and said this was a common error. Asked where I lived. I said Arizona and they said "Oh that is why, due to the dust!" I babied this camera, it was in a nice case, and it was not dirty at all. I received my camera and it worked for a month then went to the NASCAR races and guess what? I got the ole lens error again, so this time no pictures were taken at all! Sent it back and the support is just awful. Cannot hardly understand the techs, must been from India! Received the camera after spending $100. They said the body had a small dent?? There were no dents when I sent it to them I took very good care of it.
Now the flash is not working most of the time. They told me it was due to a bad battery, right! So bought a new battery and still the same. So now, I have to send it off again and I am sure they will come up with something to charge me with. The sad thing is I bought the extended warranty. Buyers beware. Stay away from NIKON. The service that I have received from the Nikon repair department is pathetic. I will never buy another NIKON product! What a shame. I mainly bought it because it had such a high pixel waiting and thought they made good cameras. I now know I was wrong!
MELVILLE, NEW YORK -- The service that I've received from the Nikon repair department is absolutely pathetic. I purchased a Nikon S710 camera in Sept '08 and was only able to use it briefly (about 45 days) before the first defect. The camera kept displaying a lens error that prevented it from being used. I contacted the Nikon Service department and was told to send the camera in for repair and that the turnaround is typically 7 - 10 days. Thirty days later, my camera is still with Nikon on a parts hold.
The representatives are fairly friendly but not very helpful as they don't seem to have the needed information at their fingertips. It seems that nearly every inquiry has to be emailed to a different department and responses can take up to 48 hours, which is unacceptable for a supposedly cutting edge electronics company. At any rate I am still without my camera and still have no guarantee as to when it will be repaired.
I've called over ten times and cannot seem to get have my call escalated to a supervisor. I even called Corporate only to have the operator blindly forward me to a voicemail mailbox. I did receive a timely phone call but still find myself no closer to resolution. Due to the lack of response, I've resulted to a written letter to the CEO of the company in hopes of having the camera replaced.
Nikon has completely lost my faith as a consumer which is sad since I've always been a die-hard Kodak customer and took the leap to Nikon with this last purchase. It's also unfortunate that this is my first experience with the company.
The intent of this complaint is not to sway your purchase decision but to help you make a more informed one. I'm sure that Nikon makes quality products and I understand that electronics do fail however I am extremely let down by the support I've received from the company. I actually find myself pondering selling the repaired camera online at a loss and buying another camera as I can't imagine going through this again should the camera warrant additional manufacturer repair.