Poor Customer Service and malfunctioning unit
What an incredibly arduous and ongoing ordeal it has been to simply transfer my 8mm Camcorder tapes to DVD with this incredibly tempermental piece of "technology"!
First, Best Buy sells me a 50 pack of DVD+R blank discs at 8x speed made by Memorex; well aparently this DVDRecorder doesn't "like" Memorex (other 8x discs are fine, but not the ones they sell me.
Then, when calling Philips customer service to figure out the problem, their best suggestion is to unplug the unit and replug it in! Brilliant!
The item also regularly refuses to eject discs when commanded, and just locks up and won't operate at all.
After being frustrated by the unit and the lack of help I received, I gave up for a while and have only recently attempted to complete this task again. Of course now the item is out of warranty, so any help will cost you $15 per problem they advise you on. So I get told that my system needs a firmware upgrade, even though I now do have the "preferred" discs to record on.
Oh, by the way, whenever you watch a commercial movie DVD on this unit, that lovely rectangular blue box shows up in the top left corner of the screen every few minutes, to let you know that the chapter has changed on the DVD (talk about annoying!). Now you can get the firmware upgrade online, but make sure you have a CD-R disc because nothing else will work. At this point I am so frustrated (there have been about 12 or more 20+ minutes phone calls at this point) I decide that I'll just pay the $30 for them to ship me the upgrade disc; This rep "Jeremy" ferlt pretty sure this would fix my problem. After getting the disc, upgrading the system, and trying unsuccessfully to record again, I call back and the rep. tells me that the item is part of their "exchange" program. basically that means they admit there are chronic problems with this item, so you can exchange it for a new one at a discounted price (this is the last attempt by the company to make things right, and only done after they have had the model# in a Depot Repair status for a length of time. After they get so many stacked up at the repair center that they can't handle it or it no longer is a wise fincancial move for them, they upgrade the status to Exchange). Well the discount price offered for my unit is apparently not available currently. In fact, it probably won't be determined for at least another month, if ever. Well as luck (hah!) would have it, the agent agrees to transfer me to his supervisor, guess who?...JEREMY! He also informs me that he is the supervisor for the call center. We go around and around (remember he suggested the purchase of the upgrade which took more of my money and didn't resolve the problem!). When the only thing he could do was to tell me to call back in a month to see if they had an exchange price determined for the item yet, I asked to speak to his supervisor. He flat out refused, repeatedly stating, "That is not an option".
Are you kidding me??? I have NEVER done business with any company that refused to escalate my concern to someone who could help me, especially when the agent I was dealing with was powerless to resolve the situation. Additionally, in my occupation, I have been a Regional Manager for nearly 10 years. What do I instruct all the sales people in my stores?, "If you can't help resolve their problem, find someone who can, and if the Store General Manager can't help them, give them MY number, and if I can't make them happy, they get my V.P.'s number! That's something that seems to be impossible for this company to grasp: Take care of your existing customers first. If you don't, you have no business seeking new customers!
Philips will never get any more of my money, nor that of any of my friends, relatives, neighbors, or coworkers; hopefully they won't get yours either...if you need help, YOU'LL BE SORRY!!!