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Rating: 1/51

GROVEPORT, OHIO -- My toothbrush quit working a short time after the warranty ended. I called Sonicare and they said that they would honor the warranty because I had purchased other products from them in the past. I was sent the first replacement and the brush worked for a week and then it would not recharge. I called them again and they said that they would send me another one and the same thing happened again. I contacted them again and they said that they couldn't help me, but after telling them that I was afraid to purchase their products again, they decided to send me another one and guess what, same thing happened again.

I sent the first replacement back to them and now I am going to mail the other two back. These toothbrushes were different than my original one because they had green stripes on them. All I can see is that these toothbrushes must all have very weak batteries in them because you can only charge them once and then they won't charge again. I am really mad because I have a box of four heads that I can't use now.

When You're Told of a Design Flaw, LISTEN!
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I bought this because it's the strongest I can find, and I need that. But it has a design flaw: the orifice where you plug in the coaxial cable tends to fall out. Once it does, it CANNOT be put back in; even if it could, there's no guarantee it's making the necessary contact.

I returned one unit to the store when this part fell out immediately. I threw out two other units that failed later. I notified Philips, even sent them the loose part, and they did not thank me for my valuable advice. They did not replace the two failed units. They did not keep me informed of what (if any) steps were being taken to correct the design flaw. They did not get back to me at all!

This is unacceptable. I will not buy any more of these units until the design flaw is fixed. I'll miss a lot of TV here in the sticks, but I refuse to pay for satellite or cable. I want a signal booster that won't fail on me-- is that too much to ask?

Another Plasma Bites the Dust
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I hope this review can help save someone from making the mistake of buying a Philips (or anything made by them) TV. My plasma, like a million others, went bad after about 3 years. It just clicks and will not turn on. I was overwhelmed when I saw how many complaints there were about this problem. It seems that Samsung has the same problem but is taking action and repairing their TV's free of charge like a good company should! I called Philips several times not getting anywhere, e-mailed several times and got to response.

I recently contacted my local news station on their consumer hotline. They are also trying to contact Philips. I'm hoping enough people submit complaints to everyone they can so that Philips owns up to its mistake! My friend's Samsung was fixed by a professional in a matter of minutes! Well, my Philips TV is all Samsung parts, so why won't they fix it??? STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY!

LED Christmas Lights Save Money?
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We've had Santa's Sleigh and 4 Reindeer on our roof during Christmas Season for over 25 Years. And after 2-3 seasons of use, the lights are just done in. The restringing is horribly time consuming, but they have been a staple in our neighborhood so we do it. We decided to restring last year with LED's as they were touted to last many thousands of hours and save electricity. **. One reindeer failed one string in 3 weeks. We said, OK, we must have gotten a bad set, mounted the roof, pulled the deer down and partially restrung it.

By the end of the season, all but part of one reindeer were out. The sockets/bulbs rusted, the LED 'caps' laying on the roof or just missing with a rusted cavity left behind. Did anyone at UL Labs that tested these products and labelled them OK really test them for the use they were intended? Did anyone consider using copper wire (or some other non rusting metal) in the construction of the LED? Not only the lost time, more than double the cost, and utter disappointment. (The kid's faces used to glow as much as the reindeer did.)

We feel we were ripped off. The only way we saved electricity was because they weren't lit at all. We strongly advise anyone that is considering these lights for outdoor purposes to do your homework. No, we didn't contact Philips. We're not the confrontational type, but I did tell the owner of the local hardware store, and everyone who asks.

Flabbergasted at the Arrogance or Ignorance or Both
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The Senseo single/double serve "pod" coffee maker was recalled a year ago and I dutifully provided information for a replacement. Over a year later after calls and e-mails, no response from this company. I was convinced they must be going through bankruptcy but no... they're fat and happy and I'm still waiting for my replacement. If I had any doubts that mine was a lone issue, after reading this great site, I am now convinced this is systemic for this company. Philips has many other products that sound and look interesting but I'll be darned if I'll ever buy or recommend them to ANYONE -- EVER again. Buyer beware with this company.

One of the WORST Companies Ever
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We bought the expensive Sonicare Intellicare toothbrush and the on/off button rotted off a month or so after warranty expired. The Philips web page is a classic Catch 22 - sending the user round and round endlessly - with no answers. Philips does not have email. They prefer us to wait and wait for someone to answer our call. The people are totally unhelpful. Totally. And they are not interested in this serious product failure.

They do not follow through with the meager solutions that they force down our throats. We even spoke with a supervisor and she had the same unfriendly stance regarding our product failure. Unreal. This arrogance has made us vow not buy any Philips products and recommend to all of you to heed our advise. Never again. Buy anything but don't buy Philips.

Disposable Systems...Useless After Warranty Expires
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PALMDALE, CALIFORNIA -- The equipment comes with a one-year limited warranty and one it expires...they are useless in case of any defect or failure. Customer service is impolite and they change things once and again. They have a flat-fee for repairs. In the case of a home theater system: $125.00 + shipping and handling + parts. Obviously, when a home theater system price is between $155.00 and $250.00, that fee makes their service worthless. Better buying a new one. In other words, they don't provide an acceptable repair service. Period. A great different with Nikon or Sony (to give two examples).

Total Junk and NO Customer Service
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Back in March of this year, I purchased a Philips Home Theater system. In July, it decided that it no longer needed to work. After many calls Philips offshore "Customer NO service", I got a RMA number. I had to ship the unit at MY expense and wait for a replacement. After they had it for a month, I got a call advising me that they no longer make the dvd/vcr combo home theater system and if I sent them my receipt, they would send me my money back or they would prorate it and send me the balance. I decided this was not acceptable and "settled" for a replacement unit that did not have a vcr built in.

The new unit finally arrived in October. Most of the features on the new unit are wonderful. However, after playing a grand total of 3 dvds, it refused to read anymore dvds. So again, I called Customer NO service. This time I was told to take it to a local shop for repairs. After two weeks in the shop, the unit was returned to me with a "new" laser. Much to my surprise, 3 dvds later, it again stopped working. We called Customer No service again and was told to take it back to the shop. We actually unplugged the unit, let it set for 20 minutes and it started working again.

Less than a week later, it was right back to not reading dvds, so I was again on the phone and told to take it back to the shop. Instead, I called the Corp phone number and was put through to ** who is supposed to be the assistant to the CTO. She passed my info on to someone else. The person who called **, claimed to be "the assistant to the President". While she was very pleasant to talk to, she was not very intelligent when it came to dvd players and home theater systems. I explained to her that I would be happy if Philips would just send me a stand alone dvd player to hook up to the theater system as a component.

She spoke with her "experts" who told her that a stand alone player would not work with the system. I then explained to her that they were indeed wrong, because I currently had a stand alone dvd player (made by GE and missing the front door, but still working) to the unit and it worked just fine.

Today, she called me back and advised me that they could not send me a stand alone player because that would be like giving me something for free. Mind you, the dvd player on the current theater system does not work, I was just asking them to replace wasn't working. They have offered me a replacement unit again. This time, it's an even cheaper model than the one I originally purchased. So I am back to the corp office and ** in hopes of getting some kind of satisfaction.

Repair Depot - Customer Service
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WASHINGTON -- After having a lengthy conversation with a Philips repair technician in an attempt to fix the DVD player part of the Home Theater System which had a registered warranty (the disk tray wouldn't close), he agreed to open a service request to have the thing repaired. I followed all the instructions to the letter. Spent a good chunk of money to send the thing in (it's not easy finding a box to hold a DVD player with the tray stuck in the open position, and packing it so the tray doesn't break off).

Dutifully wrote my letter accompanying it with our addresses (physical and mailing) along with our phone number and email add (which were also confirmed when the service request was opened) and included the reference number I was assigned. That was October 11. By tracking the shipment, I could see that it was delivered on October 14. I was told 14-15 business days for the repair to be completed. So I waited.

Now, the next part is my fault - I misplaced my reference number. Sent a lengthy email to consumer services after 3 weeks explaining the problem, gave all the detailed information I could possibly give them, asking if they could track down the reference number for me. A week later I got an email response… "We need the reference number in order to update you on the status of your repair" Uhhh… OK.

Tore the house apart and whew! Found it!!! Tried to track the service request via the website with the number they gave me… nothing exists in their records with that number. Sent another email via the website on 11/26. Two days later, the response: "as per our records the unit you sent in… has not yet been received or acknowledged at our depot. Please contact customer service during the hours of…” So I did. Now, in order to find my unit, the Rep needed my Philips ref number AND my postal tracking number. Oh look, there it is. Received 10/17, repaired 11/3 and then who knows.

The CS Rep said possibly it was a mailing address/physical address conflict because they can't deliver to PO Boxes. OK, understandable but WHY DIDN'T ANYONE CALL, EMAIL, WRITE MY MAILING ADDRESS to inquire as to what they should do with my now repaired DVD Player? Well, the customer service reps that can help with that aspect of the problem apparently only work until 5 pm EST and I should call back the next day. (Remember that I provided my physical address in the letter I enclosed with the repair.)

Tried to navigate through the Philips website to see where to address complaints to… not possible. Asked the customer service rep for a physical mailing address to write a letter to and was directed to the website. If the information is on that website, it's hidden to my computer. As of today, 11/29/05, 26 days after the repair was completed, the customer service department can only tell me my unit will be sent back to me "hopefully this week". After this experience, Philips is at the bottom of my list to buy anything from.

Tough Luck
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When this headset arrived from UPS, I tried to open the package. It was impossible (not difficult, impossible). What's more, there were no instructions or labeling indicating how or where to open. So in attempting to open, I accidentally cut the cable. I called Philips customer service. They, in essence, said "tough luck. Nothing we can (will) do." Last time I buy anything from Philips.

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