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Pottery Barn buyers beware!
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My husband and I move onto a house from a smaller condo and decided to redecorate our living room. We searched high and low for the perfect couch, and ended our search with a design consultation at Pottery Barn at Lenox Mall in Atlanta. The designer was lovely and spent almost two hours helping us pick chairs, accessories etc.

Weeks went by, and we received a call that our furniture was ready for delivery, almost three weeks ahead of schedule. I was thrilled, until I got home from the office. My husband had taken delivery of a solid WHITE couch. (We ordered the white herringbone which is more tan than white.) At this point, I was disappointed, but thought perhaps they had just delivered the wrong couch. I called the store to inquire, and was told "no, you ordered white," to which I replied "no, I ordered the herringbone and I am holding the receipt with the sample fabric stapled to it, it's not white!"

I'll save readers the pain of the next few hours, but I'll sum it up by sharing that I was told the sofa I selected was not available in the herringbone fabric and unless I wanted to pick a different one, I was out of luck.

Remembering that I originally selected the sofa, and fabric, out of a catalog I went in search. Having just moved, the catalog did not turn up so I decided to check the Pottery Barn website. Their next to a number labeled "Pottery Barn Design" were the words "ANY couch available in ANY fabric." I called and was told they could have me my couch, in my fabric (at the original selling price no less) in six weeks. Frustrated and confused, we called the store back again.

This time, we were connected to a woman named Jen, who tried her best to help us. The last message we received from Jen stated we could keep the wrong couch (kept us from sitting on the floor, since the old couch was donated to make room for the new ) and that they would rush order the new couch.

That was about two weeks ago. Yesterday, July 30th - nearly three months from our original order date - we got a message at home stating we either have to return the wrong couch or pay for the correct couch - BEFORE Pottery Barn would make this right for us.

I admit it, I flipped out and called the women back at the store in a less than tranquil state of mind. To her credit, she apologized and said she understood our frustration. At the vortex of the issue is apparently Pottery Barn Design, who is unwilling to proceed with constructing the new couch without the old one or the money.

Pottery Barn - if you are listening (and based on the messages I am reading you should be) you customers DO NOT CARE if your company has multiple P&L's and/or you are "not allowed" to work across different divisions. At this point, we have no idea if we'll ever get the couch, but opinion of your company has been forever damaged.

Finally, to all you employees on the frontline at PB stores - I applaud you because it is very clear your organization does not make it easy, or in this case even possible, to offer the level of customer service you promote.
Resolution Update 08/04/2010:
Thank you Pottery Barn for responding and making this right.
     
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Anonymous on 2010-07-30:
Wow, that really sounds like hell! Well couldn't you just purchase the new couch, and when the new one comes, return the old one and get your money back?
Venice09 on 2010-07-30:
Prince, that sounds like a good idea, but I can understand why the OP would be leery. Judging by the customer service she has already received, I don't think she is too confident that she will get the money back without investing a lot of time and energy.
SaMoore on 2010-07-30:
Good review Venice.In fact I'm leery about wether she would get her money back or not... I would bet with a white sofa that by the time the sofa is returned they will claim damage.
Anonymous on 2010-07-30:
yeah probably, or claim some reason why they couldn't return the white one. Then shes stuck with 2 sofas. If they did that to me, I would take my white sofa, bring it back to their store, park it in front of their door and sit in it, and tell every customer that walked up what they did to me. maybe THEN they would do something about it
SaMoore on 2010-07-30:
Prince--- I love it. My husband would do something like this as well.
Venice09 on 2010-07-30:
It's time like this that it helps to own a pick-up truck.
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Pottery Barn Sells Bad Quality
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We purchased a dining table two years ago for over $2500. We don't use it much - as it sits in our formal dining room. Perhaps, we use it twice a month. The legs began to wobble and now some of them are completely unattached. The bolts that attach it to the frame have simply come loose - and won't screw back in (the nuts somehow just don't accept the bolts). I called twice, sent three emails, was told to send photo's and they would get back to me. 5 weeks have passed (and I have repeatedly tried to make contact) and I can't get a response.
     
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Product satisfaction
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CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Very pleased with every purchase
     
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Light fixture
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MORGAN HILL, CALIFORNIA -- We purchased a light fixture from Pottery Barn and hired an electrician to hard wire it into the wall. The fixure has three lights on it and was installed over our breakfast bar in the kitchen. It worked at first, then one light would not work, now two of the three will not work. New bulbs are not the solution. Pottery Barn will not replace or repair. We have other lights in the same room that are going on 27 years old that work fine.

I like the fixture in question which is less than five years old, but now am very reluctant to purchase anything again from the Pottery Barn. Any help would be appreciated. We are retired and my husband is now under hospice care.
     
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madconsumer on 2008-01-01:
"I like the fixture in question which is less than five years old,"

this is a bit to old for a return or exchange. why not re-wire it?
Anonymous on 2008-01-01:
As madconsumer suggested, you can probably find a re-wiring kit at any home improvement store. It may be something as simple as a bad socket in the fixture to shorted or loose wiring in the fixture or the junction box it was wired into.
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Bad Product/No recourse
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Four years ago I bought furniture from the Pottery Barn catalog. It is now splitting and a veneer is coming up. There are more than 10 large splits in the 4 various pieces. This furniture cost me thousands of dollars. Good furniture should last lifetimes, not just 4 years, regardless of the New England environment we live in.

After at least an hour on the phone with them and being transferred no less than 4 times, all they finally said they *might* do for me is to come and take away all the furniture and give me 25% of the purchase price back. This is outrageous to me. I hope it is to you too.
     
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Greatbridgedriver on 2005-02-15:

Nothing from this place will probably ever be a valuable antique. New furniture depreciates worse than a new Ford.
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