SAKS.COM -- Having been a Platinum Saks First customer for years and having always been treated very competently and graciously by my Personal Shopper as well as other members of the staff at my local store in Naples, Florida. It was with a great deal of regret that I cut up my card yesterday. Yesterday evening I attended a small dinner and found that 3 out of the 5 other female guests had had their own unpleasant experiences with Saks lately and are shopping more frequently at other stores, particularly avoiding the use of saks.com!
I myself had spent the majority of my afternoon trying to right a situation exacerbated by the complete and arrogant incompetence and crass behavior of a phone "manager" by the name of **. Mind you, as a petty aside, I must mention that Saks should take care to find people who use correct grammar. The phone staff could not even locate a purchase I made until I walked them through their own order number.
This company is cutting corners by changing policy without notice and refusing to grandfather purchases made before these unannounced change. Attempting to contact further recourse goes no further than reaching answering machines in NYC. I have never written a complaint about ANY MERCHANT OR SERVICE. I do now as I am greatly disconcerted. I and my extended family members and friends have been loyal customers. I would bring catalog pages of handbags and shoes from other stores in order to purchase through Saks.
I must wonder if they are under new management. I wager that Saks, too, will soon be among those fallen companies. They should take a lesson or two from Costco and those companies which still realize that their very survival depends upon their customer service! In an economy where people are more reluctant to spend casually we are not willing to accept such shabby treatment. I expect at the very least a courteous effort. I treat people respectfully in every circumstance and do believe that I deserve the same. I moved from Westport, Connecticut and am reminded of the success of.
I had an absolutely miserable experience shopping with SAKS ONLINE. I purchased multiple items for the holidays, and practically the entire order arrived in deplorable condition. Items were missing from the order, items were damaged, I cut myself on broken merchandise when I reached in the box, and there was so much packing paper in one box it could stretch the length of a house. When I immediately contacted SAKS, they were as "nice" as could be. After a few weeks, I was contacted by a SAKS representative who stated that they were not going to pursue my "claim" because I was a fraud!
When I told them I took photos of the damaged merchandise and my cut hand and fingers, they asked me to send them the photos, which I did. I was called back and told the photos were "doctored"... it was not SAKS merchandise nor blood! They closed the case. I am actively pursuing a dispute with my CC of record and SAKS is fighting the dispute. SAKS never asked me to return the damaged parcels; never offered me a refund, store credit, replacements, nothing! Three months after the fact, I arranged with a SAKS representative to send back ALL of the parcels, since my CC wondered why I did not "return" the parcels.
I explained that SAKS cut-off all communication with me and the boxes of garbage were still sitting in my house. I sent back the disgusting, opened, melted food, broken, bloody (from my cuts) merchandise, empty parcels and all. I have never experienced such inefficient and incompetent service, or lack thereof. At this point, I am stuck with a very large bill and two items that arrived intact. I am not going to be stuck with this huge bill and two items, the cost of which do not even come close to what I spent.
I am hoping that my CC company will assist me in resolving this issue, and SAKS will own up to its embarrassing and shameful customer service, as well as its completely horrible packing and shipping. I seem to have no recourse than complain, complain, complain, especially since I have no clue as to what SAKS will do once they receive back their garbage of an order - packed and shipped by SAKS.
It is outrageous that a company of this alleged caliber would attempt to pawn off the merchandise that I ended up with. More disturbing is that so many items were missing - and they want ME to pay for their incompetence? Unbelievable. I suggest anyone shopping online, especially with SAKS, be very aware and keep records of everything.
I have the Saks Fifth Mastercard and use it rarely. I've only accumulated enough points to receive a giftcard on two occasions over the past few years (rather than cash back or other rewards, Saks rewards can only be used toward purchases from them). Both giftcards have proved to be incredibly frustrating to use online. Once a small item is purchased with the points, I've in both cases had to pay the remaining small amount (under $2.75 both times).
However, that's where things get tricky. Rather than just putting that small amount onto the Saks Fifth card, they put it onto a hypothetical "SaksFirst" card. This is not a card that I've ever physically had, and then when I try to pay it I've experienced the worst customer service of my life. Inept chat personnel who don't understand that I want to pay the balance online, but have no way to access the "SaksFirst" account since I have no idea what my account number is (I only have the Mastercard!), etc.
The last straw is a statement that I just received charging me 0.2 - that's correct, 2 cents, of interest on the $2.67 I paid last month. I've never paid interest on a single credit card in my entire life up to this point, and although it's a very small amount, this is absolutely the last straw. I would be remiss if I did not very strongly warn all others against any involvement in this ridiculous store scheme for confusion and grief!
N CHARLEDTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- My friend is visiting me from Moscow. This is her second time. Both times she spends most of her days shopping at the local outlet mall for bargains - professional work clothes etc. to bring back to Moscow (where the prices are ridiculously high). On this trip she bought many many items from the Saks outlet, including a few pairs of high end sunglasses. She decided to return one pair of Prada sunglasses. Saks would not allow her to. I think they took advantage of her English skills and just sort of sized her up. Well too bad. I won't shop there again.
In Moscow she is a professional woman. Here she was just dressed in casual tourist clothes. I won't do business with a company like that and I am sure she won't either.
ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY -- My husband and I shopped at the Saks Fifth Ave men's shoe department in the jersey garden outlet. The department was poorly staffed with only one service person. We were interested in a pair of shoes on the shelf with a sale sign clearly marked additional 50% off clearance price. We waited over 30 min for the sales person who lost the shoe box and mistakenly got the wrong size twice. We confirmed with the sales person on the 50% off and there was no dispute since the sign was clearly marked.
When we got to the checkout counter, however, the discount did not ring up. We asked to speak to a manager and waited for another 15 min since the manager was in the bathroom. We asked the manager to honor the discount. The manager and the sales person went to check it out and only the sales person returned and informed us that the discount only apply to a few style but they did not mark the selected styles yet. We were very disgusted with Saks' service and decided not to purchase the item.
We were very disappointed by Saks' poor service and failure to honor their own sale sign. It was clearly their inefficiency and poor management that led to the sale sign confusion but they refuse to honor it. The manager did not even have the courtesy to return and explain the mistake to the customer. We believe this store is grossly mismanaged. We will never return to this store again.