ANCHORAGE, ALASKA -- I had been to Walmart numerous times this summer and each time they pushed to get me to sign up for a Sam's club membership. I finally gave in and was talked into a plus membership with the promise of special deals, early and late shopping events with great deals for Plus members that they appreciate. We were notified of a special event on 18 Aug between 7 and 9 PM. We arrived at 7:30 PM and expected to enter and see what specials they have. As we walked toward the door we saw a line of 30-50 people waiting to get into the store. It was lightly raining.
The store was letting 15 people at a time enter the store. When I asked why we were waiting outside in the rain to get to a special event when we had paid extra for a plus membership. I talked to a lady who had come out to talk to customers waiting and she said they couldn't let everyone in at once because they were not staffed to do so. I then asked to talk to a manager - a man she identified as **. When I asked him why we were waiting in line in the rain to get in to a special event he indicated that everyone was waiting not just me - that was not the question I wanted answered.
As we spoke his voice was raised and I matched his volume level with my own. I finally asked for my membership dues back and he said after everyone was let in and taken care of then he would take care of me. I then asked him to re-affirm he said I just had to wait until everyone else was taken care of and he said "Yes" - his entire staff is there to take care of members. I reminded him I still am a member and showed him my card.** was rude and condescending. If this is how Sam's Club treats their Plus members I don't want to know how they treat regular customers or employees.
I thought a Plus membership meant I was going to be one of Sam's elite members but instead was treated worse than I have ever been treated by any retailer or wholesale organization. I left the store because I wasn't about to stand around in the rain to spend money at a store and I will return and ask for my membership refund - I hope Sam's honors that!!!!
ROBINSON, PENNSYLVANIA -- I would just like to start off by saying that I have NEVER in my entire life experienced customer service that was anywhere close to as terrible and harassing as I had received earlier today. I entered the store to return a wireless headset that I paid about $50.00 for and went to the customer service area. A lady (very slang talking) looked at my item and immediately brushed me off and said it probably couldn't be returned without a receipt.
I understand that there are restrictions to returns but I would expect them to assist someone such as myself with this issue when I paid $100.00 for a membership, spend $1,000's of dollars on food and electronics, and bring my family members along to buy and support your products.The only place that I shop is Sam's Club and I've always been a huge fan of the store but the one time that I have a problem with one of your products (have never returned an item before) the company turns their back on me like I'm a nobody.
I work for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and my boss would NEVER tolerate such poor behavior that was laid upon me today. The lady then said "go look for a different one while I see if this can even be returned." I went to the electronics area to check on a replacement only to return and overhear the manager and representatives snickering about my stupidity for what I was trying to do. The store manager looked at me and immediately said "this thing is beat on, you didn't buy this one week ago." That is when I became angry and told her it was the design of the product and don't appreciate being called a liar.
She immediately responded by saying "Don't you dare get an attitude with me," then went to look at the other microphones to validate my statements. She returned a few moments later only to state "my mistake I am not familiar with technology."
If something is not done about this then I can assure you (even though 1 customer doesn't matter to a company as huge as yours) that I will NEVER shop at Sam's Club again and will be sure to pass my experience along to my co-workers, friends, and family to ensure that they never give your company the chance to treat them like animals as was done to me. I deal with ** on the phone and in person 8 hours per day and the last thing I need is more of that after I get off of work.
Summary: Two separate porcelain Dinnerware sets arrived broken (shattered) due to grossly negligent packaging, i.e. no padding whatsoever, and no markings (eg: "fragile"/ "handle with care"). Sam's Club did refund the auction price upon return of the items, but refused to refund the shipping on one of the sets, as it was marked by the warehouse as having been returned undamaged. Both sets were not just damaged, they were shattered, and frankly, without any protective padding, it is impossible for these items to make it to anyone's doorstep in one piece. All in all I made six phone calls to get a refund of $10.41 for the shipping, a small amount that nonetheless turned into a matter of principle for me.
At the end of two of these phone calls I was assured that the refund was issued and I should see it in a few days. It never came through (two months after the beginning of this ordeal). Customer service agents and their supervisors were reasonably friendly in tone, but seemed unable and sometimes unwilling to provide help, it was like pulling teeth. I feel so disrespected and violated for indirectly being called a liar based on some log entry that the item was undamaged, and now I'm told I would have to produce visual evidence (pictures) that the items were indeed broken. I'm kicking myself for not taking any pictures when the boxes arrived.
With Sam's Club, customer is definitely NOT king. Several hours of aggravating phone calls, re-explaining everything, being promised one thing, then told another, makes one feel like a character from a Kafka novel, a helpless small character against an impenetrable and dysfunctional machine. I've given up on the small amount they owe me, but I will make damn sure other people will hear about this and know what they might get themselves into. You've been warned.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE BELOW ARE SHARED SENTIMENTS BY OTHERS. Referring to my Sam's Card I called your number and was advised, it is no longer in service and the email is no good also. What is going on? My name is ** and I am a Sam's Club member for more than a decade since residing in Georgia prior to relocating from Philly. I reside at **. My Landline: **. I patronize the Sam's on Jimmy Carter Blvd, near Interstate I-20, below Lawrenceville Hgwy.
Please take into account the below and know that these suggestions represent dozens if not hundreds of Sam's Store's customers. If need be I will have them submit the attached suggestions. Your Suggestion Box in the store with cards is not working. Step up your game. 1. Sam's Club need to erect an overhead (canopy) cover or rain shield so that customers like myself after parking do not have to walk in the rain between the entry door and exit door.
In the Store at the Food Court, improvements are critically needed. Too often we as customers are told we need to wait 10 minutes for hot dogs to cook. This is ridiculous. Do some research, check with Wendy's, sell sandwiches with lettuce and tomato and a sauce, Be competitive at the Food Court. Servers need to be more organized, aware as I am that the demand for after church groups and others on Sundays and on other days want prompt service; there is no excuse for not better planning to have cooked hot dogs, pretzels ready etc.
Cashiers are too slow moving customers through. Sam's need hand-carry baskets for customers shopping for a few items. The Sam's Club stores are overdue for this accommodation. Everyone does not buy on each visit in bulk, duh. Some only want a few items. 4. At the Gas pumps, too often the receipt machine runs out of paper; this in inexcusable. 5. At the pump, you need paper towels, water and squeezie handheld tool for customers. You used to have this for your customers convenience.
Sam's need to step up its game with gas pricing and post prices near the entry street. The QT Gas Station nearby is often cheaper than Sam's - too often. At Kroger, you get gas price discounts and the price is lower than Sam's which is inexcusable taking into account that Sam's Club members are bulk purchasers and deserve a lower competitive price when we gas up at Sam's. 7. At the Service counter finally improved with new counters, you need to upgrade your computers, get rid of the old outdated Monitors and CPU's to improve efficiency. The quality of ID photos on the member's cards need to be improved.
Most importantly, Sam's must recognize that you need to have special or discount cards etc so that you are competitive with other wholesalers/retailers (like BJ). Remember, everyone does not need to purchase in bulk and some look for deals. Sam's, consider selling cakes with chocolate on 1/2 and lemon on one 1/2. It makes sense. When you post buy two (muffins) for the price of one, you must cut in half the price if one is purchased. Sam's does not do this which is outrageous. You are a part of Wal-Mart and you need to step up your game.
Are you aware that sometimes you get better pricing at Wal-Mart than at Sam's in many cases? Have your people check this out. Presently, I know of say 100 or more individuals who share the concerns I have raised and I suggest you give priority to these concerns. I look forward to your reply or you can call me. You have my address and other contact information. I AWAIT YOUR REPLY.
HENDERSONVILLE NC, NORTH CAROLINA -- FEB 2011 HENDERSONVILLE NC SAM'S CLUB Store in direct violation of Sam's Club corporate, and in-store posted return policy. Keep in mind in my case I was trying to take back a box of rolled oats and a bag of walnuts, both unopened in the original condition as if it had never left store with original receipt being returned within one week of purchasing items. All Sam's Club stores have the same return policy. It's adhered to the customer service desk countertop facing the customer, including Hendersonville NC when this incident happened. Read full policy for yourselves, but for my purpose I will concentrate on my particular return.
ONLINE POLICY - Quote from Sam's Club Website: “We want you to be 100% satisfied, so we offer a 100% guarantee on merchandise and membership. We will refund purchases in full with a receipt. Click here to view our Return/Refund exceptions. (MY NOTE: Exception include cell phones, tv's, electronics, refrigerators – they take them back, it's just a different policy for items like that.)
No Receipt or Proof of Purchase Required: 200% guarantee on fresh products such as meat, bakery or produce, double the money back OR refund of the original purchase price and replacement of the item. The 200% guarantee applies only to paid Members with Sam's Club. It does not apply to one-day or other passes.”
I called Hendersonville Sam's Club before driving there to ask a question. Person asked me "What items?" I explained condition of products, receipt, a week after purchase. She told me food is non-returnable per manager!
When I went into the store the greeter/card checker told me very firmly,”They're not going to take those back.” I proceeded to customer service desk.
Examples of what the clerk said to me included: “[insert store manager's name] has worked in states here. It is a state law that if any food is purchased and has left the club it's non-returnable. It's a state law in S.C. not to accept any returns on food, and they don't have problems with people tainting food”, and she also stated “There's LOT'S of Sam's Club's out there you can't return food items because it's a state law”, and my favorite,” There are lots of great organizations out there you could donate the items to!”
I spent over eleven minutes at customer service trying to do a simple return and having to listen to this clerk and another chiming in to explain why this rule of theirs is a benefit for me. (On Sam's Club website, the return policy on alcohol is dictating the by state.) After I left the store I called nine S.C. stores to check the remark about ‘S.C. state law preventing stores from taking back any food item once it leaves the store'. All nine stores stated there is no law in S.C. preventing returns of food. All of the stores said they would happily take back my return, no questions asked.
One of the stores told me that's what I should EXPECT at the Hendersonville N.C. Sam's Club as well: no hassle.
When I went in to return my items at Hendersonville NC's Sam's Club the return took over eleven minutes and seven minutes of that was her arguing with me. I recorded it because I knew from speaking to 3 different people at the store I was in for a real fight. They told me they would give me the refund, but they would have to make a note in my Sam's Club account that I was informed about the ‘new policy' and there wouldn't be any other food returns after today.” Sam's Club stores don't make their own policy up as they go along.
You can call any Sam's Club and it's the same policy everywhere regarding groceries. I've called several states and have yet to find a state law that supersedes Sam's Club's return policy. This is second run-in I had with HENDERSONVILLE NC STORE: Paid cash (with parent who stood there to get picture taken for their own card issued after other parent, who had the second card on the account, died) and that person obviously pocketed my money and didn't record it so cash-out at end of day would not be off. Did finally reinstate membership. Now this!
I was bidding on a diamond pendant and won the bid at a very good price. I later received an email telling me that the item was not available any longer. "Unfortunately, we will have to cancel the below listed items from your order due to supplier availability." I did find it still available on the regular website and called their service support. After explaining what had happened I was told that the things that are on the auction are items that are not available any longer in the store or regular website.
I advised her that I did find the pendant and that it was sitting in my cart on the regular website. She indicated that she would send a service request over to the website and that someone would contact me. The following Monday (12/20/10) I did not get a call and the pendant is no longer in my cart on the site. After reading about another person's order being cancelled for the same reason I am suspecting that Sam's Club is not being honest in their dealings with their customers. Buyer Beware!
I was contacted by Sam's Club and problem corrected.
CARY, NORTH CAROLINA -- I usually get some bakery items from Sam's Club on a daily basis. They usually remind you to pick up your items if you forget to or if you are late. I was late this one time and they did not call me. I went in the next day to pick up my item and the employee at the bakery department rudely yelled at me about being there on time or they put your items on the shelves. Since my orders are different then they make regularly, they usually save the item for me or call me to remind me that I need to pick my order up. I got my item from the shelf and bought it.
The next time I had to place the same order again I called the bakery department and the same employee that was very rude picked up. As I started placing my order, she rudely interrupted and yelled at me and said "My manager told me that if you won't pick up your item the next we will put your item on the shelf always because you always do that!"
I have only been late ONCE about picking up my order so not ALWAYS. Second, they usually call the customer to remind them about the order but they did not and instead spread the rumor among the other staff members that I never pick up my order after placing it. This is not true at all. They need to learn how to talk to their customers and not blame them falsely without any reason.
I went to pick up my order the next day. My order was supposed to be ready at 10:00 am. I arrived there at 9:45 am. Another customer was also there and she too had placed an order to be ready around the same time. But neither of our orders were ready. After waiting for 45 minutes and finally receiving my order I came to realize that they were still warm, even though they were covered with the plastic. You could see the moisture in the plastic covering them. At the cash register, the cashier realized that too and said "Oh these are warm". Went I opened the package, I had never seen such worse muffins from Sam's club. They were as hard as rock.
I think the bakery department needs to get more training on how to behave with a customer and they need a lot of manners especially that one girl who yells at her customers and spreads around false accusations. I was a regular customer and went there at least thrice a week but now after this horrible experience I am thinking about whether or not to renew my membership or go back there again.
SEEKONK, MASSACHUSETTS -- In April,08 I returned to Sam's Club located in Seekonk, Massachusetts to have my tires rotated and to repair a pending flat tire (a screw embedded itself in my tire) under warranty. The tire is on a 1993 4WD pickup. Here is the short version of my complaint.
Sam's Club tire center agreed the tire that has been damaged by a screw was unrepairable because the screw was in the sidewall and I was entitled to a new prorated tire under the warranty. The damaged tire was on the right front of my truck. Sam's Club said the new replacement tire has a tread depth of 16/32 of an inch, and the undamaged left front tire the has 6/32 of an inch remaining. Therefore, it is against their policy to have two tires on the same axle that have more than a 5/32 of an inch difference. They would not replace the damaged tire unless I bought a new tire for the left side too.
As far as I was concerned the left front tire had much useful life left. This tire is legal in Massachusetts until it goes below 3/32 of tire tread depth. I asked the tire person to produce this policy and more importantly show me where it states this in the tire warranty. He could not. He could only say it was because the tire is on a 4WD and that mechanism could be damaged. I asked to see the manager. A female manager appeared and I told her I disagreed and only wanted one tire replaced under warranty. She would not allow this.
I then asked her to prorate the undamaged tire and if they would allow me this credit on the undamaged tire I would buy the second tire. She agreed. I left the garage and went into the store and got the 2 new tires off the rack. As I proceeded to the register to pay I was approached by this same female manager. She said after further conferring with the tire installer I would have to purchase two more tires for the rear of the truck because they measured 7/32 in depth and once the two new tires were installed on the front that measured 16/32 there was now a difference of more that 5/32 between the front tires and rear tires which is against there policy.
She further said it was for my own safety. The tire person added it was because the truck was a four wheel drive and again the mechanism could be damaged. I told him that might apply to newer models that are full time computer controlled 4WD vehicles but not my 15 year old truck. I said I would not buy another two tires
especially since the rear tires have just under half their tread left on them. I asked to speak to the store manager and this female manager said there is no one who will over rule me on this matter.
The manager then said I could buy the two tires and take them from the store and have them installed elsewhere but not at Sam's. I then said "So I guess my safety is not really your concern after all!!!" I left the store with a screw still in my tire. I went to another tire dealer and had no problem replacing the damaged tire. So, keep this hassle and ploy by Sam's Club in mind when deciding to purchase a tire or a set of tires.
Your warranty turns out to be more comprehensive than you can imagine. I feel Sam's Club implements policies to make more sales for them, as you can see from my experience. I intend to file a complaint with the BBB to recover my monetary loss on the damaged tire they refuse to warranty.
NEW JERSEY -- I bought two Vizio 42 inch smart TVs. As for their extended warranties, they told me I had full coverage on two TVs. The warranties are covered from soup to nuts. I asked what is not covered, they told me everything is covered. If I have a cracked screen, something spills on the TV, I am covered. I got home and called the warranty company and all the information Sam's Club's store manager told me was wrong. Yet, they charged $50.00 for what? If a picture tube breaks they will fix it. I could go out and buy another TV than keeping this contract. I have one year contract on each TV. So, why give false information to customers when they don't know what the contract covers?
Purchased 3 items from Sam's Club auction, on the last one I won a bid on a camera. But 3 days after winning the bid, I received an email from Sam's Club stating that the item was no longer available. But, they continue to auction the items. I contacted them several times and every representative I spoke to had different story to tell me. One of them suggested that I bid again because they had 14 of them left. I won again and didn't get any response for 6 days.
When I called them they told me another false story and that someone will contact me on the phone within 24 hrs. And after 4 days I received an e-mail saying that they couldn't fulfil my order. Just a week later they have the item up for auction again. I guess they didn't like the price or they don't care about their customers. Looking at the review it looks like an ongoing problem. It is time to move to Costco.