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!!!!
I won an auction for a flat screen TV and received the "you won" and "order confirmation" emails. A week later I checked my account and found it had been cancelled. I called and was told they were out of stock yet they sold three more several days after I supposedly won mine but for higher prices. They either cancelled mine and sold it later for a higher price or were selling things they did not have physical possession of. Both are violations of auction fundamentals. I asked for something with similar specs and was told "No". They have no reserve on their auction items.
Since this posting Sam's Club got involved after my phone call complaints and set me up with 3 "private auctions". In theory they located the item and held it for me alone to bid on. They had me place the same bid they could not fulfill previously and I won all three but they were not able to fill the orders after all that. I can't believe their customer service got involved to that point and still could not come up with the item they claimed to have.
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.
Just wanted to say that I too bid on an item, a Nintendo DS game Scribblenauts, for my Grandson. I won the bid. Instead of getting the email with information saying it's being shipped, it said the order was canceled. I had never had any trouble with this Sam's Auction before until now. I called the "Auction Team" and at first the girl tried to tell me my payment wouldn't process, or my credit card wouldn't go through. I have a very large limit and zero balance and she's trying to tell me it wouldn't go through? Try again! She says, "let me check again," and comes back to say that the order was canceled because they no longer have the product available.
How can a company post something for auction and not have it? I believe the price was too low also, and they didn't want to give it to me. Or why not try and compensate me with another DS game? I asked them if that's one of their ways of doing business and if they treat all their customers like that. I don't get it. It ** me off to think I spent my time and effort to try to Win this bid and they don't have it. Come on! On another note, I want to mention to folks to please, please, look at the estimated shipping amount. All I've ever looked at before was to make sure my bid amount was correct.
I bought the Ceramic Beverage Dispenser - Yellow. It sells at Sam's Club for $19.99. I won the bid (they have so many) for $1.00. Shipping for this product is/was $60.00. When they sent the email to say they were shipping it, it had the total on the bottom. I saw it said $60.00. I thought it was an error so I went to the auction page and found one to bid on, just to check the estimated shipping, and it showed $59 and some change. So please, be extra careful. I see on the page right now someone is bidding and the price is $20 for one and the other that hasn't closed is $10. IT'S NOT WORTH IT!! This is one product I won't be telling my husband about.
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.
CATONSVILLE, MARYLAND -- Sam's Club buyers beware: their return policy is not the same as Costco's despite their supposed assurances that they provide 100% satisfaction guarantee on their products (which may be found on their website and even posted in their stores). About 17 months ago we purchased a Danby wine cooler from samclub.com. Danby's warranty is 2 years parts and labor, five years on the sealed system (compressor, condenser, evaporator, etc.). Yesterday the unit stopped working. I called Danby to find local repair service and they said that they had no service providers anywhere near our location in Baltimore, MD.
When I asked what their customers in the Baltimore area should do if they have a warranty claim, their response was to take it back to the dealer. I said that shouldn't be a problem because I purchased the cooler at Sam's Club and they have a 100% merchandise satisfaction guarantee (or so I thought). Packed up the unit (weight about 100 pounds) and brought it to Sam's. I asked for an exchange for an identical unit they had in stock. (Good thing I didn't ask for a refund!) The clerk working the desk said that because the unit is over one year old a manager had to approve the exchange.
A manager was summoned and first thing he said was "We can't accept a return for a product that old." When I brought up the "100% satisfaction guarantee" he said that it did not include products returned after six months. "Plus, if we accepted products after that period why would anyone purchase an extended warranty." I said that I thought that Sam's return policy was now the same as Costco's. He mistakenly said that "Costco doesn't accept returns past a certain amount of time." (Since I am also a Costco member I know that statement is incorrect, except for the six month policy for computers.)
Note that the Danby wine cooler has a two year warranty and my return was within that period, although this should not have been a factor. Seeing that I was getting nowhere, I said that I had tried to have the unit serviced but that Danby didn't have any service repair facilities in the area. Luckily, Danby sent me an email stating this, which I gave to the manager.
Upon seeing this he threw up his hands and said, "OK, in this instance, because of this unusual situation, I'll accept the return." So, Sam's Club buyers beware- don't expect same return policy as Costco members enjoy. Also, Danby buyers should be sure that local Danby repair service is available, otherwise their warranty is meaningless.
You are going to have to arrest me, tackle me, shoot me, or something else to make me stop and be checked when leaving Sam's Club. I paid for and have the receipt for the items in my cart. I will not waste 2 seconds of my time playing their security game. I will continue to walk right past all the poor suckers waiting in line to be inspected after checkout and attempting to leave the store. Get a life Sam's Club. Kick me out of your pitiful elite club, which I have found to have few if any prices better than anywhere else.
Your readers should be aware that if they complete (or even start) the Sam's Club survey they will be immediately inundated with numerous spam messages, as well as possible text messages on their cell phones. Sam's says "We value your opinion," and to "please complete a survey about today's club visit." If you do this you will be asked to give your address, email address, and cell/home phone number. Step two offers numerous "offers", which requires you to select at least two of the "offers".
I immediately ended the "survey" and found a confirmation on my email site. After unsubcribing I found 9+ emails that I believe were linked to this "survey", as well as a commercial text message on my cell. I can deal with the email messages as I will treat them all as spam, but the text messages cost me.