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No hangers for a garment bag??
Posted by MplsTM on 09/24/2009
My wife bought this garment bag for me and initially I was very pleased - thought I couldn't go wrong with a Samsonite bag. However, when I started looking around to find a swivel-top hanger that works with the bag, I couldn't find one. I stopped at a Samsonite outlet, then I emailed customer service. They emailed back a copy of a page from their catalog, showing 6 hangers but 4 of the 6 have markings to indicate they're no longer available. I called the customer service number, waited on hold for at least 10 minutes, then talked to someone that said only 1 hanger was available but she wasn't sure if it would work for my bag. Today I got a message saying that the only hanger that would work for my bag is the wire hanger (like the one you get from the dry cleaner). The problem with those hangers is that you can't fold down the hook, so your suit hangs too low in the bag. I can't believe they don't make a hanger that's compatible with a new bag that was just purchased weeks ago. Are you kidding me??
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Posted by MSCANTBEWRONG on 2009-09-24:
What's so unique about the bag that doesn't allow a standard hanger to work?
Posted by MplsTM on 2009-09-24:
Using a regular hanger forces your suit to hang too low in the bag, so you end up with empty space at the top and the bottom of your suit coat hanging past the bottom of the bag.
Posted by MSCANTBEWRONG on 2009-09-24:
Have you tried the large wooden hangers with the wire hook? Those might work a bit better. Good luck in finding something that works for you.
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Did they say "worldwide warranty" ?
Posted by Castagnette on 11/24/2009
I bought this Samsonite suitcase at Macy's, in Chicago, a year ago, after my other suitcase had been damaged and could not be repaired because it was not a well-known trademark. I bought a Samsonite because it said it had a "ten year global warranty". On the way back from my last trip, one side seam was ripped, even though my suitcase was not overloaded. I brought it back to a Samsonite luggage dealer, here in France, who sent it back to Samsonite. The Samsonite Europe Service center replies that it is the airline's fault.

I would think a suitcase seam would be built to withstand handling by an airline staff.
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When does a luggage warranty end?
Posted by Skippy3 on 12/27/2009
I returned a piece of Samsonite luggage about an hour ago, to the factory outlet store where I purchased it, because the retractable handle had fallen apart on me.

The piece of luggage was purchased in Feb 2007, and the receipt indicated that it had a 3-year warranty. It was the original receipt, in excellent condition.

The clerk told me that the warranty was not valid because it was so close to being expired. duh...???

She called security on me because I got upset. Security showed up, and so did another, considerably older employee. I can only guess that the second woman was a manager. She did not say one way or the other.

This second employee said that my luggage repair would not be covered - that I would have to pay for it - because of a clause in the warranty that addresses "normal wear and tear". She said my warranty was no longer valid.

These are my questions:

1. Does any other manufacturer arbitrarily end a 36-month warranty at 34 months?

2. Whether it's luggage, a car or something electronic (TV, stereo, cell phone, etc), shouldn't the warranty exclude ABNORMAL wear and tear as opposed to normal wear and tear? Can you even imagine a car warranty expiring early because you drove the car 11,000 miles per year?

3. Neither employee would tell me the cost of the repair, not even an estimate. I asked why not, and there was only silence. Do I not have the right to make an informed decision? I just found the same piece of luggage online, at an awesome price of $80.99, supposedly for this weekend only. Even a rough estimate, of $10, $50 or $75, would have allowed me to make an informed decision, and I would not have become angry.
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Posted by dan gordon on 2009-12-27:

the warranty excludes wear and tear which I'd assume include scuffs, tears, external handles and zippers etc. It was never covered so it had nothing to do with the warranty term. It took far less time to google Samsonite warranty then to type your complaint.
Posted by Skye on 2009-12-27:
I would contact Samsonite directly:

Phone: 800-547-BAGS (2247)

Email: Questions@Samsonite.com
Email: Questions@AmericanTourister.com

Inquire about Warranty and Repairs
Phone: 800-262-8282
Email: samsonite@casupport.com

Posted by localgod on 2009-12-27:
The manufacturer's warranty only covers manufacturing defects unless it is an extended warranty offered by a third party. Read the warranty fine print.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-27:
And why would you return it to the store? The store does not issue the warranty, the manufacturer does. You return it to Samsonite.
Posted by Jay. H on 2012-01-06:
I took my wife's carry on bag to be fixed at Luggage Repair Center in Miami, Florida. The spring in the pull out handle got stuck and I was unable to pull the bag. I left the peice at the center and was told it would take 3-4 days to repair it (for free), and that they would send it to my home via FedEx. The very next day it arrived, much to my surprise, and it was fixed. the service was great and the manager was very helpfull. No complaints here, only compliments and a big thank you. Great service center.
Posted by Samsonsite Suck on 2013-08-28:
Bad, maybe this guys claim was questionable, but also poorly handled which is common for Samsonite. The warranty for SamsoWEAK is worthless. 100% always the airlines fault. Make sure you tell everyone you know, the way to heard a bad corporate citizen is to dry up there profits.
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Poor Quality, Poor Service
Posted by Uptownandy on 09/08/2013
While returning home from Heathrow, the handle on my suitcase would not retract. It was the second time I've used the bag. I took it apart when I got home to find an internal molded part was broken. I left my contact info on the Samsonite web site with the promise of a response within 24 hours. I received no response. I tried again a few days later with the same result. I called the 800 number on the website and was on hold for 20 minutes without ever speaking to a human. I tried this twice but no one picked up.

I finally received a response when I contacted European Customer Service. I was told I would have to ship my suitcase (at my expense) to an authorized repair agent who would determine if the product was covered under warranty. I provided model #'s, photo's of the damaged piece and asked if they could just send me the part. I offered to pay for it. They refused and insisted I ship my suitcase.

Having taken apart the bag, I'm surprised at the low quality of its components. The broken part was an inexpensive piece of plastic 1 inch by 5 inches long which easily could have been mailed. The lack of product quality was only compounded by the misrepresentation of their website and disinterest of customer service personnel.
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Poor Customer Service / No Contact
Posted by Aprigit668 on 08/22/2013
ON-LINE DIRECT WITH SAMSONITE -- I purchased 5 suit cases in September for gifts at Christmas. My granddaughter used it only 4 times and the seam came apart. She went back to school across country. I called customer service, which informed me of several repair shops from my zip code to determine if it is eligible for free repair or new one. All four repair shops were in NY and I live in CT which is 2 hrs away and the suit case is in AZ. She will not be back until Christmas and cannot use it on return. She is also on campus with no vehicle. Due to these issues there was no one to speak to to help with my issues or concerns. It is like I have to eat the cost of an item that is a defect. The seam came apart. It should have held up with only 4 uses. Very frustrated and feel the company does not want to stand by their product.
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Posted by DebtorBasher on 2013-08-22:
Have your daughter use her zip code to see if there are any repair places near her...if there is, send her the receipt or whatever she'll need to have it checked. She can have a friend drive her. Other than that, I think the company offered you the best they could.
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Not Worth the Value and Won't Repair
Posted by Williamsonandcompany on 01/19/2013
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- I purchased a Samsonite Garment bag at $150.00 value, or at least I thought until I sent it back for repair within a year and they told me that it was smashed and not repairable, blaming it on the airlines. I do understand that the airlines abuse bags but Samsonite guaranteed the bag and would honor their agreement. I had to send it back to them 3 months after I bought it because of a zipper issue, and then had to send it back after they “so called repaired it”.

Their products are very cheaply built and I would not spend over $50.00 for their products, at least at that price you know what you are going to get.
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New Samsonite Luggage Handle Sliced My Hand Open
Posted by Sandramblades on 01/14/2013
ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA -- I travel for a living and in September purchase a new Samsonite suitcase at the outlet in Reading PA. The rubber on the lifting handle starting coming off in November and finally in December as I reached to lift the bag, my hand was sliced. I was in Denver heading to the airport and had to stop and get stitched. Travelled home the next day with duct tape covering the handle.

I called customer service and have been getting the run around. Am now told that I need to purchase a new suitcase and it is normal wear and tear. Really? the suitcase was used 5 times. You mean to tell me that the handle should disintergrate after 5 uses.
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Posted by trmn8r on 2013-01-15:
Yeah, that's the problem with luggage. Both the manufacturers and airlines get away with that "normal wear and tear" line.

Assuming the bag was not mishandled, that is a very short amount of time for it to fall apart. Do you know that the handle was not struck hard with a sharp object, for example?
Posted by BigAl on 2013-01-15:
5 months does seem like a short time for the handle to wear out but handles are replacable. As far as the injury to your hand---you had a 2 month warning that there was a problem yet you did not address the issue. Had you addressed the problem when first noticed it is possible that the handle could have been repaired rather than now neededing to be placed. For sure you would not have cut your hand.
Posted by At Your Service on 2013-01-16:
If you want it to look reasonable but be protected, you can get handle wrap from a bike shop.
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Terrible Customer Service
Posted by Bayaar69 on 12/01/2012
Expect a wait time of at least 30 minutes for a call. Terrible customer service. When I finally connected, they did not recognize my product. Everything from them is made in China, so there help centers are oblivious.

Damaris is a terrible customer service representative. Every time I write an email, I get the same generic response without her reading it.

The product is garbage and overpriced. The wheel fell off after the first use.
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Samsonite Warranty Is Written to Protect Samsonite and Not the Consumer
Posted by MauiLea on 05/25/2012
NEW YORK -- I purchased the Samsonite Luggage in Riverhead, NY. It cost me about $120. I am a business traveller and used the luggage to travel domestically over the course of a year. I would estimate that I travelled about 5 times, round trip. Prior to the one year warranty expiration, I noticed that the "Piping" near the bottom of the suitcase was wearing away. This Piping covered a metal wire that goes around the entire piece of luggage. When I returned the item for warranty repair, the repair shop told me the item was not covered under warranty.

I would like to comment that the luggage looks lightly used. It was NOT abused in any way. The handle and cloth is fine. There are no stains or other obvious sign of abuse. Normal wear and tear due to use of poor quality materials. I was quoted about $100 to fix it.

Why would I pay $100 to fix an item that cost me $120? I should just put duct tape over the worn piping and say "Like my tape? This tape covers the poor quality material used by Samsonite in the manufacture of this suitcase. What Samsonite Warranty?" Then I should continue to travel throughout the United States. My own form of free speech.....and I stand by my opinion.

I am very disappointed in the quality of Samsonite luggage. I have used their luggage for years. What did I do? I went out and bought a brand NEW Tumi suitcase. And I will never buy Samsonite again.

And I will use my Samsonite luggage with the duct tape and my personal message on it. Maybe others will see my humor. Maybe Samsonite will begin to use better quality materials and not blame a customer for their use of "cheap and defective materials."

Hey...the lesson is that you get what you pay for. Spending $120 on a Samsonite suitcase was a waste. I have learned my lesson.

See you on the road.
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Posted by trmn8r on 2012-05-25:
If piping was "wearing", it sounds like normal wear and tear to me. My guess would have been a warranty would not cover such a thing. I can see your argument is that this is premature.
Posted by maria on 2013-11-17:
My suitcase got broken at the stitching on the top after 2 uses. I drove 70 miles and the repair guy told me it was not covered by the warranty. If that is Not covered, I wonder what is it? The repair shop sells new luggage, so I guess they want to sell you new pieces. And he had the nerve to tell me that samsonite makes lower quality pieces for retailers like Macys and TJmaxx. I do not buy a suitcase every day, and I pay more money for a Samsonite as I thought it'd last longer than 2 uses!!! And the guy also said "this happened because of compression during a flight". Tell me which luggage does NOT COMPRESS DURING A FLIGHT!!! I think that the "BIG WARRANTY thing is to make you buy their luggage for more money, assuming 1% of the costumers actually CLAIM something. I was very upset. Never buying Samsonite again.
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Samsonite Warranty is USELESS
Posted by Jcb95492 on 10/15/2011
SUNRISE, FLORIDA -- I purchased a 2 piece luggage set at the Samsonite Factory Outlet store in Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, FL and on my first trip, 6 months later, the handle on the smaller of the set would not extend all the way to the top. The store sent the small piece to the "repair center." A month later, they called me back to say it WAS a factory defect, and for that reason they would fix it...if they couldn't fix it, they would replace it with a new one. Great deal, right? WRONG! They told me the model/style had been discontinued and they didn't have the matching handle for it...they could replace the handle with either a black or blue one, but it wouldn't match my green suitcase. I told them if they couldn't repair it so that it would match, I wanted them to replace both pieces...after all, that's why I bought a matching set. The told me NO and that was not part of the warranty. They then said they would replace the entire piece of luggage, but it would be a different color...same problem, would not match my other larger piece. I then asked them if they would at least change out both handles so both pieces would finally match and once again...NO! I finally asked them if they would let me return or exchange it and what do you supposed their response was??...you guessed it NO!! 1-800 customer service was USELESS...they simply take your information and send it on to another person who makes the decision (which is ALWAYS not in your favor). They KNOW they are doing me wrong and they simply do not care about their obligation to their customer or saving me as a future consumer.

The moral of this store is this: I personally believe that the "factory outlet store" is nothing more than a grave yard dumping ground for their manufacture defects. They send their damaged crap to the store to sell cheaply to unsuspecting customers who feel they are getting a good deal on last year's models. They know that its harder to sell individual pieces than sets, so they get you to buy the set and when the sucker customer finds out one is damaged, they simply replace it with another non-matching piece thereby insuring they can sell all of their crap merchandise individually as they intended to in the first place. I went to Samsonite because of their "good reputation in luggage" and 10 year "warranty." The fact is their luggage is defective and their warranty is useless. I would obviously NOT recommend this store to anyone who wants to buy a high quality set of luggage with a good warranty because you will end up with NEITHER.
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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-10-15:
The main problem here, IMO, is you discovered that what you bought had a defect 6 months after you bought it. If it had been sooner, perhaps you could have returned it, depending on the store's return policy.

So you are now in a warranty situation. They attempted to honor the warranty to the best of their ability, but you were not satisfied with their offer.

To me the moral of the story is to be careful shopping at factory outlets and inspect what you buy promptly so you don't get burned.
Posted by jcb95492 on 2011-10-15:
@trmn8r apparently you missed the point of my entire argument, so I'll sum it up for you again...the warranty is useless. I did inspect the luggage but you are correct, I didn't bother to walk around the entire mall with the handle up and down several times to simulate an airport prior to purchasing it. With your logic and sense of fairness, maybe you should apply for a job with Samsonite...I'm sure you'd fit right in.
Posted by At Your Service on 2011-10-16:
I agree with you trmn8r.

My thought is that the purchase was from a factory outlet store. To me, this is on the same level as buying "scratch and dent" and then getting miffed because the item isn't as new. Sure the O.P. may have a different color handle, but there is still a fully functional baggage set at a reduced priced.

Actually, I'd love the mismatched handle. What a better way to identify your luggage on the carousel!
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-10-16:
Factory outlets are not the same as 'scratch and dent' unless the merchandise is marked irregular.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-10-16:
Great comment AYS. I never thought of that about the mismatched handle. I'll take that into consideration the next time I fly.
Posted by jcb95492 on 2011-10-17:
Obviouly you have never been to the Sawgrass Mills Mall before. It's the largest outlet mall in the country and the 2nd largest tourist attraction in Florida next to Disney. This is a VERY upscale mall and the ENTIRE mall is nothing but outlet stores. This isn't a flea market as you characterise. Maybe you should google the mall before making such an ignorant comment.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-10-17:
jcb, I live near a premium outlet mall, so I know exactly what you mean.
Posted by At Your Service on 2011-10-17:
I'm around some very premium outlet malls too. Generally these stores out outlets for a reason. They carry merchandise that is not otherwise sold through normal supply chains. Nothing wrong with that. You can get some pretty good deals, but you give up something in return. By no means are they intended to be a second-hand flee shop; although, I have fun going through those too ;-)

I really am surprised that this mall is such an attraction; second only to Disney! I was just in that neck of the woods and saw or heard nothing about it. Disney is far from the only thing there though. Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Kennedy Space Center, Daytona, Midevel Times, dozens of water parks and sports franchises -- there sure is a lot to do.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-10-17:
The mall in my area does not carry merchandise not otherwise sold through normal supply chains. It's wrong to diminish the importance of the OP's complaint by assuming they bought something equivalent to 'scratch and dent'.
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