On March 30th, I ordered one (1) back scratcher for $7.99. A few days later, I received two (2) packages in the mail: one contained the back scratcher that I ordered and the other contained three screwdrivers that I never ordered. Neither package had any documentation, whatsoever. When I looked at my credit card statement, I found two (2) separate charges for $7.99. Each of those line items contained the same phone number, 847-286-1940. That number is not-in-service!
When I went back to Sears.com, there was no provision for telephone contact. There was a "help" feature that DID NOT PROVIDE FOR AN ERROR ON SEARS' PART. The not-in-service phone number and the lack of telephone numbers on the website makes me believe that Sears has taken deliberate steps to frustrate its customers. What happened next, confirms that suspicion.
On April 5th, after a long struggle trying to find a phone number, I called 800-349-4358 and spoke to Rob, or Rod, or Bob at extension **. He promised me that he would take care of it within 48 hours. On April 12th, I got an email that said: "In regards to your order number **, we received your request regarding the missing quantity. We researched on your order and we see that you have ordered only 1 quantity. Hence you have received one quantity. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.If you have any comments or questions, please chat with us now for assistance..."
Notice that the problem went from double billing to there is no missing quantity. Okay, if you only delivered one (1) back scratcher, why was I billed for two (2) back scratchers? I called 800-366-3028 and eventually got Troy who was not helpful. He continued to follow "the script" and gave me every excuse of why the promise made by Rob, or Rod, or Bob was not fulfilled. When I asked him if following his checklist was more important than reversing an erroneous $7.99 charge for customer satisfaction, he replied that he cannot reverse the charge, nor can anyone else.
Troy refused my request for his supervisor. Troy was unable to provide me with the address to make a written complaint, and he was unwilling to make the effort to find the address for a written complaint. He kept parroting the excuse that he has a policy to follow. I wrote a complaint to corporate HQ in Hoffman Estates and received a voicemail from Preston on April 20. The phone number he left, 800-479-6351, put me in a phone tree that did not have an option for complaints or returns.
On April 21st, I got to Denise who said it was the fault of Unique Bargains, a third-party vendor, and that I should call them at 650-279-0778 because Sears has had problems emailing them. All together I have been on the phone over two hours for a $7.99 charge that was totally SEARS' MISTAKE. Rob, or Rod, or Bob did not make good on his 72 hours promise, Sally's email claims there was no problem to fix, and Troy only cared about following the script, Preston puts me back into a phone tree, and Denise says it's between me and Unique Bargains.
On April 23rd, I got an email from Jude ** who wrote: "As the cost is lower than the return shipping fee how about do a partial refund? We can offer 15%. Please contact us back so that we can assists you further. If you have any comments or questions, please chat with us now for assistance." Called 800-366-3028 and spoke to Jam who couldn't take care of it; spoke to Helen who said she'd escalate it and that I'd receive a call back from one of her three supervisors.
On April 24th, I got an email from June ** who said: "For your convenience we have issued the refund of $7.99 for the Order # **. You can keep both the items. Please allow 3-5 business days for the refund to reflect in your account." Is it really this necessary for a customer to go though this aggravation over SEARS' MISTAKE?
COLORADO -- On Friday December 18th I called the Sears appliance repair phone number provided in my owner's manual. I explained the problem I was having with my washing machine. The Sears representative could not help me fix my washer and so told me (after looking up repair availability) that a repair person would be coming to my home that afternoon.
I then got a e-mail stating the Sears will not send a repair person until Jan. 14th, 2016. I called the customer service dept. back and let them know that this will not work for me as I do not have a laundry within an hour away. She then said she would get me on an earlier schedule and that someone will be calling me to let me know when the new date will be. It is Tuesday the 22nd of Dec. today and I still not received a call. This morning I called several numbers provided in my owner's manual and online. I was put on hold and then the line went dead.
I started a chat with someone online from Sears. I explained my issues with him and gave him my phone number which he asked for. I never received a call from him. Finally I found another number to call and was greeted by a lady who spoke broken English. After asking her to repeat what she just said a couple of times I came to the understanding that I was not going to get service until Jan. 14th, 2016. If it takes that long to provide service to your customers why don't you hire more service technicians???
I generally do not buy extended warranties from Sears or anyone but was convinced by the salesman that it would be worth it. I have been a Sears card holder since 1980 and have shopped with my family at Sears since I was a little boy. I have spent thousands of dollars at Sears and would be spending thousands more. Not any more!!! This is my official notice to Sears that my life long relationship with their company is done.
MIAMI, FLORIDA -- Whirlpool fridge was leaking some water. Called for repair. Paid $300 for a 5 min. repair. Technician says, "Let me give you my cell phone number." Next morning the water leak was worse than before. Ray never answered his phone or text. Sears says it will be 1 week before they can send someone to fix his screwup. Now I have to worry for a week about my kitchen flooding or getting soaked with water because he did not do the proper repair? Stopped payment on my debit card. They will get paid when the job is done properly. If I must wait a week, so will they. Will NEVER use them again!
Would never shop at Sears again - Horrible return policy and pathetic customer service.I purchased apparel from Sears and never got a chance to return items that did not fit me since I was travelling internationally. It was around 60 days when I finally got a chance to visit the store for the return. The store associate was rude and refused to entertain my return or even give me a store credit. I was just provided a customer support number. Those guys further directed me to a customer relations team. That lady was very arrogant and refused to hear me out. Blatant reply I got was return policy changed from 90 days to 30 days.
It is disgusting that at no point was I as a customer made aware of this NEW 30 day return policy while I was making this purchase, neither is it mentioned anywhere on the receipt for customer reference. They have deliberately left it lose to misguide the customer. The associate's reasoning was that I should read this policy that is posted on the billing counters (in 5mm size text, really???) or I should go to Sears.com to educate myself regarding their new return policy.
I am pretty sure Sears is losing out in the race against other stores like Kohl's and JCP which such cheap, customer harassing gimmicks. Definitely, I for one am never setting foot in a Sears store ever again.
BONNEY LAKE, WASHINGTON -- In general, we are all just little fish in a great big pond. Whatever happened to really caring about each and every customer? I pay for a service of shipping a part, yet it's not much of a service at all. You get told an estimated arrival date, when that goes by, you call and they up the date another week. By what means does the Sears Company ship. Camel, slug, sloth. There is no way it takes two weeks to get a part to your customers. Never again will I purchase from Sears. They don't care about you, once they get your money. Oh wait, I forgot the Motto of the world. It's the (Less For More) program that all of business has become. It's all gone to hell and a hand basket!
NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- I have a problem with my Sears Credit card. I'm try to closed my account. I don't own anything on my card but the Sears fraud department refused to closed my account because they are unavailable to verify my phone number. I forgot to update my phone number before calling Sears customer's services. They keep asking to write a letter with my new information and a copy of my Sears credit card statement. Unfortunately I enrolled in paperless so I'm unable to send this information.
Now they are telling me they already send me a letter to my address and they want me to send this letter back to them but I haven't receive any letter from them I keep. This is the 3rd time they said they had send me a letter but nothing. Please anyone can help me.
HOFFMAN, ILLINOIS -- I bought a Whirlpool dishwasher from Sears 8 months ago. Since then it has had 8 service calls, 5 repairs and 3 where they came out with the wrong parts. My dishwasher has now been broken since December 5th. At this time they have agreed to replace the dishwasher which seemed like a good thing... not. So I chose the new dishwasher on December 23rd. They finally called me on January 6th and cannot install the new dishwasher until January 27th.
At this point I would have rather they fixed the old one. At least I would have a dishwasher. I have spoken with installation, delivery, customer service, the local store and the compensation department. Spending hours on hold, being hung up and getting the wrong answers. It appears to me Sears is no longer a reputable company. Buyer Beware!!!
I purchased a game table from Sears.com over a month before Christmas, it was to be my parent's gift to the kids. Two weeks before Christmas I get a call telling me that the table is no longer in stock. I searched the internet and found this store. I explained the situation, and while they could not guarantee that I would get the game table before Christmas, but they would do what they could. They processed the request and I received it a week before Christmas. Saved the day that Sears messed up! Thanks RecRoomStore.
COLD SPRING, KENTUCKY -- The Sears delivery team, while in the process of delivering a refrigerator, smashed it into my dining room chandelier, virtually destroying the fixture, along with the door blinds on my entrance door. Such carelessness and recklessness I have never before experienced from a retail organization, which is exceeded only by their lack of accountability.
After two months and countless communications with multiple claim departments, I have yet to receive a penny in reimbursement. Not only will Sears not stand behind the product they sell, but apparently, they refuse to accept accountability for property damage caused by them or their representatives/agents. STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM SEARS AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!!!
MOREHEAD CITY, NORTH CAROLINA -- I found a treadmill in a Sears store but they didn't have it in stock. The associates suggested ordering it online and having it shipped to the store nearest me. It took two weeks for the treadmill to arrive and I picked it up from the Morehead City, NC store. After half a dozen uses, the belt began to fray and I was still within the 30-day return policy so I contacted Sears.com and asked what to do. Patricia (online chat) said it had to be returned to the store it was picked up from so I loaded it into a borrowed vehicle to return it to the store.
I arrived at Morehead City, NC store to return it. The woman, Jenna, was helpful but couldn't "find" the transaction in their system. It shouldn't have mattered since I had the online receipt and the store pick-up receipt. Her manager then told her that they didn't accept returns at the store because they are an outlet store. I called Sears.com for them to verify that this was true since I was specifically told to return it to this store. After an hour on the phone, they said it had to be returned to a full-line store, which is 50 miles from me. This in itself is completely unacceptable.
Since they refused to take it at the store and the woman, Adds, from Sears.com "couldn't do anything more", I was forced to take it to Jacksonville, NC. The gentleman at merchandise pick-up, Jason, was extremely helpful but, again, for whatever reason they couldn't find it in their system even after entering everything from the receipts. He called Sears.com to see what the problem was and the woman on the phone told him it had to be returned to Morehead City, NC store.
At this point, I was steaming mad and he told the woman I was told to return it to Jacksonville, NC. She said she can see where it was noted on the file that it was to be returned to Jacksonville, but policy said it had to go to the store it was picked up from. Finally, I got on the phone with her and said I don't care what she has to say because they can't seem to get their information straight. I refused to leave the store with the treadmill and got on the phone with my credit card company to file a fraudulent charge.
The woman on the phone then said because the order was placed over 30 days ago, I couldn't return it even though the order never arrived in store for two weeks after the date of purchase. It clearly showed the date that I paid in full and received the item at the store.
She argued that it was from the date of purchase so I said if an item was out of stock and ordered online, I paid for it and it took 6 weeks to arrive, I couldn't return it. She said, "well no that's different." No, it's not different. Sears is simply trying to step around their return policy! She then said I should call a technician to come fix the problem. Are you serious?! After sending me on a wild goose chase with incorrect information, I was furious.
The manager at the Jacksonville, NC store was helpful. She finally told me to just hang up with Sears.com and she would refund the money. She couldn't believe the run around that I was given. I will never shop with Sears again. Ever. Side note: Several workers at the Jacksonville, NC store said the manager at the Morehead City, NC store is a liar. They are not an outlet store, they are a home store and they absolutely MUST do returns there.