ROANOKE, VIRGINIA -- After years of trouble with TempurPedic mattresses we went to Sears and purchased a top of the line Simmons Beautyrest Black pillow top mattress and box springs, spending almost $3K, thinking it would hold up and appreciating the 60 day Comfort guarantee should we not like it as much once we got it home. The mattress delivery went well, and we enjoyed the mattress but by 2 months the sagging had begun and in the 7th month we completed jumping through the hoops to satisfy the warranty, demonstrating a clean mattress, strong foundation, and a 1.5" sag.
We were told to pick out whatever mattress we wanted - no refund if we selected something less expensive and if it was more we would pay the difference. Furthermore, no more comfort guarantee- so if you pick something different and don't like it, too bad. Not wanting to make another mistake I read all I could find... which led me to realize that most all mattresses sag, the manufacturers consider this to be "normal". The more plush (more foam inside) the more it will sag, so pillow top mattresses are the worst. I learned that air beds and latex mattresses have the fewest issues so I went back to Sears to see if they carried either of these - No, no they don't.
I continued to research and in doing so learned that all beds contain fire retardant chemicals but some retailers will sell you a bed w/o the chemicals if you have a physician prescription. Not so with Sears - Serta, Simmons and Stearns and Foster all insist on giving you the chemicals and their customer's health is not a concern for Sears. My daughter and husband have both suffered health issues that have reportedly come from these dangerous chemicals.
I contacted Sears explaining my dilemma - obtaining another mattress that will eventually sag and make my family sick was not what I wanted. I asked for a pro-rated store credit. While I had offers of both store credit and a refund - in the end the people offering them were misinformed.
I took it all the way to the executive offices, thinking surely they would be empowered to keep a customer but no - they just don't feel they can do anything about it. They told me their only recourse, and thus mine, was to take the manufacturer's warranty. I contacted the manufacturer and they tell me I must deal with Sears-what a hot potato! No one stands behind these expensive mattresses with short lives. After buying from Sears for 30 years, I will never again purchase anything from them. Instead I purchased a mattress from Sleep Essentials in Roanoke - chemical free latex that won't sag. See ** for mattress education. I wish I had done this before buying from Sears!
RED ROCK, TEXAS -- My husband purchased our mattress and the store warranty from Sears in May 09 and to our dismay it started to sag about four months after we bought it. (Even though we routinely turn it each month) So here were are in Feb 2010 and I call the number listed on the back of my Sears warranty. They tell me to call the store I purchased it from so I do. The store tells me I need to fax them some information and I notify them I do not have a fax and direct me to the store where they will fax it for me. No such luck. Am rudely told by the store employee "we don't do that... we have never done that unless this is something new I don't know about.
You have to call the number on your warranty. So again I call the number listed on the warranty and finally get some help." Am then transferred to the Delivery Solutions department who take my claim. About 15 min later Sears Exchange Department calls me regarding my claim. The Rep didn't give me his name just old me I could either measure the bed and take pictures myself or have the mattress company come out and do it for me. So I figure I have two small children at home what the hey will have them come do it. Well the representative gave me the wrong number, which I repeated back to him, so I call Sears again.
This time am given the right number and am told I can measure the mattress with string to show the sagging. Call Integrated Bedding, who is not Sealy as I thought, and am told it will cost me $45 to have them come out. So again I call Sears and tell them I wasn't told there was a fee, which they so kindly apologized for. Then I ask how to measure the mattress and take the photos and where to send them. Am told to use a broom and ruler to show the sagging. I proceed to take pictures with the broom and string since I am not sure which way to do it and tired of jumping through hoops. I get them done and with the email sent in call Sears back.
I am NOW informed that because my mattress does not sag more than an inch and a half I do not qualify for the warranty. So am angry and ask to speak to a manager to whom I explain the entire situation to and let her know it feels as though I am sleeping in a ditch, and her response is I am sorry but you do not qualify because it is not more than an inch and a half and it sounds more like a comfort issue. So I tell her do the pictures show sagging and she says yes they do but not the inch and a half. So I tell her then how is it a comfort issue and not a sagging issue. Her reply it's not an inch and a half try again in a few months.
CHICAGO, MASSACHUSETTS -- We took delivery of a Simmons Beauty rest Mattress purchased at our local Sears store and immediately noticed it had a chemical odor. My wife refused to sleep on it and I proceeded to call the 800 number to try to resolve the problem. I was told that I would have to use the mattress for 30 days before I could return it and that the smell would dissipate in about a week. I was also told that unless the mattress was defective I would be charged a 15% restocking fee as well as a delivery charge for picking up the mattress.
After airing it out for a week I wrapped the mattress in waterproof cover to mitigate the remaining smell and tried to sleep on it (alone). This was definitely NOT the same Mattress I lied on at the Sears store. It was considerably harder, akin to lying on a carpeted floor. After three hours I couldn't take it anymore, the pain in my back and shoulders forced me to head for the couch. The next few nights were the same. At that point I went on Amazon and ordered a 3" memory foam topper. I looked around the Internet and found that those who sold mattress' recommend "breaking a new mattress in". I was also told about the “break in” by the Sears people.
I went back to the Sears store to lie on the display model to confirm that it was different than the one in our bedroom. While at the store I was told that the display model was "broken in by all the people who come try out the mattresses and that it was only a matter of time before my mattress would be soft like the store model". This Sears is in a mall that is clearly dying.
In the 5 or so hours over several visits that we spent in the store we were the sole customers, all the salesperson's time was devoted to our bed sale. I don't know who the people who broke in the beds were but they weren't around when we were there. We only spent about 10 minutes on that particular mattress. I concluded that the mattress in the store was definitely not the same as the toxic torture rack that was in my bedroom.
Finally, the topper arrived and I was able to coax my wife into vacating the guest bedroom. It has been almost a month, we have cornered the market on Ibuprofen and constantly have the slight scent of formaldehyde/gasoline in the back of our sinus. The topper helped a little but this bed is still unbearable. We went to change the sheets yesterday and a soon as the plastic cover came off the toxic fumes filled the room. There are now body pod indentations with a ridge in the middle of the bed, it isn't going to get more "broken in".
I called the 800 number again, insisting that this mattress was defective because of the toxic odor. I was told that I could purchase another bed but would still have to pay the 15% restocking fee plus a charge to pick up the other mattress. The bottom line is that Sears thinks it can bring you a sack of dung to sleep on and that you have to live with it for thirty days and then pay big to have endured the experience.
PEMBROKE PINES, FLORIDA -- On November 30th, 2013 we went to Sears looking for a new mattress set (mattress + box spring). The product is the same price everywhere and but we chose Sears as they offered to haul away our old mattress set. We are loyal Sears customers for over 12 years in an age where many customers have moved on to other retailers such as Best Buy, HH Gregg, Home Depot, JC Penny, etc. for home bedding, appliance and other needs.
On December 6, Sears delivered the new mattresses but categorically refused to haul away the old mattresses despite the fact that it is on the receipt to have them hauled away and despite the fact that this was the reason that I purchased from Sears. I called the store manager on the same day (December 6) and she apologized and arranged for Sears to once again attempt to do the haul away on December 11.
On December 11, the Sears employee arrived to take disposed of the old mattresses and then told me that they would not haul away the mattresses because they were "stained"! These are old mattresses and that is precisely the reason we wanted to get new ones so of course they are "stained".
Nonetheless, the Sears representative categorically refused to dispose of the old mattresses and left. He said that a "manager from the warehouse" would call me to explain their "policy". When I purchased the new mattresses there were no conditions stated regarding the haul away and the sales person went ahead with the sale knowing that this was a condition for us in buying from Sears.
After many years as a loyal Sears customer (and many investments in many purchases) I feel cheated. Sears has not and appears will not do anything to resolve this matter or to keep a loyal customer. I am posting this here so that other potential customers are aware and will make a better decision than the one I made in selecting Sears. BUYER BEWARE!! Sad, that a good long lasting customer relationship has to end like this but I guess that is Sears' way of doing business.
Sears contacted me (finally). They arranged for picking up the mattress on 21-Dec. The Sears employees arrived, inspected the old mattresses (to be hauled away as garbage) and again stated that they were too stained and wanted me to talk to their warehouse manager. The explained the same old story that they cannot haul away the mattreses in that "condition" that they were "stained", etc. etc.
SO I TOLD THEM A WHITE LIE. I said that I had spoken to a VP at Sears executive office (I really only had spoken to the Sears Social Media Support Escalations as you can see above). They seemed to believe me because then the Sears person told their manager over the phone the manager told him to just get it done.
It is too bad that I had to lie to get this done but they took it away finally (third attempt). Will this make me buy again from Sears? I don't know - what would you do?
Dear Charlie, My name is Susan with Sears Social Media Support Escalations team. We are a single point of contact for escalated issues which means that we handle issues start to finish with one dedicated Case Manager. We're sorry that our delivery team would not haul away your old mattresses. We'd like to offer the assistance of a dedicated Case Manager who can discuss possible options to resolve this situation. We value your business very much and want to make sure that everything that can be done to help you is being done. At your convenience please contact our office via email at SMAdvisor@searshc.com and a dedicated case manager will contact you directly. In the email, please provide a contact phone number and the phone number the mattresses were purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. Also, in your email, please provide your screen name (Charlie) you used to post on this site, for reference to your issue, and we do look forward to talking to you soon. Thank you, Susan R. Social Media Moderator Sears Social Media Support
Purchased Sears mattress and box spring in late February 2014. Win a few months, the mattress sagged in several places which also has caused back pain. Initiated mattress claim in June 2014. Sears would not consider any refund because the sagging had not occurred or was reported within the first 30 days after purchase. I did not expect any sagging for years.
After going back and forth with Sears, I had to accept a different style mattress which is larger than the original box spring. ( I could not tryout the replacement mattress because it was not available in local stores). This is because Sears would only replace the mattress-not the boxspring. THE REPLACEMENT MATTRESS has sagged! Sears is no longer the customer-oriented store it used to be. After being a longtime Sears customer, I would no longer consider purchasing another mattress or Sears product from Sears.
TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- I purchased a Sealy box spring and mattress set from Sears which cost, on sale, over $ 850.00. After less than 18 months it began to sag in the middle, making a V. I called about the warranty. WHAT A JOKE!!!! They sent out an adjuster who spent the total of 1 minute checking it over. Next day I get a call telling me they will not cover the warranty because there is a small stain on the mattress, which I might add is no where near where it sags and was caused by the delivery men when they set the mattress set up. So I will never never never step foot into a Sears store again to purchase so much as a toothbrush.
We apologize for failing to meet your expectations with your mattress. We can understand the inconvenience this causes with your time and money. My name is Liz and I am a member of the Sears Social Media Support team. I saw your post and wanted to offer our assistance. If you would allow us the opportunity, we would very much like to connect you with a dedicated case manager to further discuss options and see what can be done to make things right. At your convenience please contact our office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org so you don't have to be upset by this any longer. In the email please provide the best contact phone number or the number to which the mattress was purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. In addition, please include your screen name (datune) in the email for reference to your issue. Again, we're sorry for any trouble we have caused and we hope to talk to you soon.
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BREA, CALIFORNIA -- I will never again buy so much as a sock from this company!!! This store by far is the most dreadful of this low end chain I have yet had the displeasure to deal with!!!!! I purchased a $1500 mattress set on 5/31 and was promised delivery on 6/3. The actual delivery was on 6/13. They promised the box springs were free with the purchase of the mattress... Actual cost of king box spring set $400.
The display mattress was ideal, but the actual bed was the most dreadful piece of crap! It felt like I was sleeping on a cement block. I slept one night on it and called to try to fix the situation the next morning. Customer service gets an f- as well. Nobody at this store claims they know a thing about mattresses and the store manager himself claimed he had no authority and asked me to drive all the way back so he could
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- I purchased a queen mattress set and a full mattress set from Sears the Delivery date was February 19, 2013 and paid for them to haul away the old mattresses. When they arrived I informed the driver that they were to haul away the old mattresses, he informed me that it wasn't on the sheet and that they don't haul away old mattresses I informed him that oh yes it is, I paid for this service, if there wasn't any haul away service then I would have gone some place else and purchased my mattresses.
He then stated I will look on the sheet when I go back down stairs. He bought the sheet upstairs and stated that it was on the sheet to haul away the old mattresses. He then started to tell me that the reason that he couldn't haul the mattresses away was because there was a man who worked at the warehouse and broke all out and that it was discovered that he had been bitten by bed bugs and that this was a insurance matter.
I informed the driver what am I supposed to do with the old mattresses? He then stated that we will take them to the alley. I informed him that wasn't what I paid for. He then came back upstairs and called his supervisor so he said and told her a outright lie he stated the reason that they didn't take the mattresses was because he [editor note: submitted review ended here]
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA -- The first purchase I have ever attempted to make at Sears was a mattress and box springs. The lady who helped me ** was knowledgeable and helpful. She told me my mattress would be delivered the following week. Today is the day the mattress was supposed to be delivered. I had not heard from anyone. A call to customer service came up with a guy who could barely speak English, told me it would be delivered in another week, and when I asked to speak to a manager, he put me on hold for 15 minutes. He then told me there was no manager to speak to. I called my local Flagstaff AZ Sears.
The manager said she would look into it. I had not heard back from her so I went to the store where she was rude and confrontational. She said that the delivery date I was given didn't mean anything and I would only hear from Sears if they were going to deliver the mattress. She called me later to say they didn't know if the mattress was in stock in their warehouse and therefore had no idea when it would be delivered. In the meantime, Sears has all ready charged my credit card for a mattress they don't even know if they have. I have cancelled my order and will get my money back.
CERRITOS, CALIFORNIA -- Bought a queen size bed from Sears 1 years ago. Since then I have returned two because they sagged in the area in which my wife and I sleep in only a 4 month time. Now Sears is running me around through a third party to see if I can now get my money back. This mattress I was told carried a 10 year warranty. When calling in this third party inspection, I received two different stories from Sears Customer support personal. One said I could just go in to Sears and pick out a replacement. They would deliver the new selected mattress and pick up the damaged mattress and return it to the manufacture.
The second person said I had to go through this third party which requires me to call it in and wait from what I can tell a this point 3 days for them to set up the appointment to look at the bed. Who knows how long before the decision is made whether I get my refund.