I am furious with the customer service provided by Sony. My Sony Cybershot DSC-T200 was purchased for over $452 in December of 2007 and given to me for Christmas. I purchased an additional $60 worth of accessories. In January of 2009 as I was about to take pictures, the camera showed a black screen with multicolored lines on the screen. I went to the Sony help site to see what could be done to fix the problem. Nothing there was a help. I then spent some weeks trying to find a camera shop to see what could be done. No one could help and I was told that only a Sony repair facility could repair the camera.
By this time it was April. I don't have the time to spend hours and days at a time to deal with a camera repair. I finally got information from the Sony site and filled out all the forms following the instructions to pay for insurance and shipping to a facility in Texas. In addition, I sent a check for $141. How could I throw away a camera that cost more than $500? I had to pay the $141 and the cost of shipping and insuring the camera. The person behind the desk said they do about 12-15 ships to Sony a week! Outrageous! My camera now is soaring in cost to the $700 mark.
I surely do not have a camera worth $700. We do not have that kind of money, by choice, to spend on a camera! The Cyber-Shot is not a $700.00 camera. I contacted. Mr. **, Vice President for Service Operations, Sony Electronics, San Diego, Ca 92128. An assistant named ** phoned me to say he appreciated my feedback, but too bad it took me too long to figure out what to do about the camera repair, so thanks for writing to Sony and he disconnected from me while I was talking to him. So much for customer service from Sony. It seems clear that **'s objective is profit for Sony at the expense of the customer. No fair treatment for a Sony customer.
I bought the first generation Blu Ray player (BDP-S1) when it hit the market for a hefty price of $1000. For the most part I was happy but I heard that Sony customer service was bad but I had no idea until a few days ago. I was sent a firmware update for my BDP-S1 from Sony. I installed it and it literally made my BDP-S1 totally worthless. I called Sony and they told me to send it to them for repair. They wanted me to pay for the shipping to have my faulty BDP-S1 that is still under full warranty.
They sent me the firmware that caused my system to crash and now I have to spend approximately $50 to ship it back to them after they caused the problem with the faulty firmware/BDP-S1. This is unheard of, in my opinion, that I should have to spend my money to have an item under full warranty repaired especially after Sony is the direct cause of the problem!! I argued with Sony on the phone for over twenty minutes about the shipping fee and finally they agreed to send me a shipping label via an e-mail. 48 hours pass and I called back to check on the status of the shipping label and, again, I have to fight with them on the phone.
They were adamant "We don't pay for shipping." I give them the case number which supposedly was related to the authorization for the shipping label. It fell on deaf ears. Now another 48 hours has gone by and no label. It has been over five days and two phone calls to Sony and no response. I will call again but I suspect it will be a non-viable phone call. I have Samsung monitors, Dell and Toshiba computers which have at one time or another required service. Samsung came to my house and picked up my 42" plasma and exchanged it for a brand new one at no cost.
Toshiba sent my shipping labels to have my Qosmio laptop computer picked up for warranty and Dell came to my house to fix my computer. Sony? Horrible follow through and the worst customer service. I love electronic gadgets and Sony is one of the biggest makers of electronic gizmos but I will never ever buy another Sony simply because they have the absolute worst customer service and warranty work. I never thought I would ever be writing such a review or for that matter any type of review but here I am.
Don't buy anything Sony because when you walk out the door from the store you are simply and horribly on your own. Don't expect Sony to stand behind their products for they simply don't unless you want to spend more money. I am on a mission for I am going to find every site I can and post my review because I got burned by Sony after I spent a $1000 on Blu Ray player that Sony won't back!!!
SAN DIEGO -- I liked my Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W1 camera very much, the design and features were outstanding. What made me decide to never buy another Sony product ever again was the SHAMEFUL Sony Service Center. My camera started shutting itself off about 6 months after we purchased it. Sony instructed us to send it in to the service center for repairs. We did, and that's when the nightmares begin. First, they claimed to have never received it (even though we had a tracking number showing it was signed for by the service center weeks before). After 3 weeks of back-and-fourth, they finally found it. Hooray!
3 more weeks go by with no contact from Sony. So we wade through the 20 minutes of automated phone crap till we finally get in touch with a human being. They told us gleefully that our camera was fixed and that it was shipped back to us the day before. Unfortunately, they decided to ship my camera to someone who wasn't me. In another state. Heck, it wasn't even a person, it was a camera store. This was revealed by the tracking information from UPS. So, back to the automated phone crap.
Now, when I call Sony, they think I am the camera store that they sent my camera to. I have to explain to each DOLT I speak to that I am NOT calling from a camera store in Colorado, that I am in fact just an individual consumer in San Diego. Once we get past that, they tell me it's going to be weeks before they can try to find out what happened to my camera (and the 512MB memory card inside it). They also inform me that IF they can't find it, they will gladly replace my camera with a new one... but that the process of getting it to me also takes several weeks.
Apparently those fine folks at Sony have never heard of Christmas. Or birthdays. Or the fact that I sent the damn camera to them in October and it's now the middle of December. Should I have to wait another month for them to do some stupid internal paper-shuffle? I don't think so. Let's not overlook the fact that every time I speak to one of those clowns over there, they all promise me a call back that same day with definitive information on when I can get my camera... calls which of course were never returned.
This is an ongoing saga. I had a similar ride on the merry-go-round with these morons a couple years ago when my Sony DVD player decided to blow up and catch on fire. Please, good people, take my advice: DO NOT PURCHASE PRODUCTS FROM THIS OUT-OF-TOUCH COMPANY. Clearly, they do not stand behind the products they make and sell. All they want is your money. You'd think they would be aware of the fact that it's harder to get new customers than it is to keep the ones they have. This one is gone for good.
I purchased a Sony home theater system a month ago brand new in the box from an electronics store. Upon getting it home I realized that it was missing a wireless speaker card. Called Sony the next day (not a 1-800 #) told them of my problem and was told they would ship me the part in 7-10 business days. Two weeks and no part later I contacted Sony again & was told that the order was messed up & I would get the part in 7-10 business days. A week later Sony calls me & tells me that they need a receipt for my purchase or they cannot ship me the part.
Upon faxing the receipt to them I asked if they could speed up the shipping since the customer service so far was terrible. I was told they couldn't because they had to order the part. Since my 30 days is up I cannot take this home theater system back to the store. I have many Sony made electronics in my house ranging from home theater systems (2) to the PS3 & PS2 & the PSP. After dealing with Sony this time I will move on to another electronics maker. Sony will never get another dollar from me again.
I want to bring to your notice the horrible customer service provided by your company. I sent a Sony Receiver for repairs on October 6, 2010. It has been almost a month but nobody is able to tell me that when I will get it back. The customer service wait time is more than an hour sometimes and the number they have provided for the Laredo customer service center is (956-725-4877) does not even exist. The toll free number has a wait for more than an hour.
How will you feel when you are made to wait for an hour on the phone? I am not even worried about the cost of the receiver. I am going to buy a new one any way but the whole incident has brought the real face of Sony in the open. I am not asking you to replace the receiver or expedite the repair. I just want to bring it to your notice the mismanagement in your organization. It is a pity that I cannot even get the postal address of Sony customer service at any website of Sony. I asked several of the customer service agents but they do not have the postal address.
If you are in the market for a new DVD player, avoid the frustration and do not buy a Sony. Our DVD player was purchased in 2007 and has been lightly used by adults only. Recently, it stopped playing discs altogether with "unable to play this disc" appearing on screen. Contacted Sony customer service which had me try the few things I had already attempted to do to fix it. Overall, they were unhelpful and seemingly unsympathetic to my plight, stating, "your player is in need of repair", knowing full well that it costs more to repair it than to just replace it.
Upon further online research, I found that I am not alone!! Many Sony DVD models have had the exact problem as ours so apparently, Sony is not doing anything to alleviate these issues, but rather continuing to sell defective merchandise. Maybe they consider it planned obsolescence... I consider it dishonest!
LAREDA, TEXAS -- I sent two cameras for repair in one box. I had a work order for the newer, more expensive camera, a hand written note on the original work order for the lesser one. Guess which one came back? The cheap one ($91 to repair). The new one, the one on the original work order? Sony Laredo, Tx says they never received it. Really? How did you know to connect the lesser camera with me? There was no work order. I have spent HOURS with customer service and with Laredo, TX and even sent a letter to their CEO and VP or Services. Guess what? Not squat. They are a horrible, horrible company to do business with. Never again, Sony. Never again.
We have a Sony LCD 52-inch TV cost new from Best Buy $4,600.00. That is just over 2 years old. It just started having double lines, double picture, and dark section on the left side. Had a professional TV repair guy come out, (recommended by Sony) to check the problem. Looks at screen and said, “You need a new LCD panel.” Cost Labor shipping and installation $2,800.00 and of course it's out of Sony's so called Warranty, which was extended for 18 months.
According to the complaint dept. So they know about the problem, never did a recall, let alone dare say anything to the public about this problem. So I'm stuck with a Lemon of a TV. All they said they can do for me is forward my complaint... Right, In the Round File. I used to be a loyal Sony Product buyer. Not anymore.
After procrastinating for several months I finally got around to sending my Reader for the free system upgrade Sony was offering me. Several days after I shipped it out I realized that I had not included the signed repair agreement with the Reader as required. I call customer support and spoke with a very helpful gentleman that was able to track down my Reader, ascertain that it was already upgraded and ready to ship out.They already had my information based on the serial number. I was told not to worry about the repair agreement.
I was very pleased with how it was handled. The only hard part was understanding the representative as he spoke heavily accented English, almost sounded like the Swedish Chef on the Muppet's Show.
Sony offered a replacement TV to my Dad because his Wega TV had an optical blocker go out ($500 replacement part). They told him they would send him a coupon for Sony Style to help with a replacement. They never sent the coupon. When he asked about his coupon -- "OH! Your coupon is not valid anymore. However, we can upsell if you have some more money on these TVs," they said. The replacement offer was because he was a "valued customer." However, no one at Sony ever instructed him to keep the small sticker on the TV that has some stupid number, so his offer that stood, fell.
He spoke to everyone in Sony Management that was willing to speak and continually was told that because he didn't keep the sticker, there was nothing that could be done. NO ONE SAID KEEP A STICKER!! This is a Sony scam. They tell you that you are a great customer, tell you they have a great deal, and then tell you they actually don't value you because you didn't assume to keep a sticker when they said they could replace it for some great offer. Some great customer. Stickers... stick it where the sun isn't Sony.
All bullcrap from Sony below: Don't waste your time reading.
Thank you for contacting the Sony Exchange Dept., as discussed, we provided you an offer to replace your television KDL46EX700 $400.00 + local sales tax. If you decide to accept the offer, please contact Sony at 888-993-7669 within 1 week upon your acceptance of the offer, you will need to confirm your ship to address by phone and provide a credit card number. Please review your address as this will be the delivery location.