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Sony Electronics Inc
16530 Via Esprillo
San Diego, CA 92127
858-942-2400 (ph)
941-768-7790 (fax)
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Sony - Poor Product Quality
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For the past 10 years I have purchased only Sony products for my home (TVs, VCRs, DVD, Sound Systems, etc.) because of what I thought was the high quality of the products and the fact that Sony would stand behind their products. Imagine my total frustration and surprise at finding that the first time that I encounter an issue with Sony products and Sony would not take responsibility and assist with what is clearly a design defect or a manufacturing defect of their products. I purchased two high end WEGA Sony TVs in 2003 (KV-36XBR800 and KV-32HS510) only to have both die within one month of each other (09/09 -10/09) with a power supply failure.

The cost to repair the defective power supplies in both is $404.52... this is on top of the over $2000 that I spent to purchase what I thought was the top of the line, reliable TVs on the market. And I have spent over 2.5 hours of hold time calling Sony's Customer Relations number having them send me out for estimates only to tell me that they could not assist because the units were no longer under warranty. Why waste my time if you were not going to assist?

I took both units to the authorized repair location as instructed by the Customer Relations agent ** (who stated they would assist after obtaining repair estimates) and then was simply dismissed by ** (second agent) when I called back with the estimates - with his statement that - I cannot assist you because the units are clearly out of warranty (after being an hour on hold, while he called the authorized repair shop to confirm the estimates).

Clearly you must agree that for both units to fail with the same issue within 30 days of each other than the problem must be design flaw or poor manufacturing of the power supply (I would hate to think that it was planned obsolesce). I have a 20 year old Samsung TV that is fully functional, and a 10 year old Panasonic, but in 2003 I put my entire faith in Sony because I felt I was buying the best products available. Imagine my disappointment with the Customer Relations area (they are clearly not SONY employees because they do not care about Sony's reputation).

I always expected Sony to stand behind their products and as a consumer I feel that I have been abandoned by Sony which is why I have turned to you for assistance. I would greatly appreciate your assistance on getting these units repaired. Prior to my giving up on Sony products forever...

Resolution Update 10/29/2009:

Resolved...Sony representative called yesterday to inform me that they will assist with repairs to both TVs.

Beware Of The Sony Book Reader
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I was given a Sony book reader 700 series for xmas from my kids. Being an avid reader it was a great product. All was well till April when the reader's battery started to not hold a charge. So I called Sony customer service and was told they would ship me out a new reader for a $29 dollar labor charge. Being that the reader was still under the one year warranty I refused to pay the charge and after some discussion they chose to waive the fee. I received the new Refurbished reader and all was well till September when Sony upgraded there ebook software to a new 3.0 operating system and I couldn't get any of my purchased books to transfer to my reader.

Again a call to Sony technical and after a two hour call it was decided to send me a new reader again the song and dance about the $29 fee. Which I again refused to pay. The new book reader arrives and instead of being the 700 I receive the 600 series. By now I'm pretty upset because we originally paid $400 dollars for the 700 and the 600 is only $299. Also the 700 has a built in light that the 600 doesn't. Nowhere in the warranty does it state they can substitute a more expensive model for the cheaper one and I certainly was never told they would be doing this.

So back to Sony customer service and I am told they don't have any 700's to send and instead will send me a book cover with a light attached. No mention of a refund of the $100.00 difference, for that I have to call the Sony style store I bought the original reader from. Now again this reader doesn't work, I can't transfer any books and the technical brains at Sony, after another hour on the phone with them, can't figure what's wrong with it. So I'm out $400.00, not to mention all the books I purchased over the past 10 months, and I have a piece of electronic junk that I'll probably use as a doorstop. I should have asked for a Kindle!

Total disregard to customer
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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.

Manufacturer's Defect - No Satisfaction
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PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA -- DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT BUYING THIS PIECE OF JUNK - You could VERY EASILY break the LCD screen if you ever have to reset the unit - SONY will not acknowledge this ENGINEERING DEFECT and actually tries to make money from it by charging YOU to replace the screen, AS IF IT WERE YOUR FAULT!!! If you do pay to replace it, it will probably break again the next time you have to reset it!

After talking to a customer service representative via telephone I was instructed to send my Sony PRS500 Reader to the repair facility in California. The unit is under warranty until October. Here is the issue: My Reader was working fine one afternoon and then it froze and I had to remove it from its case, reset it, and put it back into the case. When I tried to use the Reader after that all I got was white and black splotches on the screen. At the time I did not know that the screen problem was caused simply by putting the unit back into its case. I had no idea what happened but knew for sure I didn't drop, bang or otherwise cause the problem.

But after reading on the internet about several people who had the same problem (and the same customer service result), I realized that simply by pushing the unit into the clips on the case which is located in the center of the LCD screen, the screen CAN and DOES break. Removing the unit from its case and putting it back into its case should not be a hazardous undertaking. This is obviously an engineering defect and should be covered under the warranty.

Instead of the response I expected, I received an email including a $267.49 repair estimate. I sent an email back stating it should be a warranty repair and the next thing I knew I received an email that the unit was being sent back to me unrepaired. I called and was told that this was because the screen was broken and that it had already been shipped back to me. In reality, since this defect is still part of all Sony Readers, the identical thing could happen again at any time, and a refund, not a replacement should be in order for everyone who is unfortunate enough to own one.


How Petty Can Sony Be?
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UK -- There I was sitting amongst my thousands of pounds worth of Sony gear, all purchased over the years using my Sony Credit Card. I accrued over 39,000 points and decided to spend them on a birthday present for my son. I ordered the new Sony DVP FX810 portable DVD player. It arrived after two months and missed my son's birthday. Never mind, he was thrilled to bits with it. That was until it broke down on the 7th day of usage. I called Sony credit card points' helpline. I explained that, during the first 7 days since purchase, it no longer works off the mains, nor will it charge up the battery.

The assistant informed me that it would have to go for a repair at a Sony Service Centre. I explained in a friendly manner that under the 7 day distance selling rule, they HAD to change it for a brand new one and not let me wait for a repair. The assistant said she would check with their sales manageress and call me back. Two minutes later, indeed, I was called back. No, you can't send it back, it HAS to go for repair, sorry. I called back again after thinking about it. I gave my name and what it was about but the assistant hung up on me before saying anymore. I called straight back.

I explained that I wasn't happy with this as I was within my rights to ask for a replacement as I was within the 7 days rule. No, I was told, once again. The female assistant was sounding a little angry by this time for some reason. "I will call you back after I speak to our sales manageress again" she exclaimed. No call has happened as yet. So, to clarify the situation, I called the Sony information line.

I spoke to a nice, knowledgeable man named **. ** told me that they HAD to replace my unit as Sony operate a “7 Day Satisfaction” guarantee. I explained that they bluntly refused to honor this and told me that they could not replace it. ** replied, they've told you a blatant lie, they MUST replace the unit. He gave me a reference number to quote.

I called back Sony Credit Card Points' line. ** was my assistant this time. She snapped “It was me you spoke to last time and I TOLD you that I'd call you back once I got more information from my manageress.” “Well, I've got some for you,” I said. I tried to give her the reference number but she wouldn't listen. “Who did you speak to?”, she snapped. “**,” I replied. “** is only on customer services, not head office, and has NO jurisdiction over me and cannot authorize anything to do with Sony Card Points,” she went on, “You'll have to wait until I get back to you, like I've already said.”

“Can you give me your manageress' name, please?” I asked. But ** said that it was for internal use only and customers weren't allowed to have it. No head office address deals with customers at all, apparently. I asked why she was being so awkward about all this and she replied that, although the goods DID go faulty within the “7 days exchange or money back guarantee” that Sony offers, I didn't actually call the helpline until the 8th day. I couldn't because of the weekend, I explained. Nobody is there at weekends, so I called first thing Monday.

That didn't matter, it was too late, according to Sony Card Points helpline. Can anybody advise me on what I should do about this or am I wasting my time? Meanwhile, still no return 'phone call, so I still don't know if they've changed their minds.

Sony customer service sucks
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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.

Poor Customer Service
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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.

Buyer Beware!
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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!

Don't Send Anything To Laredo, TX!
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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.

A Lemon of Sony LCD 52inch Model:KDL52XBR5
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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.

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