ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA -- I purchased an Apple iPod for my daughter and also got the protection plan. Two months after my purchase the screen cracked so I was told to use the shipping label and return the iPod, which I did. They said they received it and were issuing me a gift for the entire amount including tax. After over 2 weeks I never received my gift card. I called back and was told they would issue me a new one. Another two weeks, still never received it. I finally called again and was told that my gift card was used so I was out of luck. It was used at a location that wasn't even close to me. The supervisor was extremely rude and told me to go ahead and take legal action if I didn't like his decision.
So I called Toys R Us corporate and spoke with a supervisor there who got a hold of buyers protection and within 20 minutes decided to refund all my money including what I initially paid for the protection plan. Toys R Us and Buyers Protection are separate, which is why Toys r Us was able to help me. I'm glad I got this issue resolved, however I WILL NEVER PURCHASE buyers protection plan again. They are scam artists and thieves.
While shopping at ANY establishment please keep these few things in mind. That person behind the register DID go to college. No, he/she is not an idiot because they are paid to smile and take your money. In fact, most cashiers you've ever encountered are uniquely talented and possess exceptional self-control and problem-solving skills.
Taking store credit doesn't really do the store any favors if the product was not purchased from them in the first place. The person who gave you that Wii Fit paid GameStop $200 dollars and you would like us to give you $200 dollars worth of store credit to OUR store? That's why we need receipts.
Whatever you do PLEASE do NOT make ANIMAL NOISES/GIBBERISH TO IMITATE THE CLERK when they ask you if you need batteries or anything else. I am emotionally scarred from keeping myself composed during the MULTIPLE times this happened.
The cashier MUST ask EVERY customer a certain set of questions EVERY SINGLE time. Their jobs are on the line. For them to independently decide who to ask or not is discrimination. What if you really DID want to save 10% that day if only you'd known you had the opportunity? Would you rather they just took one look at you and decided FOR YOU that you shouldn't get a chance for 10% off that day?
Believe it or not, working in retail is not easy, was never easy, and will never be easy. Survival in retail requires a lot of skill. That is why there is so much turnover. The majority of us do not just sit/stand around twiddling our thumbs. We run a BUSINESS. There is always something to do.
"IN THIS ECONOMY..." In this economy would you like to pay our mortgages? Those working IN the stores are ALSO customers themselves. We take off the name tag, go out into the world, and make purchases of our own. The companies are holding more sales to accommodate the public but managers can not give you additional discounts JUST BECAUSE. Those situations essentially take money out of my pocket and put it in yours. And IN THIS ECONOMY, why would I want to do such a thing?
If you need a personal shopper, please hire one. Need to know if we carry an item? Sure. Want to know if we currently have it in stock? Not a problem. Rattle off a laundry list of items and demand that they are gathered and brought up to customer service ready for purchase when you arrive so you "don't have to wait"? No. We can NOT return an item just because you didn't like it or got tired of it. That would be a RENTAL. We don't rent our merchandise. You bought it, it's your property whether you liked the experience or not.
If you bought something five months ago, DROPPED it, and that delicate little plastic clip broke off, do NOT accuse me of selling you "faulty" merchandise. You can't just come in and exchange old items that YOU broke for brand new ones because you expected them to last forever (that's why we offer extended warranties).
For the love of god stop tearing the boxes open. PLEASE. The boxes provide all the information you need. They have pictures, dimensions, descriptions, manufacturers, phone numbers, and more. If you're going to open the item anyway, use your keys to cut the seal, do NOT use brute force to rip the box down the side, spilling the contents all over floor and make it impossible to sell.
And if you DO decide to buy it, take the one you tore open! You know it has the pieces, you know it's fine because YOU were the one who mangled the package. Don't leave the shredded container on the shelf and pick up an untouched one. It is infuriating. It is selfish. When you get home you probably throw the box out anyway!
Note: Not all customer service associates are good people. Not all customers are cruel. With any and all sales transactions/experiences associates and customers alike PLEASE give each other the benefit of the doubt and remain kind, calm, and polite. No matter what side of the fence you're on humanity is clearly going down the tubes. There is virtually no such thing as honesty anymore.
I've been an associate of TRU for 3 years, for the most part I enjoyed my job, and I get a good laugh from reading the "complaints" people have about the company here. The return policy bothering you? Gasp, you bought something and lost your receipt, and now you decide you want to return it? Nope, rules are rules. Not only does the back of your now lost receipt have the full return policy details on it, but so does the front, the customer service desk, and every register.
There is NO way you can be unaware you need a receipt. Even if you somehow miss the signs and don't read your receipt, it's basically common sense. No receipt no return means no receipt no return. If we made an exception for you, we'd have no policy.
Which leads to customers who think they deserve special treatment. We see hundreds of people come through register/desk/line of sight on our shift daily, and you are in no way any more special than the other X amount of people we've helped that day. If the cashier doesn't want to chat it up with you or laugh at some lame joke you make, deal with it, don't get offended or complain, that cashier has probably been standing there 7 hours and just wants to go home to her family.
And those surveys that print at the top of your receipt? Yeah, don't be an ass and give everything a 1 just because you were mad that we sold out of something and you came in 5 minutes before closing. The company actually cares about those, and you bring a biased jerk doesn't help. I've seen many a good cashier get a "talking to" from management because one of the customers they rang out filled out a negative survey, even if it had nothing to do with them.
Other than being pissed about not having something or a so called "rude" associate (one of those associates mentioned above who doesn't laugh at lame jokes or feel like making small talk) the other complaints are about having to stand in line. You have to stand in line nearly everywhere, I'm sorry if there's 2 people ahead of you, learn some patience.
I'm also tired of people saying that we're "going out of business" or "their company is going down the tubes." Nope, quite the contrary actually. Before our new CEO TRU was having some problems, but we've been growing in the past 5 years and we're opening NEW stores, not closing any. Don't cite facts about a company you know nothing about internally.
Never assume an associate has the power to change anything or is in some way holding information from you. If they say they're sold out of an item and don't know when it will be in, it's the truth. Rarely do we know the exact date a SPECIFIC item will be in. Sometimes we know when trucks come, but if your item will actually be on it is another question, and when it will be filled on the floor is another. Don't try and ferret "secret" information out of the employee, if they knew they'd tell you.
So to wrap it up, don't try to return something without a receipt, don't get pissed at an overworked or shy cashier, don't assume the employees are all knowing and in some way keeping you in the dark, DO give all 10's on the surveys and THANK the associate that helps you, it may be our job but we deserve thanks for putting up with more crap than you know. Thanks. ^_^
Everyday, I'm seeing more and more complaints about this company. For the return policy, it's hard to know who was wrong or right, it depends on what happened. But this one is about working at the company, and why I'm actually happy for a lot of you that don't want to shop at our stores anymore.
The first complaint I have about them.... Is what my job is. I work as maintenance, but I made the mistake of working for Babies R Us being a guy. Not only do I have my own work to get done, but our women workers like to take advantage of "call the maintenance guy to help". My job isn't just to do my list of work that can easily fill my 4 hour shift (4 hours is what they like to schedule people), but I also have to make up for someone else's inability to lift something. I'm not saying only guys can lift, I work with a couple girls who can do my job better than me. But they get scheduled as a cashier, which means I make up for someone who cannot get any of their work done.
And you can tell a complaint about the 4 hour shifts was coming... The company likes to schedule us for 4 hours, and this isn't a morning shift or anything, we come in at 6 and work till closing and we'll do this 4-5 days a week. Now when you're making 7.50/hr, that's $30/day. Now, if it costs you $10 in gas to get to work and home every day, there's an idea of how much we're actually making.
And to go with our minimum wage $100 / week pay. Why do you think paying us every 2 weeks is going to encourage anyone to actually do any work? Every 2 weeks I get a $200 check. I pay bills with it, the next day, I'm lucky to have enough money to buy gas to get to work. For the horrible money that you pay, we need to be paid weekly. Every day I listen to you "ad" about looking for workers...
You say you have a flexible schedule, but EVERYONE knows that you don't get a retail job if you need them to be flexible. Almost every one of us has our job because we could be there when the store opened, or be there until the store closes.
Exceptional benefits: We get a 10% discount that none of us can afford to use (see the 2 paragraphs about our pay). We're uninsured, or only covered for 911 calls. No actual schedule on raises (or reviews for the chance of a raise). We do get personal / sick / vacation time, but it adds up so slowly that after 1 year, we still don't have enough time to actually enjoy any vacation time. I'd love to see you people in corporate go to work every day with both a toothache and another injury and just have to deal with the pain because you give us NO medical coverage. It's sad, if I QUIT, I can be covered by the state, and also get some food stamps and actually get to eat dinner every night.
And my last complaint.... I have no idea how to do the job I was hired for, and I get scheduled for it a lot. How many times do I have to call other people for help until your managers realize I NEED TRAINING? I know its more hours you have to let the store schedule, but common sense would tell you that sales wouldn't drop the nights that I'm in that department if I actually knew what I was doing. AND... Getting a drink of water or going to the bathroom is NOT "stealing company time"
So for the shoppers. This is why the service is so bad a lot of times. To be honest, most of us just don't care about the job, especially the male workers. A landscape company that hires people to work painfully hard for less than minimum wage treats their workers better. The male workers have an unwritten line in their job description that says we have to make up for the slack of them scheduling someone that cannot lift 20 lbs in a department with 80 lb boxes that have to go up a ladder to the top shelf.
We're underpaid for anyone out of high school, we're lucky if we can eat, we have no insurance, we're lucky to be able to afford to take a bus to work, and you threaten our jobs for getting a drink of water during our 4 hours of lifting heavy things...
And for the shoppers, I'm going to apologize for all the workers for the torture you have to go through when you try to buy something (asking if you want the credit card, the protection plan, and now the other card). These geniuses give us a quota on credits. Like, I'll go in and be expected to not just have 5 people apply for credit, but all 5 of them have to have good enough credit to be accepted. Yes, YOUR credit score is the difference between me being a good worker and a bad worker to them.
The customers are constantly complaining about the store give us a reason to make them want to go back there to shop. Because right now, we're all looking for new jobs, and we're avoiding customers, because we really cannot afford to take the time to help anyone, because we have to go carry a crib out, help the girl in baby gear put 15 boxes onto the top shelf, the carry out an entire furniture set (some help getting that stuff off the shelves in the back room would be really nice, the boxes don't say "team lift" just to have some kind of decoration on them, and then we have to somehow get our work done.
But I forgot our female workers in maintenance can get the work done with no problem.... but you'll call me out of my department because once again, you didn't schedule the girl that can lift for that department, because she's the one that called me to customer service to do that carry out.
You need to stop all these complaints. Because when the shoppers aren't happy, they don't shop there, then you give me less hours, and I'm not happy, and I cause more shoppers to be unhappy. Take some responsibility management... I know it's a job, but try actually giving us something to let us care about our job, because right now to most of us, it's not a job, it's a waste of time, and if I had to pay rent... I'd be homeless, because of you...
Here's how Babies 'R' Us sucks today: My mom bought me a glider "nursing" chair for ~400$. Looked amazing, had great reviews. It was shipped to the house, we assembled it, and it felt like it was made for a Munchkin. So, we had to disassemble it and return it to a store that would ship it back for us. When we took it to the store, they said they would re-assemble it and keep it as a floor model, which is what I suggested on the phone to them, when I called to see if we could just return it assembled, rather than run the risk of damaging it by disassembling it. No, they wanted it back in the box.
Babies 'R' Us put the $ on a merchandise credit card that I have to use it in the store or online. I found a chair in the store models that I prefer, so I went home to order that one. Well, to have it shipped to my house would cost 200$ for just the shipping alone... I don't think so! So, I opted to have it sent to a store for pick-up. I placed the order only to have it cancelled within the hour, for ambiguous reasons. I decided to call customer service.
After a long conversation and the woman offered me a whopping 50% off on the shipping (yeay, only 100$ shipping!), I said, "So, unless I pay a massive shipping fee for a freight delivery, which should be the cheaper option, there is no way I can obtain this chair? It cannot be sent to your store so I can pick it up???" "Yes ma'am, that is correct." I told her this is the kind of experience that causes people to say, "I am done with Babies R Us and their inconvenient policies. I will get my chair elsewhere." She obviously didn't care. It's a massive chain. This isn't even a drop in the bucket. And she's probably making minimum wage.
The exact scenario is happening to my mother-in-law who has been trying to order a bassinet for us. Basically, Babies 'R' Us has a bunch of products that they keep out of the stores, in some mysterious warehouse, and when you want to order them, they slap a massive "shipping" fee on it or else you can't have it. And because my money that I can use for this purchase is on their merchandise credit card, I am basically at their mercy. I'm sure that, somewhere, when my mom bought the first chair that we returned, she, as we all have done, clicked "OK" to a statement that said, "All returned items will be refunded in the form of store credit only." Meaning, I HAVE to spend my money there.
I am unbelievably frustrated. I just want a nice place to nurse my baby. Once this is said and done, even if I do have to give them my money for this, I will NEVER shop there again. I hope you will give it a second thought too. Pretty much every other option is better; even Wal-Mart...I can't believe I'm saying that! Gross.
THE WOODLANDS -- Couple of weeks ago, my wife and drove about 10 miles to our local Toys R Us, to buy one item from them for our granddaughter for Christmas. It was advertised $ 24.99. That was 10 dollars off. Normally it is $ 34.99. I had checked their website prior to us going to Toys R Us and the Imaginarium Double-Sided Easel - Pink--Item#: **, was in stock at this store. We checked the area of the store where these items are usually kept and found none. I found one of their associates who had one of the inventory scanners and a walkie-talkie.
I showed him the small cards which you usually take to the front and an associate will go and get your item and bring it to the register. He checked the item number and it showed 6 of them in stock. He and another associate went looking for the easel. They were gone for some time, about 20 minutes. He said he could not find them. I went to customer service and her computer records showed 6 of them in the store. Somewhere. She sent someone else to look for the easel. No luck either. I asked for a rain-check since the sale was over that night on the easel. She gave me one and told me to wait a few days and come back.
We waited a few days. My wife and I went back to the Toys R Us, located in the Woodlands, Texas by our local mall, again. They looked for about 1 hour, and found not a single one of them. Their computer, just like their website, showed they had the item. Six of them. And they were $ 34.99 now. But they would accept my raincheck price if they found even one of the 6 easels. No luck. Just wasted more time. Aggravated... This time customer service told me to wait a few days and call them to see if they found them.
We waited about 5 days and called them at Toys R Us. I held on the phone for about 20 minutes while they looked again. Supposedly. The lady came back on the phone and said they just must be lost, or possibly somebody had just walked out with them. Big as they are I do not see how and they have security devices attached to them. She just advised to try to find another store that might have it.
I told her honestly, they needed to remove the ITEM AVAILABLE from their website, instead of having customer after customer coming to their store looking for the same easel, which does not exist. (It has been 2 weeks since our first visit) and their website still lists this item (easel) is available. Bait and switch, like a car lot.
I called another Toys R Us about 15 miles away that said they had it, per the website. Bad mistake. They put me on hold. And never came back. After 20 minutes on hold, I called the 800 number for customer service on my home phone. I spoke with **, who amazingly, seemed to care. I explained to him we were trying to buy this kid's easel for our Granddaughter for Christmas, and having no luck, since they were the only one that sold this type. He gave me reference number after typing in all the information.
He apologized. And said I would receive a call from them within 3 days. I was still on hold on my cell phone from being put on hold. It had been 35 minutes on hold at the time. I let ** even listen to their music that is played after being on hold. ** told me that I could go ahead and hang up. He said his main computer showed that the store I was calling now had no kids easels in stock. Sold while I was on hold I guess.
I waited 4 days, and never heard from anyone at Toys R Us. I emailed them at their main email address, and was advised back the next day via email that I would be hearing from them in 3-5 days. That never happened either. I went to their website and it showed they had plenty for online purchase. I ordered it online and paid full price $ 34.99, plus tax, and shipping, just to make sure my granddaughter got it for Christmas. It has arrived, and is wrapped now.
Toys R Us are just a bunch of scam artists, and it seems bait and switch. While in the store they had tried to sell me the much more expensive kids easel ($ 49.99). Toys R Us does not care about its customers. They just try to get you to the store with phony ads, and hope you buy something while their. We will never shop at their store again, and I told all our friends and relatives that we would hope they did not either.
All that read this story should stay away from the Toys R Us. It will save you a lot of time, and aggravation. Especially the one by the Woodlands Mall in Conroe, Texas (Montgomery County). Maybe our Attorney General here in Texas needs to look into the way Toys R Us runs its business in Texas.
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA -- Simply put, told me I was buying an XBox 360/Kinect Bundle Package for $200. It was Black Friday, last box on the shelf, 3:30 in the morning, and the sales associate told me it was what I was asking for. What do you do? You scoop it up before anyone else does, without thinking twice. (I know the bundle is supposed to be $300, but I thought maybe since it was Black Friday I was getting a deal).
Really it was just the XBox. It was Black Friday, so I was not able to return. Because of this mishap, I was not able to get any of the real deals. For example, if I had wanted to buy just an Xbox, I could have picked one up at any of the other stores I went to that day shopping and would have gotten 2 to 3 free games to go with it. FOR THE SAME $200. Needless to say, I felt wronged, and thought maybe customer service would be there to help make it right. I wasn't expecting anything for free, I understood it was early, and a busy day, lots of commotion, but I should not have been lied to.
I would have gladly paid the extra $100 to get what I was originally seeking, however, by the time this whole fiasco was over, the bundle I was looking for was sold out everywhere. If nothing else, at least get me the Kinect system for $100, instead of the $150 it's supposed to be. You know, since that's what I was told I was getting in the first place. All I wanted was both components, and was absolutely willing to pay the difference.
Had to file an 'incident report' with 800 number customer service line 5 times over the next 2 weeks. The first 3 got 'lost' in the system, never to be found. 1 was 'accidentally closed' when it was supposed to be 'elevated' to corporate (who was supposed to get back into contact with me. The final, got me to a supervisor, who basically told me it was my fault for not knowing what I was buying.
(Shouldn't you just be able to trust the sales associate?) and there was nothing she could do and I should call the store. When I called the store they told me "All of our employees were informed beforehand that we didn't have any of the bundles in stock anyway, so there's no way that could have happened."
How it happened: I was in the electronics dept., browsing, when I was reminded by my wife that we wanted to get this for the family (it was early in the morning and I wasn't ready to start thinking yet). I asked the nearest associate if they had any 'XBox Bundles' in stock. His reply was, "No, We don't even have any XBox's" I looked over his shoulder to the glass case and saw one box, with a picture of Kinect on the side (now I know the picture was just advertising it, and not meaning it was being included).
So, I asked him, "Isn't that one right there?" still referring to the Bundle. He said "Yes, it is, I forgot we had that one". I guess it was a 'ticketed' item. Someone had reserved it and not picked it up. After checking to see if it was available, he told me it was, and told me it was $200. I was concerned about the low price, so I verified WITH THE ASSOCIATE that this was the box that included the Kinect and the only thing I was not getting was a bigger hard drive and the headset that comes with the other package. He agreed and nodded the whole time.
My biggest complaint here is that because of all of this mess, I was not able to actually get any of the best deals on what I was trying to buy, and their customer service did not even attempt to accept fault or make it right. Absolute worst customer service I have ever seen, and coming from a well-known company this large was absolutely shocking. 3 weeks later, I was able to come across the bundle I was looking for, at target, for $300, with a free game.
Again, that's all I originally wanted. So I purchased it, and returned the one I got from toys r' us. Toys R Us has absolutely no concern or regard for its customers, will not ever even attempt to admit that one of their employees may have made a mistake, and you have even less of a chance getting them to try to make it right.
We received a trike as birthday gift for my son. He already owned one! My wife brought the bike back to the store and was told that there was a “policy” in place that said she could not return anything without a way to validate it was purchased there (a receipt or the credit card it was bought with). Other than the few fortunate times you get a gift receipt, how would anybody have either of the things they are asking for?
The thought of going to my son's great grandfather and asking for this would be insulting to him and, simply, rude. I would never do that. Well, the store manager decided to keep placing all of his blame on the store policy. He told her that this happens “every day” and he has to “turn away unhappy customers all the time, but that is the “policy.” Wow- some policy! He suggested we call the corporate customer service phone number and lodge a complaint, so I did.
The woman on the phone states that the “policy” is correct as it was told to us, but there is also a “no quibble policy.” She then puts me on hold to speak with somebody, comes back on the phone and says that original policy of “no returns” trumps the “no quibble” policy. Interesting. She was kind enough to agree that the situation was asinine, but her hands were tied.
She suggested I ask my son's great grandfather for the receipt. I asked if she would be so rude in her family and I was told she would not do that either. She then agreed to escalate my concern and complaint to the corporate office, but it would be 3-5 days before I heard back from somebody there. I sat stunned to think that a company would allow a customer to brew in anger for 3-5 days. But that is their “policy.”
I was at a point where I just wanted some justice. I then e-mailed the CEO of Toys R US, Gerald Storch, my story. I figured somebody at the top should know how crazy the policies are and they don't always work out so well. I figured, as a business owner myself; this is something I would want to know.
I sent off my note only to get an e-mail back from the Coordinator of Executive Guest Services (some title!) stating “On behalf of Toys “R” Us, please accept my sincerest apologies for the difficulties you encountered when attempting to return your unwanted item. While it is never our intent to inconvenience you with our policies, I am sorry that we are unable to make an exception at this time.” Seriously, am I dreaming? For $35 this company is going to alienate a customer? Do they realize they are treating me like a criminal?
I decided that I was done wasting my time trying to make them a better company and that the best thing I could do was post something on Facebook letting my 300+ “friends” that there are better places to buy toys. What I did not realize was that posting was also going to pop up on their corporate Facebook page. I am not sure if it was that Facebook posting or my earlier email, but within 30 minutes of my Facebook posting I received a phone call from their district manager with a totally different attitude.
This man apologized. He told me I was right and they were wrong. He said the right things. He ended up overriding the previous poor decisions that were made by his company and asked for us to come back for the store credit. He hung up after giving me his cell phone number and asked that if I were to ever have a bad experience again, to please call him. This is a story about too little too late.
CALGARY -- I had the most horrible service at Toys R Us on Mcleod Trail in Calgary, Alberta tonight. I went to return a toothbrush (only $7 but still it is the point of the matter) as it did not play music or even rotate as soon as I opened it. The employee, instead of greeting me proceeds to gossip for a couple of minutes while I wait for service. (Gross, inappropriate things). When I explain that I was not impressed that a product that I opened did not work, she barked that I should have known to replace the batteries.
I said that I did not think it my responsibility to go to the trouble and expense to do that as it was a brand new product that should work as it says, 'batteries included'. So we continue to argue for a bit, her being very nasty and unreasonable and passing the buck, saying, "Blame the manufacturers- it's not our problem!" OK, I am feeling really disrespected here, what happened to consumer confidence in products or the faith knowing that if you get a faulty product, you can return? I buy many thousands of dollars worth of toys and return things with no hassle at the Bay or Wal-Mart.
I tell her this and she ACTUALLY says to me, "So shop there!" Can you believe that?!! You better believe that I will, no way will I give my money over to a business that has their people follow no protocol or professionalism! This same employee had given me a really hard time months ago when I tried to return a faulty stroller! It was dangerous and even the manager I spoke to just told me to send it back to the manufacturer!
(Total passing the buck just to save money) I gave up on that one, why would I send back something that would cost me $50-$100 to post, and have no guarantee as I am sure they would make an excuse or simply not reimburse me? I asked to speak to a manager at this point and complained about all the things mentioned above in a calm (yet angry) voice, simply stating facts in an appropriate manner.
I can't say the manager made me feel better. She never apologized. Never told the girl to stop arguing with me. The manager even stood there and said nothing as the girl shouts, "Don't blame ME for all your problems!" (That was ridiculous actually- pathetic as the only problem I mentioned was...a toothbrush...What a stupid and rude thing to say to a customer, especially since the issue at hand was HER attitude.
I replied, "Yeah, it CAN'T be YOU that is the problem." So she says, "You're the only one that has a problem with me..." And I laughed out loud, that was so funny, the rudest girl I have ever come across that says absolutely shocking things to people, never has any issues with customers? So I laugh and say, "I'm sure, I'm really sure."
Toys R Us is really cheap (and dumb) to save a few measly bucks they have lost me as a customer, as I will never return there, I will only go to places that have good return policies (and expectations of staff to not abuse people).
So if you think you may possibly get something that is dirty/faulty/unsafe or just want to be able to change your mind, do not shop at Toys R Us! I have never been able to return one out of three things- think that is a coincidence? Save your money as it is theirs for keeps (you get to keep the junk) if you buy there. Not to mention getting horrible customer service where they care nothing about your patronage. Toys R Us does not return products!!!
I bought a bike for my child for Christmas amongst other toys for family & friends. I price compared several retailers at the time and they had the best price of all. SO I thought. Buyer must always beware they say. At check out $30 additional dollars was added to price of the bike. I asked how the price went up $30? And pulled out my Sunday flyer ad to show why I chose them for my shopping needs.
The cashier explained it was a Warranty. I said I would forgo the warranty. Only $10 was taken off. I then asked why it was $20 more excluding tax. I was told that was the bike assembly fee I had to pay. I said an unassembled bike was fine. They had 5 none of which were disassembled she said. I asked for a manager on duty. (Kindly I am no stranger to retail or customer service industry. I am always respectful knowing employees have no control over policy but have had my fair share of negotiations to make a sale and keep a customer). That is business and I am holding their flier after all.
I asked for a manager and explained that I came in for the bike at the advertised price and would like to purchase said bike at that price as advertised no upgrades. The manager did not respond to me just whispered to the girl. The girl said the manager would honor that. I said thank you to them both. Manager walked away.
I was told another employee would bring out the bike. The manager whispered to that employee not in my ear shot. I assumed to go get the bike. I had many other items too so was glad I did not have to walk away from sale. Punishing employees on ethics in advertising to the hassle of restocking my cast off items due to failure of negotiations is not ideal. They got far more than $30 additional out of me excluding bike. Win win I thought. Smart manager. A different employee was sent back to retrieve the bike for me. It took 20 minutes. My husband called and asked what is taking so long. I thought maybe they were taking bike apart I thought-well...a little odd but hey.
Instead a complete bike came out. I thought all was well just busy holiday season- hard working employee. One has to wait. I said thank you to this employee too. And was on my way hustling for my children were hungry and restless and crying in the car with hubby. Upon getting home- It's tires were low and a plastic chain guard a little lose. I thought no biggie I have a bike pump and a screwdriver and they worked with me so OK. I tightened the screw the guard popped up in that one area that did not lay flat. Tried again and got it I thought. I pumped the tires and packed and hid it for the big day. Christmas morning the tires were flat and the guard once again ill fitting.
My hypothesis-Every lemon piece from all 5 bikes must have been combined into one in those 20 minutes. My son was broken hearted not to be able to test ride it Christmas morning and he is too young to understand why Mom has to take it to the bike shop. I could buy a Schwinn from a professional for the end cost of all these shenanigans. TRU clearly knows kids love character bikes etc and use it to their advantage. Like taking the bike back would not traumatize a child-it does. Making me the bad guy-what parent wants to further ruin Christmas for a 2 1/2 yr old- kid after TRU already has.
And what fool who would actually bring the bike back to complain just to test their ethics further and prove the cliche -fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me. Bike shop it is! A very expensive lesson in retail to learn TRU is not the company it once was. Yuck! In the 70's Venture and the like would just advertise and have your "rain check" last forever with no product ever arriving-Not sell you a lemon. So just as my parents felt heartache for the Barbie Dream house rain check that never was honored for me. I too have that parenting experience with a lemon bike.
At least one day should my grandchildren and son have this unfortunate event. I know it won't be due to TRU because surely its customers will drop like flies one shenanigan at a time, another retailer is just dying to swoop in and take their business, or BBB will uncover them for whom they now have become.