Repeated Defective Products -- Customer Service Can't Call HQ
UNKNOWN, VIRGINIA -- We bought a $550 flex-tree from Tree Classics in October 2014. After three weeks and after all the decorations were up, multiple branches' lights started going out until at least four separate branches were dark. We followed all the troubleshooting guidelines but nothing worked. So we called customer service (CS).
They determined the tree was defective, but no longer had our tree model and had to send a new tree of a different style. That one arrived within a few days because we paid for expedited shipping of the replacement. However, even halfway through assembly, we could see that five branches on the new tree were out. We replaced the fuses but nothing happened (hint: it's NEVER the fuse).
This time, we called CS but though they acknowledged it, too was defective, they couldn't immediately replace the tree. A supervisor told us she'd call to arrange the replacement and call us right back. By 11 the next day, still no one had called us. By 3pm, no one had called us. So I called CS back, to find out that they had "escalated" our issue to headquarters the night before by email but had no way to track the problem with a call. When I asked them to call HQ and find out what was going on, the supervisor said they had no phone number to call HQ.
It's now 6:30pm and we still have neither a commitment to send a working tree or a commitment to refund our money. And listen -- any company whose customer service can only escalate a problem by email and is not able to talk to their own manufacturing is NOT a company to deal with.