YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO -- My furniture, 4 yrs after purchase, has become extremely unsightly with peeling fabric where a person's head rests on the back cushions. My 7 yr. warranty has been declined as to being effective in getting any repair work done despite many emails, phone calls and a visit from a technician who placed an order for repairs. This warranty is totally useless... they have far too many cracks in what is considered covered under warranty. No one is responding to my many letters sent, many phone calls, many pictures of the damage. I am completely disappointed in the lack of consideration and assistance with my problem.
I will never shop at Value City and will let others know the manner in which my situation has been totally ignored. What good is purchasing a warranty at all? They do not try to help the customer very much. My brochure for the warranty said they covered damage from bodily fluids... Are natural hair oils not considered bodily fluids? I am most unhappy and disappointed and would caution others when purchasing from Value City and their warranty offer. This matter has taken up a lot of my time and energy. I am left with nothing but junky looking furniture that we paid thousands for and lots of disappointment.
N. OLMSTED, OHIO -- I had done my research as far as all the nuances of mattress purchases, spring vs. non-spring, gel vs. all other components etc. I went to Value City Furniture Store to avoid the many mattress stores that are just small and only sell mattresses. You must also look into reviews of Value City Furniture before going there. I went in and laid on the different types of mattresses and was shocked by the prices, more than two months worth of mortgage payments. The salesperson was very patient and somewhat informative but did not have or want to divulge the specifics that my internet research said to look for.
I was ushered into the office to pay, given a receipt and that was just the start of my nightmare. I would probably be able to fill up and 8x10 sheet of paper but suffice to say I was not told of the haul away fee which cost extra and I did not pay for, the return information and the time frame of it, which included a purchase of the store's mattress cover. I would not recommend this store to anyone at all, ever.
SANDUSKY -- Aside from the inadequate quality of all furniture from Value City (I've purchased a couch, 2 recliners, beds), what I REALLY can't stand are their commercials! Does ANYONE else have to change the channel when they come on? For instance, the annoying and obnoxious one about the chaise lounge. OR even worse, the couple sitting on their new couch and feeling as though they're going to hurl because of the coffee table? Disgusting! I'd like to know what the executives are thinking when the advertising companies come in to make their presentations and from all they have to chose from, pick the 2 commercials I just mentioned.
I CAN NOT get the commercial off the screen fast enough!! Anyone purchasing furniture from Value City based on their commercials has to be mentally deranged. I have talked to many of my friends and when I mention 2 horrible commercials, THEY come up with both of them before I even have the chance!
LAKEWOOD, NEW JERSEY -- I am writing this letter as a warning to all prospective buyers, hoping my advice will save you from the headache my girlfriend and I have been dealing with since we went with Value City for a simple furniture order. In early February I went to Value City to purchase a desk, dresser, and chest. As I walked through the doors I knew EXACTLY what I was looking for. When I was first approached by the salesman, I was ready with the make, model, and color of the furniture my girlfriend and I had searched for and finally found on the Value City website. The purchase was quick and easy for both myself AND the salesman, or so I thought.
On the receipt there was a printed “estimated delivery date” which I was told by the salesman would be the scheduled date of delivery. After taking off of work for the scheduled date, I was surprised to find that this was NOT the date the furniture would be coming and in fact they only delivered to our town on CERTAIN days of the week. This meant that I would have to take off yet again for the actual DELIVERY date. This date didn't come until several weeks later in mid January. Upon delivery my girlfriend greeted the men who were there to deliver the 3 pieces of furniture but stayed out of the way.
After signing off on the delivery sheet she entered the bedroom to find that her first pieces of bedroom furniture in their new house WERE NOT the furniture pieces that they had ordered at all, and in addition to it being the wrong furniture the desk delivered was cracked! By this time, the men had already pulled out and were driving down the street leading to a bigger headache that is still taking place in mid May. In a panic, my girlfriend called the store to tell them what had happened. They told her all they could do was schedule another day when THEY deliver to our town and have the furniture picked up then.
The next date they had available was 2 weeks later and in the meantime we were supposed to keep the furniture in our house. The damaged desk would have to be photographed at different angles and then e-mailed to someone in the warehouse to see if it could be fixed BEFORE they would even think about replacing it. We were both extremely upset about how everything had been handled which led us to take a drive out to the store where the furniture had originally been purchased to see if something could be done.
Not only did we walk around aimlessly waiting to be helped but when we finally told the salesgirl what had happened, the only help she offered up was a phone number of someone WE could call to see if something could be done with scheduling since the store had NOTHING to do with scheduling deliveries. Before leaving the store my girlfriend thought it would be smart to call, and good thing because the number given to us was incorrect! When asking AGAIN we were given another wrong number by the same salesgirl!
It wasn't until WE FOUND the second Value City salesperson that we were given the correct number, who, after calling told us there was nothing they could do. The only option we had was to wait for the warehouse to respond to our e-mail with the pictures we had taken and sent ourselves of the damaged desk. After a week they decided that the entire desk would have to be replaced and that we would receive a phone call when the new desk would be in. We finally got the call we had been waiting for the last week of March that the desk would arrive on Saturday March 31st!
We were ecstatic, finally we would be able to get the house in order and put our office room together which we had been wanting to do since February! However, we were both shocked to find that we received 2 calls from Value City that Friday. One call was from the store that we had purchased the furniture confirming our Saturday delivery. Another call was from the warehouse stating that the delivery would be delayed yet again because our NEW desk that was supposed to be delivered was DAMAGED.
Confused, I called the Value City store in Lakewood, NJ and explained the 2 telephone calls we had received. Not only did the girl who answered continue to tell me the desk was definitely coming the next day but it wasn't until she decided to “double check” that she found that it was in fact going to be delayed but she didn't know why. This is still not the worst part of our experience with Value City in Lakewood, NJ. The second week of April, my girlfriend received a phone call that our other NEW desk was in, AGAIN! Not expecting much due to our previous let downs she tried to schedule a new delivery date with the woman on the phone.
Since we both had already taken off work numerous times for Value City, we could not be home and wait for a delivery that may or may not happen due to the lack of communication between the store and warehouse. I began to tell her what we had been through with the company and mid sentence I was cut off by the woman on the phone who said, “Listen, we only deliver to your town on Saturday. The next Saturday delivery date we have is May 19, 2012.”
I processed this quietly to myself on the other end of the phone, feeling defeated and let down yet again but at a loss for what to do or say next. I responded by saying, “Well, I guess that is my only option.” To this the woman quickly replied, “Yes, May 19th will be your delivery date - have a great day!”
It is now mid May and we are without a new desk. We are hopeful that it will come this Saturday but are bracing ourselves for the worst. I have never in my life experienced such poor customer service and lack of not only competence but unwillingness to help. We explored every option to seek assistance and or guidance after our terrible experience - visiting the store, trying to contact a manager (who never returned our calls), contacting the warehouse, and trying to reach the corporate office. All of these outlets were unresponsive. The reason for this letter is to warn anyone who is thinking of purchasing anything from Value City.
My girlfriend and I both work in an industry where consumers are regarded with the utmost respect and for a company that stops at nothing to do what it takes to be sure our customers are satisfied. It is extremely disheartening to know that there will be Value City customers in the future who will have to endure the same unnecessary experience we have.
I strongly believe that in order to succeed in business there must be open communication, with a willingness to help along with a strong sense of urgency. Value City of Lakewood, NJ STRONGLY lacks all of these qualities. It is with great hope that this letter will force Value City to step back and re-evaluate how their store is run to help create a smoother process in the future. After all, in this tough economy people want to get to the most for their hard earned money, and we all should.
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY -- I bought over $3,000 worth of furniture from their store, and I have received nothing but the absolute worst service every single time I have an order. Several of my pieces came in damaged and had to be replaced. One of them had to be repaired, however I was told very rudely by a customer service agent that they could not accommodate my schedule and if I wanted my furniture to be repaired I was going to have to accommodate them. The manager ** called me and was very nice in setting up an alternate time for the repair man to come out so that I would be able to be there when he arrived.
Unfortunately, the rest of the department must not have been informed, because I got a call saying the repair person was going to come at a time that was not the one ** had told me he would be able to. Next, I had a problem with the couch. I had to go through 3 different couches because each other one they gave me was damaged in some way. I went through 2 different lamps as well because of the same problem.
And now we come to today. About a month ago, I picked out a TV stand from their store to add to my order. It was ordered in Cleveland, and they said it would take awhile for it to be delivered because it was out of stock. We planned to have it delivered on August 28th, this Saturday, because I work a 9 to 5 job and cannot be home for delivery during the week. I was called by the store on Wednesday, which also happened to be my birthday, for a very rude awakening. The store left me a message saying that the TV stand was ready to be delivered the next day, Thursday, and wanted me to confirm that I would be home.
I called the store back asking why the date had been changed from Saturday. ** informed me that they could change it back so it would be delivered this Saturday like it was originally supposed to. I hadn't heard from the store about a delivery window so I called them back this morning. ** informed me my TV stand was scheduled to deliver on Saturday September 4th, like I had requested and they had informed me. I had never requested that, and that was the first I had heard of the September date.
I was then shuffled around from **, to “I'll have the manager call you back,” to ** (who informed me if that it would do no good if I spoke to the manager, and if I wanted to I would have to wait for a very long time). ** informed me she was the service manager and in fact she had told me yesterday that it would be delivered on September the 4th, which was a lie. She then called me a liar and informed me that no one there was going to want to help me if I kept calling and changing the date on them.
This struck me as particularly ironic, since Value City is the one that has been CONSISTENTLY changing the delivery date on me, not informing me until last minute, and then blaming it on me. A third call, from my mother, finally got to the manager. Apparently Value City did not think that I was old enough or rich enough to get the manager at all. It takes someone with money in their pocket or life experience to even allow you to speak to the manager in the first place. ** informed my mother that the TV stand was actually not even in stock yet. This was a bit confusing to hear, considering that they had initially told me they were going to deliver it on Thursday.
I guess they must have gotten frustrated with my request to change the date and decided to give my furniture, which I have been waiting for over a month, to someone else. I didn't realize that you could only get your furniture if it was convenient for the store to deliver on that day, and if it wasn't - you would lose your furniture and maybe not get it back for weeks. ** promised us that it will now be delivered on the 4th, but his promise was a little bit empty given the previous promises Value City has made me about my delivery dates as well as his “it will probably be in by then” guarantee.
I'll be holding my breath, because I doubt it will even be there then. I'll probably only get that one if no one else has a delivery date that is earlier and needs it. Due to their lack of communication and incredibly poor service, you get shuffled around, because it's easier to shuffle you from person to person than to actually help you. The only way you can get anything straightened out is to spend hours and hours screaming to them on the phone. Otherwise they don't really care about you. The cheap prices are great, but you really get what you pay for there - broken products (I'm worried to see how long they will last) and abhorrent customer service.
I will never be purchasing from Value City Furniture again, and I suggest that you do the same. I was initially very excited to see the low prices and type of furniture in the store. However, the appalling way the customer service agents have treated me and the shockingly terrible service I have received from them has proved to me that I will never buy from your store again. Despite how much I enjoy the other pieces I bought from the store, I wish that I could take all of it back because I wish that I had never given them a cent of my money. They don't deserve it.
Spread the word that Value City is terrible, because maybe then they will be motivated to treat their customers better.
HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA -- July 2008, last week my husband and I purchased a desk, hutch and desk return set from Value City Furniture Store. Unfortunately, we did not read reviews of this company or we may not have gotten into this mess. We were very happy to find the kind of desk we were looking for that was actually a quality piece, made from solid wood and contemporary, yet classic in style. We had searched many furniture stores and knew we would have to pay a bit more for what we were looking for. We found similar pieces at very high-end stores, but could not quite swing those costs and they weren't exactly what we were looking for.
My husband works in Harrisburg and went in to purchase this desk set. Of course, no one was “available” to help him so he sought out a young, not-so-professional sales associate. This young man put the sale through and at first told my husband that they do deliver to our location. Then found out that we are not in their delivery area. They deliver to a town 4 miles from our home, but not our address. So my husband asked to speak to the manager to see if he could work something out. The manager was rude and refused to budge saying, “I have to draw the line somewhere.”
Even after my husband offered to pay a fuel surcharge for the extra 4 miles, he was still turned down. We still decided to purchase the desk set and just rent a Uhaul (as we do not own a van or truck) to pick up the furniture ourselves. When my husband went to pick it up, he saw that the furniture was still boxed but looked like it had been opened (earlier he had been told that the furniture would be inspected to make sure there was no damage). He asked and they said it was fine and packed so well, so there shouldn't be any trouble. He brought it home and we labored to bring it into our house.
As we unpacked it we saw that the hutch and return were both damaged. The wood had been crushed and split in the corner of the hutch and the same on the return. My husband made multiple phone calls asking again to have VCF come to our home and replace the furniture. Instead he was offered a $50 discount. He even called their corporate headquarters to have the same result. I realized that VCF doesn't deliver to our area and I'm fine with that policy. I can't change that. We were able to get the furniture to our home on our own. My frustration with the company is their poor management and customer service.
Even though we picked up our furniture, we should have received the same service of inspection and undamaged goods as that of those who can receive delivery because they live in that area. And the rebate of $50 is truly just a slap in the face in light of the fact that we spent about $1400 and were refused any other help. In the future I will warn people of the poor service they will receive from Value City Furniture and will tell them to never purchase items from this company. Now that I've seen reviews from this location as well as others around the country, I realize that this is not a place of quality or service.
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- After ordering over $1500 worth of furniture on 11/10/2007 my delivery date was explained that it would be on 1/4/08 which would be today. I would like to add that I failed to receive a confirmation call for a delivery time and window yesterday however I called Value City to confirm and was told that all of my furniture would be delivered between 9 and 12 today. Being that I work 3 blocks from where I live, it is fairly easy to swing home to allow the delivery men (who were very helpful) into my home to assemble the furniture.
Upon their arrival, I showed them where the Camp Granada bunk bed would be assembled and one man began unloading the truck while the second delivery man ran over paperwork with me to check contents. I was made aware of two items. That the Trundle unit was apparently not with this delivery and was scheduled for delivery on January 17th (GASP), I have a 4 year old daughter who has been waiting, and we all know how patiently 4 year old girls can wait for things. So the bed is totally unusable until after the 17th bearing the risk the item would not be lost in transit.
I then was also made aware of the "extension" units which are required for the actual use of the bed with a full sized mattress were short at the warehouse and that a second trip would be required and extra time for me to request for time off from my busy day at the office. After having this explained to me by **, I was directed to the back of the truck due to a problem with the bunk itself. Once again, a problem was brought to my attention that the bunk bed I waited a good 2 months for delivery for, was damaged upon loading it into the truck and improperly securing the furniture.
The wooden footing at the bottom of the headboard of the lower bunk was split, not only an eyesore on a $1500 bunk bed, but makes this unit physically unusable by the aforementioned 4 year old daughter and the installers themselves. I have since refused delivery of this damaged goods and am on the hopeful "waiting" list for a delivery this upcoming Wednesday, of which a promise of the delivery manager at the Broad Street Value City was not 100% certain that this would occur.
I am writing this letter to Value City to voice my disdain for the care and improper treatment of a client's bought goods. As I am making payments on this unit I have not even been able to enjoy the product due to a heavy waiting period, a lack of communication via the company in regards to delivery, and the incompetence of having the completed order together.
I do not understand how Value City can continue to operate with such a lack of consideration for those whom buy your wares. I have been a loyal customer for years and recommend such services to others who are looking for quality furniture and bedding. However with the loss of credibility due to this entire ordeal has been rather disconcerting. I didn't haggle in the showroom over price due to the customer service due to the knowledge that I would expect from such a company, the trade-off would be worth it.
However now I am reconsidering any future recommendations to your company over the logistics, the communication or lack thereof, and the complications of explaining to a 4 year old girl that she will not be able to hold a sleepover with her best friend because the furniture company broke her new bed.
OHIO -- After working for this company for a few years, I decided to leave. I could no longer back their product or nor their business practices. I read a comment about their "scotch guard" protection. Hardly ever did the furniture ever get treated the way it is recommended by the manufacturer. Many times it was accepted by management to hurry along and just get the furniture loaded on the trucks and out the door. They just wanted to make the sale, never worrying about service to the customer. In their mind, if a customer is unhappy, there is another customer out there that will buy.
Value City Furniture also owns Value City Department Stores and is (was) affiliated with DSW shoes. Look up info about DSW shoes and you can see what the Value City corp. thinks about your credit card information. Now back to furniture, many instances this company has gone out of its way to rip people off, even if employees would bring it to their attention. I will cite one instance since there are so many. A few years back, a customer bought a sectional and it was delivered to their apartment. Around 6 months later it was decided by management to go back and pick up the sectional at that apt and also deliver a full refund check upon picking up the merchandise.
To our surprise, the apt was empty except for the sectional and the person there to accept the refund was not the same as the person who accepted the furniture a few months ago. So, just being curious a little we asked what happened to the person who used to live here, and come to find out the person who accepted the check was the landlord and she volunteered more info than what we asked about. She began to tell us that the person renting apt was a prostitute and they were put in jail and she is just trying to recover some of the money that by having the sectional returned to the store.
When we began to get the sectional prepared to lift, we had to tie down the sleeper part of the sectional because it will open when you try to turn it getting through the doorway. We noticed that the sheets were still on it. But we didn't think much of it. My partner and I had short sleeve shirts on, so when we pick up the sectional, of course our arms were touching the fabric. We continued to load the other pieces of the sectional onto the truck, gave the landlord the refund and went on our way. Keep in mind that the apt and the store were only about 2 minute away from the store.
When we got back to the store, our arms broke out in a rash. We washed up and nothing really came about all the rash, but it's disgusting to think what could have caused that. Anyway, instead of destroying the sectional, it was decided by management to have a professional cleaner come in and clean it and place it on the showroom floor "As Is", no warranties, no nothing. To me personally, that is pretty disgusting knowing the history so far about the sectional. And you can bet management knew what was going on because they were told about it. Anyway, a short time after that a customer bought the same sectional but they bought it new.
When it was time for it to be delivered, it did not make to the store on time to be delivered, so once again management made another decision...... to rip-off the "As Is" tags off the showroom sectional and deliver that one to the customer as new. I only worked for the furniture store for a few years, but I saw that was common practice, to take the showroom furniture and deliver to the customer like it knew when and item does not come in on time. Also, I personally saw management alter log books on their delivery trucks to make it look like they were being serviced and that there was no serious mechanical defects.
Many of their delivery trucks had serious problems that could have caused serious accidents. I had worked for the VC corporation, from the distribution centers, to the department stores, to the furniture stores. While working for them I saw the same type of management over and over again. They want people that will do WHATEVER it takes to make a buck, to whatever it takes to save a buck, at the expense of safety for its employees and consumers, or to just downright lie to get your money.
If you use a credit card with this company, beware, they will not take reasonable steps to safeguard your credit card information, unless like in the case of DSW, they were forced to. If this company goes under, it will be because of their own doing, but in the meantime, the owners of Value City (Schottenstein's) are one of the richest families in Ohio at your expense and has weaseled their way in the public spotlight by having their name on the Value City arena.
You can be assured that the CEO and the family that has run VC is sleeping well at night, not thinking twice about how they scammed people all these years. They don't see consumers as people, just another sucker that will spend their hard earned dollars on their substandard merchandise.
CINCINNATI, OH -- Value City Furniture Store # 80; 650 Eastgate Dr. S Suite A, Cincinnati, OH 45245; 513-943-1110. I purchased a kitchen table and chair set from the Value City Store next to Dick's Sporting Goods in the Eastgate shopping center. While I was checking out with my items, the sales representative suggested that I should purchase the extended warranty. He stated, “Seeing that you have children, you will want this warranty. It covers any damage they may do and protects your furniture up to three years. You can rest assured that you will have new furniture in three years.” I purchased the warranty for the extra $69.99 for the table and an additional $69.99 for the chairs.
I left the store with the confidence that my $1000 plus purchase was protected. Nine months later, we had a Christmas party for our daughters and several of their friends from our neighborhood attended. We let the girls make crafts, color and draw pictures on the table in our kitchen. After the party we noticed that the table had been damaged by some of the crafting we had allowed the girls to do. Some of the notable damage included, words had transfer through the paper the girls were writing on and had gone through the polyurethane coating into the wood below, a long scratch and some paint drops on the finish.
The girls ranged in age from seven years old to twelve years old. These girls are not heavy handed men with a degree in construction, they are simply children. I contacted Value City Furniture at the Eastgate location and was informed that they do not handle the warranty claims. They gave me the phone number for the Sharonville store and instructed me to file my claim with them. I called the store and they took down my information. They informed me they would send someone out to inspect the damage and to determine if they would repair it or replace it. I received a phone call and was given a date and time the inspector would be out.
The inspector arrived to inspect the table and continually commented on the condition of the table and chair set, argued that the chairs didn't belong to the set, although they were the chairs from my receipt, and was otherwise very rude and obnoxious. A week after the inspector came out I received a phone call from Value City they stated that they had decided not to honor the warranty as the damage was too “extreme” and violated the terms of the warranty. When I purchased the warranty I was given a pamphlet stating what would be covered and how to file a claim.
Value City claims that the pamphlet is not the legal document containing the specifics of the warranty and that the actual warranty documentation, which was not furnished to me, contained stipulations pertaining to excessive damage. I asked to speak to the manager, who informed me that this claim would be returned to the Eastgate store and that they had the option of honoring the claim. I called the Eastgate store several days later and they gave me the same exact response I received from the Sharonville store. I asked that they at least review the claim and consider that I have spent several thousand dollars at their store over the past few years.
I was passed to a manager who informed me they would not reconsider this claim and were cancelling the warranty on all of the furniture citing excessive damage. Value City Furniture has subsequently replaced the table and honored their warranty.
WARREN, UTICA, MICHIGAN -- We purchased a set of living room furniture, coffee and end tables, as well as a kitchen table and bench from two of the Value City stores in MI. When we first purchased our living room set our sales person told us that the only sofa left was the one on display. We told her we did not want that sofa and instantly we were not going to purchase the set. Within 2 minutes she came back to tell us that she "found" a brand new one and that if we wanted the set, all 3 pieces would be new. We were a little skeptical because she happened to find a "new" sofa. We decided to go with the set and also purchased a NEW coffee table.
When the delivery came our sofa was not delivered with the other items and the "new" coffee table we ordered was damaged in all 4 corners. I immediately called VCF and I asked for another table to be sent. They said they no longer carried the table and they would send a repair person out to fix the table. The following week they set up delivery of our sofa that never arrived with the first delivery. When they delivered the sofa, it had the wrong feet with it. So again I had to call VCF and have them set up yet ANOTHER delivery date for the correct sofa with the correct feet. Finally on the 3rd delivery everything was right.
After that delivery we purchased our kitchen table and bench. When we had that delivered everything looked OK but a few days later I noticed the bench that was delivered was broken. The side of the bench was separating from the top part and supportive frame. I again had to call VCF and have them send a repair person. The repair person came and fixed the bench and I had to call someone to be there when he was because I couldn't take even more time off work with all these deliveries and repairs. When I arrived home I looked at the bench and the repair guy had screwed up through the top of the bench where the cushion was covering.
I removed the cushion and saw that the screw was sticking up through the top of the bench under the cushion. I still have yet to call to get this re-repaired, but plan on doing it in the near future. After having our living room set delivered, we didn't use it for 2 months before we actually moved into our new home. We moved into our home in late July and 4 weeks ago our sofa broke. We called VCF and they sent someone out to repair it. Two weeks after it was repaired, at our housewarming party none the less, it broke again.
A week later another repairman came out and looked at it for a few minutes, took some pictures and said that it was not repairable and he had to contact a manager to see what they wanted to do. He said it would take a few weeks for us to hear something. On top of all this, I realized when I got home that day the drawer on the coffee table we purchased was also coming apart.
When I found out the situation, I grew VERY upset and called and spoke with a manager at the Warren MI VCF store. She told me that they no longer carry the sofa and that they can replace the one piece. I told her that was not acceptable and I want a refund for the whole set because I was not going to have mismatched furniture because something that was out of my hands. She agreed to give us an in-store credit for the items.
My final problem is that now, 2 weeks later, I am in the same spot because I can't find a set of furniture that I actually like at VCF. The one set we did see is triple the price we paid and I am concerned that if we do purchase something else, it too will break or fall apart. To be honest, I don't even want to spend any more money at VCF because of all the problems we've had. It has been one issue after another and as of right now, we would not recommend anyone to go to VCF because of all the problems we've encountered.