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Crooks and Liars!!! AVOID
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KAMLOOPS -- DO NOT ORDER FROM THIS COMPANY!!!!

I ordered a bedroom set shown on their website over the phone on November 30th, 2011. It was shown as a dark black/brown colour called "cappuccino". I was told it was in stock and would be delivered within approximately 2 weeks.

Almost 6 weeks later on January 9th, 2012, a bedroom set arrived. It was not even close to the colour advertised. I have side by side comparison pictures clearly showing the dramatic difference.

I contacted them in order to resolve this issue. They fully admitted the dramatic difference in colour. I even have emails from them saying, "Regarding your claim, there is a huge color variation from what you received and what is on our site and our supplier's. We have sent pictures to the supplier and we are currently awaiting their response." They then made me wait another week, then told me they would not ship out new set in the correct colour because they don't want to pay the shipping and it would cost me $200 if I wanted to return the wrong-coloured set.

I asked why should I pay $200 to return what they mistakenly sent me?? I was told by Michelle, their claims agent that it was their policy. I asked to speak to a manager and she said the owner Sergei Tashlikowich would call me. He not only didn't call me, he ducted my call for several days.
This company is full of crooks and liars. AVOID! AVOID! AVOID!
     
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Utterly Incompetent & Completely Dishonest
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Unless you want to be frustrated (and possibly out more cash than you'd expected) do NOT buy anything from Wholesale Furniture Brokers. The company is completely incapable of fulfilling a delivery, but is all too happy to take your money (they are a middleman, so they just want that cash in hand, and will worry about the details later...maybe). But if you get frustrated after waiting MONTHS for your furniture and attempt to cancel the order, they'll pull out their standard contract, which guarantees that they will make money from you, regardless of whether they can deliver what you've paid for in a reasonable period of time.

MY EXPERIENCE

SEPT. 6 – Placed order; order history notes that “unit is on second floor, up stairs.” WFB informed me that item was back ordered at least 8 weeks. I said I would wait.

SEPT. 10 – WFB processed $379.80 as a deposit.
Dec. 11–I received from Wholesale Furniture Brokers stating that my bedroom set was ready to ship out in the next few days with the North American Van lines agent - Santini.

DEC. 12 – I e-mailed WFB to confirm that all parties had my phone number and to state that between Dec. 13 – 17 and Dec. 20-22, I would be unable to have furniture delivered; a Belinda confirmed that she’d make sure appropriate parties had my contact information.

DEC. 13 – WFB notified me that my order was “in transit,” my credit card had been debited $1519.20, and that the delivery agent would be in contact with me to make delivery arrangements.

DEC. 27 – Having not heard from any shipping agent reps, and having no success reaching shippers via phone, I called WFB and e-mailed an Alyssa there.

DEC. 27 – WFB notified me that my furniture had arrived at a “local agent,” which would notify me “shortly” to arrange delivery.

JAN. 4 – I was again unsuccessful trying to reach shippers on phone, so I called WFB and e-mailed a Caroline there. I explained that if this couldn’t be resolved I’d just cancel the order, as I needed bedroom furniture.

JAN.. 4 – STI Home Express sent an auto-email notification stating that a customer service rep would be contacting me within 24 hrs to set up delivery date.

JAN. 4 – I finally spoke to the shipping agent and learned that my dresser had been completely destroyed in transit. They told me that I should talk to WFB before making shipment arrangements.

JAN. 6 & 7 - WFB's owner, Sergei, called me and e-mailed me apologizing that he had “been away on vacation over Christmas” and would “get started on getting furniture delivered minus the [damaged] dresser.”

JAN. 7 – after calling a Belinda at the shipper, I e-mailed and called WFB with “I will be canceling this order” in subject line.

JAN. 8 – Sergei called me in the morning; I returned his call and sent him an e-mail regarding setting up delivery of damaged dresser.

JAN. 10 – called WFB and broker; e-mailed Sergei stating that if we could not arrange delivery of damaged dresser, I would cancel the entire order. I explained to Sergei that I preferred to have the entire set delivered at the same time as I did not want to have to stay home from work twice. Sergei stated that this would be too difficult, so I agreed to separate deliveries.

JAN. 11 – The bed, mirror and night table were delivered – minus the hardware necessary to put the bed together. (I wasn’t able to try to put the bed together for a week, though, as I had to JAN. 19 - I called WFB on my return to have the hardware delivered. The person I spoke to stated that they’d have it “FedExed right out.”

JAN. 22 – I got a call from Rizzon Furniture to confirm my address to mail the missing bed hardware.

JAN. 24 – I stayed home from work to have dresser delivered.

JAN. 24 @12 pm (Eastern time) – The shipper called to inform me that they “just realized” that I live on the second floor, and because they’d only sent one delivery person, they wouldn’t be able to make the delivery. I immediately called WFB to try to inform them that I couldn’t stay home from work for a third day and they’d have to somehow find/authorize another man to help getting furniture up stairs (I stated I’d even help except I’m very small and wouldn’t be a whole lot of help). WFB informed me that Sergei would get back to me.

JAN. 24 @3 pm – Sergei called me and claimed that they “didn’t realize” that I was on the second floor – despite the fact that a) the shipping agent told me that she had been given this information, but just hadn’t noticed it earlier, and b) “2nd floor” is clearly indicated in WFB’s customers files on me – and I also made this clear in more than one phone and e-mail exchange with both shippers and WFB. I informed Sergei that I was calling AmEx because I needed bedroom furniture and at this point, since they’d been able to fulfill the order, I’d be taking my business to a company that could.

UPSHOT: I am still contesting this issue with American Express. But in the meantime, WFB has returned the dresser to the manufacturer and is claiming that they are entitled to several hundred dollars in shipping fees and other "penalties." DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!
     
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Mrs. Fantastic on 2008-06-05:
First of all, $1900 for a bedroom set doesn't sound like you were dealing with a 'whole sale' company at all. And you had to wait for delivery 4 months? The whole deal sounded shady from the beginning. You should've stuck with a reputable company. Sorry about your experience. May others learn from it.
Tired_of_waiting_for_furniture on 2008-06-20:
I am currently having an extremely similar problem with this company...I'll be writing a review soon...
dirtydeals on 2010-11-07:
WORST COMPANY EVER! I am starting to come to the conclusion that they only deal in damaged furniture. On September 17th we paid 3,630.00 for a bedroom set which took about a month to receive the mattress which was damaged. The rest of the furniture came after that and was also damaged. Wholesale Furniture won't replace the damaged pieces or give our money back in full refund which was agreed at the beging of the order. They need to close their doors! I am in the process of contacting 7 on your side. Maybe they can help. I also have an attorney looking into this matter. I hope we can get the word out about this company. If your on Facebook, myspace, twitter or anything else that would pass the word please do so. They need to be stopped.
Xandon on 2010-12-01:
I'm having a big issue with this company, Wholesale Furniture Brokers Canada (www.gowfb.ca) as well. DO NOT ORDER ANYTHING FROM THIS COMPANY! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

I ordered a sofa sectional October 7th 2010. I received email confirmations etc. and an expected delivery date of November 12th 2010. They said normally they would ship out of B.C. but the particular COLOUR (COLOUR!!) I wanted was only available from California.

October 22nd, the status showed the sofa was "picked up" in California. (2 full weeks later!) It should have been on the road by then.

October 25th, the status showed it was loaded in California....I guess it took them 3 days to put the sofa on the truck...

November 1st, the status showed it was unloaded in Indianapolis. (the opposite direction of the proper destination, Alberta Canada).

November 4th, the status showed the sofa was RE-loaded in Indianapolis. But when I talked to BELINDA she told me it was in Toronto. Weird, nothing like that showed up in the status updates!

November 10th, the status showed that the sofa had been sent back to California and unloaded. Rather than to Alberta, where it should have gone.

November 16th, the status showed the sofa was re-loaded back onto a truck. (I guess it takes them 3 days to get a sofa on a truck and 6 days to take it off...must be one heavy sofa!)

November 26th, the status of the sofa is Richmond B.C. (where they have a warehouse apparently). It was unloaded here.

November 26th, that same day it was shown to have been re-loaded.

AND NOW. The sofa was supposed to arrive today. I waited all day. Took the time off work and made sure I was here. BELINDA told me it was here. It's still not. And there are no more status updates as of yet.

Luckily, we paid with PayPal and have filed a dispute. Paypal will deal with them directly and we will get our money back if we do not receive the sofa.

What a bunch of stress! All for somewhere to sit!
PLEASE NEVER USE THIS COMPANY. EVER. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

treesrule on 2011-03-02:
in the process of dealing with the same thing. I have gone through the Better Business Bureau to try to get my money back from them. they have had over $550 of mine for 8 months now and will not refund it to me even though I cancelled the order BEFORE they shipped it due to an UNREASONABLE wait time (months). Avoid this company at all costs!!! It would be faster to build yourself that dining room that you have always wanted than it would be to get it from these guys. And cheaper too.
Sally on 2012-05-07:
Thank you all for taking the time to share your experiences. I was contemplating ordering a sectional through WFB but will now turn tail and run to a reputable furniture store!
Andrew on 2013-03-27:
I tried to get a swatch for a sectional but they insisted that I place my order for the whole couch then they would hold it and only charge for the $5 swatch. I don't see why they need to charge for swatches or why they need the whole order. No getting around this either in live chat or on the phone. Seems very fishy. Changed my mind, didn't give them my credit card number and will be going to a real store with a showroom.
CJ on 2013-09-14:
Wow!!! Not good!!! My gut instinct when on the phone with Ginni the representative was not good but I went against my instinct and still placed the order.. Thank goodness my credit card was maxed out which I told them I had to put money on it and they said they would just put my order on hold. Well,, today I read the true reviews of this company, called my credit card company and blocked my card and ordered a new card number. I will now email WFB and let them know I've cancelled my order just in time. Thanks for all of you but so sorry you had to go through this.
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Absolutely Shocking
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SHips within 3-5 business days is a total lie. After over 6 weeks my purchase had still not left the warehouse. I tried to cancel my order numerous times due to the delay and they shipped it anyhow and then once I told them I would not accept it, they told me I could not have a refund until the purchase was resold. Almost a year later - it has still not sold supposedly and I am still out over $500.

Do not purchase anything from this company. Besides poor customer service, they are dishonest. they have even lied to the external review panel looking into my case.
     
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leet60 on 2011-03-02:
After visiting this retailer's website and reading the cancellation terms I would NEVER buy anything from them. They show an average 28% restocking fee as well as freight charges both ways assessed on the customer for any returns.
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Beyond Frustrated Almost 6 Months
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Rating: 1/51
BC -- I ordered dining room furniture 6 23 2013 from this company. I just finished the order with them this past week. I was sent 4 chairs when I ordered 8. I was up charged $560. I did get back only half. Amanda said it was a take it or leave it refund. She faulted me half for approving the incorrect order. About 80% of the furniture arrived damaged twice.

I involved the Ohio Attorney General to get a refund on the hutch which the large door was cracked and had to be glued back together. They wanted me to pay full price because a furniture medic glued it and stained it. They offered 10% off and I ended up getting 20% off. I had to stand up for myself, pray for justice, and file a case to get it resolved. It was the worst purchasing experience ever for me. Their policy is to resolve issues in a timely manner. It was a week and a half from a half a year. Yes their prices were the lowest out there. It was not worth it for me. The focus is not making it right.

I told them I am not going away until it is made right. They try to wear you down and drag things out beyond a timely manner. Buyer beware.
     
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Crooks, Robbers, Scammers
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KAMLOOPS, VANCOUVER BC -- I ordered a Sacramento Cream Leather Sectional Sofa Set with Chaise, online.
When I received the order it was white, not leather, cheap quality, stained, marks and damaged, thought it was a bad joke, from some fake person trying to rob me???

I returned the piece of crap and they want to charge me shipping and re-stocking fees.
These people are scammers and should be shut down. I have gone to the highest level to get my full refund. That company should be shut down ASAP.

Bunch of crooks trying to hide by a policy that they design for themselves to get as much money from fake advertising and misleading customers with their pretty online catchy website.

Please everyone don't let them get away with it. I got my full refund. Go after them, shut them down, don't do business with them. Terrible!!!!!!!!
     
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Dissatisfaction
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CALIFORNIA -- I ordered a bedframe with drawers and rails for my in this company and told them before deliver to call 30 minutes before delivery so that I will make sure I will be home driver called but before 30 minutes he dropped in front and left. As soon as the driver called I drove home takes 20 minutes for me to get home from where I was when he called.

Anyway I was very happy that finally my bed frame arrive I was waiting for many weeks. So I started putting up my bed frame but when I opened the bed rail it was split in 1/2 emailed the company 2x chat with them on line sent a picture of the broken rail no reply.

Now I don't know what to do I have a new bed frame but with broken rail spent lots of money.
This will be my last time ordering any furniture on line and I will never recommend this company.

I am still hoping they will replace my rail.

Company name:
Wholesale Furniture Brokers Canada
Customer Service 1-800-971-4493

James
Toronto
     
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Alain on 2013-02-03:
You may wish to contact the Ministry of Consumer Service about this via http://www.sse.gov.on.ca/mcs/en/pages/default.aspx
james on 2013-02-22:
Hi everyone I wrote a very disappointed review about this company couple weeks ago about my bedrail split in 1/2.
Now is different story.I received a new set of bedrail now I am very satisfied.So everybody please disregard my 1st review about the wholesale funiture broker.
-very good price
-you can chat live in their site
-if you have any problem with the product just take a picture like I did and they will send you a replacement
-we have to understand they are a bit far from Toronto so it take a while to diliver but for the price I will buy from them again and I highly recommend them this time.

James
Toronto
DebtorBasher on 2013-02-22:
Thanks for the update James...It's good to know they made good on it.
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Slow Service
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Rating: 1/51
CANADA -- I decided to buy a sectional from Wholesale Furniture Brokers because I bought a new home. I bought the couch online Feb 29th. We didn't have the house yet but I wanted to buy it that day because the website said it was the last day for free shipping. Well I now know that they ALWAYS have free shipping. They just keep changing the date that it ends. Anyway... I was told that the couch I ordered was on back order (about a week after I purchased it) and it wouldn't be in stock until March 10th. Then when March 12th rolled around, I emailed and asked if my couch was being shipped yet and they then told me it would be on back order until mid April! Mid April rolled around and I was told that it would be in stock April 20th. Once they finally got it in stock, it took them a full week to get it on the truck, then a week to get it on the road. It is now May 14th, and according to the shipper it has been in Indiana for a full week, sitting at some loading station.
I also want to add that on their website it says that it will make special arrangements to deliver on nights and weekends. When I contacted them about this they told me it would cost me an extra $180 to have it delivered after 3:30pm! Which is convenient because I told them that is the time my boyfriend gets home from work.
I still have not received my couch almost 3 months later. Lets hope it is in good shape.
     
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Alain on 2012-05-15:
It looks like you probably would have been better off purchasing this from a local furniture store rather than online. Thank you for the warning about this company.
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Never Order @ www.gowfb.ca
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KAMLOOPS -- Admittedly if NO star was an option, that is where this rating would lie.

This company has has failed on every level; customer service, delivery, product and reliability. Though I will commend them on a convincing and attractive website, that is clearly NOT designer by the customers.

I (ike countless others) have been dealing with this on-line company for over 4 months, trying to resolve an issue with my daughters bunk bed. To date, I must say it is the worst customer service I have ever encountered. I learned today that it has taken them over SIX weeks to process(not even ship) a replacement part for a bed. I have spent endless hours on the phone, sent countless emails and it has gotten me no further ahead. They have my money, I have no bed.

The president's response to my frustration was to ask me what I wanted him to doa about it...no apology, no assistance, no customer service...THAT should be their tag line on the website!!
     
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Sam on 2014-03-11:
I just brought bunk bed of my kids that it was hugely disappointments with them, when I installed the screws it just got cracking on the frame because there are a knot on the screw holes. Now I want to return but they charged me 60% at sell the price. I can't believe it.
I must reading before order at gowfb.ca.
If somebody want to buying something via online, please make sure that donation is better than order on there.
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Caveat Emptor Wholesale Furniture Brokers
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Found their website. Good looking furniture and lots of good customer reviews. Ordered a platform bed to see how it went before ordering more. Good thing!
After sitting for weeks in terminals in California and British Columbia, it was finally delivered - 3 months later. I'd forgotten what it looked like! Anyway, made the delivery guys wait while I checked it. Didn't seem right. There were drawers with it. Accepted the shipment and moved stuff to assemble the bed. I'm 60 and single so lots of work. Guess what? Wrong f---ing bed! So, I blast off an email and a gal in shipping got right on an order for the correct bed. Delivered 2 weeks later (much better) but has the wrong legs.
I've demanded a refund. They've got my money, but I have 2 beds. We'll see.
WTF do you think about that!? Anyone know if I can hold their stuff till my $$ is returned?
     
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skiergirl on 2011-03-05:
Moved From Other Review: Trying to get a remedy for a problem from Wholesale Furniture Brokers is a problem.

The name Wholesale Furniture Brokers is just what it says - they are brokers - so if you have a problem the furniture company has to be dealt with. I posted earlier about the bed I ordered that took 3 months to come. It was the wrong model. They sent a replacement bed that had the wrong legs. I notified them of the issue and after another month (4 months now - is that reasonable? NO) spoke to a person in management.

Had to send pictures of wrong parts, then had to call furniture company. They advised the legs are on back order for 4-6 weeks. That means that it will be 5 1/2 - 6 months before I have the bed. That's if the parts are correct.

Demanded a refund more than a month ago but it hasn't even been acknowledged. Asked twice more last week but again hasn't been acknowledged. I could have bought a bed anywhere else and had it already.

I sent a complaint through the British Columbia Consumer Information site and I have also contacted the Better Business Bureau of British Columbia and am waiting for those complaints to get to Wholesale Furniture Brokers. They are NOT a member of the BBB and that might tell you something.

Because Wholesale Furniture Brokers is an online store it is hard to deal with. I have furniture boxes taking up space in my living room - there is no where else to put them in my small place. I have spent hours trying to resolve the problems and dealing with this company with no resolution in site. Please consider this and the other problems posted at online sites about Wholesale Furniture Brokers before you purchase from them.

Also, note that there are only positive customer comments on their site and note that there is nowhere to post a comment. It's obvious they choose what they want to post.
Beware.
CJ on 2013-09-14:
Very sorry with your experience with the bed.. Horrible!! Yes, these websites draw us in with their great prices, free shipping etc. but when push comes to shove buying local from a repretable well known company is the way to go. No one should have to inspect everything in front of a delivery man and No way should a delivery company have to sit around and wait while they have a job to do. There are local companies that will take your old mattress and bring in and set up your new one. Not leave your stuff outside. thanks for writing your experience. Saved me from going through the same nightmare.
Nancy on 2013-10-27:
OK, I was just about to buy a dinning room set... But thanks to you all, I will never buy anything from them!!!

Mo on 2014-03-24:
We ordered a bedroom suite and are waiting for some screws for nearly 3weeks!! What a rip off company !!! Do not buy from them ! They don't care once they have your money!!!
Karen S on 2014-06-30:
Was just about to purchase some livingroom furniture....that's for the heads up. We will be making our purchase elsewhere!
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DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM Wholesale Furniture Brokers (GoWFB)
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KAMLOOPS, BC -- Whatever you do - DO NOT buy anything from the website www.gowfb.ca OR www.gowfb.com. They are a completely fraudulent company. They take months to ship your order and when it finally arrives it's damaged. They refuse to offer a refund. Well... they will only refund you 30% of what you paid, because they charge you 25% shipping fee, then another 25% return shipping (if you refuse the delivery because of the damage) and THEN another 20% restocking fee!! ORRR they offer to send the damaged furniture back to you, so that you accept it in an "as is" condition and then at their discretion they will offer you a small (if anything at all) refund for making the repairs yourself!

DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM THEM. THEY ARE CROOKS. THEY ARE A NIGHTMARE TO DEAL WITH!! THEY WILL TAKE YOUR MONEY AND RUN.

BEWARE!!! Don't make the same mistake we did. We bought a canopy bed and it has been months - no bed - no refund - no resolution! They are holding our money hostage and won't issue a refund. Instead they keep insisting that they send us the damaged bed back so that we can arrange to make the repairs ourselves!!

They pass themselves off as an either American or Canadian company but they are actually from CHINA with furniture coming from Indonesia. It's damaged, poorly made and they offer no refund policy!!

DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM WHOLESALE FURNITURE WAREHOUSE.
     
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Weedwhacked on 2010-10-19:
Just from the name of the website I wouldn't order anything from them.
Alain on 2010-10-20:
Go to http://www.consumerprotectionbc.ca and see if they can help you with this or call 1-888-564-9963.
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