Ashley Furniture Home Store - Complete Lack of Customer Service
BUFORD, GEORGIA -- A few months ago, my wife and I visited the Buford, GA location and talked to Anthony [snip] about the Porter Collection (specifically, we were interested in the bedroom pieces totaling more than $4,000). Anthony was very courteous and helpful and provided a positive shopping experience. We already own an entire bedroom set from Ashley Furniture that we like very much, so we have no concerns about the quality of the furniture.
On May 22nd, after hearing about the Memorial Day Sale, we returned to the Buford, GA location to purchase the furniture at 20% off. We asked for Anthony and were told he was not there. Another individual, I think his name was Joe (but I really am not sure), helped us. Although Joe was very nice, it was obvious he was new. Indeed, he later alerted us that he has been working there for about 1.5 months. Initially, Joe included the wrong bed on the order resulting in an inaccurate price quote (fortunately, I had asked him to create a comparison quote including the other bed and he noticed his error. imagine if I had not and the wrong bed arrived).
My wife and I were deciding if we wanted to put the purchase on our personal credit card or through the 12-month financing option being offered by the store. I asked Joe for more information related to the 12-month option and he was unable to speak intelligently about how the program works. He provided me the in-store flier of which I read the fine print, myself. It was clear I wanted a better understanding of this financing option and that his training did not provide him enough information.
I alerted Joe that we will definitely be buying the furniture today but that we would like to decide between putting it on our credit card or on the 12-month financing option. Joe said, "I understand. Let me point out the kiosk where you can determine how much money you will be approved for on the 12-month plan; that may help you make your decision. The kiosk runs a credit check and prints out how much you are approved for, you will just bring that piece of paper to the front once you are ready to check out." I told him thank you and my wife and I began to discuss.
We entered our information into the Kiosk and began agreeing to Terms and Conditions related to Ashley's financing option. I had no concerns with Ashley Furniture Home Store performing a Credit Check and meeting their requirements if I chose their financing, as described by the employee, so I agreed. After determining the amount for which we were approved (plenty to cover the purchase), my wife and I decided that given the benefits on our personal credit card (and knowing we would be able to pay it off in the current month), we would use our own Visa. I then read the receipt from the Kiosk and noticed it said. Your credit card will arrive in 7-10 business days.. CREDIT CARD???
I immediately went to the Financing Desk and was told I opened a Credit Card. When I alerted the lady that her employee said the Kiosk only performs a Credit Check, she just shrugged, laughed (along with another male employee beside her) and alerted me that I indeed opened a Credit Card. She offered to cancel it for me, obviously not realizing that canceling a credit card does even more harm than opening the card did in the first place (by negatively impacting my credit-utilization ratio which is a direct feed to credit score calculation). She then tells me that the card is automatically cancelled after 12 months of non-use. Oh wonderful, now I get to decide if I want to hurt my credit score now, or in 12 months. All for a credit card that I didn't want in the first place.
I called the Credit Card Company (GE Capital) the next morning to alert them the card was opened in error. They said there was nothing they can do until I talk to Ashley Furniture Home Store, first. I called the store 3 times on Wednesday and was told the Store Manager was in meetings and lunch. I left two messages that day for him to call me back. I also told the entire story to one of the female employees and she let me know that the store manager will return my call. After receiving no call, I contacted Corporate on Thursday, repeated the story, and was told that a Regional Manager would call me back. It is now Tuesday and I have not heard back from the Store Manager nor the Regional Manager. Poor customer service from management makes me even more mad than the poor training/execution of the floor employee that misunderstood and misinformed me about how the 12-month program works. I am now glad that I had the opportunity to see the lack of customer service prior to the purchase.
Fortunately, I was telling a friend about the situation and that I want the furniture but I don't want to give the Home Store any money. He alerted me about an awesome furniture store in NC called Gibson Furniture. I contacted them and they offered me a price $670 less than Home Store. s sale price, with free shipping and no sales tax (out of state)! My wife and I were within 3 minutes of paying too much for the furniture. Of course, I still have a credit card that I don. t want that is going to negatively
My wife and I have already spent more than $3,000 at the Home Store (on the previous bedroom set we bought), were minutes away from spending another $3,500, and had plans to purchase the matching living room furniture in the near future at approximately $2,000. Due to poor training and unbelievably poor customer service from Management, the Home Store has lost those sales and a previously happy customer (well done!). In addition, my generation relies heavily on online reviews...this situation will be included appropriately on the respective review sites for the store.