Old Navy - Customers, this is for you
CALIFORNIA -- Hello everybody, so I currently work for Old Navy and have for a little over 4 years. While I do agree with some of the complaints that you all have, you also have to remember that the sales associates that work at Old Navy work for that particular STORE not directly for Old Navy corporate, therefore, the sales associates are not responsible for:
A) the quality of the clothes B) the prices/sale prices of the items and C)store policies. Old Navy corporate decides all of that, the sales associates are basically there to just fold clothes, cashier and to be helpful to a customer by informing the customers on policies and answering questions such as "can you tell me the price of this?" or "do you have this in a size..?" the reason some associates get frustrated with customers is because they don't READ the signs, while yes I agree some of the signs are a bit confusing, most of them do say which item is the one on sale, you can't just look at the price and assume that the item you are looking at is the one on sale, most of the signs say which item is on sale, also, the clearance section says "UP TO 50% off" what that means is there is a variation of clearance discounts and the biggest clearance percentage you can find on something is 50% off, BUT if you look carefully and you are lucky you can find things for. 47 cents! Also, the super cash, that's something that started not too long ago, at first it had many flaws, but corporate has improved it somewhat, for now in order to receive a super cash coupon when the promotion is going on you must spend at least 25$ on your purchase BEFORE taxes, now, don't ask me why they make it before taxes I don't have the answer to that question, when you spend $25 (before taxes) you will receive a $10 super cash coupon, that is the smallest amount in super cash you can receive, there are bigger amounts, you can either receive a $10, $20 or $30 super cash coupon depending on the amount you spend at that time. The coupons say very clearly the dates you can use them and how much you must spend in order to redeem your super cash next time, also, if you READ the back of your super cash it will tell you, "you must spend X amount before taxes to redeem super cash." I can't tell you how many people come up to me with a super cash they have received and it is not valid yet, therefore they cannot use it and for some reason they just can't understand why. If you have more than one super cash coupon we will have to split up your transactions if you want to use all of them at once, we cannot combine them. Super cash is typically handed out a month before the valid date. Also, please DO NOT ask "can I use it anyways?" the answer will always be "NO" why? well simply because the computers will not let us, like I said before sales associates work for that particular store you are shopping at not directly for corporate, the sales associates have no higher authority therefore, they must do what they're managers and most importantly what corporate wants! if corporate wants a coupon to start at a certain date then that will be the date you can use it.
A lot of the sales associates may also have other duties such as working for shipment or signage, shipment is well, the people that receive the shipment and put the merchandise out on the floor, signage are the people that are in charge of changing the signs in the store, but, don't assume that ALL associates do these jobs, because they don't, so if you ask a sales associate about a certain sign and they have to ask a manager about it, it's because they are not in charge of signage and really don't know and just want to be sure they give you the right information. Also, the sales associates don't walk around the store every time they are there and memorize the prices of everything in the store (if someone can do that, wow! amazing!) so don't give them a hard time if they have ask someone to check a price for them. We also never know exactly what is coming in shipment, sometimes things don't arrive in a particular shipment which is why we may not have it, but we could receive it in a next shipment, but we truly never know what is going to come in.
When it comes to opening up an Old Navy card, the particular promotion they may have going on such as getting 10% off if you are approved or not approved may change, it can be get 10% off if you are APPROVED and nothing if your are NOT APPROVED or you may get at least 5$ dollars off if you are NOT APPROVED. Old Navy associates get NOTHING in return when someone applies for an Old Navy card we simply ask if you would like to open one up because we are told to ask, just remember that if you are approved, the amount of your purchase will be put onto your new Old Navy account so there is now a charge on that card, most associates will tell customers this before opening up your account. We do not get any type of commission what so ever on anything! also, at this time Old Navy stores (not the one I work at least) accept in-store payments, so don't walk in there a day before your payment is due and get mad at the associate because you can't make your payment, that is not their fault, as far as I know payments can be done online, by phone or thru mail. Returns? the policy is now you can return something from whenever as long as you HAVE A RECEIPT, if you do not have a receipt and you payed with a credit/debit card we can look up your item and return it that way. If you do not have a receipt and did not pay with a debit/credit card, you will receive a MAIL CERTIFICATE that means exactly what is says it is a MAILED certificate, a store credit that will arrive to your current mailing address for the amount in returns you have made, if you payed with a gift card you will receive a gift card back, exchanges? work the same if you have a receipt you can do an exchange for whatever item, if you do not have a receipt but payed credit/debit card we can look it up and you can do an exchange for whatever item, if you do not have a receipt and did not pay with credit/debit card exchanges are NOT ALLOWED and we are only able to do a mail certificate. If you have a gift receipt you will get a gift card for the return amount. If what you are returning was a gift and you don't have a gift receipt or regular receipt you will get a mail certificate. So they key here is if you want to do a return/exchange HAVE YOUR RECEIPT!! Online returns? if you have an invoice your return will go back to you in original form of payment, exchanges cannot be done with online returns. If you do not have an invoice for whatever reason you will receive a MAIL CERTIFICATE. Just keep remembering that these are all store policies and sales associates just follow the rules and do what they have been told is allowed and what is not allowed. Don't blame the associate if you have a problem with the sale prices, coupons, returns, exchanges etc. blame corporate, they are the ones that decide how all of those things will work.
Now, if you're wondering why I rated Old Navy 3 stars, it's because I do agree that Old Navy has a few flaws in their system and they have a few things that could improve, the main thing I think they could improve with returns anyways, is giving a store credit customers can use right away if they do not have a receipt, instead of having to wait for the store credit to come in the mail. I also think they should allow in-store payments. So I do agree with some of the customer complaints. What my point is here, is to help and to make some of you (the customers) understand that it is not the sales associates faults and that when they tell you "I'm sorry, there isn't really anything I can do" it's because there really isn't much they can do, they are simply following store policy.