Lenovo Provides THE WORST Support and Customer Service I Have EVER Experienced
Thinkpad t430s(u) - Complaint
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA -- I had purchased a laptop from the outlet store after having good feedback from speaking with a sales associate. When I received the order confirmation that same day, the 4th of Feb, I had been shipped the wrong T430, a s instead of a u. When I called immediately I was told I was unable to cancel, I called back when they refused to transfer me and someone said they couldn't either so I had to call again and the third person said that they would be able to cancel it. The next day I received tracking info and the item was being shipped.
Called in two more times to try and get it cancelled to no avail, a third time proved effective and the shipment was turned around in transit. When the item was received back at the warehouse on the 9th of Feb I called in regards to my refund being processed. The first two people that I spoke to assumed the "Delivered" status meant I had received the item, the third person finally understood the situation and said they would try to issue a refund and it would take 3-5 business days before I'd see it reflected on my account. I called in on the 14th of February to inquire about it's status, of which the first person was confused, and they stated the same thing, 3-5 business days sir. I called in two more times, the first unable to understand the situation and the second being unhelpful as well.
I called back in on the 21st of February to inquire about my refund, first time the person was unhelpful to an extreme degree (tried to read the same paragraph I had been read before after telling me that the item had been delivered). The second person was also equally unhelpful and the third proved to be of the same quality. I called in a 4th time to find that the person was somewhat helpful and stated that no refund had been started and then quoted me the same thing, 3-5 business days. I then called in on the 23rd to make sure it had gone through, first time failing to even get my query across and the second person quoting the same thing as the past and a fourth confirming that the request had been received.
I then called on the 25th to check only to receive not only an unhelpful representative but a rude one that made accusations about my character as well as my purchase. When I called the next day on the 26th I tried other departments for help. Every person I spoke to couldn't help me cause they didn't know what I was saying, would not help me at all and rudely hung up or simply stated that they don't deal with anything after the product has been shipped.
When I continued my research I refound my hope that IBM's old quality was hidden under the MASSIVE layer of terrible that seems to be Lenovo's support, so I called in to see about purchasing one from a person. The first person stated that they would help and send me quotes via e-mail. Nothing by late the next day so I called them and let a voicemail. Nothing again the next day, same thing. Third day I tried to get a hold of someone who dealt with selling to military personnel, as I am active duty. I was routed to a few different people before they quoted me the standard price that you could find on Lenovo's website, when I inquired if they had anything for students they then quoted me the price from the site for student purchases.
I called in to inquire about if my University had a purchasing program and I was routed to my "rep". He said he would quote me some prices for my build and would call me with them. 15 minutes later another representative calls and said they were asked to help, they quoted me the standard online price, followed by the student price when I inquired, and said they could not help further. Tried two more times calling in for purchasing help and none was really received except "Just buy it from the website". I have since had a order already placed for me using my credit card for a T430u without my complete consent and I'm expecting more craziness to ensue as I PCS overseas for a stay of 4 years.
Throughout this whole process I was amiable and let them do their work as I had admired IBM Thinkpads since I was working on them in High School and college. I tried my best to deal with the side of Lenovo that was based in Malasia and could barely understand me, let alone read a script properly, as I am a linguist and I know how hard it can be. Despite all these things I had hope that someone good could come of it but I have only just received my refund on the 1st of March (almost a month later) only to find being double charged for another laptop. I don't think I could recommend this experience to anyone and I am sad to say that I may never get that Thinkpad I had wanted.