Whirlpool - Rebate Rejected - Sorry There Is Nothing We Can Do
BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN -- I submitted a $400 rebate for the Whirlpool Ice Collection. This rebate was rejected because the postmarked date was 5 days past due. The rebate was postmarked 6/4, but should have been postmarked 5/30. I explained my situation to the rebate team, but they said that no exceptions can be made. I explained that I was told by HHGregg to wait to submit my rebate until the appliances were delivered on 5/25 and they said HHGregg told you wrong and you should have submitted the rebate before you received the shipment. So this left me only 5 days to submit my rebate as well as remembering that my rebate should be sent in the next few days.
To make matters worse after I moved into my new house, my basement was flooded within a week of moving in. The rebate team did not sympathize with me and told me that no exceptions can be made. I talked with a manager and found out that the rebate team isn't even Whirlpool employees. Now things are starting to make more sense, no wonder the rebate team didn't care that I said I would take my business elsewhere in the future, because they don't even work for Whirlpool.
I asked them how I could get in touch with someone from Whirlpool because I would assume Whirlpool would want to keep a customer for the long-term. They said you can submit a fax to the Exceptions Department. Later, I found out from another manager at the rebate team that the Exceptions Department is really just a Complaint Department that doesn’t make exceptions on rejected rebates. I need to get in touch with a Whirlpool employee. I tried calling Whirlpool's Customer Service Department, but they refused to work with me because this is dealing with a rebate rejection and they said that I need to work with the Rebate Department.
So here I am posting a complaint with a sole purpose of trying to get in touch with a Whirlpool employee to get my rebate. I spent over $4,600 for my Whirlpool appliances and all I want is the promised $400 rebate. I have purchased 8 Whirlpool appliances in my life and I’m only 30 years old. Imagine how many more Whirlpool appliances I will purchase if Whirlpool keeps me happy. I’m having a very difficult time understanding why Whirlpool won’t just fork over the $400 to keep a customer. Whirlpool’s customer service department needs to think long-term not short-term.
I was curious how other appliance companies handled this situation, so I called GE’s Online Rebate Center (1-800-871-8893) and mentioned that my GE rebate was rejected because it was 5 days past the postmarked date. Mark, the GE customer service agent that I spoke with, mentioned that he would be able to make an exception for me. He specifically mentioned that he could make an exception as long as the postmarked date isn’t 20 days past the final due date. I didn’t have to ask to speak to his manager or send a fax in requesting for an exception. GE made this process simple and I think their customer service department does a good job at making their customers happy.
When Whirlpool responds to this message, I would ask that a ticket number is provided as well as a phone number. I would love to get this simple complaint resolved and continue being a happy Whirlpool customer that speaks highly about Whirlpool appliances.
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