Burlington Coat Factory Complaint - Outrageous Return Policy
HORSEHEADS, NEW YORK -- Following is a copy of a letter I mailed to Burlington's President after received really poor customer service and no satisfaction whatsoever:
March 9, 2007
Mr. Mark Nesci, President
Burlington Coat Factory
1830 Rte. 130, North
Burlington, NJ 08016
Dear Mr. Nesci:
I have shopped at Burlington Coat Factory for many years, but in stores far removed from where I live in Upstate New York. Imagine my delight when one of your stores was slated to open at the Arnot Mall, Horseheads (Big Flats), NY, just a mere 20 minutes from my home! I spent a couple of delightful shopping trips at your store, some with friends, others just to browse on my own. I enjoyed the multitude of choices available in all departments.
On November 29, 2006 I made a Christmas shopping trip to the mall, and of course, I included the shiny new Burlington store. I didn’t spend a lot that day -- my sales slip reports $42.91. But included in that sales slip was a purchase I made for my sister – I was excited about your selection of plus-size ladies clothing. The items were on sale – 2 items at $9.99 each. What a bargain for just what I was looking for! Sadly, some time after gifting her with the clothing, she told me it didn’t fit, and would I be so kind as to return them for her. Of course, I said. I love to shop at Burlington Coat Factory!
I’m sorry to report that my positive experiences at your stores ended there. When I tried to return the items, I was told I could only receive the amount back that they were currently selling for on the rack. But, I explained, I have the sales slip with me showing exactly how much I paid for the items; and tags are all intact on the items; and I wouldn’t mind taking a credit rather than money back. I can always find something I want at Burlington! I was told no, company policy said that because I had returned the items 2 days after the deadline, I was going to have to take an additional discount on both items as a refund.
I’ve spoken with the floor manager at your store, called Customer Relations (Cynthia, x1998)) and I am still refused the amount I originally paid for these items. I have NEVER shopped at a store that refuses to give you your money back (or a credit) as long as the items are like you bought them, and you have a sales slip proving what you paid. I could understand if this was a year later, or even a different season, but it was not!
I respectfully ask you return my complete cost of $19.98 plus tax. Please consider the loss of a customer over this petty amount, as well as a reputation as a customer-friendly retail store in this area. Enclosed is a photocopy of my sales slip, and the return slip that was not completed at the store that day. Thanks for your consideration and timely decision in this matter.
cc: Better Business Bureau of Upstate NY, Buffalo, NY, 14209