Best Buy Complaint - Best Buy's PSP on a plasma TV
I just finished reading other posts about Best Buy's performance service plans (PSPs), which provided some relief to know I’m not the only one being stiffed by Best Buy. I thought I would tell you my story, which continues today, mostly just to let anybody else out there who’s dealing with Best Buy what they may be in for when going with a PSP. I have a Magavox 42″ plasma that I bought from Best Buy back in April 2006. I bought a four year PSP, at the urging of the sales guy, given “plasmas are prone to breaking”. No problems with the TV over the last two years. In July of this year, I started getting a black line across the bottom…by early August the whole screen went black. My first call to Best Buy customer service was August 2nd. They put me in contact with a local “repair center” (its some dude with small shop and van in a nearby town), and he came and picked up the entire TV. He was sure it was hosed, given my description, but wanted to take it apart to be sure. A week later, he told me in fact the plasma screen was shot and that they were sending a claim to Best Buy to try and find the part. This was August 8th.
Since August 12th, I have been on the phone with Best Buy customer service at a a rate of about every two days. At first they were telling me that the repair center was looking for the part. When I called the repair guy myself, he told that’s not true, as Best Buy has not authorized him to go forward locating the part. Turns out that Best Buy was trying to locate the part themselves at a cheaper cost than what the repair had quoted. They finally started telling me that beginning the week of August 19.
Through the weeks of August 19, August 26, September 1, and September 8, I have been getting the same story. In my increasing frustration, which hit an apex today as I was screaming on the phone, I have been demanding a replacement. To no avail. Although I am talking to “supervisor” at some central facility in Texas, I am getting the same answer: “they’re still looking for the part and haven’t made a decision on the replacement TV.” I asked him who “they” were, and all he says is “corporate”. I told him (yelled at him) that I’m a 10 year customer of Best Buy with a Best Buy credit card who feels as if I’m being ripped off. “I understand your frustration sir and apologize for this situation.” I tell him that his customer service representative have twice filed for a replacement TV, and have promised phone calls back to me, but that I’ve not received one return call from anyone at Best Buy. I told him that, even though I bought a warranty on the TV, I’m doing all the work. “I understand your frustration sir, and do apologize.”
So, its now six weeks and I have no answers, and of course, no TV. I am so pissed off with Best Buy, that I’m going to cut up my card. I’ve run out of ideas on what to do get my TV back (either repaired or new). This lesson in customer service has been comical. It is particularly frustrating that I have to re-explain my story every time to the new person I get each time I call, let alone that I can’t get an answer from anyone.
I'm still going to push them to get this solved, but have no idea how things are going to turn out.