Conn's Appliances Complaint - Faulty Merchandise and Extortion
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- I am getting married. As a wedding gift, my soon-to-be mother-in-law purchased a new set of appliances for our kitchen (including a dishwasher, over-the-range microwave, and a refrigerator). The dishwasher and microwave are just fine. But the first refrigerator had a faulty ice maker on delivery. I called and requested a technician to come out and make sure that it was turned on or whatever.
As with all the other reviews, I had to take the entire day off since the best they could do was to call me in the morning and tell me what time they would be arriving (approximately). I took the whole day off, the technician arrived, and came to the astounding conclusion that indeed my ice maker was defective. He said that it could take up to 8 weeks to get the part. I said that was unacceptable, and I demanded a new refrigerator. He said he would have to call me the next day.
Surprise!!! No one called me. I called the Store Manager the following Tuesday (I still had faith at this point) to find out what was going on. The Store Manager informed me that nothing had been done on the account and he said he was going to have someone call me the next business day.
Surprise!!! No one called me. My mother-in-law came to town on a visit and went to the store. The Store Manager said he would give her a credit for the refrigerator and she could have a new one delivered the next day.
The new refrigerator showed up the next day and it was installed. Ten hours later, the refrigerator had not cooled down a single degree (it actually got warmer). I called the store manager and told him about the situation. He called the warehouse and called me back stating that the refrigerator could take up to 24 hours to cool down. When confronted, he gave me the phone number to the warehouse.
I contacted the warehouse and spoke with the representaTVie who the Store Manager spoke with. The warehouse representative told me that I should unplug the refrigerator and plug it back in. He stated that it could be four hours before it would start working, but his warehouse would close in less than thirty minutes.
Obviously that didn't work, or I wouldn't be writing this. I checked the refrigerator the next evening (Monday evening) and it still wasn't cooling. After speaking with my mother-in-law to see what she wanted to do, I called the Store Manager the next day. He said all he could do for us was give my mother-in-law credit for what she paid and she could pay more money to get something else (although he acknowledged that we have been incredibly mistreated). I went to the store and spoke with him in person.
He said he had put in a "Hot Shot" which meant that someone from the service department would be coming to look at my refrigerator in 24 hours. Let this be a warning, if you have ANY INTENT WHAT SO EVER of returning merchandise, do not allow them to place a service call. Apparently once the service call is placed, there is no way Conn's will allow you to return the merchandise. I told him that I didn't want a refrigerator of the same model. I told him I expected to be taken care of for all the trouble I have been put through. He flatly refused to do anything, and his bosses aren't any better.
Thus far I have left messages for the Collections Manager, the Collections/Customer Service Director, and the Vice President. None of them have returned my phone calls. The e-mail complaing I sent to Conn's has reMained unanswered.
The company is now telling my mother-in-law that all they are willing to do is to send her a new refrigerator (same model) still in the crate and SHE CAN SELL IT. The last time I checked, my mother-in-law did not have an appliance store. That is extortion, plain and simple. We are well within the 30 day of receipt window. The product has not been used, because the product is defective. Yet, Conn's refuses to give any refunds or release my mother-in-law from her obligation. Extortion, extortion, extortion.
I have written complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC complaint # 20681465) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB complaint # 90138561). Please feel free to refrence these in any complaints you wish to file.