Best Buy Complaint - Review of experience buying a refrigerator.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Prior to visiting the stores in Houston and Katy, TX area we checked numerous store web sites, consumer reports, and internet reviews. Based on our research, design of our kitchen, and personal requirements we decided on an LG refrigerator. Specifically LFX21975ST, because this is the only refrigerator that is Counter Depth with oversized ice/water dispenser, as well it has an internal design that we liked.
Friday, July 3rd 2009: My wife and I shopped around at 5 major electronics/appliance/home improvement stores in Houston area for a refrigerator. After physical comparison we agreed that this is the refrigerator that we want. Now was a matter of getting the best price, considering all the specials during this holiday weekend.
Saturday, July 4th 2009: Best Buy salesman was able to match the price of a competitor, also considering the 36 months no interest financing and free delivery, this was the best deal for us. Salesman explained that because this is counter depth unit it can only be special ordered and most likely it would take 2 to 3 weeks to get it. Competitor had it in a warehouse, but BB still had a better deal and we had no problem with waiting because we were moving into our new home on July 25th (exactly in 3 weeks). We set the delivery date on the 25th and completed the purchase.
Friday, July 24th, 2009: Received a call from BB delivery that this unit is on backorder, and they need to push our delivery to August 3rd. (1 more week) I was disappointed and called the store. Discussed this with a customer service rep, he apologized but did not offer any solutions. So without a solution I asked for compensation, he offered $100 refund to our account, I requested 10% (considering the overpriced cost of this fridge especially when compared to the bigger not counter depth model). Surprisingly, he agreed, and I felt this was fair. The refund would help me manage with the ice I have to buy for the stuff from my previous home that is still in the coolers, the time I have to spend doing this, and additional “eating-out” my wife and I not planned to do.
Saturday August 1st, 2009: Received another call from BB delivery the unit is still on backorder, and now they need to push delivery 2 more weeks to August 17th. So now we will be 3 weeks without a refrigerator. At this point I really needed something as a temporary solution which does not require refilling ice and eating out all the time. I called the store again hoping they could assist me to find a solution without me spending anymore money. The customer service manager offered a $25 gift card. That was like an insult to me. I held myself together. At the end the only option that was available to us is to buy another regular cheap refrigerator as a temporary and return it when our original one comes in. So about $700 later the earliest delivery date for a refrigerator that was standing in the store was Thursday August 6th (5 days from purchase). We asked that since that it’s the soonest available date that they deliver it after 5pm so we don’t have to take time from work. They said that they can’t promise, but they can put it in the notes and gave us the $25 gift card, woohoo!
Wednesday August 5th, 2009: I think BB delivery by now has my number on speed dial. I received another call from them. They said that they can deliver the temp fridge on Thursday but between 3 and 5pm. I told them that my wife and I get off work at 5 and I can’t risk taking time off from work in this economy. She said that they can put it in the notes to deliver after 5 for next available delivery date. I explained that it’s already in the notes from the day we purchased it. She said she is sorry but that’s all she can do. Now frustrated, I told her to call me when they can deliver it at the time when I am able to be home.
Now I am writing this so others know in detail that Best Buy did not handle this extremely bad, but they can’t deliver the refrigerator that is at the store, who knows when LG makes our refrigerator, sends it to Best Buy, and when they will be able to deliver it to us. All the while we are daily at the gas station buying ice or throwing away stuff that has gone bad, spending money on eating out and making payments on a refrigerator that we don’t have.
Here are a few of solutions that they could do:
-I work in the industry where if a manufacturer does not deliver on the promised date they loose money and every missed deadline is a % lost. Should be the same here, LG should be taking the hit not us and not Best Buy. It should be at least 20-25% discount after 2 missed delivery dates.
-If fridge the customer bought is on backorder, have a stand by temporary new or clean used refrigerator that a customer can chose to use while waiting. It should be ready for delivery on original delivery date for free or for a small deposit. No gaps for clients to be without a refrigerator.
-Why can’t BB delivery work 12 to 7 or something around that time instead of 8-5? With so many people unemployed I am sure there would be people happy to work this delivery schedule. They can also divide shifts between trucks where some trucks do 8-5 and others do 2-9 deliveries.