Z Gallerie Complaint - Z Gallerie sells overpriced poor quality furniture (made in China)
A few years ago I paid about $250 for a black glass console table plus the $95 shipping. The table was left in the corner of my house and got virtually no use. It was just for show. But Within a year the black film behind the glass which gave the table its black appearance started peeling off. This cause the table to look like there were pockets of air or water underneath some areas of the glass. I called the customer service to complain about the product and to ask for a refund or exchange or store credit or some kind of compensation because I was shocked that they had taken my money in exchange for a 'lemon' of a piece of furniture. They said there was nothing they could do because it had been over a year and the manufacturer warranty ran out. It's hard for me to believe that their is nothing they could do. It's more believable that they didn't want to do anything.
I admit that their furniture has nice design to it. It looks good from far away. So several months ago we went ahead and bought a sofa from them. Upon closer inspection I could see that the nail heads in the sofa which were part of the design of the sofa were not individual nail heads but in fact all the nail heads were fused together, kind of like a string of beads to each other. How cheap! Buyers really must beware when buying from this company. I would not have thought to closely examine the nailheads in the store when purchasing their sofa. I had just assumed that any decent store selling a sofa for +$700 would use individual nailheads in the design. Ikea makes better furniture! I didn't bother to call customer service about this as this was not a manufacture defect but done intentionally and I should have seen this in the store. That's what customer service would have said I assume...
A few months later, my husband and I were desparate for a dresser. We ordered one in July and it finally got delivered September. Several weeks after getting it, I noticed that it, too, was poorly made. I had not noticed earlier because it took me two months to start putting my clothes into the dresser. We had just moved and I also have a one year old so there were just more important things to do than put mine and my husbands clothes away in the drawer that had already taken 2+ months to arrive. Anyway, on the dresser, I noticed that they had oversprayed the lacquer onto the mirror facing, in addition to their being undersprayed areas on the dresser as well. And there are just other small details that scream that the dresser was made in China by people who don't care about quality. I was able to tolerate these flaws because I thought that I could fix it myself but after seeing the cheap paint get discolored because I had my TV sitting on the dresser, I had to call.
The resolution was that there was nothing they could do (or wanted to do). Their reasons: As far as the paint overspray and missing paint in some areas, this was something that I should have addressed with them when the furniture arrived. So if that had been the only problem, I guess I would have been stuck with the dresser, still. As far as the top of the dresser becoming discolored because a plasma TV on its stand had been placed on it goes, they say it could have been the TV's fault. So let me get this straight, I set my TV on the Z GallErie dresser (what a crazy idea. Who sets their TV on top of their dresser, right?) and this TV had previously been sitting on a glass entertainment center and on a different dresser at my previous residences and nothing had happened with the other furniture, but the discoloration on the Z GallErie dresser is my TV's fault. So everything else about the dresser indicates that it was of poor quality, but the paint they used happens to be of excellent quality and the protective pads under my TV stand was so awful that it damaged the paint on this particular piece of furniture?
My whole experience with buying and owning Z GallErie furniture has been awful. They won't admit that they sell overpriced but cheaply made furniture and will blame you when something goes wrong with it or make their warranties expire right before their furniture starts to breakdown. I will never buy from them again because I don't want to be paying a lot of money for cheap items and furthermore, I don't like how customer service blames the customer and is unwilling to compensate. Buyer beware!
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