Empire Carpet Complaint - Seemed like a good idea .... I was wrong
I'll start by saying that even though I read all the reviews, I just had a morbid sense of humor and wanted to see first hand just how sketchy Empire was.
I filled out the online in-home estimate request and then noticed somewhere that it stated if you weren't spending at least $750.00 that they would not come out so I emailed a cancellation request (only needed 20 sq. yards of carpet). Not only did they send me the cancellation confirmation, but right behind it, they rescheduled my appointment again. When I called, I had to jump through hoops to actually speak to a human being, explained my situation, and the woman stated that no job was too small and that they would be here today, Monday, January 31.
My sales guy called and was super nice, he was close to my home so he was coming an hour early if that was ok. Sure, no problem. Now I have already spoken with Lowes, Home Depot and Molyneaux over the weekend and each provided a rough quote of around $540.00 - $560.00. So I figured hey, Empire says they save you money, why not let them come in for an estimate.
Well, my salesman arrived happy as a child on Christmas morning. I quickly escorted him to the small bedroom and hallway that I wanted to have carpeted and explained what I have explained above. Suddenly, this kind old man became so enraged that he literally turned 4 shades of red and began shaking. He told me that unlike these stores, he only installs quality product. I told him that I was looking at Stainmaster carpet with upgraded pad and I thought that was quality. He then threw his metal briefcase on the floor and fumbled his phone out of his pocket to call "his boss" and told me that I had to tell them I canceled my appointment. When he put me on the phone, I told them that no, I didn't cancel, I was told that 20 sq yards of carpet would be no less than $900.00 and that I was going with another quote, he ripped the phone away from me, hung it up, called me an a$$hole and dropped his phone. At this point, I felt I was under attack. I kicked his phone towards the door, grabbed it, threw it out into the snow and politely told the old man that he was about to meet Jesus unless he left this moment.
I won't make this mistake again, and I hope this helps you avoid it as well. It was good for a Monday laugh, but that's about it.
Thanks all :)
Company Response on 02/02/2011:
I’ve read your recent post and I’d like to follow back with you regarding some of the things you’ve described. I’m sorry you had difficulties cancelling your appointment. It’s our normal process to contact a customer that cancels to see if there is anything we could have done differently or to see if you’ve reconsidered cancelling your appointment. However, we don’t automatically reschedule since we need to be sure of the customer’s availability.
Please accept my apologies. The situation you described with the sales representative is not in line with our standard of service. If you’re willing, I’d like the opportunity to send another sales representative to your home to better show you our dedication to world-class service. If you’re interested, could you email your contact information to email@example.com or contact me via phone at 888-588-2315 x4195 and we will follow back with you to address your concerns.
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