Office Max Complaint - Horrible Customer Service and Warranty
This used to be a decent company, but anymore they just don't care or don't train anyone enough to get day to day problems fixed. I constantly have problems there anymore, and can't wait for the new Staples to open across the street from them next month.
2 months ago, I go to Officemax in need of a replacement address stamp. Old one ran out of ink or whatever. I had bought it in this same store, and had it made while I shopped. After finding I couldn't order a replacement online for store pickup (to save time) I go to the store with the old stamper. The girl there says they don't make them while you wait anymore, and it would be mailed to me in 14 days. I declined, and went back to the office because I know the website said they make them in store, but maybe I missed it saying just certain stores or something. Nope, ALL stores with Officemax Print centers do it. So I call customer service, and they confirm all print stores should, but to contact the individual store. No point, they just told me they didn't when I was there, right?
So I order one online to have it mailed to me. During the 5-7 days it took to get the stamp made (not 14 like I was told), I find out that store DID make them while you wait, and I've now lost a chance to use a 20% off instore only coupon PLUS have to pay shipping for something I could have picked up when I was there. I contacted Customer Service telling them all this, and after about 5 emails back and forth, got ZERO discount. I also find out the stamp I was replacing had a lifetime warranty, and I shouldn't even have paid ANYTHING, but it was too late because I ordered the replacement and paid already! HELLO?
They had a promotion on paper last month. Buy $40 worth of case paper, get $25 back in Maxperks. (think limit 2 or 3 per customer).
I buy 2 cases of Hammermill Brand @ $45 each. I go to the customer service register, and tell the girl I don't have my Maxperks card, can they look it up by telephone number? She says yes (I already knew they could), and she looks it up and rings up my order. I had the strangest feeling it never happened, so I checked my MaxPerks account a few days later. Nothing there about this purchase. If I would have forgotten, OfficeMax would have screwed me out of like $50.
A related 'scam' to this is they dropped the price of their Officemax brand paper (and 1 or two others) to $39.99. One cent too little to get the rebate. Buying a single ream extra to get you over the $40 won't help you, it has to be CASES ONLY. You'll pay over $40 after taxes for a ream, but that doesn't count.
I bought an Engage cordless optical mouse from Officemax in the last week of Dec. Comes with a 1 year warranty. It broke in the first week of May. I call Customer Service to get a replacement, I get told to bring the mouse and the receipt to a store for replacement. I get to the store to find the one I bought is discontinued, and they have 1 that is like 95% identical, the only difference is that the little USB plug that goes behind the computer is now 1/2 an inch smaller then the old one (so they had to give it a new model number). The product is now $10 more expensive then I paid.
Their best offer? They'll refund me the old price and I can pay the new higher price! Where is that "under warranty"? Then the guy has the guts to tell me if I had paid $4 more for their extended warranty he would have made it an even switch. So I ask him why would I need an extended warranty when I'm just 4 months into the product's 1 year warranty?
He refuses to budge, I take the broken mouse and leave.
Additional consideration: The company that makes the mouse, Engage, IS Officemax. They just use the Engage name for this product line. It's THEIR product.