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#21 of 53 OFFLINE   Burke Strickland

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Posted July 17 2001 - 07:29 AM

Circuit City is no better than Best Buy in my experience. Sure the salesperson can "promise the moon", and charge for extra services (for which they do get a commission) that sound wonderful in the store. But once on-site, they can be just as snorky about what they will or won't do, even if it is detailed as part of the contract that they will perform certain setup and removal services. And they can be just as bad about promising delivery on a certain date (to make up for a problem they caused the first time around) and then not showing up at all! Burke

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Posted July 18 2001 - 01:20 PM

My wife and I won't shop at BB for many reasons. Her pet peeve is how they have the electronic shoplifting scanners at the exit door to scan for the antitheft tags, but they still also insist at looking at the receipt and the bag contents before she leaves, as if she's a criminal. I have to agree with her.

#23 of 53 OFFLINE   Dan Lindley

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Posted July 23 2001 - 08:33 PM


try this spelling for the website:

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#24 of 53 OFFLINE   Andrew Grall

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Posted July 25 2001 - 01:35 PM


I called my local Best Buy warehouse this morning and they have 23 in stock... So I went to Best Buy...

And they are still giving me a hard time... 1st of all, the manager I dealt with before wasn't there, so I had to tell the whole story to a different guy... He finally agrees to help me out, but the computer still says undeliverable, even though it is in stock. He says that he has to request ops to turn on delivery "early" since they weren't necessarily expecting them in stock until Aug 5th... Ops may or may not comply... meaning they may not be deliverable until Aug 5th!!!!!!!!!!! And then he says he can't return the other TV (see my other thread for details...) because it was purchased at another store, and he has to get them to return it... UGH!!!!!!!!!

Anyhow, I am going back at 2:00 - 2:30, when the other manager I have dealt with will be there. I am going to tell him that we ARE going to get this set up today, even if it means that he and I are renting a truck, driving down to the warehouse, and bringing it to my house. This is ridiculous!


2nd update:

You won't f****** believe this...but I went back to Best Buy, and even though it is in stock, there is no way they can sell it to me because the computer still says "not deliverable". Not only that, but they can't help me exchange my former purchase for it because the only person intelligent enough to do this isn't in until Friday afternoon! So, I have to go back Friday afternoon, and hope that the computer problem is fixed by then. If not, I might have to wait until August 5th!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

All I want is my damn TV! Even if they can get this figured out on Friday, I probably won't be home for delivery until Wednesday at this point... Ugh...


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Posted July 25 2001 - 02:17 PM

Andrew, I cannot believe what an ordeal this has been and what a saga! I hope your next post will be one bearing very good news. Deborah ------------------

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Posted July 26 2001 - 08:03 AM

I'll also commend you on your patience. That is bullshit. Employee or not, you paid money. I can't believe what an ordeal this has been. I'm pissed just thinking about it... damn. heh heh... all of these negative posts are not good for everyone's health and well being. First the Sears thread... now this ongoing story... sheeeeesh... we need some positive experiences in this part of the forum. heh heh... Posted Image


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#27 of 53 OFFLINE   Andrew Grall

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Posted July 26 2001 - 08:15 AM

Well, my patience is running very thin...

Today's update:

I called in this morning, and they said the TV is deliverable. So I went in again. I talked to the inventory manager who I dealt with yesterday, and he said it is deliverable to the stores only, but if I wanted, they could have it delivered to the store, and from the store to my house... That puts us on a timetable for next Thursday...

So, I said okay...at least it's a step in the right direction. However, they still could not refund the other TV for me, because they had not received verification that the original store I was dealing with has 1 more of the 56H80's in inventory than they are supposed to. So, they are checking back into that, and I'm supposed to call again tomorrow morning... If the other store okays it, the store here in Southfield has to do a "non-physical transfer" of the extra TV to their store so that I can get the refund. Hopefully, this can all be taken care of tomorrow... Until then, I have about $4500 + tax worth of TVs on my credit cards... And, at this point, he would not give me the employee price of the new 50” TV, even though this whole thing started with my employee discount… Well, hopefully that can be cleared up by the end too…

I'll be sure to keep you all updated as to the progress of this nightmare... Posted Image


[Edited last by Andrew Grall on August 03, 2001 at 10:48 AM]

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Posted July 26 2001 - 08:40 AM

Andrew, Ask the BB Manager if they company they use to deliver are unwilling to try going down the stairs, to fork out the $30-$50 bucks to have a local company deliver and set up the TV. Seems like the folks that BB deals with are lazy and not willing to do the right thing. Seems crazy in this day and age people still get such bad customer service. Jack

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Posted July 27 2001 - 08:12 AM

Andrew, Do you have your delivery order number? I should be able to take a look at it in ROS from my store just to see what's going on with it--that is if you don't mind.
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Posted July 27 2001 - 11:31 PM

I worked for BB last summer (and this summer) in the midwest distribution center (hell, we probably handled your TV, Andrew) and have used my discount at one of the twin city stores. I had to fill out a friggin form describing what I was buying!!! I'm looking at a HDTV purchase in the near future, and I hope I won't have to deal with this shit. My understanding of the company is that for every person who really cares, about twelve jackoffs who don't wind up in managerial positions. It's like a cosmic joke. Good luck. I know the discount can make you go through all kinds of gyrations. ------------------ Gee, I hope this doesn't lower your opinion of me
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Posted July 29 2001 - 04:57 PM

My jaw dropped when I read this description. I'm actually angry for you; I'm also angry because I know that sometime down the line, I'm going to have deal with the same BS too. We all will. Posted Image Posted Image

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#32 of 53 OFFLINE   Kenny Goldin

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Posted July 30 2001 - 10:47 PM

Well, I for one will probably never buy a large item from BB after reading this.

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#33 of 53 OFFLINE   Andrew Grall

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Posted July 31 2001 - 08:11 AM

Update: I called the Southfield Best Buy on Friday to ask inventory manager Mike if they figured out how to get my money back yet. He said that he had not had a chance to talk to the Milwaukee Best Buy yet, but he would, and I should try back after 2:00. I called at 2:30, and he said he had been too busy to call them, so he would call them and call me back in the next hour. He never called. I called customer relations at the corporate office later Friday afternoon. I told my entire story to the person I spoke to, and said that I just want my money back on the 56" TV now. He agreed that this is ridiculous and that the Southfield store should have just refunded my money, and dealt with their inventory issues later. He e-mailed the managers at both the Milwaukee store and at the Southfield store and told them to take care of it. He said I should expect a response either Friday night or early Saturday. I went in on Saturday because I was fed up waiting for a response. I told them I wanted my money back on the 56" today. I'm told by manager Dan to talk to manager Rolle. Manager Rolle doesn't want to get involved because inventory manager Mike and manager Dan are already involved. So I talk to Dan again, and he told me that he received an e-mail from the Milwaukee Best Buy saying that I could call Megan there and get it taken care of over the phone... So, in other words, they were not going to help me... I called the Milwaukee Best Buy from my cell phone in the parking lot. Megan would not be in until Monday, so I could call then. I was also supposed to call the Southfield Best Buy on Monday to check to see if the 50" arrived there, and arrange to have it delivered to my house on Thursday. Of course, I was going to be out-of-town in Toronto on Monday, but I figured I could use my cell phone for some quick calls. I called the Milwaukee Best Buy on Monday. Megan said they were checking to make sure they received the 56" back in stock (they should have...that delivery was cancelled almost a month ago...), and would hopefully call me back later that day. She hasn't called back yet, and it is noon on Tuesday. I called the Southfield Best Buy to check if they had the 50" there yet... I was put on hold on and off, for over 15 minutes on my cell phone in a roaming area. They finally figured out it was there. Then I told him that we have to set up delivery to my house for Thursday. He says okay, goes and talks to inventory manager Mike, and says he will call me back when they have the delivery set-up. This was at about noon yesterday. They never called me back, AGAIN! I called in at about 4:30, and, of course, inventory manager Mike had gone home. The video guy who told me this said I would have to talk to customer service, and instead of transferring me up there, he hung up on me. I called back and asked to speak to a manager, but I kept getting bounced back to hold for over 20 minutes. Each time I got bounced back to someone I told him that I am calling long distance from my cell phone, and need to speak to a manager now. After 25 minutes of waiting, the video guy picked up again, and I asked him if there are any managers working at the store. He said yes, but they don't seem to be picking up the phone. (No SH!T Sherlock!) I asked what I should do, and he responded, "Call back later." I was just flustered, but couldn't justify spending more money on my cell phone... So I hung up. So, here I am. I don't know if my 50" is being delivered on Thursday or not. I still don't have my money for the 56" back. And that is going to be an issue, because I paid employee price for the 56", and inventory manager Mike would not let me buy the 50" with my discount... So, I need to either get the full price back on the 56", or someone needs to adjust the price of the 50" to employee price and then return the 56" at employee price. Either way, the price difference is about the same... But, again, no one seems to want to help me. So, what am I going to do? I am going to write a letter to the Better Business Bureau, the district manager of Best Buy, and the highest ranking person I can find at Best Buy corporate. I will also include a copy of this thread. I will tell them that I am a doctor (Ph.D.), my wife is a doctor (M.D.), and thus many of our friends are doctors with a lot of spending potential. We will never purchase from Best Buy again, and we will tell our friends this story, and they will do likewise. Maybe they can afford that much loss of business, but at least I will have the satisfaction of hurting them a little bit. I will take a copy of this letter to the Southfield Best Buy, and tell them that this is going to be sent because of their sh!tty service. If I still get the 50" TV from them, I am also going to ask for at least another $100 off to compensate for my phone bill. Ugh!!!!!!!!! [Edited last by Andrew Grall on July 31, 2001 at 11:13 AM]

#34 of 53 OFFLINE   Matt Perkins

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Posted July 31 2001 - 11:27 AM

Yikes man, truly yikes. Better Business Bureau? If I were you, I'd go a little higher:
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#35 of 53 OFFLINE   Andrew Grall

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Posted July 31 2001 - 06:59 PM

Brief amendment:

It appears that they did get the delivery set up for Thursday, but I will believe it when the TV is here. However, even that doesn't excuse all this rude and inconsiderate behavior. The letters will still go.

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#36 of 53 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted August 01 2001 - 08:54 AM

Damn, that sucks. It makes me no feel so bad about my 27" POS... If one has to go through all that to get a decent television. ------------------

#37 of 53 OFFLINE   Andrew Grall

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Posted August 01 2001 - 11:56 AM


Ok...I am half happy, and more p!ssed off than ever all at once. Let me explain:

First of all, I talked to Megan at the Best Buy in Milwaukee today, and she took care of refunding me for the price I paid on the 56" TV (employee price). She was very nice, and very apologetic about the whole situation. She said that she wished we could return the 50" TV so that they could sell it to me at employee discount from their store, but that would screw up the delivery that is supposed to finally happen tomorrow morning... So I told her I would try one more time to try to get them to adjust the price to the employee price at the Southfield store.

So, I went to the Southfield Best Buy, and waited for 20 minutes at the counter for someone to help me. Then I spoke to Dan, the nicer "manager" I had dealt with earlier. He asked me to hold on for just a moment, and the inventory manager Mike came over. Well, it turns out Dan isn't a manager at all, but sometimes works the M.O.D. (manager-on-duty) function. He refused to do it. He said, "I told you the first time I talked to you that I wouldn't give you the employee discount because you don't work here. Why would I change my mind now?"

I said, "Because this whole thing started while I was still an employee, so I should still get the discount to even out the costs since I never got the TV in the first place. My employee number should still be in the system anyway... The Milwaukee store refunded me the amount I originally paid with my employee discount, so all you need to do is price match me for the 50" TV, and I'll be happy."

His response: "I'm glad to hear that would make you happy, but it's not going to happen. I told you from the start that I would not give you the employee discount."

I asked, "Can I speak with the general manager?"

"No, I'm in charge today, so you'll have to deal with me." (Guess this jack@ss gets a trip from what little power he has in life...)

I said, "Look. This is ridiculous, especially after all I have gone through to get this TV. You see this? (I showed him a printed copy of this thread.) This is an account on a website of all that has happened with this. I hope you realize how many people have heard this story and are upset with Best Buy. The next place this is going is to the Better Business Bureau, your district manager..."

He said, "I'm not going to be threatened. (he hands me back my receipt) This is yours. I won't do this."

I said, "Fine. Keep that (referring to the printed copy of this thread). Read it. Maybe you'll realize how many people you are pi$$ing off."

So that's it. I will never make a purchase from Best Buy again, and I encourage everyone who reads this to do likewise. I am writing that letter to the Michigan Attorney General, the Better Business Bureau, the district manager of Best Buy, and to the highest ranking person I can find at Best Buy corporate. I can only hope that this jacka$$ will get fired, but he probably won't.

At least I still have a little hope that after my TV arrives, I can get the employee discount price match from the Milwaukee Best Buy... But, even if they help me, that is only one decent store out of many bad ones.

It still bugs the hell out of me that the Soutfield Best Buy is receiving a profit from the 50" TV...and if this hadn't been such a long, hard, gut-wrenching process, I would have told inventory manager Mike, "F*ck you. Return this and give me my money back." But, I just want the TV, and hopefully the price match will happen in the end.

So, in conclusion... Stay the hell away from Best Buy!

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#38 of 53 OFFLINE   Andrew Grall

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Posted August 01 2001 - 01:32 PM

I just printed out a letter and summary of this thread to send to the CEO of Best Buy...
Richard M. Schulze, CEO
7075 Flying Cloud Dr.
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Dear Mr. Schulze:

I have been appalled with my experience at Best Buy. I worked for Best Buy for a brief time, mostly for something to do between the end of my postdoctoral appointment and our moving date. I thought it would be nice to use my employee discount for some items before we moved. I purchased a washer, dryer, and a big screen TV, all to be delivered to our new home. This all happened back on June 15th.

I will provide an internet link to the full story of my problems, as well as a summary along with this letter. In brief, however, it has taken over a month and a half to get my TV (It is scheduled to arrive tomorrow). I have dealt with several extremely unpleasant Best Buy employees, managers, and affiliates in the process. I am a doctor, my wife is a doctor, and thus several of our friends are doctors as well. We make up a fairly large pool of people whose spending potential (either now or in the near future) is rather high. I will never shop at Best Buy again, and I will discourage anyone else from making purchases there.

Please read the following summary of my experience, or read the thread in full at http://www.hometheat....L/001404.html. At this moment, I am still waiting to be refunded the price difference between the regular price and the employee price on a Toshiba 50H81 television (assuming it is actually delivered tomorrow) plus tax, and store 404 refuses to do that for me. Even if refunded this amount, it will not be enough for us to return to Best Buy again.

Thank you for reading this letter. It is my hope that you can use this information to make some needed changes to the customer service at Best Buy stores.

Dr. Andrew J. Grall, Ph.D.

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#39 of 53 OFFLINE   Andrew Grall

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Posted August 03 2001 - 07:52 AM


Ok... well at least I have my TV now. These delivery people arrived around 11:00 a.m. yesterday, and were very professional, and put the TV where I asked without any grumbling whatsoever. I complimented them on a job well done.

Of course, Best Buy is not off the hook... The letters are still going out.

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#40 of 53 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted August 08 2001 - 05:13 PM

I'm glad you finally got your TV. I have been following your trek for a while. I'm defineately not going to buy anything bigger than a DVD (and case) from them from here on out.

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