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Sears in Reston, Virginia - Lousy service

In October of this year I bought a new heating/air conditioning system from Sears. Two days after it was installed we had an unusually hot day so I turned the air conditioner on. It didn't work properly so my wife called Sears to see if they could come to check it out. She was told that we would be contacted by someone else "shortly". Two WEEKS later I received a letter telling me that because of the time of the year they would not be able to test it properly & that I should contact them in the Spring. I have COPD, so not having air conditioning is not a luxury, it's a necessity. Needless to say I will never again buy anything from Sears, K-Mart, or any of their affiliates. If there is any doubt as to why Sears is doing so poorly in comparison to other big stores maybe they ought to remember what customer service is all about. They surely don't have any!
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#108962 Review #108962 is a subjective opinion of poster.

Sears Doesn't Deliver

Do not buy an appliance (or anything else, for that matter) at Sears. Their sales people will tell you ANYTHING to get a sale, including boldfaced lies, and their customer service is horrendous! Management doesn't care, and taking your money will be the only thing that you find they do well. My delightful experience I share that I may prevent some other poor sucker from having to waste their time, money, energy, etc with Sears, Roebuck and Company. Here's the short version. I purchased a washing machine at the Sears store on 12/01/07. I was told it would be delivered on 12/08/07. I was not given an "estimated" delivery date, but an actual commitment for delivery on that date. (I am now to understand that this is a "firable offense" per Lori, store manager at the Paradise Valley, AZ store...strangely, no one has yet been fired.) I was called 12/07/07, to confirm delivery for the next day between 11:00 and 2:00. This was not the original "earliest appointment" I requested, but I was so desperate for a washer (4 kids and going on 2 weeks without one) that I accepted this delivery time. At 2:00pm, 12/08/07, with no phonecall from Sears and no washer to speak of, my husband called and was told there was no washer for us. Yes, no washer. Non-existent, they say. "Can't deliver something we don't have", they say. How strange they have it Friday night. but not Saturday morning. Where did it go? Was it given to another customer? Did Santa's elves cart it away? Perhaps aliens came and took it. Hmmmm. Well, Sears again promises that my washer will be delivered the following Saturday, 12/15/07. There was no mention that the washer may not be in stock by then either, just another promise of delivery. Though I didn't feel this was acceptable, I felt my hands tied because they already had our money. I'm not wealthy enough to plunk down another $700.00 for a washing machine when it's 10 days until Christmas. So, on Wednesday, 12/12/07, because we were having a bit of trouble trusting Sears on their word, my husband again called them at the number from which he'd been contacted. At this time Sears Home Delivery told us, "the washer is in the warehouse and will be delivered Saturday" as promised. Friday 12/14/07, we were again contacted with another 3-hour window in which to wait for our much-anticipated washing machine. Yay! It has now been 3 weeks and I'm at 30+ loads dirty. The laundramat costs $4.00 per load - just to wash. My children have NO clean clothes (underwear), we have no clean towels or sheets in our house and our friends are hiding from us lest we ask to borrow their machines again. A washing machine at this point is the crux of our family existense. From my toddler to my teenagers, I have been enlightened to find that clean laundry is NOT a luxury but as necessary as a toilet and fire. But I digress. Lo and behold, 12/15/07, approximately 12 hours after yet another call confirming delivery for the next morning, Sears called us (at least they called us this time), and informed us that again, there was no washer to deliver. They then tried to reschedule yet another Saturday delivery for 12/22/07 - three days before Christmas. And still they mention nothing about there being a possibility that there may not be a washing machine available then. WHO IS EATING MY WASHING MACHINES? IS IT THE IRON GIANT? IS IT ALIENS? I have my old washer for scrap metal if the monsters are hungry. Instead, the rep decides to regale my husband with the joys of Just In Time inventory procedure and how it's not their fault. Of course it's not, I say. It's the aliens. Now, being someone who doesn't care for being hoodwinked, railroaded or otherwise jacked about, I got on the phone and started making calls. After one request to speak to management after another (53 phonecalls and 6 hours worth of wasted time later) I was delighted with a return phonecall from the store manager...from kindergarden. And not the teacher, mind you, but the the argumentative, defensive, "it's not my fault" worthless heap of flesh that would be the last person with whom I was able to share my holiday spirit. Now, to give her some credit, she evidently listened to Patrick, the assistant store manager and only person during this whole ordeal that seemed even remotely concerned with my plight. (I'd like to put in an honorable mention to Katrina in jewelry who actually physically walked a message up to "store manager" Lori) . This Lori person was more than pleased with herself when she told me that she would refund my money for the first washer and give me a better one for the same price and a nifty gift certificate (as if I wanted anything more from Sears anyway). Oh boy, a washing machine, for me? Tomorrow?Though this may sound a reasonable resolution, she then insisted I pay for the new washer. "Okay", I say, "has the credit come through for the other one yet"? No, she tells me. You'll have to call the credit card company for that. It may take up to 14 days. So now my only option is to open a Sears card, or wait another 14 days for a washer I didn't order and a gift certificate for a store I wouldn't shop in to save my damned soul. Does this sound reasonable to you?? I'm sure its those blasted aliens.
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Anonymous
#1453

Sounds like the same run-around in whatever state you may be living from Sears -- See my review \"SEARS? NEVER AGAIN!\"

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#108881 Review #108881 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Sears Delivery Service

Don't Even Think About Buying A Tv At Sears

At 76 years of age, one would think I had learned from past experiences with Sears. To wit, a year ago, $3,500 worth of new appliances were totally fouled up; not having learned my lesson, two weeks ago I (actually my son as a gift to his dear cancer stricken mother) bought her a 42" plasma tv and stand; after a mess of calls as to delivery, the "goods" arrived today; nope the deliver does not install; we paid for installation; a few calls later, some routed to, would you believe, the philipines, still no instalation; then we called the local fellow in charge of the tv dept at the Southglenn store in Centennial, Co; after some pleading he kind of promised to call me by noon Saturday, 12/15/07. The lesson: go to Circuit City or Best Buy folks, Lambert has totally destroyed the notion of customer service at Sears. If you read this call me: 303-883-1933 "David" Have a Blessed Christmas, but., do your shopping at other than Sears, eh!
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#108821 Review #108821 is a subjective opinion of poster.

Sears

This retailer is not honest My3Cents.com = 6,600 negative comments Epinions.com= negative overall rating "Satisfaction Guaranteed" is for Sears. My personal complaint is a rebate scam but aforesaid websites have complaints including shoddy merchandise, refused refunds. refused or unsatisfactory warranty work - a big complaintone centered on customer relations. Retailers have become blatant thieves - I am going to picket Kings Plaza, Brooklyn last week of Christmas shopping Retailers seized Customer Rights but US Supreme Court says 1st Amendment guarantees right to picket on sidewalk in front of retailer. Teddy Roosevelt said SPEAK SOFTLY AND CARRY A BIG STICK;YOU CAN DO ALOT
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#108802 Review #108802 is a subjective opinion of poster.

Sears Poor Products Worse Service

Two years ago I purchased a new front loading washer dryer set, at quite a high price. Since then I have had nothing but trouble with the washer shaking the daylights out of my house. The excuses over the two year period have included, unit was not level, unit is only designed for a slab foundation, unit was stack (which was funny since that was part of the selling features), cloths were not loaded correctly creating an out of balance condition. Then a tech said the shocks were bad and replaced them, so I bought a service contract for a year to lower the cost but still it shook! Now, the latest tech said the drum, basket and brace all needed to be replaced. So believing in rainbows, I thought this was going to solve all the problems. But sadly today when yet another tech arrived I am told not all the parts were ordered and I now have to wait another 10 day. In addition to waiting this tech tells me that I based on the service contract it is MY responsibility to move the washer to a location where they can work on it and it is MY responsibility to ensure all parts ordered arrive and follow upon any that do not. What happened to the concept of SERVICE? Sears has definitely lost it since I was a child back in the 60’s. I have never in my life had a service provider expect me to do HALF to the work from them! So I warn you, DON’T BUY SEARS and if you do or have, get your service elsewhere!
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Anonymous
#13699

Front loaders CAN shake if they aren't set in a level place. I bought a front load washer at Best Buy and the thing literally jumped around my laundry area during the spin cycle.

I discovered the reason myself when I read the paperwork and manual that came with the washer -- the guys from Best Buy who delivered and installed it didn't remove the very long bolts that stabilize the drum during shipping. I was able to locate and remove the bolts myself but I did call Best Buy to tell them about this problem so it didn't happen to other people.

From what I've been hearing this and an uneven floor are the two biggest causes for a front loader to shake a lot. If the bolts aren't removed and you continue to operate the machine, the drum will be damaged. And I know folks who have had to buy a platform on which to set their front loader so it won't shake.

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#108718 Review #108718 is a subjective opinion of poster.

Cheater sears

We have been trying to get our dish washer repaired by Sears for the last couple of months. The Master Protection Plan for a year will not mean much if you get an appointment that is too far dated. The problem started in the third week of August 2007. We got an appointment after two weeks. Well,that was just the beginning. He ordered new parts and asked us to wait for a few more weeks to get the parts. After three weeks, we got the parts and scheduled an appointment that sears could not keep. I took a day off for the technician who was supposed come anywhere between 8AM and 5PM. I haven't seen other companies giving a time-window like this. They think their time is so valuable and ours is not. Late in the afternoon, got a call from the routing department that the technician cannot make it. The rep said she will give me a date sooner, but that turned out to be another unkept promise. Finally, we got the appointment in third week of October. Unfortunately, we missed that date. We paid the price for that, may be a little too much. The next date we got was mid November, again another 8-5pm window. Okay, we thought it was our mistake, let us not complain about it. Then that November date came. My wife had to be away from home for 30 minutes in the after noon. considering what had happened earlier she decided to be pro-active. She called the customer service at about 9:00 am and toldthat no one will be available between 3:00 and 3:30. They said they will pass it on to the routing department. You guessed it, the technician calledat 2:50 and said he will be coming at 3:00. She told the situation to thetechnician and asked him to come back after 3:30. She came back home at 3:25 to see the note from the technician that there was no one home. I checked with Sears again they said as per their note, the technician came home at 3:40 and there was no one home. Either the technician was lying or the rep! They just don't accept the fact that it was their mistake. The next date I got was December 13th. They are a bunch of ____ who just don't care about us. Well, I was given another number to report any complaints. But, it did not make any difference. When I told about the long wait, the 'customer care rep' said problems with dish washer take a back seat compared toissues with oven and refrigirator. She said dishwasher may not get the immediate attention. That is a good point and I agreed to it but when I asked her when the problem with it prolongs for something like 2-3 months, don't you think it should get the attention sooner and it cannot take a back seat for ever, she immediately agreed to that but that did not make any difference. The water is held up the dishwasher and it is nasty. You can see the picture for yourself. I am fed up with this. Even if the technician comes on Dec 13th, I don't think he/she will be able to fix it right away. Typically they will have toorder the parts and then wait for a few weeks to arrive and then fix it. It is not worth taking their 'Master Protection Plan'. If you don't get the service in time then what is the point! I am going to buy another dish washer from Home Depot and going to live happily ever after. The Sears customer service is so poor, well, may be there is no such thing as 'sears customer service'. I am going to stop doing business with Sears. I will cancelthe credit card and also cancel the so called Master Protection Plan that literally protects nothing. Good Bye SEARS... _________________________________________________________________
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#108667 Review #108667 is a subjective opinion of poster.

Sears Card Customer Service

I just had the most rediculous call with Sears Customer Service. They charged me for a rewards fee and I have not used the card in over 10 months so I never opened their statements that came in the mail. Late fees were added to the balance and finally I realized what was happening. I paid my balance in full online and chose an item to use my points on. I called Sears to just cancel my credit card but ensure that the points I used today would still go through. When I called Sears I got transferred to different departments about 6 times without getting a clear answer. The reps were extremely condescending with my aggrevation.
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#107941 Review #107941 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Sears Rewards Program

Sears Parts Ordering

Called Sears parts line on November 16th to order a new filter cartridge for our Kenmore refrigerator. Sears promised delivery by November 26th so I gave them a credit card and waited. Nothing came. I called yesterday only to find out that the item was backordered and would not get here till after the new year. This was in spite of the fact that Sears had charged my credit card for the full price - over $60 on November 16th. No call from Sears about the backorder. I asked them to cancel and take the charge off my card as fast as they had put it on - they, of course, said it would take 2 weeks. I have never had good service from this company in my life and will never buy anything from them again. By the way for anyone who wants to get these refrigerator filters for a better price (same filter) you can try to visit http://www.thefilterstoreonline.com/. You can bypass sears and save money.
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Sears Delivery Service

Sears in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania - Terrible Service they'd like me to pay double for!

I went to the Sears Optical office located in Manchester, NH on August 1st, 2007 for a routine contact lens examination. I had a horrible experience and it has proved to follow me even after my departure. I was more that early for my scheduled appointment and yet I was a half hour late in starting my exam. This was due to fighting with the less than helpful and bordering on rude receptionist about my benefits. I work as an employee for my insurance company and had to beg and plead for her to verify my benefits instead of just telling me it was “not covered”. Finally she did only after I made a scene in front of other customers. The insurance company confirmed with the woman that indeed, I was telling the truth. She was so mad she hung up on the insurance company and swore. After the visit she advised me all but $40 was covered and that she could not release my prescription or the contacts when they came in until I paid the difference. I did not agree but instead told her I would have to come back with the money. When I came back later the next week she gave me my contacts. I asked if I could have a paper prescription and she said the doctor was not in and would have to have him mail me one. I never received it and now I’m being billed for the $40 I already paid! I even mailed them my bank statement showing proof of payment with the first bill they sent me in error as she did not give me a receipt. They continue billing me and they now tell me that they are going to charge me another $40 in fees to transfer my account to a collections agency. Absolutely horrid. I would absolutely not recommend!
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Anonymous
#4139

Ok first of all. Know what your insurance will pay and won't pay before you head to the office. When you call for the appointment give them your insurance information and then ask them to call you back with how much you will be expected to pay. Insurance will not cover 100% for conlact lens. Most insurance provieders feel that CL are cosmetic ( ie your too vain to wear glasses)

Next you should not have left without a paid recipet. Is it noted on your file? Call and speak to the manager. Give her the date you paid for items. Ask her to look over her books for that day. Is the money missing? I doubt it. How did you pay cash? Bad not good no paper trail. Do you have a paper trail? Make a copy and send it to the store.

Next some states will not allow a CL Rx to be given to the patient. Check your state law. Then before you sit in the doctors chair ask him what his policy is. Tell him you expect to leave today with an RX in hand. He is the one to hand it to you. Remember this is something that you are putting into your eye. If it is not fitter correctley you could end up in a heap of trouble. WIth a lot more medical bills.

Sears is operated by Cole Vision Corp. In Ohio. Google them. Then send a letter to the consumer complaint division at the Corp offices. Ask that someone there get back to you with a solution to this problem. Make sure you keep your letter short, and not personal. Use names and dates. Be very specific. If they do send you to collections and you prove them wrong for doing so let them know that, you hold them responsible for getting you off the credit reporting system with the the Big 3. Than includes all fees assoicated with that. You will need written prof. Don't take anyone at their word. Once you have a bad mark on your credit histroy it is vey hard to get it removed.

Good LUck

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#107258 Review #107258 is a subjective opinion of poster.

Sears wall oven

sears wall oven - bought less than two years ago. did not get an extended warranty (those are all just bull *** guess what??? the glass on the oven door crashed to the floor splintering into a million pieces when i opened the door the other day. is this a warranty item? a heating element? a timer or a heat setting? those are the items you buy a warranty for, not for the flipping door glass to come crashing down on your kitchen floor. do i expect sears to send someone out and replace the door glass for free? you bet i do!!! what do you think?
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