My elderly friend purchased lens and frame from Waterford, CT Sears Optical. A few months back she noted that the edges of the lens were becoming milky, and that they were slowly getting worse.
A visit to her ophthalmologist confirmed that the lens were defective. The doc assured her that it could not have been from anything she had done to the lens , but that it was an inherently defective product. I accompanied my friend today (9/28/12) to the Waterford store and she was advised that although the manager agreed that the lens were defective, she said it was TOO LATE for them to be responsible for replacing them. When my friend explained that the defect hadn't become to be visible until a few months ago, the manager just reiterated their lack of responsibility and that it was too late.
This is extraordinarily poor customer service. Since there was no disagreement that Sears had sold defective lens, then it is obvious that they should replace those lens free of cost to the consumer. When the consumer is 73 years old this lack of concern is even more offensive since the elderly are on fixed and limited incomes.
Lou D'Ambrosio, CEO for Sears , has been quoted as saying: "We're here to transform this company, to make it great again." D'Ambrosio said Sears hopes to reconnect and focus on the customer. "I think price is important, but it's not the only thing.
I think what customers want is great quality, affordable prices, and outstanding service." If you bought something and you want to return it - no receipt required.
Where is the "great quality" and where is the "outstanding service" when a customer's bifocals become opaque around the edges due to a product defect and Sears can just say too bad? If Mr. D'Ambrosio really wants to "transform" the company as he says, I think he should begin with listening to the lack of caring from his staff to senior citizens with honest complaints that even their own opthalmologist confirmed were valid. Over the years I have purchased many Sears items, major appliances, as has my friend.
Given this experience I can't imagine doing so in the future. My friend is 73 but I am not and I think Sears is foolish to give up all the potential appliances, household items, etc., that I would buy over a lifetime, as well as any others I can tell of her experience, just to save a few dollars to replace lens for a woman on social security. She deserved better treatment. She deserved new glasses.
This is not a luxury. This is her vision.
Product or Service Mentioned: Sears Manager.
Monetary Loss: $300.