Apple Ipod Shuffle / Buyer beware, no matter how popular the product is!
I purchased an Apple iPOD shuffle for my son for Xmas 2005. In June, he had to return it for repair. He was told he had to send it to HP (Hewlett Packard). We thought they had some sort of repair agreement with Apple. It broke again. In November, he had to again return it to HP. At that point, the customer service person told him that this was actually an HP product NOT an Apple product. Although it had the Apple symbol first , then below it " iPOD" then in small letters below that HP.
HP had my son return the original box, disk, lanyard, ear phones and iPod. All we got back was an original iPod. I called and they said they could send the earplugs. (yet another day sitting at home waiting for UPS since you have to sign). I spoke to a supervisor and although they did have units, in boxes, with all components, he was not authorized to send me one. I asked to speak to his supervisor, he said he would call me back. Never did. I emailed Mark Hurd the CEO of HP. Over 1 week later ( Jan 17) I got a standard email saying that A Customer Escalation team would review my case)as of Jan 25 I still have not heard anything. This is an Apple product They need to make sure that I am their satisfied customer. It is not my problem that they did some sort of joint venture with HP. Apple's customer service group doesn't even know who to refer you too. I am disgusted with this service. Buyer beware. If you are not going to get good customer service stay away from the producer no matter how popular the product is.
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