Conn's / customer service - lack of
Please do NOT purchase any goods from Conn's - I wish I had read all of the complaints and the BBB file, prior to making our purchase, so please consider this a WARNING! Conn's has received, over the last three years, in excess of 1500 complaints to the Better Business Bureau in Beaumont, TX. Additionally, simply google "Conn's" and you will find a host of horror stories posted online at consumer awareness sites.
Simply put, Conn's sold us a broken 50" Plasma screen TV. When we arrived to pick it up, employees brought the TV out from the back (incidentally, it took 4 days and three visits just to finalize the transaction). The box, containing the TV, was badly damaged. We were assured by three Conn's employees that they had checked the TV and found it to be free of damage, but if WE found damage or the TV to be defective, we could simply exchange it - they made it quite clear that they were aware of the damage to the box and would quote, "take care of us", if we found anything wrong with the TV. One of the employees was actually an Assistant Store Manager and he provided additional assurance that we would be able to return the TV without difficulty.
First mistake, we BELIEVED the employees and took the TV home on good faith.
Fast forward, we open the box, find that the TV has two large cracks in the TV panel and is completely inoperable. We call the store and the nightmare begins.
#1 - Four calls over three days to the Burleson Store Manger went unreturned
#2 - After three days, finally speak to the Manager. He states his employees furnished us with bad information and that he could not exchange the TV without authorization from "repair". I advised the Manager that the TV had never been used and that this was not a "repair" problem. It should be a RETURN (note: we were within the 10 day return timeframe outlined on the receipt). The manager stated that was all he was willing to do and hung up the phone. I called back and asked for his supervisor's contact information. He stated he did not have a supervisor and hung up a second time.
#3 - Sent three written emails to Customer Service at the corporate office - NO RESPONSE
#4 - Call the corporate "Customer Service" Contact listed with the BBB in Beaumont - NO RESPONSE
#5 - Called corporate customer service, was advised that the only assistance they could provide was to fill out a "complaint worksheet" and have a manager return the call. The rep went on to say, and I quote, "they get so many of these a day that we cannot guarantee a call back anytime soon". CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? And, true to her word, NO RETURNED CALL.
#6 - Called the "service center" to schedule a "repair" appointment for damaged TV. Employee told me that she would send a technician out, but that she could, and again I quote, "tell me what they were going to say...that we had damaged the TV on the way home and that it would not be repaired or replaced". I was absolutely appalled - I explained to this particular employee that the box was notably damaged AT THE STORE and that STORE EMPLOYEES had acknowledged the damage prior to our transporting the TV the 2 miles home. Furthermore, that the STORE EMPLOYEES had LOADED and TIED down the television & refrigerator (yes, we also bought a refrigerator from these people - hope it doesn't break). Upon this realization, she said she would send someone out to look at our television.
To date, no one has looked at our television. We cannot reach anyone from the store level up through the corporate level that will assist us. All of our previous communication attempts have gone unanswered. The employees we have spoken with are flat rude and being that I've spoken with employees at the store, the corporate office, and the service center - all three seperate locations, I have to conclude that this is Conn's Culture. All of the employees were equally unhelpful, insulting, and incompetent.
Conn's is what it's name indicates " A CON!!!" - all of the self-imposed customer service standards are simply a front. Conn's does NOT stand behind the merchandise it sells or the promises it makes to attract your business. Steer clear - the small savings is definately not worth what you'll lose in time, money, and sanity, should you ever experience a problem with your product.
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