[Resolved] Empire Today / fraudulent pricing
I booked an appointment on line and the Sales Associate arrived on time to measure my entire house which needed new carpeting. She even measured some areas twice to make sure of the footage, as we had the original specs on our home from 1996. She made two diagrams, one for the upstairs and one for the downstairs and then gave us two different prices for two different quality of rug. Since we were putting the house up for sale, we went for the lower estimate and signed a contract along with giving a deposit. This was 2/9/08. We were to have the rugs installed on 2/22/08. Five days after our contract we received a telphone call on our answering machine to contact the Sales Associate which my wife did. She left her a message that we would be home after 6 PM and she could call back. The next day she called our home again left another message, which my wife returned and said we would be home all weekend to discuss whatever was concerning her regarding our contract. Instead of using the alternate number which is my cell phone she proceeded to call again on 2/18/08 at our home, knowing that we both work. She finally got my wife at 5:30 PM at home on Monday the 18th and proceeded to explain that she mismeasured and that the cost would now be $1,800 more than the contract. My wife told her that I would call her back but not to expect that I would go for a higher price since the contract was firm. I proceeded to speak with six other supervisors, regional managers and even the office of the president, but the woman at that office would not give me the president's name - she didn't know it. After Empire trying t0 tell me for $1,000 more they would complete the job, I said I wanted them to honor their contract, I was told that on the back of the contract it states that Empire has 30 days to cancel a contract due to delays, shortage of material or incorrect pricing. So convenient this would be on the back of the contract and not on the front. The consumer gets a 3 day cancellation option, but Empire gets 30 days. What is wrong with this picture? Empire has sent a certified letter cancelling the contract and return of our deposit. But now I must try to cancel their credit card and get it off my credit report because the Sales Associate I know didn't measure incorrectly but most likely gave us the wrong price. But twice - for two different grade of rugs. This sounds very suspicious to me. I have sent letters to the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General's Office of North Carolina who my wife deals with at her job so the higher ups are familiar to her. I want everyone to know to steer clear of dealing with Empire Today, you most likely will get a better deal with your local merchants who will most likely be more honest with you.
Customer care service did everything in their power to resolve this complaint. All attempts to contact the complainant have failed. Therefore, this complaint has been annulled and must not be considered where image of the company in question and it's services are concerned.
Empire Today Customer Care's Response, Jun 18, 2012
Bradd, we want to provide a positive environment for all our sales representatives and we regret that you were disappointed in your experience. We will be happy to discuss your concerns with you and will have our Human Resources department contact you. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact our Human Resources department at 847-583-3000 x3007. Thank you.
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