Home Cinema Center / damaged furniture
Don’t make the mistake we did and read:
Ordered a over sized sofa chair on jan 23rd. Received email on jan 30th stating that the chair had shipped and to expect phone call with in 5 to 7 business days to set up delivery in our area. We were never contacted so called shipping company for status. After a wild goose chase to track down chair we were informed that the chair was never shipped, was sitting in warehouse entire time. Home cinema blamed the shipping company, shipping company blamed home cinema, nobody wants to take blame for mistake.
After nearly a month from purchase, the chair was delivered. This is what they do not communicate to you and this is how they get you. The driver will “drop off” the item. The driver will not come inside home. Driver was 2 hours late from 3 hour wait window. By the time he showed up to house it was 730pm and was dark. You must sign for the furniture but what they fail to tell you is that when you sign the delivery slip you are signing that the item is in “good condition” (in print so small unless you have a microscope you will not see it.” you are expected to fully inspect the item, meaning, completely unwrap it, check every nook and cranny, sit on it, use it, make sure all parts are there before you sign and before driver leaves. This is unrealistic for several reasons. A throughout inspection could take hours to see all damage. Drivers are on a schedule and want to “dump and go” second if you are a petite female like me, in this situation the chair was bigger then me, was wrapped like a mummy and was so heavy could not be lifted to inspect underneath. Unlike every other purchase where a delivery slip signature simply states that you received the shipment, this deceptive trade practice indicates that once you sign, you are releasing them from any liability unless you specifically write on the box the item is damaged, broken etc.
After driver left, it took almost an hour our to fully unwrap chart only to find that the chair was broken in 2 pieces. Contacted the driver he stated that he is”just the driver” contacted home cinema within an hour of drop off. Instructed to send and email with pictures. Pictures were taken, emails were sent. No response from company. The person who answers the phone at home cinema center, is also the same person who is the operator, customer service representative, manager and president…it’s a one man show and a joke of a business!
We had to get the credit card company involved to finally get a response. We were given a choice of returning the chair and paying for shipping and a 20% re-stock fee, even though chair was damaged or have someone come out to “repair” the chair.in short, we are stuck with a broken chair that we paid $800 for. A costly mistake on our end for not making the driver wait 2 hours so a military inspection could be performed before signing. Yet after speaking with others who were in the same situation and did everything according to protocol ex”: call within 48 hours, write “damaged” on delivery slip, take pictures etc they still were not resolved with a refund or new chair so i’m not confident had we handled this differently we would have been compensated anyways. Home cinema said they would pay for repair. They sent a repairman, he said it would cost $325 and upward and home cinema stated after the fact that they would only cover $125 of the repair. Our plans for ordering the matching sofa and loveseat from home cinema end here. Save yourself the time and headache and go to a reputable business with customer service.
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