sears.com - Canceled my Christmas orderPurchased Nintendo DSI XL at sears.com on December 04. I received a confirmation email that the shipment might not go out for about 10 days, and that I would receive notice. On the eve of December 23rd (5:30pm) I still had not received, so went online to track order status. Learned from tracking number that order had been cancelled by Sears on December 20th. Called Sears.com customer service. Service agent said order was cancelled because item not in stock. Service agent further said that they checked about a dozen other sources but item was not available. While keeping service agent on phone with me, I went online to Sears.com, where the item was showing “in-stock”.
Further, I went checked local Sears store availability online, where the item was showing “in-stock” at both of the closest sears stores to me. In addition, it was “in-stock” on Amazon.com, and I checked Pricegrabber.com and it was “in-stock” at 13 other locations online. So, Sears customer service basically fed me a load of BS, and Sears.com didn’t have the courtesy to inform me right before Christmas that they had no intention of delivering the product to me.
Fortunately, it was “in-stock” at the Target 2 miles from my house so I was able to purchase it anyway (albeit with the inconvenience of needing to hit a Target on the Friday night before Xmas). I was on hold with Sears’ service agent more than 45 minutes trying to get a satisfactory apology – but never did. While I was on-hold, I took screenshots of all of the “in-stock” availability to verify the truth in everything I am saying. I took screenshots of the cancellation, I took screenshots of every email I received from Sears on this matter, as well as every Sears credit-card email I receive – basically to support that Sears never bothered to notify me in any way.
So, I guess the message is – if you purchase online from Sears, maybe you’ll get what you ordered and maybe you won’t, but don’t trust the Sears brand name as something you can rely on to be decently notified if they cannot meet their implicit obligation to you. Apparently, they could care less. I’ll now copy and paste this message into every online consumer complaint site I can find.