Ulta — ulta.com - bad customer service
I recently purchased some Dermalogica products on Ulta.com. that I was so excited about. I spent over $140 on the products. One of the reasons why I ordered them on Ulta was because their Advertised Specials showed that I would receive a free Dermalogica Microfoliant with any order over $40 thru April 3 (two weeks away). I didn't purchase the product, specifically b/c I knew it would be coming with my order.
Well, I received my products in the mail, but no free gift. So I called them and inquired about what happened and if I could still get my free gift sent to me. The woman on the phone was nice, but pretty clueless. She didn't know how to navigate the website and asked me SIX times what product I was supposed to receive! After thirty minutes on the phone, she told me that she had all my info. and that customer service would call me back tomorrow about my order. What! Isn't the point of calling customer service to talk to someone in customer service?!? But whatever, I said "Are you sure someone is going to call me tomorrow?" She said "Yes, absolutely." So imagine my surprise when I didn't receive a call the next day. So I tried to send an e-mail instead. A couple days later they e-mailed me back with a blunt response. "Sorry for the inconvenience. The advertisement states while supplies last and we ran out. Sincerely, Ulta.com"
The page I was looking at (which was the virtual advertisement), DID NOT SAY "while supplies last". Why should I be held responsible for their mistake? So, I called customer service again and the customer service person tried to give me the same spiel as the e-mail response I received. Her response: "If I give this to customer service, they are just going to come back and say that we are out of the product."
I kindly asked to speak with a manager. I told him that one of the reasons why I purchased the products was so that I could receive the free gift. The manager said, "Well, I am looking up the product right now and it says we are out. You can return the product online or at the store for no charge if you would like. There isn't anything I can do." I was so pissed!! I responded, "That seems like a lot of trouble for something that wasn't my fault. Can you send me a free full size product of something else?" He said "No". Finally, after a lot of trouble he agreed to send a $10 gift card. In the future, if I ever need to order body, skincare, or makeup supplies (which I do quite often) I will NOT choose Ulta.com. They only caused me frustration and totally wasted my time.
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