Westinghouse 40 / Warranty repairs
I purchased the above mentioned tv from Ecost as a refurbished unit, however, it was still under warranty. After having the tv for only about 2 weeks we, like many others, started experiencing the picture going off after only a few minutes of viewing. Over the following few days the problem became increasingly more noticable and much more annoying. After contacting Westinghouse, we discovered the closest service center was approx. 5-6 hours away, and my only option was to send the TV to the Santa Fe Springs facility. They would issue me an RMA, and after receiving my TV, would send a replacement within 5 business days. (And who ever heard of a company issuing an RMA, and not paying for you to send the faulty unit back to them) Since that time, I have discovered, that in spite of proof of delivery to their warehouse on 09/04/08, they did not enter receipt of my TV into their system until 09/09/08. After calling daily to obtain the status of my replacement, and being told multiple times that their policy was a replacement would be issued within 5 business days of them entering the receipt of my TV into their system, I am now being told the policy states 5 to 10 business days. I too have experienced extreme difficulty in discussing this matter with a supervisor, and when they return calls (the 24-72hr. time frame), I as well have missed their calls, and was left no return numbers. The customer service staff, are less than friendly and not at all compassionate about the situation. After this experience with Westinghouse service, I would not ever purchase a product of theirs again, nor would I recommend it to anyone.
I guess like the economy, customer service in this day and age has rapidly deteriorated as well. At one time the philosophy was that the customer was always right, that is not the case with Westinghouse!! Furthermore, I don't think they would let their customers wait 5 days after receiving the product to make payment for it, and seriously doubt they would allow us to wait 5 to 10 business days after that to make payment either. Compare this to going in to the hospital...would you want to lay in a room, sick in pain, or whatever the case may be, and have a physician tell you that he can't provide service to you until they "have you in the system", and at that, waiting another 1 to 2 weeks to treat your problem. I seriously doubt it, and it's really no different.
Westinghouse doesn't seem to care that there service is poor, and doesn't seem to make an effort to improve it. Maybe one of these days, they might stand behind what they rave their company is so great at, not to mention manufacture worthy products!!
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