On July 2, we ordered carpet (salesman Marty). We were to have the carpet installed after the holiday. It was scheduled for the following Wed. We then received a call asking us to move the installation to Fri for a discount of $50. We agreed. We are not naive -- we know Empire is expensive, but we *thought* we were buying convenience. We couldn't have been more wrong. On Fri, we received an afternoon call. Installers would be arriving at 8:30 pm to do our stairs and hallway. I objected, as their advertised hours end at 6, and we are parents of young children. The woman on the phone told me that a manager would have to approve a reschedule -- the same hard sell as the initial sale. I should have cancelled then, but they had our money. I called corporate, who informed me that the customer can refuse such a late installation, no manager necessary. We scheduled for Monday -- first thing! we were promised, since we'd already been twice delayed -- and Sat wouldn't work since we were celebrating the return of a serviceman family member. On Monday, no call, so we called Empire. There was supposedly no note that we were to be first, only that we had "refused" service on Sat, and installers would be coming "shortly." I should have cancelled then. After many, many more rounds of phone calls, we were told that installers would be here "second", and we were given another discount ($150) for our trouble (assuming the charge-back has been completed). Installers arrived at 5:30, with our carpet in the back of a U-Haul. Another point at which I should have refused. As they worked into the night, I asked if they received overtime. They did not, but were just "happy to have work." (From now on I insist on knowing how employees are paid if I am to work with a business). Corporate did not return our calls regarding the late hour, which they had promised would be avoided. They finished after 10 pm. I signed the completion paperwork around 10:30 pm. At that time it looked . . . done, and that was a relief. On Tuesday Ms.Snell called in response to our online complaint, and added another $100 discount for our continued frustration into the evening on Monday. At that point I wouldn't have recommended Empire -- it was expensive and inconvenient, and the work was not terrific -- but it was over . . . Until I sat down today to take off shoes tonight, and discovered that, six days after installation, there is a hole on the rise of one of the steps. I know BBB works for companies rather than customers, but I have submitted a complaint to the Illinois office nonetheless in the hopes that my voice will be heard. I have lost all confidence in Empire's ability to resolve this issue in a timely and competent manner, and will only be satisfied by refund. Too much of my valuable time has been wasted already.