Please see the complete text below for my complaint. I am still trying to deal with SEARS to return my money for an appliance installation that was not completed. I will never buy an another appliance from SEARS and I hope that you don't find yourself in the same situation. I have filed a formal complaint (see below) and have called the store two times asking for them to address the problem, with the response that "I should call back tomorrow". I received a form letter email from SEARS acknowledging my complaint and saying how they "Pride themselves on Customer Service" Pride themselves on customer service my foot. I don't think they know the meaning of customer service. Complaint below:
To whom it may concern:
I am writing you today to file a formal complaint regarding your appliance sales, service and delivery team. I should have probably launched this complaint over one and a half years ago, but until recently, I would have preferred to put the entire experience behind me and moved on. I purchased three appliances at Sears which were delivered to my new home in May 2011. I had such a bad experience with the delivery personnel, that it took me nearly one year to get the courage to buy the dishwasher for my kitchen. Nevertheless, I recently purchased a dishwasher again from Sears with complete assurance from the salesperson that I would not have another bad experience with Sears delivery and installation. I am writing today to complain that although the installation person was professional, he was still unable to deliver me the service that had been agreed to by the salesperson for the price I was quoted. Currently, I have a non-working dishwasher in my house with word from the Sears Appliance manager at the store that he will not allow the Salesperson to honour the price I was quoted.
Please, let me provide some background to my experience with Sears. In the spring of 2011, I purchased three appliances from Sears; A fridge, washer and dryer. I paid for delivery and removal of all appliances. In May, 2011, the delivery man arrived at my home and informed me that he was unable to disconnect the washer as it may cause a leak and they could not be held responsible. The man then asked me if “I had a husband or boyfriend that could do that for me, ” and when I replied no, he proceeded to hit on me the entire time that he was in my house. He did decide finally to disconnect the dishwasher after I tried myself and was unable because, “I was pretty” (of course it did cause a leak and I was required to have a plumber come into my house on an emergency call to fix the leak) .
He then proceeded to tell me that he was unable to remove the washing machine from my basement because it wouldn’t fit up the stairs. I have a very small basement, and because of this, I was forced to live with an old washing machine in my house for three weeks before the moving people came and were able to remove the washing machine (though they also did this for me because “I was pretty”). The delivery person did not also level the washer and dryer as they were supposed to do according to the terms of delivery. When the man came upstairs to unload the refrigerator, he insisted that he was unable to plug in the refrigerator since my plug at the time was not to code. At this point he proceeded to explain to me that he was very handy and that he should give me his number so that he could come by and fix some of the things in my house. This went on for about fifteen minutes and I did not press on getting the washing machine out of my basement because I just wanted him to leave my house. In fact, this old washing machine laying around continued to cause me problems because when the cable man arrived to install the cable, he informed me that his union did not allow him to move heavy objects, so he had to watch me move the washing machine so that he could complete his job.
In the end, I paid (I believe) $60 for a service that I did not receive, that being the install and removal of my washer and dryer, and also, I was emotionally traumatised by the series of events surrounding this purchase. So much so, that even though I finished my kitchen renovations in January of last year, I was physically unable to bring myself into an appliance store to purchase a dishwasher for my home.
Finally, in December, I decided enough was enough and that a house should not have a hole where a dishwasher should go for more than one year, so (having good experience with Sears in the past ...except for the delivery of my last appliances), I decided again to purchase a dishwasher from Sears.
When I spoke to the Salesman, I was surprised to finally realize how much I had been traumatised by this event, because when he suggested Sears could install my dishwasher, I nearly burst into tears right in the store. Nevertheless, he convinced me that it was not to be the delivery person that would come to my home but a professional installer, and I would not have the same experience this time. When it came time to pay for the dishwasher, he explained to me that the installation would be $175.00. I wanted to assure myself that this would be all, because frankly, all I wanted was that the person would come to my house, do their work, and leave. I confirmed with him that the electrical was roughed-in with wires and not a plug, and that there had never been a dishwasher in the house, so I didn’t know what the plumbing situation was. I wanted to confirm with him that that would be all, because as I said, all I wanted was it to be done quickly with as little stress to me as possible. I did not want any surprises. He suggested that I buy a hose “just in case” which I declined because I could pick one up at Home Depot probably for less money, and then confirmed that the $175 would include the installation and that I would not have a bad experience with Sears again.
Today the installer came and explained to me that my house was not properly plumbed for a dishwasher, that he didn’t have the equipment necessary, and that the cost of the plumbing had not been included in my quote. He was very professional, but he was not able to give me the service I had been led to believe would be provided. He called the manager at the St. Laurent store who confirmed to him that Sears would not be able to honour their commitment to me to install the dishwasher for the price quoted by the salesman. He suggested that I take up the matter with the salesman. I am now left with a dishwasher in my house that does not work, a likelihood that I am going to pay more money for something I had not planned on, and or be involved in a long battle with Sears for honouring their commitment to me. At the least, the simple and painless process which I had hoped and in fact pleaded for, has not occurred. I am now left with the battle with the salesman to honour his commitment, rescheduling a plumber and paying more money and missing more days of work, or hiring a plumber of my own and requesting that Sears reimburse me the $175 for an installation that did not occur.
Last time I did not request the reimbursement of the $60 as it seemed like too much work, but I assure you that this time I will not be paying Sears for a service that I did not receive.
I would like to ask Sears to honour their commitment to install my dishwasher for the price quoted and to try to salvage what is possible of a good relationship with their customer. If not, I assure you that this long-time customer will be one no longer.