05-17-2012 01:03 PM
First off I would like to start on a positive note. I absolutely love thinkpads. I currently own a t43 and the thing has run like a clock for well over 5 years. It is built like the proverbial brick $h!t house. I have been super excited about getting a new thinkpad. So here is where it goes downhill.
I order a w520 from the outlet site on 5/14 for a great price. There is a radio button on the order page for expedited order so I check that. I also chatted with an associate who said he would see that the order was handled as quickly as possible. Place his associate id in the field provided as well and im'd him the order number.
It is 5/17 and I have an authorization on my credit card for the amount but the order still shows "In Production". I have asked several time when the item would be shipped and have been told within 24 to 48 hours several times.
So then while I am drooling over site I find a much better deal, same laptop except more memory and a solid state drive. I immediately contact the outlet site and if there would be a charge to cancel my order. Still only shows as an authorization and "In Production" on the order status page. The tell me it could take 72 hours to process this and it going to be shipped anyway to my address. Then I will have to contact them for a return shipping label and ship it back to them.
I ordered the other laptop and place that on my credit card as well because I didn't want to miss out on the deal. But I feel like the clock has started over and it's going to be 5 days before it's shipped and who knows how long before it's delivered.
So a few things... What is the point of having a expedited shipping option on the order form if the order really isn't expedited IMO. Why couldn't the associates I initially talked to set the correct expectation for "expedited" (I was quoted 24-48 hrs before it was shipped, last quote is now this Friday 5/18). There hasn't been an apology for setting incorrect expectations or anything.
I just have to say for the level of hardware that I am used to, the level of service isn't matching up. Hoping someone will see this and offer a suggestion or something.
06-11-2012 11:14 AM - last edited on 06-11-2012 07:09 PM by JaneL
Unfortunately the problem lies in their disorganization as a company! I personally think they have no clue what they are doing over there.
At work, we experienced a boat load of problems with the new IdeaPad A1 tablet, everything from apps not working, the gps is disfunctional, and the firmware updates were not working.
When we sent it (we payed for a one-way shipping charge), they said it should be repaired AND returned in a week. Not only could they not fix it, they had to send us a brand new ideapad, with NONE of my apps we bought out of pocket installed!
On top of it all, we experienced a 2-month delay after paying for shipping back to the company's wearhouse in Texas! SERIOUSLY **bleep**!?
We wrote a blog post about it, to get the word out about how atrocious their service is.
The only suggestion I could tell you Shirtycordog is that do not give up on getting the money you lost out for with shipping. Demand that you want your money back for the charge of expedited shipping and if they refuse to do so, then you will unleash hell by airing your customer-service issues publicly, then turn to social media. This is what we are doing.
Hope this helps and I am sorry you have to now deal with similar issues as well.
Digital Media Associate
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06-11-2012 06:39 PM
Sorry that your purchase experience has been less than stellar. We'd like to help!
Can you send me a PM with your order number? Let's see what can be done to move this along...
Wow - that really sounds like an almost unbelievable string of bad luck at every turn. It is hard to imagine that things could go so wrong and so unilaterally.
I do apologize. This is certainly not the type of service we expect to deliver or want to be known for.
I am very glad to read (via your blog post) that you did reach our customer relations team and were able to receive a replacement A1 system.
Please keep us posted on how that works out and if you need more help.