How to deal with JD Sports poor customer service

 

The nice Scotts/JD Sports T shirt
The nice Scotts/JD Sports T shirt

Andrea bought a Penguin Pocket Red T shirt from Scotts, part of the JD Sports chain paying £29.00. The shirt had been worn once and washed once and she returned it to the store two weeks later. She was told that the t shirt would need to be sent off for inspection despite the notice in their store saying that this would be done when items were over 90 days old.

 

Clearly a fault with JD Sports T shirt?!
Clearly a fault with JD Sports T shirt?!

She received a letter back saying that the fault was due to “contact damage”. Utterly ridiculous, what contact damage and by whom given as we believe that the hole was there at point of purchase and if it wasn’t it developed within one day’s wear and day’s wash and the hole was in the stitching which the photograph alone showed! 

 

Clearly a breach of the Sale  and Supply of Goods Act!  (From the 1st October 2015 you would now quote Consumer Rights Act 2015.) Andrea then wrote and didn’t receive a response. She emailed again and was told that they hadn’t received the letter (despite it being signed for!) but would do another inspection. She then contact me and I wrote this for her to send the CEO:

 

Dear Mr Cowgill

I received a letter from xxxx department to which my complaint was passed. However, I have already written to this department and part of my complaint was how they dealt with it. In fact the matter has now got worse. Scotts has rejected my claim regarding the faulty product. It has now since said that my letter can’t be found even though it was sent recorded delivery and was signed for, for which I obviously have proof. I am now being told to resend the t shirt. I am not going to do this. I have already sent this once and see no reason why I should be put to yet more inconvenience due to Scott’s appalling service. Under the amended Sales of Goods Act 1979 I am entitled to goods that are of satisfactory quality and fit for purpose. This t shirt clearly breaches that.

 

I expect a full refund and appropriate redress for the inconvenience caused. I look forward to hearing from you within seven days. Should I not be fully satisfied with your response I will start proceedings in the Small Claims Court against you with no further reference to you. I will be claiming for the cost of the t shirt, the cost of an independent report stating that the t shirt has only been washed once, cost of postage (recorded delivery etc.) redress for my time spent on the matter, the court fee and out of pocket expenses for attending court (e.g. work time, mileage, parking costs etc.)

Yours sincerely

 

Andrea received a call from the manager of Customer Services saying that they said they don’t think they were in breach of consumer rights (I beg to differ) but as a goodwill gesture they would refund the full amount in a voucher (I had told Andrea not to accept this, cash refund only to which he then agreed) plus £20 gift voucher on return of the t shirt. A good result in the end but the matter didn’t end there.

 

Unfortunately, Andrea wrote to customer services to say that she had thought about the conversation and couldn’t she just dispose of the garment? She received an email back to say that if she did not return the garment she would not get a refund. You must keep to your agreements you make with customer services otherwise why should they keep theirs? They were paying the postage for the return and providing a goodwill gesture so it is not unreasonable for the item to be returned, they might want it for quality control or tax purposes. It’s a fair enough statement to say no return no refund and Andrea was receiving a goodwill gesture for the inconvenience.

 

However, the matter did not end there. As often is the case in customer services, the internal communication was appalling and Andrea received an email to say that they needed the t shirt for inspection and couldn’t over turn the decision! Meanwhile, Andrea had tried to use the gift card in store and was told that there was no money on it and it would take some days for it to appear. This is obviously nonsense. She wasted more time in store trying to deal with the matter.

 

I wrote again outlining the embarrassment and poor service plus the ridiculous email she received. Andrea received a further £20 goodwill gesture receiving this time a card for £40 that worked.

 

This story outlines one of the classic fob offs trying to say that the fault was not there at point of purchase. It also highlights the need to persevere sometimes and pursue your legal rights.

 

Would you like to email JD Sports CEO? Here you go – all the contact details. You’re welcome 🙂

 

 

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How to beat Uncle Tom Cobley’s customer service

You know what annoys me? Ah hmm fair enough, the Internet isn’t big enough for the list. Ok, one of the things that really annoys me in customer service is downright incompetence.

Last year, we bought two new ovens. One of the oven’s instructions (on the oven) was in German. Under the Sale of Goods Act I would say that was not fit for purpose, given that I don’t speak German. (For purchases made after 01 October 2015 use the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

See that? "Competence" it is called. Irony
See that? “Competence” it is called. Irony

So I telephoned the company where we bought the ovens from and started my spiel. At this point I just wanted to reset the thing into English so I could turn the thing on! So no actual need for a full refund, just someone to tell me how to change it. So they just said they would contact the supplier to send out an engineer. Nope, I was pushed from pillar to post, you know, customer services helpline, switchboard, AEG and Uncle Tom Cobley and all. Now, good old Uncle Tom was indeed employed by them. His advice was great. “Can you use the other oven and follow the instructions on the one in English?” I kid you not, he expected me to use the other oven, counting the times I selected each electronic choice whenever I used the oven! Idiot.

This was one of the very rare occasions I didn’t keep on at the retailer, mainly because I didn’t want a refund. Eventually I got an engineer out from Electrolux who seem to own rather a lot of companies. (Strictly speaking you know they are technicians not engineers). Meanwhile I was trying to register the ovens on the AEG website. Now, on the site one can select the model number then put in the serial number. I did this with a couple of items and then tried the ovens. It wouldn’t process. So I sent a complaint through the web form. I got an email back stating that they needed the model numbers. I think Uncle Tom Cobley had changed jobs because there in front of him was the model number! I pointed out that this had been sent. A week later I wrote again and Uncle Tom’s sister emailed asking for the model number. So I emailed a screen shot with the model number in it! I didn’t get a response.

Meanwhile! The clocks were out of sync so I tried to get this sorted too.  I wrote to the CEO (you can find contact details for CEOs at ceoemail.com) regarding the issues. I had a reply from the UK Head of Customer Care who wanted to ‘phone me to discuss. As you know I hate doing that so insisted on correspondence by email. Why you should write not ‘phone to complain effectively.

Then! After the “engineer” arrived and said two new clocks were needed and left paperwork stating that he would be back the following week in the AM, I received a text a week later saying he was coming in the afternoon. Oh no he wasn’t! I emailed the Head chappie again and told him what time the “engineer” would be coming! Funny enough I was right…!

Got everything sorted as you would expect and again the chappie asked to telephone me to discuss redress. I loathe doing this and I’m glad I refused because I would never have asked for the £250 I got!

P1010918Then! This happened! Something happened to the lining. The oven is nearly a year old by this point, so they could argue a repair and change the lining possibly. (One could argue about how long the lining should last would be my point and still fight for full refund/replacement!) That’s what the Bull thought but you’d think he’d know me by now. I got my new oven. A newer model it would appear. Great. But it would appear that I am having trouble registering the oven on the website……………….

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