The story: On September 6 I brought up the appliance sale and chose a Bosch dishwasher which was highly rated by Consumer Reports. It was on sale for $808, a large discount off the regular price of $999. Added installation, extra parts, haul away, etc. I didn't check out immediately as Sears will hold your purchase in your cart for several days, and the sale was good until Sept 8. I anted my spouse to look at the dishwasher to be sure it was the one she wanted. She agreed and when I went back to purchase the dishwasher, the price in the cart was now way over $1100. The dishwasher had reverted to the non-sale price.
Not to worry, I e-mailed customer service which is in India or the Philippines and here's their answer:
Dear Valued Member,
Thank you for contacting sears.com. Please accept our apologies for the pricing error on the dishwasher you have found on our website. Let me look into this for you.
I want to make it right! It does appear that this item has an error in pricing and we have notified our web pricing team to correct it. The sale price listed on the item page is part of a promotion that has now ended. The price in the cart is the correct price.
The feedback that you have provided today will be taken into consideration as we continue to enhance our services to meet the needs of our customers going forward.
You have been an excellent customer to us and hope this experience does not deter your shopping interests from sears.com. I appreciate you for your understanding and patience.
Alex A. (jambro3)Sears Customer Care
Have you ever heard such a bunch of crap? They admit there is a pricing error but then tell me the price in the cart is correct? WTF? And "he wants to make it right"?
I wrote them back telling them they didn't understand the problem so here's their next idiotic response:
Thank you for contacting sears.com. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience that you are experiencing with the price of the item. Let me see what best I can do to get this resolved.
I have checked our available resources and I see that the current price of the item is $999.99. As we are unable to honor the sale price, you are valuable customer and we do value your time and business with us. We encourage you to place a new order for the item and reply to this email with your new order confirmation number, and we will gladly issue 10% refund for the item value. Please click here to place an order. We always want our customers to be happy.
I have found a similar item, please click here to view it. This Dishwasher is one of the top seller on our site.
Elizabeth G. (nganapa)Sears Customer Care
These people are morons. The last time they promised to credit me anything it took a month and an act of congress to get it as they immediately develop amnesia and can't read nor remember who might have sent an e-mail offering a discount. No way would I believe this offshore call center person.
Then Sears home office gets involved, after I have already ordered a new dishwasher from the Big Box store. They want to honor the original price less 15% . No thanks. I let them know I am so done with Sears they could stick a fork in me. No more tools, no more appliances, no more At Home Services, not a damn thing from them or their affiliates. This was the final nail in the Sears coffin for me. And they can't understand why their profits are so bad. I can tell you. Using offshore call centers to handle their business. A bunch of assholes who keep saying they want to make the customer happy but just piss them off. And who keep their jobs by working for pennies on the dollar while taking work away from Americans here in the US who might actually be able to understand the problem without reading from a script board.
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