Thursday, October 23, 2008

Puzzled

I’ve had a few problems with customer service lately. The blue and red words below are the email communications between me and customer service.

Last Christmas I was trying to come up with Christmas present ideas for Erin when I stumbled across a pictures website that sold personalized puzzles. I thought it was a unique and fun idea so I ordered an 18x24 inch, 551 piece puzzle that was a collage of 6 of our favorite 2007 photos. There were other puzzle sizes, but the 551 piece was the best for us.

Then the fun began. They accidentally sent me a 10x14 inch, 150 piece puzzle. It was kind of cool, but way too small to be fun.
Me: I ordered and paid for an 18x24, 551 piece personalized puzzle. I received a10x14puzzle. Please contact me ASAP! Thanks, Randall
Them: Hello Randall, I'm sorry that the wrong puzzle was sent out to you. I have just issued a reprint for the right puzzle and I requested that it be shipped out to you on Friday. Once again sorry for the sending the wrong puzzle. Kevin
A week later I receive the WRONG, 10x14 puzzle for the 2nd time.
Me: I received ANOTHER 10x14 puzzle. I ordered and paid for an 18x24, 551 piece personalized puzzle. Please send me the correct puzzle type. Check and double check before shipping that this one is actually 18x24 as ordered! Please call me if you have any questions at all, (Phone Number).
Them: Hello Randall, I'm so sorry that you did not get the 18 x 24 size prints. I have just sent a note to our facility and I ripped them a new one for not getting the right size puzzle out to you. Once again I'm sorry about the puzzle problem and I will make sure that you get the right size puzzle. Have a good weekend. Kevin
Several weeks go by with nothing.
Me: "Can you check on this issue? It has now been more than 6 weeks since my original order (December 7) of the 18x24" 551 piece puzzle. It has been 4 weeks since you said you'd send out the right one (for the 2nd time). I still have not received it. If you don't plan on shipping it I would like a full refund. Please let me know the status of this order.
Them: I have just issued a manual PayPal refund for you, and have also submitted the correct reprint--it appears there was a bug at work on this item causing this problem to begin with.I am very sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you. Thanks Hugh
A week later I receive the WRONG, 10x14 puzzle for the 3rd time. This time I wait a month or two to respond because I don’t really care about the puzzle anymore.
Me: Thank you for giving me the refund. You guys are unbelievable. The 3rd attempt at this puzzle was STILL WRONG! I can't believe it! I really don't care anymore because you gave me the refund and this whole thing has just turned comical, but am I the only person to ever order a puzzle this size? What is the matter with you guys? How can you not figure out the size of a puzzle you offer online? That is embarrassing. I now have 3 personalized puzzles sitting at my house that are all the wrong size. All I can say is WOW
Them: Wow is right--this has all been very humbling. I am trying again, though, just so that I can close the chapter on this, and so you can hopefully get what you wanted in the first place. I would seriously be remiss if I were to just let it go. A thousand pardons, Hugh
A week later I receive the WRONG, 10x14 puzzle for the 4th time. At this point I don’t bother telling them and just let it go. 6 months later I stumble across all 4 wrong puzzles while unpacking at our new house.
Me: I just moved and remembered all of these puzzles when I unpacked them. I now have FOUR of the wrong size puzzle. You guys sent me the wrong item all 4 times. I can take pictures to prove it, I just can hardly believe it. If you decide to follow through and send me another one, please please please please make sure it is the right one (18x24 - 551 pieces). For the love...
Them: I refunded the PayPal account since the order has expired in the system and cannot be incorrectly reprinted yet again. Sorry for the trouble. Hugh

So 11 months later I have 4 of the exact same puzzles, all the wrong size, but I was refunded the full price twice. I must have been the only person to ever order a puzzle from them. For their sake I hope so.

4 Comments:

Blogger Slicy said...

LOL!

I was sitting alone at the computer laughing at this. This is fantastic. Maybe you could put all 4 puzzles together and have an Andy Warhol(esque) type collage of the different puzzles.

At least they gave you a refund.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

That place is clearly a front for the mafia. How else could a company with such incompetence stay in business? Your puzzle are probably laced with heroin. I totally saw that on TV once.

12:54 AM  
Blogger Olivia said...

I love Kevin's second response - what professional language! And then Hugh's final response admitting that if they tried again, it would be wrong AGAIN - priceless!

I had thought about getting a puzzle made for Matt in the past - if I actually decide to do it someday, I'll be sure to find out from you where NOT to order it from.

2:33 PM  
Blogger iloveredheads said...

i sure hope santa leaves me a 10x14inch erin and randy puzzle under the tree for christmas this year..or maybe two or three...i've been a pretty good girl

11:36 AM  

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