Lost A Sale, And The Ability To Listen

, , , , , , , | Working | November 24, 2017

(I’ve purchased my first home, so on Black Friday I take advantage of a large electronic store’s sale to order a full set kitchen of appliances for $2,700, regularly $3,400. The order goes through, but the website is not allowing me to set the delivery date on one of the appliances, so I call the customer service line. The woman sets the date for me, and I hang up and refresh my page to find that, instead, my whole order is cancelled. I call back again.)

Me: “Hi, there seems to have been an error. I just called to set a delivery date on my order, but I’m now seeing that my order was cancelled.”

Customer Service Representative: “Oh, no! I can fix that for you! I see you ordered under the Black Friday sale, and that is no longer happening, so it looks like your new total is $3,400, with tax. May I get your card number?”

Me: “Um, no. See, I didn’t cancel my order. I spoke to one of your reps to set the delivery date and it seems they cancelled the order by mistake. It doesn’t seem fair that I’m penalized $700 dollars because of a mistake I didn’t make.”

Customer Service Representative: “I understand why that might be frustrating, but the order was cancelled and that sale is no longer happening. Do you still wish to order?”

Me: “Me wanting the appliances has never changed, as I never cancelled the order. Your service rep did. I can afford $2,700; I cannot afford $3,400. That’s why I purchased them on sale.”

Customer Service Representative: “That is a big price difference. Taking advantage of our Black Friday event is highly recommended to get the best deals. The current price is $3,400, plus tax. Would you like to proceed?”

Me: “I’m a bit at a loss for words. Does your computer show notes on who cancelled the order and what my previous call was regarding?”

Customer Service Representative: “I can see what mistake may have been made that led to the order being cancelled, yes.”

Me: “Great! So, as this wasn’t my fault, we can agree that I should be able to pay the price I ordered at originally, right?”

Customer Service Representative: *suddenly very irritated* “Ma’am, what is it that you want? What do I need to do to make you happy?”

Me: “…”

(It took several phone calls, but I eventually did get my order back at the correct price, with an additional $75 discount!)

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