Q: Best Buy sold me a defective LG refrigerator in 2016 with a Geek Squad protection plan. Instead of helping me, Best Buy referred me to LG. After dozens of phone calls, and after a refrigerator technician stood me up and then rescheduled, LG diagnosed the problem as a defective compressor.
I am currently without a working fridge. I’ve contacted Best Buy multiple times and complained to the BBB.
I’d like to exchange the refrigerator for one with a working compressor. I would prefer a different brand instead of having to hope the compressor doesn’t die again and put me through all this again and again for the next 10 years. I don’t want to wait for another month to go through LG when I bought it from Best Buy. I want a fridge in my home now. I want reimbursement for the actual loss of food and costs of ice, and meals out while I wait for them to live up to their agreement. Could you help me?
Jane Weir, Middletown, Maryland
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A: Best Buy sold you a refrigerator that doesn’t work, along with an expensive warranty, and then punted to the manufacturer when you had a problem? Welcome to the wacky world of electronics retailing. Best Buy buries the terms and conditions of its extended Geek Squad warranty on its site. They’re worth reviewing before you buy your next appliance or say “yes” to the Geek Squad. (Note: I couldn’t find the terms of your 2016 purchase, but they are similar.)
Why read all the fine print before you end up with a refrigerator that doesn’t work? Because it fully describes the coverage you are — and aren’t — getting. The biggest takeaway: Many of your Geek Squad coverages begin when the manufacturer’s warranty ends. So, if LG covered your refrigerator under its warranty, Best Buy had to go through LG for a repair first.
For you, the most important part of the warranty was the replacement credit. If your appliance stops working, Best Buy appears to limit you to a $750 credit for a new refrigerator.
As is so often the case with warranty cases, there’s what’s written — and there’s the right thing to do. Best Buy seems to be following its warranty terms. But the right thing to do, in terms of customer service, is to find you a working refrigerator. Quickly.
You could have appealed this to someone higher up at the company. I list the names, numbers and email addresses of the Best Buy customer service executives on my nonprofit consumer advocacy …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Business