Monday, October 22, 2007

Futureshop Return NIGHTMARE!

Location: Ontario, Toronto
Industry: Retail mv
Company: Futureshop

Bought an ipod touch on the 11th of October 2007 from futureshop # 053. Before doing so i made sure to ask the rep AND the cashier about the warrenty/return/exchange procedure. They both assured me that i have 30 days warrenty from futureshop and that all i needed was the reciept and all the origional equipment to recieve a full refund or an exchange if there was anything wrong with the unit. I made sure to ask twice because the iPod touch was new and i had heard many problems with them.

After being assured it was under FUTURESHOP warrenty for 30 days i bought my iPod and off i went, thinking that if anything went wrong i could get a replacement or a refund within 30 days.

After using it 6 times within the past week i noticed that the battery life of the iPod is not anywhere near the advertised life. The battery, when charged over night only last 4 hours if i am lucky! And that is just Music use, no wifi or videos.

I wait until the end of the week when i dont have work or school to head to futureshop to see what can be done about this.

The "customer service" rep informs me that the ipod is not in origional condition because it has a few minor scratches on the back. Now in no way did i abuse the iPod, the screen has not but one scratch on it, no dents, just the back due to its design has a few scratches that any iPod owner will tell you is really easy to get even with gentle use!

The rep points to a sign above him, the sign is huge, and tells me our policy is no returns or exchange for items not in origional condition, i tell him that no where on the sign does it say that, not even the fine print. He reads the sign and informs me now that there is no room for it on the sign. He then informs me its on the back of my reciept, problem is i get that after i buy the item and who reads the fine print on the BACK of the reciept? He tells me then i should have asked, which i inform him i did. I then get accused of not telling the truth and he tells me "sorry but its buyers beware" and he cant do anything for me.

The Store mager had just "left" to go home, and i am still left with a ipod that wont hold a charge for some reason!

Is this how futureshop treats its customers? BUYERS BEWARE? i guess they should have put that on the back of the reciept and then no one would be mistaken where futureshop stands. I am totally disappointed in futureshops customer serivce and the lack of backing of their products. I was intending on buying my girlfriend a laptop from futureshop as a birthday gift in a few weeks but after this they will be lucky if i ever spend one cent in their stores ever again.

Funny thing is the first thing he told me was how am i supposed to resell this ipod. I thought to myself, why would an honest business resell something that was returned for being DEFECTIVE in the first place?

So i guess take their word for it, BUYER BEWARE of Futureshop and their lieing and cheating associates who will tell you anything to sell you a product and then wont back it up when it is not working right!

BTW...anyone have a number or email for someone higher up at the corp level for futureshop?


  1. so ... goto another store and try again? why waste your time?..

  2. Years ago, I bought an iPod Shuffle at Future Shop. Within a week, it wouldn't charge at all. Future Shop wouldn't return it. Thankfully, it was still under Apple's warranty and they mailed me a new one right away.

    I haven't purchased anything at Future Shop since. I have a feeling they resell damaged/refurbished merchandise as new.

  3. Years ago, I bought an iPod Shuffle at Future Shop. Within a week, it wouldn't charge at all. Future Shop wouldn't return it. Thankfully, it was still under Apple's warranty and they mailed me a new one right away.

    I haven't purchased anything at Future Shop since. I have a feeling they resell damaged/refurbished merchandise as new.

  4. in this case, i'm sorry to say it's the buyers fault in this case. you mention that "a few minor scratches on the back" are something that "any iPod owner will tell you is really easy to get". well, the point is, you're not supposed to get a refund if after you bought the product you ended up getting scratches on it. think about it, if they try to resell it the next person will wonder why there are scratches on the back. seriously, use your brain and take better care of new products you buy. and btw, it isn't that easy to scratch the backs of iPods. i've had about 3 all of which have been used for more than a year each and they have ZERO scratches. it's not hard to take care of them, just stop making excuses. you definitely didn't deserve a refund.

    and i do NOT work for future shop.

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