Argh! It’s not often I have such a bad customer service experience,
but here’s an example of how NOT to do things.
I decided to pre-order the Apple iPhone 5 today and had some questions about
swapping SIMs, so I called 1-800-MY-APPLE. The lady I talked to was nice
enough, answered my questions, and offered to take my order. I gave her
all the information and confirmed with her that the iPhone 5 would be delivered
September 21st, but when I got the confirmation email it said it
will be delivered October 10 – October 16.
I called back to confirm and was told I can change the order online to pick up in an Apple
store on September 21st. The guy sent me an email with a link to change my
delivery, but after following the links on the Apple.com order page, it told me
I cannot change my shipping type and I must call 1-800-MY-APPLE.
Call #3. This guy tells me that they cannot change the order to store
pickup because Apple.com and the retail stores are different. He needs to
cancel the order and transfer me to the retail store order line, which he
does. The retail order lady asks, “Why do they keep doing this? You
can’t order it for pickup at a store. You’ll need to re-order it
again from 1-800-MY-APPLE. Sorry I can’t transfer you back.”
Call #4. The automated router sends me to Technical Support instead of
Orders. Apparently, those words sound alike. I tell this guy I need to talk to someone about un-canceling an
order. No can do, but he’ll be happy to
place another order for me. I give all
my information again (don’t they already have that from the first
order?!?). I wait for my confirmation
email, but nothing comes. Thankfully, I got the web order number from him.
I look up my order on Apple.com using my web order number, but I get an
error saying, “The signed in account does not have access to this order.”
Call #5. I find out that email address, phone number, and spelling are all
wrong on the order. I got that fixed
(after repeating myself a dozen times) and asked to have the confirmation
emailed to me. Sure enough, it shows again
that it will be delivered October 10 – October 16. I tell her that I was first told it would be
delivered September 21st and I want to talk to a manager. I was on hold through three complete songs
(Chemical Brothers, “Call Me Maybe” and, I kid you not, “Crazy” by Patsy Cline)
before she apologized for the wait and would transfer me to a manager. What I got was an automated attendant that
asked for the extension I was trying to reach.
At this point I’m so frustrated I’m going to cancel my order, but I just can’t
put myself through another phone call with these people to do it right now.
Now I know why people stand in long lines at the retail stores.