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“Beware, avoid, sold us a used item as new ”

Written on: 16/09/2021 by AMG714 (1 review written)

Review: Beware of ordering any items from Kiddies Kingdom online. They attempted to sell me a new item which was in fact used in breach of the Trades Description Act 1968. Furthermore, when grievances are raised Kiddies Kingdom cannot answer telephone calls and only attempt to resolve serious complaints remotely. Customer service is non-existent.

Delivery 1: Purchased a Recaro Tian Core car seat that arrived in a damaged box with no protective internal packaging. Upon opening box it was clear this car seat had been used with multiple scuff marks over many areas of plastic. As we needed to imminently travel we were prepared to potentially overlook this. However in addition to sending out a used car seat, the isofix connectors were also jammed and damaged.

When I contacted Kiddies Kindgom, despite there having been 7 days since our online order had been input, they had no urgency to rectify their shocking sale of goods with a false description. All images and video of the damage had been sent to Kiddies Kingdom via email. They wanted to simply replace the item without a clear apology in writing and only after they had collected the used and damaged car seat. They made no exceptions despite their poor treatment of a customer and possessed no urgency despite shockingly seeing they had passed off a used item as new.

Only through a great deal of anger and multiple phone calls did they agree to send out a new car seat by the weekend. They were in effect forced into action by my behaviour.

Delivery 2: A new car seat arrived and appallingly the box was completely open. No tape sealing the top. When the DPD driver was asked about this he informed me this is how he found the box. Dust and dirt sitting on top of the thin plastic covering the child seat fabric. Again no internal packing or protection. Shockingly Kiddies Kingdom sent out a second damaged car seat. Despite knowing they had already failed me as customer, they did not ensure the box was closed, the car seat was protected and in working condition even on a second delivery. This evidences the type of company that should be avoided at all costs.

When asked why they sent out an open box (photographic evidence was again sent to them), and a second damaged car seat, their response was ridiculous and inappropriate. They claimed the package was closed (I doubt very much DPD drivers enjoy taking tape off their parcels) and that the car seat had been checked at their warehouse. Impossible given the Recaro plastic sheet was sealed and thus no one had opened it. I was therefore lied to by a customer services manager at Kiddies Kingdom. No responsibility and no apology. Only an offer to refund, despite us now needing to scramble to find an alternative before attempting to take a flight. That flight had to be rescheduled at a cost of £325 to us.

Collection: I immediately informed Kiddies Kingdom I wanted a full refund and that the second damaged car seat was ready for collection. They confirmed collection for 9am - 5pm on 14th September. They updated me once saying collection will occur between 12.25pm - 1.25pm that day. At 5.45pm that day no DPD driver has arrived and no collection has taken place. Kiddies Kingdom have now failed to even collect their own damaged merchandise.

I take matters into my own hands and despite being told by Kiddies Kingdom that DPD arrived but my package was not ready (the second lie they told me as a customer) I confirm myself in writing through DPD that there driver did not in fact arrive at my property and it was not the case that the package was not prepared for collection. So it seems I was able to create a clear channel of communication with DPD when Kiddies Kingdom could not do so with there own courier. Another red flag for those thinking of ordering through Kiddies Kingdom - they have poor communication and relationships with their suppliers (Recaro) and their courier (DPD).

I personally arrange for collection of this damaged car seat for Wednesday 15th September 2021 and confirm this with DPD. Amazingly Kiddies Kingdom again get involved and cancel this collection and go and book a third collection for the 16th September 2021 without notifying me to check if I am home and able to greet a courier on that date. It seems they are attempting to hijack a simple collection and ensure a customer suffers a great deal to simply have a fair outcome.

This company are dishonest, difficult to deal with over email and unavailable to deal with complaints properly. Worst of all Kiddies Kingdom lack the correct protocols to ensure there merchandise is new and in working order. You would be making a serious mistake if you order anything through them.

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