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“No Delivery, No Help”

Written on: 19/05/2017 by emilyh2 (1 review written)

This was my first time ordering furniture online with Ikea, and I absolutely do not recommend it. We will never be ordering anything from this company again, and at this point would not even consider buying in store. Our experience was so disappointing.
We spent $925.00 on two loft beds on February 23, 2017. I ordered online and the only positive thing about this experience was that the process to use their website is very simple, however, there is no guarantee that any items will actually be delivered to your home, which makes the ease of using their website completely pointless.
I received an email February 26, 2017 stating that the items had been shipped from the Ikea distribution center. I was under the impression Ikea would be delivering to my home, but they use external delivery companies to do this, this one inparticular is apparently called STI (but was taken over by a different company I have never been given the name of).
On March 10, 2017 I received an email stating that my delivery date had been scheduled and that I “would receive a phone call to schedule delivery date and to provide a 4 hour time window”. This all happened as planned, on March 14 I received a phone call, met the truck at my home, arrived to them parked at the bottom of my driveway. They were in a 30ft truck which the driver said was a rental so he did not want to drive it up the driveway. We explained to him that we had a 35ft truck up the driveway a month before and were able to turn it around at the top. He would not walk up the driveway to look at the turn-about and then said that he could leave the crates of 16 boxes at the bottom of the driveway for us to walk them up to the house. We paid $100.00 just for the delivery to our home, we expected DELIVERY TO OUR HOME, not the bottom of the driveway. We decided to call Ikea and reschedule. Huge mistake.
We have been going back and forth with Ikea and this delivery company for 9 weeks and still have not received our loft beds, there has not even been another attempt to deliver them. The delivery company rescheduled delivery with us over the phone on 6 different occasions, which I took off work for each of these days, and they never showed up and no one called. When I would call them, they put me on hold for no less than 30 minutes, sometimes nearly an hour, just to get back on the phone and say they never had a delivery scheduled for that day but could schedule one then on the phone, and then the same thing would happen again, no-show no-call. They did this over and over again with no intention of attempting delivery because after this went on for over a month, I finally got someone on the phone at Ikea that contacted this company's corporate office, a two hour phone call resulting in us finding out they had lost the items. After this, I received an email from Ikea stating that we needed to pay another delivery fee because the company said that we were not home when they attempted delivery! This was handled quickly and I did not have to pay an additional fee, but was shocked that Ikea was using a delivery company that was so dishonest and manipulative!
Here's some information on Ikea's customer service....they are very friendly and get absolutely nothing accomplished. I can't even count all the phone calls I had with Ikea, on hold for hours and hours, only to have a representative get on the phone with the delivery company, they would lie to Ikea, and Ikea rep said there was nothing else they could do. The one phone call I had with Cherise was the ONLY productive phone call and she actually noticed that something wasn't right and took the time to figure it out. After this phone call when we discovered they had lost the products, Ikea refunded me $100.00 for delivery charge and shipped out a second order.
The second order was shipped from the distribution center on May 10, 2017 via the same delivery company. I received an email the following day, May 11, stating that the order was ready to be delivered and I would receive a phone call in 2-3 days. Fast forward to May 17, still had not heard from delivery company so I called Ikea again...waited on hold for 47 minutes before even speaking to a person, again....they contacted delivery company, again, and delivery company said they would call me within 48 hours..again. They did call and scheduled the delivery for May 18, 2017 with a time window of 2pm-6pm. I had not heard anything at around 4pm so I called the delivery company to check the status. The woman that answered the phone (the same one that scheduled the delivery with me the day before) said that they did not have any deliveries scheduled in Chattanooga for that day but she could schedule a future date with me over the phone, put me on hold. A man picked up and I explained to him what had been going on and he said they had a truck in Chattanooga at that moment but for some reason my delivery was not on it and when he looked in the system, someone had gone in and cancelled my delivery at 5pm the day before (after it had been rescheduled). This company is definitely up to something, at worst illegal, at best shady. And Ikea is no better, having a company like this delivering products to customers and then not remedying the messes that have been created. I will not do this for another 3 months (or indefinitely) with Ikea company and this delivery company.
We have shopped at Ikea in the past and used their products in our home, but after this experience we probably never will again. We live about 2 hours from the Atlanta store and wish we would have just taken a trip up there and purchased them in-store. We debated doing that if we ever get our money back, but really have no desire to give this type of company our money, so we have found similar loft beds and honestly, better quality, at a local store. Ikea just isn't worth it. Period. This experience has been a nightmare. To give a company $1000 and in return, have no assistance or concern for their customer (over an issue that was created by a company they chose to do business with) and no product received in return for that money, it's not only ridiculous, it's bad business.

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