• Report: #465243

Complaint Review: Edgestar And Compact Appliance

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  • Submitted: Fri, June 26, 2009
  • Updated: Wed, July 08, 2009

  • Reported By:Apex North Carolina
Edgestar And Compact Appliance
www.edgestar.com Austin, Texas U.S.A.

Edgestar And Compact Appliance Inferior Products, Refurbished Products sold as NEW Austin Texas

*UPDATE Employee: Response to Cheri in North Carolina

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I purchased a wine cooler through CompactAppliance.com, an Edgestar brand.

Within a few months the cooling fans and the LED display stopped working. I called them and they had me send it back for repairs/replacement. They would NOT send a new one then allow me to repackage the defective one and return to them. It cost me $50 to have it packaged up and returned to them.

I received a refurbished unit that had scratches on it. Within a couple of months this one stopped working correctly. The fans stopped working and the LED displays started flashing until one quit working altogether.

I called Edgestar (6/9/09) (Compact Appliance does not honor ANY returns), Edgestar would NOT repair or replace this unit, instead sent me 2 LED displays and commented, no instructions would be included that I had to figure it out myself.

I got the LED's, figured out how to replace and still the unit does not work. I called (6/26/09) all they will do is send a circuit board, no instructions included, but needs to be welded to the unit. I asked "where does this go in the unit" they commented "no idea, you 'll have to get someone to repair it for you."

They both are total rip offs. Most of what they sell is discontinued and refurbished, they don't honor warranties or replacements. I wish I saw this website before I got sucked in buying anything from their website.

I am now stuck with a unit I paid over $550 for less than a year ago, have had wine go bad and am forced to buy a new unit. Someone needs to put these people OUT OF BUSINESS!!!

Cheri
Apex, North Carolina
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/26/2009 11:20 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Edgestar-And-Compact-Appliance/Austin-Texas-78708/Edgestar-And-Compact-Appliance-Inferior-Products-Refurbished-Products-sold-as-NEW-Austin-465243. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

Response to Cheri in North Carolina

AUTHOR: B. Ford - Service Manager - (U.S.A.)

I have read your complaint and was sorry to see that your Edgestar wine cooler experienced a technical defect after a few months of use. All Edgestar wine coolers include a 90 day labor 1 year parts warranty which is listed on the retail websites for your review before you make your final purchasing decision. Since your initial problem occurred within the first 90 days Edgestar offered to pay to have the unit shipped back to their repair facility so it may be either repaired or replaced and shipped back to you. It would appear that you no longer had the boxes required to ship the product back to our repair facility. In this case, the customer is responsible for having the unit packed in a comparable manner so it will not incur shipping damage in transit. While I understand the expense and difficulties involved with having the unit packed for shipment that is a challenge incumbent with purchasing an item through the internet that includes a mail-in warranty.

Once we received your unit we decided it would be best to replace it with a brand new model. It would appear that the unit we shipped to you suffered some minor shipping damage during transit from what I have read in your complaint. We have very clear shipping damage policies in place to protect you so I am unsure what may have occurred if you reported the shipping damage to us within the specified time required for us to properly assist you.

The next report I see in our records occurred in June 2009 which is also the last month the parts warranty is in place for your unit. Our phone tech diagnosed the unit as best he could and sent the corresponding service parts to you free of charge. Please keep in mind that since you were well outside of the initial 90 day labor section of the warranty the best course of action would be to take the unit to a local service technician so we may be sure of exactly what is needed. If you choose to have the phone tech diagnose the unit for you they will do their best but it is challenging to troubleshoot without the unit actually present. Please keep in mind that many of the parts we supply will not include instructions as they are meant to be replaced by a certified expert and not the actual consumer. Deciding not to utilize a local service tech for repairs is your choice and we are happy to provide the parts directly to you if that is what you wish.

I personally recommend utilizing a local service tech so you may sure of exactly what part is needed and that the part is being replaced correctly. I understand that purchasing items that include a mail-in warranty can be challenging should you need to utilize the service agreement. I apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you and invite you to contact me directly with any further questions and concerns. bford@edgestar.com
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