ED Magedson – Founder
Consumer Depot3332 Powell Ave Nashville, Tennessee USA
Consumer Depot I'm an ex-employee and all the complaints you've heard are true and it gets worse. Nashville Tennessee
I worked in the retail department of Consumer Depot for almost a year. I didn't start with much of a commercial conscience, but developed one pretty quickly. I want to tell someone, anyone that all the terrible things they hear about this company are true, and then some.
They routinely sell "refurbished" electronics they haven't tested or flat-out know don't work properly. To insulate themselves, they provide only two-weeks to return defective products and there is never a monetary refund issued. A consumer can only receive in-store credit at the value of the product. The employees are also trained to argue/fight with the consumer to "prove" user error or relieve themselves of any responsibility.
While working there, I personally heard the owner's wife, Carol, say "Maybe we should start testing these things" in regards to a rash of 37" and up Sanyo flat-panel TVs being returned because they worked for less than a day after purchase.
Because their return policy is so terrible, even at face value they offer a one year, in-house, "warranty" for 20% of the cost of the item. They are grossly underequipped to repair any electronics usually just replacing it with another item, that isn't the same as originally purchased, simply close in retail price. An example, they offer the warranty for items like juicers knowing full well they have no one on staff who can even come close to repairing such an item. Employees are rewarded with bonus checks for selling these useless, extra warranty. Basically, "would you like to add 20% to your total, for a still unfair return policy."
Quick last thing, they prey on foreigners and others with a tenuous grasp of English, padding everything with fine print. There's a lot more, but I'm done tattling for now. Maybe I'll update soon. Also, I feel very badly for what I did while employed there, and I apologize to anyone who has been wronged by this subversive company.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/07/2014 12:34 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/consumer-depot/nashville-tennessee-37204/consumer-depot-im-an-ex-employee-and-all-the-complaints-youve-heard-are-true-and-it-g-1113637. 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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