Report: #241542

Complaint Review: Tiger Direct

  • Submitted: Fri, March 30, 2007
  • Updated: Fri, July 06, 2007
  • Reported By: Lawton Oklahoma
  • Tiger Direct
    7795 West Flagler St., Suite 35
    Miami, Florida

Tiger Direct rebate ripoff Unfair business practices and not honoring rebates I was been BLACK LISTTED with Tiger Direct and don't know why Miami Florida

*Author of original report: Black Listed by

*UPDATE Employee: Help with your rebate

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In December 2006 I received an e-mail showing great buys for Christmas. I ordered a set of MP3 Player for my family. The TC3G-5012 Power up 1 GB MO3/WMA Player and UBS Drive were $49.99 with two $20.00 rebates; final cost would have been $9.99. I thought that was a great offer.

I had placed an order with Tiger Direct 4 times in December 2006. Each time my order was rejected on the ground Tiger Direct did not receive payment. I had to give Tiger Direct a Transaction ID number showing the payment had been received. Again order was cancelled. After further investigation on my Pay Pal account, I had seen that Tiger Direct had in fact received a payment for my Pay Pal account and had refunded my account each time. I called to see what was wrong with my order, and was told my account had been flag under a fraud alert.

I was told by Tiger Direct I needed to send a copy of my driver's licenses, a utility bill showing address and name clearly, and the front and back copy of my credit card I plan to use. After Tiger Direct received the information needed to fulfill my order, I called in again trying to use the credit card I just sent them. Again the order had been cancelled by a supervisor. Three time orders were made through Pay Pal and once by the credit card in the month of December. Each time Tiger Direct received payment and refunded payment back to me.

I reordered again in January 2007, and the order was sent and received. I was told, by the supervisor I WOULD receive the rebates and my MP3 Players will only be $9.99 each. Tiger Direct went as far as to sent the MP3 Players with free shipping for my in convince.

After receiving the MP3 Players, I filled out and sent off my rebate forms as Tiger Direct had instructed. Later I started receiving letter from the Rebate Center say that my rebates were invalid because my purchase was outside the rebate dates of December 1 31 2006. I called Tiger Direct and again I was assured I would receive the rebates. Andrew, extension number 5827 spoke with his supervisor and they assured me I would be getting rebates soon. Lauren Taylor, extension 5902 had placed my order and finally, through her supervisor, I received my order. Lauren Taylor was very helpful and could not understand why my orders were being cancelled by supervisors.

On March 23, 2007, I called Tiger Direct and asked to speak with a supervisor concerning my orders placed back in December 2006 through January 2007. After several attempts I received someone willing to let me talk to a supervisor. A Bernard Austin informed me I was not to place ANYMORE orders with Tiger Direct and that I had been BLACK LIST with Tiger Direct! Austin informed me he did not care if I ordered from Tiger Direct any more and since he placed me on a BLACK LIST, Tiger Direct would refuse any more orders from me. Austin refused to let me talk with his supervisor; and refused to have anymore conversations with me; and proceeded to give me a return authorization number so I could return my products and close my case.

I have writen President and still no response on why I have been BLACK LISTED with After reviewing several reports from the BBB I can see why there are soooo many complaints against They seem to care about the money and not the people ordering and paying the bills at

Lawton, Oklahoma
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#1 Author of original report

Black Listed by

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

On December 17, 2006 I ordered TC3G-5012 Power up 1 GB MO3/WMA Player and UBS Drive, order number I6882909. Order was canceled, and I reordered on December 21, 2006. Payment was received and transaction number is 3NM1157132421040A. Tiger Direct refunded money back to me with transaction number 2T575980CH185211R, order cancelled.

Name: Credit Card Total Amount: $117.18 USD
Date: Dec. 21, 2006
Time: 13:41:52 PST
Status: Completed

Invoice ID: I6939905
Funding Type: Credit Card
Transfer to: MasterCard Card XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-7197
This transaction will appear on your bill as "PAYPAL *TIGERDIRECT".

Name: Credit Card Total Amount: -$117.18 USD
Date: Dec. 26, 2006
Time: 08:18:47 PST
Status: Completed

Invoice ID: I6939905
Funding Type: Credit Card
Transfer to: MasterCard Card XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-7197
This transaction will appear on your bill as "PAYPAL *TIGERDIRECT".

I called Tiger Direct to see what was wrong and was told I was on a Fraud Alert and I needed to send a copy of my Drivers Licenses, Utility Bill with my name and address clearly on bill; and front and back of the credit card I planed to use. I did and reordered with no success. Order was cancelled again.
Direct Merchant credit card used to order over the phone

12/22/06 12/22/06 PAYPAL *TIGERDIRECT 4029357733 FL Misc $117.18
12/27/06 12/27/06 PAYPAL *TIGERDIRECT 4029357733 FL Misc -$117.18

Finally I received someone very helpful and in January 11, 2007 Lauren Taylor processed my order, invoice number P8117950, and her supervisor assured me the order was on its way and I would receive a rebate. Lauren's supervisor went as far as to send my items I requested free of shipping and handling charges because they could see I had been trying for so long, and I had not received my order as yet. Once the order arrived, I processed the rebate forms and mailed them off.

I started receiving letter saying

"Thank you for submitting your rebate claim. Your order in invalid for the following reason(s):
The purchase date on the sales receipt does not fall within the program dates.

I called Tiger Direct and they assured me I would get my rebates. Then I called on 3/30/07 and finally had a customer service operator to hand me over to a supervisor. I spoke with a Bernard Austin who informed me that my business was not long wanted and that I could not longer order ANYTHING from Tiger Direct. I had been placed on a Black List and any further orders would be automatically rejected by Tiger Direct's ordering system. Austin processed to give me a number, at the time I was not sure what it was, but then he informed me it was an authorization number to return the products so Tiger Direct could be done with the matter. I asked to speak with his supervisor and he informed me he would not and hung up the phone.

Now we are here and I have returned the items I ordered because I have talked to Tiger Direct Customer Service personnel until I was blue in the face. NO ONE wanted to speak with me on the matter after Austin said I was "Black Listed" from ordering at Tiger Direct.

As far as I could see, it was not a matter of not receiving payment, as earlier told to me by Customer Service operators. For some reason, unknown to me, my business is no longer welcomed by Tiger Direct. I have processed letters to several Veterans Groups I belong to and told them how I as a Disabled Veteran feel I have been discriminated against with Tiger Direct. Word WILL be put out that Tiger Direct is a company whose word of guaranteed service mean nothing. One day they will help you, the next they may cancel service with you. The easy why out was to have the products return and close the books on this matter.

Now that the full story has been told many times over my question is this:
1. What are you (Alex) going to do concerning this matter?
2. Is my business welcomed at Tiger Direct?
3. Or will I tell my Veterans Groups that the matter is still active and Tiger Direct is STILL standing on its earlier statement that I am "Black Listed" from Tiger Direct?

I would like to think that a company as Tiger Direct was an upstanding company that does value its customers and takes this matter serious. But if not I know I can firmly state to my Veterans Groups that good customer service can not be expected from a company as They are waiting an outcome of this investigation as to what recommendation should be made to these various groups I have talk with.

Disabled Veteran
Lawton, Oklahoma
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#2 UPDATE Employee

Help with your rebate

AUTHOR: Alex - (U.S.A.)

Dear Customer:

We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced, and if the issue has not yet been resolved, I would be glad to assist you. To begin, please email me at with your Tiger Direct order number in the subject line, as well as a brief summary of your rebate situation in the body of your email. If you have your rebate tracking number(s), you can include that also. Your issue will be researched, and we look forward to achieving a resolution for you as promptly as possible.


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