Report: #205203

Complaint Review: Ripoff Report | Park West Gallery TRUSTED Business | Park West Gallery Verified Safe™ …businesses consumers can trust. Park West Gallery is the world’s largest art dealer, bringing the experience of collecting fine art to more than 2 million customers since 1969. No other company has the expertise, insight, or variety of art as Park West Gallery. - Southfield Michigan

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  • Park West Gallery TRUSTED Business | Park West Gallery Verified Safe™ …businesses consumers can trust. Park West Gallery is the world’s largest art dealer, bringing the experience of collecting fine art to more than 2 million customers since 1969. No other company has the expertise, insight, or variety of art as Park West Gallery. 29469 Northwestern Highway Southfield, Michigan U.S.A.

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EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to Park West Gallery for its full commitment to quality customer service.

Ripoff Report's discussions with Park West Gallery have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. Park West Gallery listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.

Park West contacted Ripoff Report to resolve consumer concerns posted on Ripoff Report. As we began our thorough investigation, we were gratified to find that Park West joined the Corporate Advocacy Program, as part of its ongoing commitment to excellent customer service and quality. Since its founding in 1969 Park West continuously strives to provide its clients with the best service in the industry.

We began our investigation by requesting various company information from Park West. We found that an independent audit concluded that the annual customer complaint ratio was 1 for every 50,000 Park West clients. Our investigation showed that Park West has been a leader in the art industry for nearly 40 years with over 1 million clients, the majority of whom have been repeat customers - the number of complaints Park West has received in comparison to the number of its satisfied clients is incredibly low. When you consider the number of Park West clients purchasing artwork every year, the amount of Rip-off Report complaints is minor and even so, Park West still asked to join our Corporate Advocacy Program, proving that they really care about their customers.

One of the things Ripoff Report has learned in the course of its review is that typical customer feedback reads, " Thank you for all that you have done for the art world."

The information provided in this report below is based on comments made during an interview with Park West Gallery.

Park West Gallery, located in Southfield, Michigan, is a 63,000-square-foot facility located on 3 1/2 acres of beautifully landscaped property, including a natural pond and sculpture garden. Park West also has a 231,000 square foot custom framing distribution center and gallery consisting of two buildings located in Miami Lakes, Florida. One of the buildings is the equivalent of six football fields with a roof on it. It is temperature and humidity controlled and was built by Park West brand new in 2003. It is by far the world's largest, as well as the most modern and advanced facility of its kind.

Park West tries to provide something for every collector and in every price range at their auctions. You can find artwork you see in museums from familiar famous artists like Chagall, Dali, Picasso and Rembrandt, to more contemporary artists including Agam, Peter Max, Tarkay, and Mouly. Park West told Rip-off Report that they maintain close relationships with some of the world's greatest living artists, including exclusive publishing contracts with such artists as Agam, Simon Bull, Krasnyansky,Tarkay, Fanch and Le Kinff. Park West features an extensive sports memorabilia collection - including an exclusive contract with Muhammad Ali - and one of the world's largest collections of animation art. Park West also publishes numerous books on the artists it features.


Ripoff Report can certainly understand Park West's position on the following comments stated to us... Park West explained that customers often spend significant amounts in the carefree atmosphere of a cruise vacation and later encounter buyer's remorse - every customer has a personal responsibility for their own spending. Excursions, trips to the casino, spa treatments and beverages are enjoyed immediately and are therefore not returnable, making art auction purchases vulnerable to buyer's remorse. Purchasing art at a Park West auction is a clear and customer-friendly process - customers know what they're purchasing and at what cost. Friendly, knowledgeable auctioneers are available on-site throughout the auction and beyond to answer any questions or address any customer concerns. No sale is complete unless the customer gives their authorization by signing the invoice. Park West supplied Ripoff Report with copies of its invoices so we could review them for ourselves. We found Park West's invoices to be easy to read, and clearly list all terms and conditions.

Park West Gallery is proud to be a part of Ripoff Report’s Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. It means that they are a part of an organization dedicated to customer satisfaction. Success Member Inc. is a leader in its industry and is dedicated to their client's success and satisfaction.


" Every work of art sold comes with a complimentary certificate of authenticity. Park West's certificates and appraisals are consistent with accepted industry standards, and provide a money-back guarantee. Several well-recognized art experts and scholars document and review Park West's collections. Park West also works with independent certified ASA (American Society of Appraisers) appraisers and independent certified AIA (American Institute of Appraisers) appraisers to support its valuations.

Park West Gallery has stated the following: “Park West cares about its customers, from helping them to select the perfect work of art for their home or office, to the custom framing and timely shipping of the artwork. It is our goal that all of our customers enjoy a pleasant experience with us from start to finish, and we do everything in our power to ensure just that. We believe that it is this commitment to the quality of our service that has allowed us to provide art to over 1 million clients worldwide."

Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that Park West Gallery’s past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.


Park West Gallery recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, Park West Gallery has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.

In summary, after our review, which included discussions with Park West Gallery, Ripoff Report is convinced that Park West Gallery is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.

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The member business allows Ripoff report to email everyone from the past. Those who respond to Ripoff report with a valid complaint must be take care of. They have made a commitment that if anyone contacts Ripoff Report in the future, they will make things right within 14 days. The member business must err on the side of their customers. Otherwise the member business is off the program.

Ripoff Report has determined that Park West Gallery meets Ripoff Report Verified™ standards which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. Members of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction program do pay a fee for our on-site review, 24-hour monitoring and for support with customers to resolve any disagreements.

Ripoff Report sends a 3rd party service to do an onsite inspection of the new member business. The on-site inspection / review does not mean that the products or services offered by the business have been evaluated or endorsed by Ripoff Report and has not made a determination as to the business' product quality or competency in performing services. We can verify, that Ripoff Report went to the business, verified their business or “work from home business”, there for, if a customer in the future does not get treated correctly, Ripoff Report can get the problem resolved. If not, and the customers is right, the member business will be taken off the Corporate Advocacy Program. Remember, Ripoff Report emailed every customer from the past that filed a complaint to make sure the member business made things right with customers from the past. Again, to err on the side of their customer, those from the past and those in the future.

Read more about why consumers should feel confident when doing business with a member of Ripoff Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. Yes, it’s a long name for a program that does a lot for both consumers and businesses alike.

Read about Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program, a program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business. This program works.

As a matter of policy, when a business becomes a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program, they agree to allow Ripoff Report to contact every client who filed a complaint, so they can make things right with them. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses, so we can ensure that the member business did right by their customer.



Park West Gallery  Southfield Michigan

Like so many other stories I have been reading on line. I too have fallen victim to my own naivete about art and was simply enjoying my holiday cruise, caught up in the moment, and I might add the free champagne certainly helped Park West, but didn't help me keep a clear head about what I was doing. Since I have been home I have heard several horror stories and have been trying to get my artwork (which is a Salvador Dali, Purgatory 27 supposedly one of one hundred illusrations of Danes's "Divine Comedy", authenticated and have not been able to do so locally. I did purchase an appraisal with my artwork and received a letter signed by the director "Albert Scaglione". However, this letter does not indicate that Mr. Scaglione is a certified art appraiser. Even if he is, should he appraise his own art? Mike, from a previous report, I am very interested in a class action. No one should be allowed to get away with this type of deceptive practice. Ashleigh Fenton, Michigan

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/09/2006 06:40 AM and is a permanent record located here: https://www.ripoffreport.com/report/no-company-expertise-insight/southfield-michigan-205203. 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. Ripoff Report has an exclusive license to this report. It may not be copied without the written permission of Ripoff Report. READ: Foreign websites steal our content

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