Having shopped regularly on QVC - the digital tv
shopping channel and having seen an item which I really liked
at a good price on Ideal World - another digital shopping channel
- I decided to place an order.
I placed the order on 3 August and my account was debited with
the full amount £22.80 on 7 August. To date 24/08/02) the
item has not arrived. I am pretty sure that the presenter stated
that items would be delivered in 7 to 10 working days. When I
telephoned a week or so ago, the operator was unable to tell me
whether the item had been despatched and said that delivery could
take up to 14 working days! The operator offered no further advice
and was unhelpful.
I left it another week - more than the 14 working days stated
- and tried and tried to phone tv customer services - 08700 700
802 but kept getting a message that all the lines were busy. The
call was then terminated. I must have called dozens of times througout
Friday 23 August then a thought struck me - maybe these calls,
unlike those to QVC, were not free. When I checked with BT they
confirmed that this was the case. Who knows how much these wasted
calls to "Customer Services" (joke) cost me!
I telephoned the order line again on Friday 24/08 and surprise,
surprise! the call was answered amost immediately (this line is
charged at National rate too, a fact not publicised by Ideal World!)
and managed to get a promise that a customer complaints representative
would ring me back that evening.
I eventually received a call yesterday 25/08, late afternoon.
Explaining that my order had been delayed due to delays from the
supplier but had been despatched "last week". After
persisting I managed to esatblish that "last week" in
fact meant "this week" "sometime between 19/08
and 23/08" - the caller could not (or would not!) say when.
I asked why my account had been debited so quickly if this was
the case and was told that the money was placed in a "holding
account" the caller was unable to tell me who benefitted
from the interest on customers' money in this account!
The amount concerned is trivial but I believe that the principles
here are important. In summary my complaints are:
1. That Ideal World does not make it clear that calls are charged
at National Rate;
2. That money was taken from my account so far in advance of my
order being despatched.
3. That there is not one contact point for orders and checking
the state of orders; and
4. That the so called "Customer Services" telephone
number is a joke, whilst calls to the order line are answered
None of this comes or should come as any surprise to me. Ideal
World is yet another example of "rip-off Britain".
I do not want to trouble the TCCL website with following this
up on my behalf but I would appreciate the salient points being
publicised for the benefit of other potential "suckers"
like me. ~
regards Graham Price
Link to Other Ideal Complaints: Link1|
A Right of Reply email has been sent to ideal shopping Direct.
Your comments are welcome.
update on 31 October 2002
"Thought you might like an update on my complaint.
The item turned up - eventually and only after I had complained
to the Independent Television Commission who are responsible for
the tv selling guidelines. The companies ARE NOT allowed to advertise
items for sale which are not in stock, unless under a special order
in advance scheme such as that introduced recently by QVC. ...Graham