I have been a huge fan of Amazon.com for many years, but 2003 has not been a banner year as far as my personal customer experience goes.
It started when I ordered some sheet music back in May. Since I ordered over $25 worth of merchandise, my purchase qualified for the free shipping. I was ok waiting a couple weeks, so I opted to save the few bucks expedited shipping would cost.
After a month only one of the four items had shipped. I eventually cancelled the remaining order after about six weeks of waiting.
OK, I’m a reasonable guy. I recognize that things happen that disrupt the normal flow of commerce. And I figured that ordering classical sheet music on Amazon probably just wasn’t their forte.
I ordered these back on November 9th, again with the free shipping. At the time of my order, one title said “usually ships within 24 hours” and the other within 24-48 hours. December 4th, I get an email from Amazon letting me know there has been a delay. No…. really?
Obviously frustrated, I thought I’d email a complaint to Amazon. I hoped to reach someone with the power to look into the policies and problems that led to me having two very frustrating user experiences in the same calendar year. I wasn’t looking for anyone to fix the current problem (it was already too late for that), but just to get some reassurance that the customer did matter and that they would look into the problem for future customers.
Well, the first frustration is that you can only send information via a web-based form. Running several web sites, I can respect that decision, but it made me nervous. Would my complaint be simply treated with the typical, canned customer service answer?
Take a wild guess.