If this should go into another topic forum I couldn't find it. But I had to share. Sorry if this is in the wrong spot.
If you ever work in retail you always hear that dissatisfied customers tell 5 people and they tell 5 more so you should always try to satisfy the customer so things don't get out of hand. I want to tell you all about my experience with http://www.zzounds.com
where, until today, I have bought a lot of music related accessories.
I have begun to use Garageband. I wanted to buy an m-audio icontrol for it that they sell at zzounds. I found it for cheaper somewhere else (avalive.com). Being the great customer that I am, I gave zzounds the opportunity to match the price to retain my business. The representative said they could match the price, minus the shipping charge (even though zzounds offered free shipping on that item?). When I told him that macmall.com had a rebate for shipping, he said that then they could honor the shipping rebate, but not the 10%off rebat that they were offering on the product (even though previously he said they could). So I asked why this one and not that one (rebate) and he gave some story about the rebate was to get personal information for marketing purposes. I asked him where this idea came from and he said it would be on the rebate form. I looked at the form and could not find it. He looked at it and couldn't find it either. So he said that he still couldn't honor it because it was a rebate.
Feeling confused, I asked for a supervisor. The supervisor said that it is zzounds.com policy not to honor rebates in price matches. I asked where this was written since it didn't say anything like that on their website in the price match verbage. He said to "trust him that it was the truth". I had not choice but to trust him and ended the call.
Then I saw a place on the site to email if I still had issues. I wrote an email, about what I just wrote. Low and behold I got an email back from the "president" that indeed they do not match to rebates and since I had "already made up my mind about them" that it would be pointless to discuss the matter further.
So here I sit, awaiting my product from another company. Yes, I paid a bit more for it, but at least the other company didn't claim one thing the treat you differently. BEWARE THOSE WHO TEMP YOU WITH PROMISES THEN WRIGGLE OUT WHEN IT SUITS THEM. BEWARE ZZOUNDS.COM
Thanks for letting me vent!