Shopping online, in the scheme of things, it is a pretty new experience. Most people prefer to go to the store, walk the aisles and find what they are looking for. They want to be able to touch, feel and play with what they are about to buy. Not me, I am happy to just go to my computer and find what I am looking for using my web browser.
This week my family needed a new dishwasher and my wife and I could not find time to make it out to get one. So, we decided to do the whole thing online with Sears. I have to say, Sears could not have made it any easier. They seem to have the perfect mix of traditional and online interactions. Let me share with you some of the “High Points & Low Points” of dealing with Sears. I will do it in list form, as people like lists!
- When placing the order online with Sears I was able to pay a percent with Paypal, Gift Cards, a coupon and debit card. Yes I paid in one transaction with 4 different payments combined!
- I had a question, I clicked on the “Live Chat” and had someone answer a question about the item.
- There was a rebate available for the dishwasher. Their systems flagged it for me. Then after the purchase they sent me an email that had a hyperlink to it. I was able to complete the form, print and mail it all within minutes.
-I never got a confirmation call about when the dishwasher was going to be delivered. I decided to stay home to wait. Being the calm cool person I am I tweeted:
Sears quickly replied:
Then I posted:
I must say.. I was impressed. They responded to my tweet within 10 minutes and I got a calls in the same amount of time! Amazing, great save! They did great!
- The dishwasher was installed last night and it does not fit. Story of my life. I called Sears this morning and alerted them to the issue. An employee named Chris stayed on the phone with my wife and I for about 20 minutes and helped us find one that fit. He was great. After placing the order I got another call from Edwin. He stated his goal was to make sure everything is handled properly. He will be the single point of contact for the removal of the first dishwasher and the replacement of second dishwasher! He gave me his direct line, his hours, etc.
-Then I go a direct message via Twitter from @MySears…it said:
..hmmmm an automated DM.. not good.
As of this post, I am waiting for the second dishwasher, Ill let you know how the rest of it goes.
Overall, I have to say my experience with Sears has been really good. I really like the fact they have found a good mix of using tools like Paypal, Twitter, emails and traditional live person customer service.