Consumer Complaints and Reviews
I have a malfunctioning Sony Bravia 900C (65"). Specifically I have massive light bleed. These TVs have been shown to have this problem and production was halted because of this issue. When I contacted Sony they first said, "It's normal." Sorry but a 2500.00 TV shouldn't be leaking white light to the screen. They then offered me a brand new 930E. The problem is that TV is 500.00 more. I told them, "The 930D would be fine" but they don't have them in stock. So I would have to come up with more money for a new TV that I don't have. Sony told me, "Either accept this offer" or they will restate their internal experts insist my TV is operating normal. This is the worse customer service I've ever seen.
Please indulge me while I rant... I purchased a Sony Bravia smart tv in 2015. For the last 4 months I have had nothing but trouble with it, with very little satisfaction from Sony I bought with the TV (warranty is barely up). I also bought a Sony blu-ray player 2016, which I had to return, because it was incompatible with my soundbar. Which I bought less than 2 years ago. Sony sucks, buyers beware!
Purchased Blu-Ray Disc DVD player about 2 years ago - that probably works fine, at least for DVDs. Just got around to try and hook up Netflix and have lost my remote. So went to contact Sony. Extremely difficult to follow the links to get to help - when I did, realized it was off-shore as the dialect very difficult to understand (short and crisp) and was simply led back into the online quagmire. Seems CService and/or providing company feedback is intentionally designed to prevent it from happening. I rate businesses by their support - i.e., Apple is great. So is Brother. Always able to reach someone and 99% the problem is courteously solved. Now I know I will not purchase any Sony product regardless of how good it might be rated - and I imagine I'm not the only one.
SELP1650 Camera - 2 months ago I purchased a Sony camera and today the small lens has stopped being recognized by the camera. I've tried all the steps I could honestly think of and even those I found online as suggestions. Nothing has helped. In addition to this, I have tried calling THIS COMPANY'S support center. Spoke to some representative name Sam with an ID **. This person, after just taking my name and model of my camera, placed me on a 6 minute hold, to then come back to me and tell me that he "needed to transfer me to another department". I requested to speak to a supervisor and I was advised that I could not, since he was not allowed to transfer me to a supervisor.
I bought my first Sony TV in 1971. In 2014 I bought my last one. I have a 60" Bravia "Smart" TV that is really stupid thanks to Sony. It stopped loading YouTube videos recently and it has taken about a month to get to the bottom of the problem and it wasn't Sony who told me reason and the situation. It was a really intelligent TV-Tech man in the business who did NOT work for Sony. Sony TV's do not interface well with YouTube and in fact everything sold before 2013 is just out of luck. My TV worked as it was a later model, although it was cumbersome and clumsily slow when using the internet and it is even directly wired to my ISP and has the correct and updated software. Sony representatives NEVER explained the real situation to me, they just wanted me to waste my time and frustration doing troubleshooting that was futile and worthless. It's called "** in the wind" where I come from.
Yesterday I spent over 7 hours either on the phone with or trying to converse with Sony "chat" tech support. Words cannot describe my frustration at the utter apathy and lack of caring for customers spit out in my direction. The "chat" session I resorted to after I was told a tech rep would call me back at my phone number and never did to help me solve my problem. The representatives I actually talked with on the phone had no command whatsoever of the English language and could not possibly understand my clearly spoken American English words and sentences. I asked them who told them they could speak English and none of them answered.
Prior to the "chat" I had done everything I could find in the way of troubleshooting on the TV from the internet, Sony website, Operating Instructions booklet, etc. Then the "chat" tech guided me through the same steps I had already done so many times before. I repeated ALL of them at least three times and nothing changed, nothing was fixed. The "chat" rep told me he would be able to fix my problem and he would work with me until it was done. Well after about 2 hours of the "chat" (which would have taken about 15 minutes maximum if by phone), the problem was not fixed. And he deliberately did the last reset to factory test after all the 2 hours was almost complete so that he could use the excuse while the TV was searching for channels and "might take as much as 50 minutes" to just drop the "chat".
He had reminded me all during the 2 hour session that I needed to continue to respond to him every 5 minutes so that he could stay connected to me. I explained to him that the "chat" was cumbersome and clumsy, a time waster and that I had to get his instructions, write them down and go to the room with my TV to implement them. He really could care less. His name was IVAN he said. He suggested I contact the "chat" section later after the TV had reset. Of course that would mean another wait, explaining my reason for calling, verifications, etc. BEFORE I even got into the meat of the matter and problem. So he skipped out on me. What a lying SOB, what a POS. What a lying crappy company, Sony. I am done with anything having the name of Sony on it. I am sure they will never miss me and I sure will not miss them.
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I am now in my 15th day of waiting for my XBR65X930d television to be serviced. After only 4 months and 3 weeks of owning this $3,000 tv, I was unable to turn on the t.v. I called Sony and was told I had a defective ac adapter. After waiting a week for the part, I found that the diagnosis was incorrect and the new adapter did nothing. Called Sony again and they issued an order for repairs via WWTS. Was told that I would receive a call from the repair service within 3-5 days. I am in the 5th day and no communication. However, I did receive an email at 1:00 a.m. this morning indicating a service delay, but no communication as to why.
I have no problems communicating with Sony Support, but after talking to them 3 times, I now know that the first line of contact has no information that will help me. They are just reading from a computer monitor and cannot answer any questions that I ask. When I asked to speak with a supervisor they will not forward the call. I need help. I purchased the t.v. from Best Buy in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 27, 2015 and it was delivered and wall hung by their Geek Squad on July 29, 2015. William ** and Ann **. What can I do at this point?
I found Sony to be very, very, very poor with their phone customer service. I've rang 3 times now and the first time they said they didn't have the time to help, so they sent me an email. Then when I went to act on the email, the information was very limited and I rang back to get their help and they still couldn't help and referred me elsewhere. When I couldn't get the right help elsewhere because of the specific settings I needed from Sony, once it hit 6 pm, the gentleman hung up midway through the call with no "bye" or anything and when I called straight back it went straight to message bank saying their office was now closed. I'm not very happy with them at all. Probably the worst service I have come across over the phone.
I just read another review of a person going through the same issue I'm having with a Sony Bravia tv. I've had to go through multiple layers of troubleshooting and they keep telling me that I need to schedule a service technician but they do everything to try to continue troubleshooting. This has gone on for over a week. They then escalate my call and I'm put on a long hold and I never reach anybody. My original call was just within the 1 year warranty but they are dragging feet putting me beyond 1 year. Their service is horrible and I will not buy another Sony unit. I feel like they are trying to avoid repairing my tv.
I am uncertain how ConsumerAffairs reviews complaints and make determinations to investigate or find reasonable solutions for consumers. I hope this site and my complaint is not just another distressed consumer, venting along with others. I do wonder at which point, does someone do something about validating complaints that are seemingly numerous.
Sony, Sony Visual Products Inc. has acted deceptively by Selling BRAVIA units specifically large units KDL70R550A but not limited to units manufactured during 2013 with known defects that fall into the KDL models. The Issue: 5 blinking lights. Television does not Power on. Others seem to have Blinking lights relating the led panel issues. There are concerning complaints online via Sony Community and CA along with Google search, as many clients including myself, are left with dead television units after minimal usage.
Upon contacting Sony, we go thru a very clever process to troubleshoot in attempts of resetting the unit. I was told to visit sony.com to further the troubleshooting process and encouraged to utilize their resources. It takes approximately 3-4 phone calls to obtain an escalation ticket. Upon pressing the agent, what the issue was, I wanted to know how Sony deals with this specific problem. The agent advised I hire a technician to diagnose the issue and to email escalation department the complaint with diagnosis for resolution.
On December 3, 2016, I hired and paid for Geeksquad to assess the issue. The technician advised the issue as led strings inside the panel are bad and Sony had discontinued the replacement part. In order to have the unit repaired, you are told by their authorized vendor the cost is 5495.96 for replacement panel. Geeksquad/BestBuy no longer has the panel in which it was discontinued by the manufacturer in 2014 at $3250.59.
It's more troubling to see numerous complaints, same issues, minimum usage, some clients within a year of purchase, and Sony does not feel in any way, shape or form, accountable in resolving or having an option to repair at a reasonable, sensible price. Instead, clients are patronized by reminding them they are out of warranty, thus making it impossible, Illogical to buy inflated parts to fix an already expensive purchase. Further troubling the matter, is manipulating my complaint as if it's our fault while minimizing a complaint that is /was a known issue. The online Sony.com community board demonstrates Sony backend technical team responding to clients by addressing the 5 blinking light complaints.
A concluded offer by email The panel is a major component in the function and cost of the TV. And factors into the cost of repair and since I'm out of warranty, I'm offered to buy a New T.V. and pay $1500.00 plus tax, plus the already paid fee for diagnostic as remedy to my complaint. Am I supposed to feel Sorry for Sony, that improvements to fix, replace components and enhancements, should be at my expense? With it's a too bad for me attitude?
Sony is a reputable brand and it is implied that the life of the unit goes way beyond the norm. I've never in my years had to throw away a $2300.00 television unit, not to mention one that didn't work. By Sony Standards, it's expressed that parts are made available for up to 7 years. I've compiled data from Sony.net shareholder release in which the President of Sony for FY 2013 & 2014 discloses enhancements for their Television division specifically acknowledging Panel improvements.
Yet Sony may now fall into this Statute of criminal and deceptive practice, and not limited to Florida statute Title XLVI, CRIMES, FRAUDULENT PRACTICES Section 817.53: "False charges for radio and television repairs and parts; penalty (1) It is unlawful for a person to knowingly charge for any services which are not actually performed in repairing a radio or television set, or to knowingly charge for any parts which are not actually furnished, or to knowingly misinform a customer concerning what is wrong with his or her radio or television set, or to knowingly and fraudulently substitute parts when such substitution has no relation to the repairing or servicing of the radio or television set. (2)Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083."
It's not clear what one must say or do to action this without having to file a formal complaint with courts. A company like Sony will risk the bet that consumers will not retain attorneys and peruse enduring litigation. Something is seriously wrong here, very, very wrong. I hope to hear from you as I and many others seem to be at a dead end with Sony.
I contacted customer service about a defective Blu-ray player, (BDP-S6500 purchased less than a year ago), yesterday and got horrible customer service. I have been a loyal Sony customer for years, but after this experience, I am no longer. I called to get a replacement on my Blu-ray player as the first time I unplugged the machine to move it, the little plastic piece on the back of the power supply came out. I was told by April, C7C0 that this was not covered as I must have done physical damage to the machine. I tried to explain to her that all I did was unplug it once, so this must be a defect in this machine.
She said that Sony doesn't ever produce defective products (which is a lie as QC cannot catch every defect) and that the machine was in good working order when I bought it so this couldn't be a defect. I again tried to explain that there was no way for me to know that this piece was defective when I purchase the Blu-ray, as you can't see that there is anything wrong with it until you plugged it in and tried to remove the cord once. I asked to speak to a supervisor or anyone else that may be able to assist me (I offered to send pictures to prove that machine was not physically damaged) and was told that supervisors never talked to customers. I asked for the address to HQ so I could send a certified letter with pictures and was told that they don't give out the address. I urge everyone to not buy Sony products as they do not stand behind them.
I bought this video projector vlp-hw30es 3 years ago and noticed that the focus dial did not go past the point of clear when turning back and forth. I had shipped it to New York for 85. And they fixed it which means it was a defect from the start. But they also discovered the bulb with only 970 hours was flickering. So I called Sony and they said basically TOO BAD. SPEND 500 DOLLARS FOR A NEW BULB. I have bought many Sony products but never again.
Sony Smart TV Model RC55 - We purchased this TV in April of 2016. Warranty was for 1 year, purchased a second warranty as well. We set up the TV, it took 5 to 7 minutes to come on, then it kept going on and off and on and off. I had gotten hold of someone who did a test on the original TV in April and said it was not working right but after that nothing. After talking to him I could not get back to where he was again. We called Customer Service number which takes you to the Philippines, Columbia, one lady said she was off shore, they go through the same process over and over and over and over and over. They refuse to escalate you because they say they can handle your problem, they all ask the same questions. Your personal information, confirm everything, they go offline and say "can you give me 2 minutes to go find your file", they come back and ask for another two minutes.
They then tell you that they will have to have someone call you back but it will be 24 hours. I was given you the same number 877-899-7669. You go through the same thing as above with the same result, someone will call you back in 24 hours. I went though this from April until October, I cannot even tell you how many times. They leave a message with a name and the same number as above. About two weeks ago I finally got escalated to John. They will call you back by telephone before you are awake in the morning. I had people rude and hang up and people who said they were escalating and that they would wait 30 seconds then I had to wait on the line myself. The line cut off and I had to start the same circus routine all over again calling 877-899-7669, getting nowhere. I finally screamed at someone to get me to the proper person.
After 6 plus months of not even using the TV we had packed it away until we got a replacement. In September they called me and said I would not get another TV in exchange they would send me a new adapter. 3 weeks later they called and said they could not send the adapter and were sending out a re conditioned TV. I said "NO. NO. I will not accept a reconditioned TV." I was finally escalated the call and I worked through email to have a new TV sent to me. He wanted a charge card number. I said "NO, I have not been able to use this TV." He asked for a Credit Card number in order to send me a replacement TV. I said "why do you need a credit card number. The TV is paid for and I am not responsible for shipping a new TV." He then said "I had to send this TV back and when they knew it was on the way they would send the new one."
I said "no I will receive the new one then send the broken one back by Purolator, after I received the new on and when I got the shipping label for the broken one." This is despicable service. This company should not be in business. Sony could hire Canadian people who need work and have a phone number where one could contact the person you previously talked to. I now have a replacement TV but they keep calling because I want the year's warranty on the replacement as I never used it. I was told I could only have 3 months. Now I am trying to contact someone about this, they called me this morning before I was out of bed. I have been two hours trying to get back to them as they give me the same contact number and it's the same merry go round again. They now say it will be 24 hours.
I looked up the Ontario number and contacted an office there. They put me through to someone who is on vacation until the end of October. I did not understand the number he gave me or maybe I got it wrong but I now have a message in to Michelle in Ontario to call back. We will see what happens. I still have to arrange to send the problem TV back. I have been a customer service person all my life this is something that could have taken a couple of calls and less than 1 hour to fix. Sony pays these people .50 for nothing. Why don't they just give them donations and have a proper customer service department in the country where their office is. I will NEVER buy anything SONY again. I have 3 Sony TVs and other products but this will be the very last. I want to get in on a class action suit but need to contact the person who is setting it up. He did not leave a contact number.
I called Sony for help as my DVD player would not read any disk five minutes after I had just watched a movie. I called customer service and they could not help me?? What do these people get paid for? Not only was it outsourced tech support and the lady could barely understand English, but I had absolutely NO resolution to my issue and was directed to the website where I STILL have no REAL answer about what the issue is. This is a new player. It had only been used one other time and now it doesn't? SONY products were more of a piece of junk than I realized. NEVER BUY A SONY PRODUCT AGAIN!! AND... don't call for help people! That is NOT the job of SONY customer support.
My issue is rather minor compared to the ones I've read, but my horrible experience with Sony is the same. I purchased some Sony earbuds from Target for $13 and after a day they stopped working. So I emailed Sony and was told they needed a model number. Who keeps packaging and a receipt for a $13 item that initially worked? So I sent them a link to the item on the Target website. I was then told I had to CALL some other department so they could TALK me through some troubleshooting steps. FOR EARBUDS. Are you kidding me?
So, for giggles, I called and was told to unplug the earbuds from my computer and plug them back in to "fix" the issue, which, of course, was a complete joke. I was then told that it was my computer that was defective, not their earbuds. So I asked why do my other earbuds (not Sony) work, and was told, "Well, if you have working earbuds then what's your problem?" SERIOUSLY??? Unreal. I sent another email saying that for a company that earns $70+ billion in revenues every year to not assist a customer with a $13 item is ridiculous and that I would NEVER purchase another Sony product again. I also told them that I would ensure that everyone I know knows about this issue.
Recently I visited Lohagad fort pune and due to heavy rain my SONY C3 is not able to charge but sometime it will. So I planned to visit SONY support center. Sony support center take my mobile and says to me that "call us tomorrow. If problem is minor then it will resolved and you can take your phone tomorrow itself." So I called next day and someone from support center said that estimation of your is there. So I asked what estimation? So he said to me 8700 rs. I was shocked and said why? So support person said motherboard, camera and back panel so I said I don't want to change my back panel and camera. And if motherboard is not working then how it will charge few times. So shocking lines said by Sony support center is "WE ARE NOT REPAIR PARTIALLY". I said "what you are saying my front camera is working fine just some fluid are there on top of the camera and my back panel is ok." I totally shocked after listen all this.I planned to take my phone back. There is nowhere written that "we cannot do partial repair". I invested 350 rs as a service charge that is totally waste of money. I took my phone back and show it to local mobile repair center. I told about moisture and all so he told me that wait for half hour and charge is 300 rs. I said ok. After 20 minute I got my phone with proper working. So if your phone have warranty then go to the Sony support center. If not then don't go because these people replace the things in the place of repair. SONY SUPPORT CENTER LOCAL MOBILE REPAIR CENTER. Service charge: 300 and that all 350. Estimation 8700.
Total 8700 + 250 = 8950.
They have had my tablet for repair for almost a month and still no word, no nothing. I call and get the Domincan Republic. They are no help at all. To compare, I sent my Microsoft Surface in for repair and had it back in 4 days. 4 days! Sony isn't even out of bed at 4 days. No wonder their laptop business went under. I'm surprised they're still in business. If it wasn't for their movie business they probably would be. I just spent an hour on the phone traveling through voice attendant hell trying to get to someone at corporate headquarters. Finally hung up in disgust. Sony, hands down, is the worst company I've ever dealt with and will NEVER buy anything from them again. I'm going to give it one more week. Then I'm going to send an email about this experience to every single officer in the company, US and Japan. Then I'm going to file a small claim in court for a stolen tablet.
I bought 8 movies from them back in 2011. When you buy a movie it is supposed to be yours for good. 5 years after I go try to look for it again, and it is still there, except it asks me to buy it again. I call them to ask them what's going on, and they tell me that the license between then Sony, and the merchant Sports Illustrated, expired at some point, and when the license re-initiated is like starting it all over again. However how is that an excuse? If you buy, not rent a movie, 3, 4, 5 years from now, it should still be your movie. They straight up stole my money with false promises.
They also like to advertise the PlayStation Vita on their system and make them look they are console releases so people make the mistake and buy them thinking they will work with their console, the actual console they use to buy them, but then when they download they say it won't work with the console, so when you call them for a refund all they say is all purchases are final, meaning again they straight up steal people's money shamelessly.
My mom bought a DVD player from Sony and never used it so she gave it to me. When I opened the box, there was no remote. I called Sony nicely asking them to send me a remote. They were extremely rude and difficult and refused to give me a remote, and said that I had to purchase one, even though it is supposed to come with one. I asked to speak to someone else and they refused and hung up. I called back twice and had the same feedback and all three times they were rude and ignorant. I am never using Sony again.
Purchased 3 Sony D-EJ011 players for my kids. I called the Sony 1800 number to find a place that I could maybe get 1 of them fixed that had the eye that stopped working yesterday. The first rep just took my name and phone and was in the process of looking when somehow I was connected back to the main menu. I went back through the prompts and back to another rep who wanted to start back over with name, phone number, zip. Then I was asked for my address and other such which I don't understand why that is needed when the zip was given. I just want to find a repair place to see if it is worth fixing. Which is sad to have to do in the first place as it is just over a year old. I asked to speak with his superior and he would not get one for me as he did not have all my info "plugged" into his system... really???
Sony does not need to know info about me to give me a repair number. And the reps are so off track that they can't transfer me to a superior if they can't follow their data entry protocol. It is like dealing with a robot. Does anyone in office management ever listen to a phone call to see how terrible a customer is treated and how much time they take with questions that are irrelevant to the situation. I just need a local phone number for repair. It will most likely be too much to fix anyway. Too bad in our day and age things are so disposable and consumers' hard earned money buys faulty products and manufacturers don't even care if their products only last right out of warranty.
A person should always use precaution purchasing audio products from Sony. I purchased a 3 yr ex-warranty on my walkman in 2013 for 14.99. I recently filed a claim on 1/31/16, they are acting as if they don't me. They promised to email me shipping labels within 24-48 hrs for repair/exchange, I never receive them yet. I'm tired of calling and begging. This company simply has no ethics or morals.
Charged $638.93 on one credit card, and $547.89 on another card the same day. Charges were not his or authorized. After several attempts to correct the charges, they were denied. Complaint letter send in December, no reply.
Sony prides themselves on customer service however when I purchase a stereo receiver STR-DH750 with remote there was no operators manual for the remote. Sony insists there should have been one in the box and that the only way for me to get one would be to buy one for approx. $26.00. The retailer I purchase this unit from advised that Sony is known for not including the manuals for the remotes. Sony was going to look into this issue and get back with me. They never DID.
I completed and mailed my consumer warranty card to Sony however they did not have it on file. I used their online question and answer service by posting 2 questions which according to the site I would receive an answer in 24/48 hours. After approx 5 days I finally got an answer. 7 mins after I spoke with customer service and the answer was of no use to me without the remote operators manual. I will never again purchase a Sony product and will encourage others not to also. That's all they had to do was mail me the 36 page manual.
I have repeatedly tried to get service for my Sony STR DN1050. The receiver no longer sends out an HDMI signal. I have made 3 calls and done esupport twice. They had me repeat a number of tests three or 4 times over, then they forwarded me to "tier 2 support". Nobody wants to admit it's a hardware issue and the need to have me send it back for repair. When I asked for it be sent back the guy told me it only had a one year warranty. I had to pull out my hard copy of the warranty that said two years before he would admit it was still covered. So far have wasted 3 hours with these folks and got nowhere. Their strategy seems to be to tire you out so you give up. I guess they get no bonus if they ever provide service? Meanwhile receiver still dead.
I purchased this TV from Best Buy in January 2015 at the full retail price of $2799. Intermittently, I have been having problems with the TV losing the WiFi connection or not being able to connect. I finally called Sony technical support to wit they did a variety of remote things to the TV which all resulted in a temporary fix. Now, whenever I turn on the TV, I have to go through the reconnect to WiFi process. Sony also had me unplug the TV (error code 1106), change settings, etc. all doing nothing to correct the problem of connectivity. It is not my WiFi service as the 40" Samsung HDTV operates flawlessly in the bedroom using the same WiFi connection.
It's really ridiculous and now the TV is out of warranty and I am screwed. Sony used their archaic Opera operating system which is compatible with nothing and supports nothing (no flash player to watch internet TV programming). If there is not an app, you can't watch it. For example Netflix, if you try to open it with the browser it will not work. Sony has apparently realized this is a horrible issue and now the new XBRs have Android. Sony knowing sold us a substandard operating system on an otherwise world class TV with no way to upgrade or change browsers. Shame on you Sony.
I bought a home audio system, the bluetooth wouldn't works, so I tried the store where I bought it and they said to contact Sony. Only the only help you can get from Sony is a terrible chat service when the representative knows NOTHING about the product or bluetooth. HORRIBLE.
I called SONY TV. I will Give 1/10 Star (worst than worst than worst.) (Don't Call sony, Don't waste your money and time, Don't Buy any SONY TV Products.) While unpacking my finger lightly touch screen, Screen has lines. I called SONY customer service center. They told me "please send pictures." I sent then they told me, "we are not refund anything because you are not under warranty."
I send My purchase receipt, then next day I called SONY Customer service. They told me "we exchange your TV" and they take my personal Information and tell me a specific date for exchange. The very Next day they called me "we don't cover your TV." I ask that not fair. "Yesterday only you guys promised to exchange TV." Then It went customer relation department. They they suggest me please go to following "Electronic Laboratory" authorized dealers. They said they will pay diagnosis report money. After diagnosis their Authorized photos they said "we are not refund your money or exchange TV." Part information Part #: 1-811-859-11. THIS TV HAS A DEFECTIVE LCD PANEL.
Sony does not even deserve one star rating; it should be minus five Star. I sent my Sony Vaio Duo 11 SVD112290S Ultrabook for repair on Sept 24, 2015, over two months ago. I heard nothing back from Sony; so, I started calling them to find out what was going on with my repair. First, I could not connect to the right department, since, their phone answering system and customer service send you on a merry-go-round; it's a long time to find the right place.
After reaching the warranty rep. (who was sitting in Philippines), he told me that Sony had no idea when the part would arrive, so, I cannot have my laptop back until they receive the part. It could take one month, two months... who knows! The second time, the rep. elevated my issue to critical in order to speed up the repair process; nothing happened. The third time, the rep. suggested that I could get my money back, but the customer relations will decide what the amount of refund will be. He said that someone from customer relations should call me within 1 to 4 business days to let me know the results; again, I did not hear anything from Sony.
After a week, I called again today. The first rep. that I spoke to, she repeated the same answer, in response to my various comments and questions, either she was high or on autopilot. The second rep. told me that he would escalate my case again, and I should receive a call from Sony Customer Relations tomorrow or the next day. I asked for the contact number for the Sony Customer Relations, but nobody had their number, including the Sony support staff.
In conclusion, I ordered my Sony ultrabook at the end of May 2014 and spent about $3,000 for the laptop, accessories, and extra 2-year warranty. I wanted a reliable computer that would last a few years, since I have my own very small business, and need my laptop for work. I have a very tight budget and limited resources; so, I cannot just buy another one without knowing what Sony will do for me. I was forced to borrow a 2009 Apple Pro. (very very very slow) from my friend until I resolve my issue. I do not know what to do anymore. So, my struggle continues. This has been very stressful and upsetting process for me. I hope I will not have a heart attack because of Sony's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad customer support.
I bought Sony headphones at Walmart today thinking they were the next best thing to Apple EarPods because everyone know that Apple has really nice headphones. But it turned out that they were sold out so me knowing that Sony makes PlayStation and television I thought they were going to be the next best thing. To my disappointment, they are literally the worst headphones I've had. They do get loud but the quality doesn't compare to any of the headphones I've had prior. What I'm most upset about is the money I paid for these and they aren't even worth it. I'm going to return them and never consider Sony as a first or second choice again.
After contacting Sony regarding an alarm clock radio's charging feature not properly working and still under warranty, they required that I send them the defective product to their McAllen, TX site and they would send me an identical replacement or similar product. A month went by with no contact, so I called them to check on the status. As a result of my call, they told me they didn't have a replacement. They could only offer me $79 (the amount I purchased it for). I explained I would then like to have my original product returned to me as all the other features on the clock radio still worked. Sony told me they couldn't do that either. Problem is to replace the product at today's cost is now double what I paid for it 10 months ago and should not be at my additional cost.
For Sony, a multi-billion dollar company to replace it is just a drop in the bucket. I would NOT have sent in my clock radio had they not lied and told me there was a replacement! I have made 9 calls and they are all answered by representatives in Central America or Philippines. I'm disgusted at how they've handled my calls. Representatives are rude and will not escalate my calls to upper management, nor return my calls. At this time, I've contacted the Federal Trade Commission, the Texas Attorney General and the local BBB. A Class Action lawsuit can be filed if others are willing to assist me. We need to let Sony know they cannot treat customers this way.
Originally called because I was having issues with the remote, not responding while watching a streaming service like Netflix and Amazon. Didn't always have a problem, but go progressively worse over a couple of months and I could always fix it by unplugging the power. I explained this to the representative and they had me reset the system, update software, check the internet speed, change the DNS and network settings. Fine, I'll try all that and give it a shot. Still didn't fix the issue, but figured I could live with it.
A few weeks after the initial problem, the picture started to flicker when I turned it on after it had previously been turned off. Again, the only way to resolve this is to unplug the power. I called back and got the same runaround. Check your internet settings, reset the system, check the internet speed... This is clearly not an internet issue! After frustratingly telling them that this has nothing to do with the issue, I was transferred to another department. I had to explain the issues again! Isn't this in your notes?! After explaining the issue, I was told they would contact me in 24 hours. Didn't happen...
One week later, I called back, had to explain the issue again even though I had a reference number! How many times do I have to explain the same issue?! They tried to coach me through the same process, but didn't have patience for them to tell me to reset the system, check the internet speed, etc. I blatantly told them that has nothing to do with what's going on. They finally told me that it could be a hardware issue. Really!? I couldn't have guessed...
Finally, some progress! They then told me I'd need to send in the unit to get repaired. OK, I explained this a major part of my system and asked, how long is this going to take? 7-10 business days they said. In my frustration, I said Best Buy can fix this faster and hung up. In hindsight, I should have asked to speak to his manager. I think the most frustrating part of the whole story is, our friend had issues with the same system and they sent him a new one before he had to send his old one back.
Sony Company Profile
- Company Name:
- Sony TVs
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- 550 Madison Avenue
- New York
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- United States