Consumer Complaints and Reviews
I have made numerous requests verbally over the phone, with email responses, using "unsubscribe" tools, and going online to the main website. All of these attempts have failed in stopping Ace from spamming my inbox with advertisements and unwanted email.
On Saturday 07/08/2017 I went to the ACE Hardware Store, "Hometown Hardware", in Waller, Texas to get parts for a plumbing emergency. The time was 3:45 pm... and yet the store had closed and locked its doors. The posted closing time is 4:00 pm... Monday thru Saturday. When I tried the door... the employees inside just gave me dirty looks. I had to improvise with items I bought at open WalMart. It seems these local people must close when they feel like it... regardless of rules or guidelines from ACE Hardware Inc. who I doubt would approve of the misuse of their company name. I doubt that ACE Hardware Inc. sanctions such behavior by those bearing the company name.
Lost card - online help was the pits. Asking for information I didn't have, asked for a supervisor, put on hold and same guy came back with a new name. Made 3 trips to store they said it bs. Look at ticket number all info is there. Guy was NO help online. Not a good time.
I went to the Romeoville Ace Hardware to purchase propane. I paid for the propane tank to be refilled 1999 used to debit card. Took my tank outside to get it refilled to find out that the gentleman could not refill my tank. He said my tank was expired. I went back in to get a refund. I was informed that the only way they could give it back was a credit and that day I would have to wait for my money to come back. I asked for them to give me a corporate number, I was told to look it up. I insisted that they give me a refund. I was informed that she spoke with the store manager. And I would have to wait. I asked for a pen and she throw it on the counter. I continued to insist on numbers for customer service. She then walked away.
I have only placed two orders via internet to Ace Hardware. The first was shipped to a different store than requested. It was Adirondack chairs that I bought for my son and his wife and they live 12 miles away. I requested it be delivered to a store near them and when I went to get it... it was not there. I was told that it was delivered to another store that was 25 miles from their home. I also ordered a small table and requested it go to the store by me, which is less than a mile. I went there and it has been sent to the same store the chairs were sent to. From my house this is about 20 miles away. I thought the first time was a mistake... but requesting two orders be sent to two different stores and delivered to the same wrong store quite far away is no longer an error. I will never purchase online from ACE again.
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I was addressing the manager, of the Rio Grande store in Taos, NM, after waiting for 10 minutes to get a response for some reflective bubble wrap I wanted to purchase. He plugged his phone in his ear and just walked away. I dropped the 3 items I was going to buy on the floor and walked out. I WILL NEVER SHOP ACE HARDWARE AGAIN ANYWHERE!
Five days ago I placed an order online to have it shipped to my local Ace Hardware Store. They took the money out of my account and when I look to see the status of my order it still says processing. When I placed the order online it said product will be in store in 1 to 5 business days. I sent an email to their help desk and have yet to hear anything from them. Moral of this story is that everyone I speak to I will let them know never order anything from Ace Hardware online. They are horrible they don't care about their customers and their shipping sucks. Their communication is lacking on all levels. This is really sad to say but I get better communication when I order anything from Walmart. And I also get faster shipping.
Had product less than two months before fabric started unraveling. As of yet, no support on replacement from ACE. Grand Basket company who supplied material has been contacted also. Description: ASTORIA WICKER CHAIR. Item#: 8463556. Quantity: 1 at $219.99; Description: ASTORIA SWIVEL GLIDER. Item#: 8463549. Quantity: 1 at $329.99; Description: ASTORIA WICKER SOFA. Item#: 8463572. Quantity: 1 at $549.99.
When my weatherstrip on my front door finally saw better days, I started looking for the replacement rubber. I went to Home Depot, where I could not find a person to help me, or they were in groups of 2 or more yucking it up. Went to Lowe's, and found someone to help, but couldn't help. They told me to go to Ace Hardware. Before I went, I called and explained the item, and they spent a lot of time researching until they found the match. I ordered it on the phone and it arrived in three days. WAY TO GO ACE HARDWARE! You are the helpful Folks!! Thank you.
The Ace Hardware store at 41st & Peoria in Tulsa is run by a manager who is oblivious to customer service. She will never get it. The former manager was excellent and ran the store with superb customer service. Now that's all gone. I'll never darken the door again. I'll go right down the street and get better prices and the best customer service in town.
Went to store today. Needed help finding a replacement outside light pole decoration that broke. Cashier directed me to aisle 13 (I think) and announced over speaker that I needed assistance. Chris came over to help me. He spent about 10 minutes trying to find the right tubing circumference that I needed. Cut the tubing and found a pipe to fit inside to keep tubing straight. He then cut both pieces to size. This took about 15 minutes of his time. He was very cheerful. This is why I always come to this store. The cashier was very pleasant and happy too. Store has great staff which also reflects well about the store manager. His staff seems to be happy working there. Wish all my experiences in other stores were such a happy time for me. I feel like a valued customer.
I recently shopped at the Ace Hardware in Setauket and was more than unhappy with the customer service provided by the man calling himself the manager of the store. I waited for over 20 minutes for the manager to handle a return because only the manager was able to do this. He arrived after four calls for his help - he made no apology for the delay and was rude and dismissive when I expressed my opinion that their customer service left something to be desired. The other employees were helpful and acted appropriately, but a simple - "I'm so sorry for the delay, what can I do to help you?" from the manager was evidently too difficult for him. It's a real shame that no one is providing training for the management staff because I will never return to this store - there are plenty of other places to shop.
I went into my local ACE (Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060) to purchase a replacement toilet seat for my Kohler toilet and discovered that one of the toilet seats had been opened, the packaging exposing completely the replacement product. I checked the dimensions to make sure it was a sound fit then hung the seat back up where it had been, it was not the fit I required. I found the model I needed below on the shelf, leaning down to grab it I was suddenly struck by the prior toilet seat falling out of it's packaging.
I asked to speak with a manager as I was in pain and needing assistance. I was met with indifference and a shrugged off attitude from the owner himself, I was not trying to create an implication for financial gain, I was simply informing them that heavy items such as the one in question should not be hung in such a fashion when packaging is damaged. I was met with near hostility in this circumstance and while I know his sounds like a witch hunt, I assure you it is not. I believe the owner was under the impression I was attempting to fake it in order to receive compensation.
Some time ago I began receiving unsolicited e-mails from Ace Hardware advertising their sales. At first I just ignored them, but they were appearing with such frequency that it became a real annoyance. Unlike every other unsolicited e-mail I have received from a reputable firm, their e-mails do not include any opt-out procedure. I finally e-mailed their customer service address to request a stop to the e-mails, and received a response assuring me I had been removed from their list. However, the e-mails kept coming, so I e-mailed them again, and again was assured that this time my address really had been removed from their list. Surprise! The e-mails just keep coming. Clearly, Ace Hardware will never stop spamming me... and just as clearly, I will NEVER buy anything from any Ace Hardware store. I'm curious if any one else has had a similar experience with Ace Hardware.
I had a problem with Christmas lights that my husband brought on black Friday. I came in to the store and asked what I could do to repair the problem of the lights been dim. The Manager said he never heard of such a thing. He advised me to take a picture and come back with the empty boxes to prove that it was his product. On Dec. 24, I came back with pictures and empty boxes in hand as advised. I spoke to the manager again who stated he did not remember the conversation. I returned the Christmas lights a half hour later. He keep stating he could not find me in the system. As I was leaving I stated that this was the worst experience I have ever have. He made me feel so uncomfortable. I followed his directions. That is when the store manager to "** off " and walked away.
The young cashier named Tom was standing there and advised me that he would tell the store owner what had just happened to me and he said "sorry about that." On Dec 26, I call the store and left my name with Mary to have the store owner to call me and to this day I have not received a return call. I have always bought our lights at Ace hardware. As a matter of fact I think the year before we bought at least 10 new boxes. I main concern is the way he spoke to me. No one was ever told me to "** OFF" before. I would give no stars if I could. Avoid this store if you can.
I placed an online order on November 20, 2016. When I didn't get a follow up regarding the status, I called customer service that week. I was told rather rudely that I should wait until a full 8 business days passed and if I heard nothing, to call back. I was assured that my order was "allocated" but there is no shipping information available since they use their own delivery trucks. Once the 8 days passed, I called customer service and was told my order was still "allocated" but would have to wait another week to see if it showed up at the store where it was to be delivered for pick up. He called the store where it was to be delivered and said they said my order was cancelled. Customer service said they had no record of it being cancelled nor did I. He said the store had the item in stock but I would have to pay a price that was about 30% higher than the price I was supposed to pay!
I was told the stores don't have to sell it to the customer for the price they were given online because it didn't have my name on it. Yet, the reason it didn't have my name was because someone chose to cancel it! Remember, I didn't cancel this order nor did customer service. I think that leaves the store at fault. I asked for a supervisor who basically reiterated the same as the customer service agent. He said my order was "allocated" and he would put a request in to corporate as to why I wasn't receiving any updates. The following day I received an email stating my order was unable to be completed. This order had missed 2 delivery dates to the store and now they wanted to cancel? I called customer service and was told they still showed my order as "allocated" and after checking with another dept they believed the email was sent in error.
They had someone earlier that day with the same situation, different item and their item was already sitting at the store. So, this does happen. Strangely enough, the email even stated that this cancellation notice may be an error on their part! So, I'm told my order still looks good on their end. Well, after several more calls and emails sent by CS to corporate regarding a reply (which supposedly takes 48 hrs), I heard nothing. Another call to a CS supervisor and he sent another request to corporate for a response as he wasn't getting anything from them either. This time he requested they price match the item when it became available again. Well, to wrap this up, about 1 1/2 weeks later, now December 18, corporate has finally responded and has denied the request even though they expect stock in the near future.
Nothing quite like telling you "we plan on more of that item you reserved but we don't want to sell it at that price we promised, even though we are ultimately responsible for the whole mix up." Wow, I have never heard or experienced worse service. In all fairness, it starts in corporate. Customer service has no power to help you. They are in name only. They have no real time delivery system to check (archaic), they use a computer system that sends out automated messages canceling orders and state that "we apologize if this was sent in error", and a corporate office with no direct lines to customer service. I would not bother to write this, if I thought this was just a simple mistake. The company has told me several times they are not really connected to your local stores as they are each franchised. Apparently, these franchises call all the shots and corporate doesn't enforce the orders placed through online services.
I'm hoping this deters people from using Acehardware.com. Don't put yourself through the misery of dealing with a company who couldn't care less about you. Customer service really can't help you and the corporate level fails miserably at customer relations. They don't deserve your business online and if the stores are cancelling online orders (which this appears to be) someone at corporate should have your back! After all, aren't the stores using their company name?
WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER!!! I ordered a xmas present for a family member 12/6 and immediately called the store it was shipping to so I could verify the order and to arrange pick up options. I was told my order has been confirmed and that it should be there within eight Business days and I received an email saying the same thing. Eight business days later I still have not received the "ready for pick up email" so I called and was told that my order had been canceled due to the item being out of stock. I was never informed in anyway that they were canceling this order. No email, no phone call. While talking to a customer service manager they found my item at an Ace location 60 miles away from the location I was shipping to. They said they could hold it and I could pick it up there. I said I ordered it shipped to the nearest store and could they ship it to the closer location?
ACE then told me that they could not ship it to the location I had previously requested that I have to go pick it now... Really? I buy something that qualifies for free to store shipping and you confirm my order, tell me the items available and ready to ship, and then it turns out it isn't and rather than trying to get my item to the correct location and remedy the problem Ace created you tell me I'm out of luck if I don't want to drive 60 miles to go get it!!! This is Ace Hardware's idea of customer service??? You don't even notify me that the order was canceled due to it being out of stock! I had to call to find out 10 days after I ordered! This is 10 days before Christmas!!! Now I'm hard-pressed to get anything there in time for Christmas. This is the worst customer service I have ever experienced and I will never shop here again!
I see that Ace Hardware has a ton of bad reviews and it's no wonder. They have a policy that they will not accept returns from another store when they sell the same merchandise. I had a very bad experience today at the Ace Hardware in my hometown. I bought an outdoor heater in a larger city because I was there for the day. I seldomly go into this city. So when I had to return the heater because my electrician told me it would short out my system, I brought it to my local store.
The clerk was very rude. The first thing she said was "what's this?" when I told her I wanted to return it. I told her "It's a heater", and she said "where's your receipt?" I had already pointed to it and put it on top of the item. Then she said "we don't take returns from other stores, we're locally owned". Why the ** couldn't she be polite about it instead of demanding a receipt when she knew she wouldn't take the item back? She didn't even look at the receipt. It was as if she owned the store, and I know she doesn't. It's owned by a couple of old men (brothers) who live in town.
And they complain when people go to Home Depot and Lowe's. Why shouldn't we when we get better customer service, and can return something that we paid for when the return policy is 30 days? Why carry the same logo if you won't take other location's merchandise in return? Can't they get credit from the home company, or the other location? It makes sense. Their prices are really out of this world and they have very little selection, and it's poorly organized. They stick it to the customer that doesn't want to drive the hour to the next town. I will not be buying my winter supplies here.
I placed an online order for an item for someone for Christmas. The item said it was in stock. The next day I received an email saying my order was processed and would be shipped shortly. 5 days later I received an email that was really vague - it just said "your order can't be processed due to lack on information." I thought, did I miss something when placing it? So I called customer service and they told me the order couldn't be placed because they were out of stock but I could drive down to Ace and see if they were on the shelf. What? What terrible customer service and what an inconvenience. I will never order from Ace online again. Very disappointing!
Ace Hardware stores near Standing Rock, North Dakota is actively refusing to sell propane tanks to water protectors; this is during the harshest of winter conditions. I will not be giving Ace Hardware any more business in my home state (or anywhere else I travel) for this reason. If you are offended by this corporate policy, I ask you to also take a stand.
I went to enter a local Ace Hardware Store a few weeks back to pick up a couple pieces of hardware for some projects I was working on. I am a sixty year old man and wear a backpack as I primarily get around on motorcycles. I was informed at the door that I would not be allowed to wear my backpack into the store and would have to leave it at the front counter. I asked if women are required to leave their purses as well? No Answer. Then I asked if in Winter we will be required to check our coats at the door? Again, no answer. I then asked why they do not just have everyone shop in the buff? I then informed the employee I will absolutely NOT leave my backpack with them as I do not trust them WAY more than they do not trust me, and will be taking my considerable business elsewhere.
You could say it pissed me off to be labeled a thief just because I wear a backpack, or maybe it was because I was carrying a motorcycle helmet but either way it did strike a nerve with me. I have more than enough funds available to buy anything they sell in that store and more, but will never set foot in that or quite possibly ANY other Ace Hardware store again if this is some new company policy...
I retired about six years back from a National Lab but am constantly building new projects and/or working on others for people I know. I imagine I typically spend between 10-15K on various bits and pieces at hardware stores. I typically visit a hardware store probably three to five times a week but when on a bigger project I sometimes visit them on a daily basis. The True Value store right down the street has no such Ludicrous policies and welcomes me every time I come in the door, backpack, helmet, and all, and therefore will be getting ALL my future business.
My husband is handicapped and use a walker. We were in Ace Hardware today and the cashier forgot to ring up our coupon. So instead of making everyone else wait till she gave us our coupon money we had to wait for her to check out 10 more customers while my husband try to stand with his walker. We left and she come out to the van and said "I ready to do your coupon now." Really!
At the local Ace store I bought a locking door knob that didn't work and returned it the very next day. Because I wrote a check to pay for it I have to wait 10 days to take it back and receive a refund. Or you can get an in store credit. What's the difference getting your money back or credit at the store??? And why so long? I bet they didn't even take it to the bank yet! This is so stupid. And not very good customer service. The lady talked to me like I was a criminal. If they are so afraid of checks not going through WHY? accept them in the first place? No one even warned me that if you write a check and need to return what you bought that you can't do it for 10 days. Not to mention the cost was more than any where else. I won't be shopping there any more.
Bought a weed and grass killer. Used it according to instructions and it killed a linden tree and many plants. Ace does not seem to be responsible and turned me over to a David at spectrum who admitted that their product does damage. Want me to get receipts from plants that I had for years in my garden or no refund for damage. I also agree that the rewards program is fraudulent. Well I bring my business to Lowe's.
Over a 12.00 sprinkler that stopped working they lost my business due to unprofessional management from the floor manager. Hateful, arrogant SOB treated me like I was a convict trying to follow the Ace satisfaction guarantee policy. Told me that this item was not for commercial use (not stated anywhere on the item) and that I return sprinklers way too often (I have bought over 30 in the past 8 years). If they didn't fail it wouldn't be a problem. Lied in front of 2 cashiers (verbally beating me up about it) and others that overheard the conversation, said that the owner had a conversation about this with me (never happened). I spend 200 to 500 monthly for parts at the Orland, CA store. Well not anymore!
They obviously don't need or want my business and who wants to be treated like a criminal for trying to use their warranty. Called the 800# for corporate and they were only a go between trying to get the store to give me a replacement but a different product manufacturer without the Ace promise warranty. This was useless! They also updated their website to state 30 day refund policy. I didn't want a refund, just replacement. They just return the defective items back to the mother ship as far as I know. On a good note the workers are great people and have always been but the floor managers are a problem.
I remember when I was a kid, I always loved going inside a toy store and looking at all the new and exciting toys I could buy and play with. Now as an adult, I get that same feeling whenever I go inside an Ace Hardware store. When I say that this store has everything, it is not an exaggeration. It has everything an adult could ever want to play with, errr, I mean use for house renovations and such. I can't recount how many times I've needed something for a house project and relied on Ace Hardware to provide my needs. From different kinds of paint to floor tiles to bathroom equipment to electrical wiring, there's something for everybody there.
Their staff are also some of the most polite people you'll meet in a mall. They know exactly where everything is, so all you need to do is ask where something is and they'll personally take you there. They're also not pushy, maybe because they know that most people that go there already know exactly what they want (aside from me, who occasionally goes window shopping there for fun). They also make good suggestions based on what you need, and when I say good, I don't mean something more expensive. I mean that they analyze your needs and make suggestions based on that, not on personal commission. That is why I personally love going to Ace for my household and personal needs.
I went into Ace Hardware in Woodbury MN to buy a lawnmower. The lawnmower specialist helped me pick one out. We decided it was a good deal because there was a sign hanging on it for $50.00 off and it had what I needed. When we rang it up at the register it rang up for the regular price. It turned out that it was not the lawnmower that was on sale. The employees decided that they had made the mistake and were ready to give it to me for the advertised sale price when the manager, Sherry, walked in and would not honor the price. She said she could order the lawnmower that was advertised for me, but I needed it today. I talked to her for a while and got frustrated and walked out of the store. I felt bad because I always loved going to Ace because of their outstanding customer service!!! I am not sure I will be going back!!! Too bad for Ace over $50.00!!!
Just went to Ace Hardware in St. George, UT. I bought a pound or re-25 smokeless powder for the ridiculous price of 35.99. When I got home I found that the powder had previously been opened. For that price and the opened container I decided to return the powder two hours later. When I tried to return the powder an employee accused me of opening the powder and even put it on a scale to see if I had taken some. I called for the manager who told me that they would not return the powder because it had been opened.
At this point I told them that their policy was ridiculous. They were basically price gouging (I can get the same powder from sportsman's WH for 24.99 if I wait a few days), and I would not be a customer at their store ever again. A large male employee then told me I was trespassing and followed me out to the parking lot where he threatened to knock me out. Buy from this store at your own risk. I was so ticked off I left my receipt in the store.
My friends and I have decided to boycott Ace Hardware until you change the word "folks" back to "man". I never thought Ace would ever cave in to the Politically Correct policy.
Went into the Rome Hilliard store on Black Friday, 7am. My friend and I were the only customers in the store. I asked about the ad coupon and was briefly satisfied with their answer. I had asked if a sale item was rung at regular price would the coupon be applied. In some cases this would make the item cheaper. They said they wouldn't do that and I said that was fine. Just wanted to ask as I heard some stores will do that. Ok no problem and I wasn't upset.
Went and found the Dremel products. I wanted to purchase the Dremel 3000 ($39) as in the ad and the 180 piece ($9.95) accessory kit. The kit is locked onto j-hook with this what appears to be a red magnetic lock. We walk down aisle and a red shirt chubby male employee has a bad attitude immediately and says "he will not be the one to choose to unlock the accessory kit and he isn't sure anyone else will."
Another employee Rick (whom I've had a prior crappy experience with where I had to call the regional manager about) appears and gives me more attitude "he knows all about me". I said I'm not sure what that means but I want the Dremel Accessories locked on the hook. Rick proceeds to give me attitude and acts like unlocking the product for a sale is a hardship?!? I said again all I want is the accessories kit and maybe the Dremel. Rick continues to give me a character assessment of me. I said I have the regional manager phone number. He says go ahead and call while "we find the key". These locks are all over the store as they don't have the unlock key handy? Apparently not. I said never mind. I was told to not feel alienated after the last crappy experience and here we go again. I did walk out without the item and I did call Rick a ** and the other employees made a "oooh" sound.
I said Rick should expect another write-up since speaking to a customer is a challenge. I have left a vm for the regional mgr and also called corporate to report this poor choice for an employee. ACE lost a $50 sale. I'll spend my money at Lowe's or Home Depot from now on. ACE wants to be the local hardware store but prefer to treat you like crap in the process.
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