I used to wonder why many Best Buy outlets are getting closed.
My recent experience with them proves why... they are not fit for Customer Service.
I bought a laptop for my daughter on 13th May 2017, from the Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA, store.
It was a good configuration ASUS laptop and got a very good deal for an open piece... paid $375.
I was told that no need to worry, any issues with the laptop, BestBuy technical team will repair it, blah blah blah...
After a month, by end of June, the laptop stopped working.
It wouldn't boot up, always showed "Automatic Repairing..." message and no options worked.
I took it to the San Jose, Curtner Ave store and showed it to the Geek Squad.
One Mr. Anthony spoke to me... he is supposed to be a technician, but he didnt even try starting the laptop and checking what is the problem. He asked me the symptoms and told me that it has to be sent to ASUS for manufacturers warranty repair.
When I told him about the Open Box story and that BestBuy shoudl repair it, he asked me to go to the store where I bought it. I spent 30 mins there... but he never even checked the laptop once.
I went back to the Steven's Creek Blvd store after couple of weeks.
Again the Geek Squad person didn't check the laptop, he told it will be sent to Manufacturer Warranty repair.
I agreed and after 2 weeks, got a call that water has gone inside and the mother board is gone, requires $450 to repair.
I declined and collected the laptop in a week.
I checked with the supervisor, as I was sure I had not spilled water on the laptop.
He was not willing to listen and all he could do is... offer 20% discount on the repair cost or 20% discount on another open box laptop.
I was not willing to spend any extra money on any Best Buy service.
I took the laptop home and created a bootable USB and tried to boot the laptop, re-install the Windows10 and now it works like a new one.
So the funny part is...
1. What is the Geek Squad there for if they can't even do the initial technical analysis?
2. The laptop was sent to ASUS for warranty repair, but all records show it was always with BestBuy Geek Squad, may be some other location. If it was sent to ASUS may be they woudl have resolved the issue free of cost.
3. Easiest way to deny free service to customer is saying water went inside and damaged the circuit. It is a shame, because I couldn;t prove that I have not spilled water on it. I doubt if the service guys even opened and checked anything.
Overall... very bad experience with Best Buy.
Stay away from them... happy to see more and more Best Buy stores closing down.
Best is Amazon, do online shopping for what you like, if you don't like return it. No questions asked... even after months, may be the refund amount will reduce, but you don't have to live with a faulty machine.
Never again to Best Buy...!!!
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