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  1. how do you know that it was not working from day one, if it was not working from day one comet stated to me that they would have refunded it,... if you did your freezer and fridge shopping when the unit was first plugged in, then maybe this is what kept the unit cold, it may have made noises but did it actually work, maybe the thermostat is faulty as was mine i think...as for claim on food, that is difficult as you dont really know how long you will be without the use of the unit, if like me it goes on for 9 months then you have to keep purchasing from the corner shop and you cant keep stuff for long so it costs more, and the court will want receipts for the food stuffs that you lost, so when and if you take them to court how much do you claim for, and dont forget to tell comet that in your action against them , that you will be making a claim for food, i am no expert. i struggled for 9 months , but i did win.... keep receipts for everything,... keep records of every conversation with comet,... record who you speak to,... take time to think of your reply before making it,... a rushed remark or statement will come out all wrong and could be used against you...above all, be calm at all times,,this will not cover every one of the hurdles by a long way, but there are those on here who can help you a lot more and it is to them you should turn for further help as i did...good luck
  2. well, i am not going into the lengthy details of my issues with comet and their appalling customer service, it would take too long, but as a little encouragement to those of you out there with problems, i have just returned from court where i was claiming for a full refund on a faulty item of over £300, it has taken nine months, but i won in the end, and the item in question will not be collected, i have to dispose of it myself, their logic is strange, they could have had the faulty item returned to the manufacturer from day one when it failed and it would have cost them nothing, and replaced it with a new one, so everyone would be happy, in my opinion they do not have a clue about how to service their customers ...free at last to move on
  3. all the paperwork is done, just waiting for court date
  4. The letter we recieved from comet with an apology attatched, And offer to exchange the unit was, it appears, sent from a different department within comet, it was nice to get a long awaited apology, However, The directors office knew nothing of this offer to us, and from their tone on the phone were more than embarrassed as i think they were going to take this case all the way, Any way i am still rejecting the offer as it has not included compensation. but i believe this letter from them proves my case anyway...i just wish they would treat me as a customer and not the enemy..watch this spot
  5. I recieved an offer to replace the unit today, But no mention of the costs i have now incurred as a direct result of their diabolical customer service, Who in their right mind would want another item from comet? when i have been treated with such contempt, I am going to continue my court action unless they refund and compensate me for at least part of my losses
  6. well! the next step should be interesting, comet have decided to contest the claim and will go to court, we recieved papers today.
  7. ok thanx, i will try that first...the only slightly grey area might be that they will say i have not let them see the freezer yet....of course my answer is....well, you stated that you did not need to see it as you knew what the problem was, and you were ordering the part
  8. sorry if my post is a little confusing...... i have now collected papers and booklets from the court office, and will fill those in...... .i have kept trading standards up to speed.. .it would seem as i understand it.... that it is correct procedure to outline the case to comet as to why i believe i have a fair claim for a refund, to that end i have kept copies of everything that they have sent me and copies of everything i sent them, if i put this all this together in order as a statement of facts then i am hopefull that comet may settle out of court.. .if not.... then these papers would also be given to the judge as the reason i am bringing this case, it will also show that i have given comet opportunity on several occassions to resolve the issue... which can only strengthen my case.... or am i wrong
  9. well......, i have been typing up all the notes and looking at the way to go forward,.. and it seems that when i send them notification of intent to sue.., that i should also, try, and agree an out of court settlement first, as this would look good to the judge on the day.., i initially told them that i reject the item, and was not accepting any more time wasting, and wanted a refund..., well as you have read already, this was refused, as was an exchange, as was compensation..so..., where could i find middle ground..., i had had a missed call from the directors office, so, i returned the call, and they said that they wanted to come out again and repair the unit, and it was not reasonable for me not to allow this.., i said, i understand that if we want to resolve this issue, then we both need to find a settlement that would suit us both and seem fair, as a result i said" ok"..., if i allow you a third booked call , and you are unable to repair the unit, or if you dont turn up to repair it, then i want you to agree to a full refund, in writing..., she said she could not authorise that, so she had to disagree at that point..., the call was ended...and i emailed them an outline of the conversation for my records...a short time ago i recieved another call from the lady, who said that she was not able to get any agreement on this offer, but stated.. that as the engineer had not actually seen the fridge then he could not be sure of whether or not he would be carrying the right parts, and if he could not repair it he would phone his office while still on my premises and ask if the fridge could be written off based on his findings... and it would be up to the service manager to decide on a yes or no...,i said this was totally unreasonable.....( you might remember that they had stated that they did not need to see the item because they new what was wrong and the delay was in finding a part)... well, i am now satisfied i have given them opportunity in abundance, so i will bring my paperwork up to date and post it off, it might take a week but it,s being sorted
  10. filling in a pre-action protocol form today, apparently you have to give them this form filled in and a minimum of 14 days to respond, found details on"which"
  11. as i understand it, if you have an interview arranged by the job centre and you fail to attend then you are probably seen as not actively seeking employment, and the benefits you recieve are made on the basis that you are actively seeking work, anyone can put any rubbish in their sign on book such as looked in papers looked on internet, looked in windows for work etc etc, and as genuine as i am sure you are, the job centre is aware of all those who are not and will stop you payment, but of course i hope have it all sorted now
  12. Well, at this moment, comet have refused to do anything, it would appear that the service team have given a different account of what has transpired, they said that they tried to contact us to cancel the first appointment, but then later stated that the parts were not in???? then they said on the second attempt to repair, that the engineer could not make contact and gain entry to the house to effect a repair, but we have a text from them saying, sorry, we are working on your repair will be in touch shortly, so another day of no pay......, depending on who you speak to..., we are supposed to be waiting first for a thermostat..., then a fan and sponge(yes that,s right) and now a motor, part of the problem is that the repair side of comet do not put down on their conversation the real truth and customer services believe their own staff, i have had the reply i expected within the fourteen days i gave them, and it is not to my satisfaction, so i will get court papers tomorrow, i also contacted head office and told them of these events and have not had a reply as yet from them, although they did say it could take three days to investigate, so things could change, i have, it would appear, the green light from trading standards so lets see what happens,,,, thanks to you out there for your support
  13. ]we purchased a hotpoint fridge freezer from comet in southend-on-sea on 2/12/2011, after it was delivered we let it stand for a couple of days to settle before switching it on, all seemed ok, lights came on freezer was working away - we did a major shop to fill it ready for xmas. We had to shop early as we get paid at the end of the month, it was not until 11/01/12 that we realised the fridge was not working, the food was going off, we tried over the next few days to change the settings, but nothing, the fridge was not working, we called for repair on 11/01/12, and was booked in for 19/01/12, my partner took a day off, and they did not show, they cancelled the call due to not having the parts, even though they have not yet seen the fridge they new apparently what was wrong. After more contact, i was then told the parts would be in on 25/01, and they would be in touch for fitting, we phoned on 26/01 only to be told the parts were not in and would be arriving on 03/02, Then we had a phone call to say the engineer would call on 9/02, another day off, at 15.20 that day we got a text apologising for the fact that they were not coming... we contacted citizens advice, and have been to the store for a refund, but the manager refused to see us and told his member of staff to tell us we had to wait for a repair, we now have another repair date for 17/02, comet have cost us more in lost wages and food than what we paid for the item, well we are going to go all the way to court if we have to, i thought i would tell comet head office first but you have to pay extortionate phone charges for the privalage and we were informed of a ten minute wait in a queue, i will post them a copy of my complaint, i have given them fourteen days to respond, comet are abismal at customer service in my opinion Wish i had gone to waitrose/john lewis as i normally do, never get problems there
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