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Hi Dolly,

 

Try that if you want and tell the expert you simply need him to confirm what the product is made of. Firstly though, I would speak to the Furniture Ombudsman and ask who they can recommend locally to inspect and report.

 

You also ask the Furniture Ombudsman if the company you bought from is a member of their association. If so, the FO may investigate on your behalf at no cost to you.

 

I would also send the furniture Co the letter giving them 14 days to refund and collect the goods, failing which you will dispose of the goods and file a court claim to get your money back.

 

If I recall correctly, BC will not refund until you have rejected, and tried to return, the goods.

 

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Hi, I've tried with the furniture shop, they're not interested and told me to go to the fo as they're full members. I've sent all details & info to BC and on one hand they said I should have checked the furniture before signing for it, now they're saying they want a report. I assume that BC will have to refund if I can get expert clarity but I will speak to the fo today as well and see if they can recommend someone locally. Thanks

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Hi Dolly,

 

I can see why you may feel you're going round in circles and getting nowhere fast.

 

However, before this matter is resolved, you will have to keep on at the various parties if you want your money back and the goods gone.

 

Did you send the letter of rejection as suggested in post #46 above. Was the letter signed for on the RM tracking system. Has the store replied at all.

 

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No I didn't send another letter as I thought would be a waste of time - they pretty much told me they weren't prepared to do anything and that I should go to the fo as they were full members etc. I phoned trading standards who couldn't recommend anyone other than FIRA but they told me to go through the fo. I have an expert whom I've just used for something else and so I'm hoping he'll confirm in writing that its chipboard - knowing the way my luck runs however, I think he'll tell me its oak! Anyway I will hear from him on Monday, failing that I think I will just have to go through the fo.

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Hi Dolly,

 

I suggest you send the letter in post #46 to the store by RM Signed For delivery. It's not a waste of time and you have to go through the motions to get the result you want.

 

The "expert" you refer to - in what way is he an expert, or what does he do.

 

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Hi, the man I am asking to help with an opinion is an expert in restoring antique & modern furniture. I just had a table restored by him and I'm waiting to see if he'll give me something in writing.

 

 

However, meantime I thought I would contact the actual manufacturer - Bentley designs - I didn't think they would help but they have been very helpful. They explained, in an email, what the furniture is constructed of and referring to the actual desk top they have said: The man with the exact details is on holiday until the 7th April, however the desk top has an American Oak outer with the inner being made of various woods. I have sent him an email and put a note in my diary for when he returns and I will let you know.

I think I will send this to Barclaycard and see what their response is. If this doesn't tell them that the oak desk isn't oak, then I don't know what will! Any opinions?

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Yes, Brilliant on your part. I would never have thought about contacting the manufacturer.

I know this is dragging on but in my humble opinion, you are in the right.


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Hi Dolly,

 

....... however the desk top has an American Oak outer with the inner being made of various woods.

 

Not from what I saw, unless the "various woods" he refers to is chipboard !!

 

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Ok, i'm still waiting to hear from BC,

 

meantime I received this from the manufacturer:

 

The Studio corner desk top is surfaced with a real wood veneer 0.6mm thick (oak)

The substrate used will be a manufactured board material i.e. particle board

which is virtually an inert material and is necessary for technical/construction reasons.

The top covers a large area - if it was made from solid wood (which is naturally hygroscopic)

it would expand and contract (approx. 8-10mm) and cause constructional damage.

Solid wood is used on smaller component parts such as the frames because the movement is very fractional

and does not cause constructional problems.

I'm going to send this off to BC as well but again wanted your thoughts?!

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Hi Dolly,

 

Send this onto BC and tell them you feel this should be adequate proof that the product supplied was not oak, as described.

 

Tell them you feel they have had enough time to investigate fully and you expect a prompt response, bearing in mind the items are still stored in your property.

 

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I'm becoming increasingly infuriated with this saga! BC have sent another letter asking for a detailed report (see post 47). I cannot understand why the manufacturers word is not proof enough that the furniture is not oak. Anyone have any idea as to what I should do next. I'm going to start with completing the FO form - but can I complain about BC to the financial ombudsman? I feel like every way I turn I get hammered but I don't want to let BC off the hook so easily. and can I pursue it via the fo even though I'm still chasing BC?

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I referred to the fo form (I meant furniture ombudsmans form)

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Hi Dolly,

 

If you want BC to resolve this, you will have to be patient and very determined.

 

Reply to BC saying the evidence provided from the manufacturer already states that the product is not as described and you cannot understand why BC continue to provaricate.

 

I'm not sure if the Financial Ombdsmn Svce can help with s.75 claims but suggest you call the FOS to ask.

 

Proceed with the complaint to the Furniture Ombsmn as well.

 

The best way to have dealt with this would have been to take prompt court action against the supplier. By not doing this, you must reply on the other processes.

 

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to be honest court scared me but also I don't have any proof other than what is stated on my invoice and what the manufacturer have now told me. Its my word against the shop staff. Is it too late to go down that road now then? I will continue to pursue BC though. It is frustrating that they take so long to reply but I am determined. I'm grateful for the advice, thanks.

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I would personally load it all up in the car and take it back there, don't leave the shop without a refund. They will give in. The louder the fuss you make the sooner they will refund you.

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Hi Dolly,

 

No, it's not too late to take the supplier to court.

 

You must be prepared to take the claim before a judge and argue your case. But I think the evidence will speak for itself.

 

It's a very informal business in the Small Claims Court. No wigs and gowns and it's often held in a normal room, not a courtroom.

 

If you haven't yet replied to BC, add on a para to say :-

 

If you have not resolved this simple matter within 14 days, I will take court action citing Barclaycard as the Co-Defendant.

 

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the latest response from BC is that they would like to reiterate that there are no documents to substantiate that the goods received were not as described. Therefore a breach of contract or misrepresentation is not established on the merchants part. I will be writing yet again asking them to clarify exactly how I'm supposed to prove this, other than give them my invoice, which clearly states Oak and the manufacturers description which clearly states some sort of chipboard!

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Hi Dolly,

 

This is just going round in circles and BC are not helping your case.

 

Are you willing to threaten the store with court action for the return of funds, and then take that action with our help.

 

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Hello

 

I've been in the furniture business for approx 20 years. We have always emphasised the presence of any veneers to avoid this situation (they perform better than the real thing in some scenarios!)

You'll see that all the big retailers, especially online, are quite meticulous at detailing "oak effect" or "oak veneer". I don't think they do this out of the kindness of their hearts!

More like they've learnt the hard way that it's a requirement.

 

Send someone back to the shop with a camera phone to photograph the label that is on the furniture.

Make sure there is a close up showing the text (both sides) and a contextual shot, I.e one that shows the label on the furniture.

 

They don't need to be James Bond. I photograph labels all the time to remember prices & sizes - never had any trouble.

 

If it doesn't state the presence of veneers, or if a person is likely to reasonably infer that it is solid, then you certainly have a case.

 

Even evidencing the absence of a label / literature would help your cause.

 

If either of the above are still true, after the shop are aware of your grievance, then that counts as goog evidence that they are being wilfully 'economical' with the truth.

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Thanks TGP for your input.

 

Dolly, anything to report on this please.

 

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Sorry been in hospital. I have to say once I threatened BC with court action they phoned me! amazing really, every letter they responded to seemed to take weeks rather than days. They offered me the price of the desk as a one off gesture of goodwill. Because of the hospital thing, I decided to accept that. However, I did ask if it was possible to still complain about the store to the furniture ombudsman and BC seemed to think I still could. But with everything that's gone on, i'm going to use the furniture (still haven't had time to unpack it!) I don't think I have any evidence to go to court, otherwise I would. The shop no longer stock that range of furniture so It would be hard to get any evidence now, even though I know they weren't displaying proper leaflets/price tags. It was handwritten pricing on plain white paper in Perspex holders! I really appreciate everyones input and advice, and a free desk goes someway to help soften the experience. I do have my ombudsman forms completed ready for posting though - but if I proceed with that, I can't use the furniture can I? and I am becoming a bit sick of seeing those boxes in my lounge!

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My question really is, could I/should I still go to the furniture ombudsman but keep the furniture now?

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Hi Dollydo,

 

You can still make a formal complaint to the Furniture Ombudsman if you wish.

 

You can keep the furniture and, if the FO feel you've been badly treated, they may decide that the store should offer some compensation.

 

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If you have or can find a copy of the advertisement that attracted you to the store, then make a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority - http://www.asa.org.uk/Consumers.aspx

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Misposted... did not read the end of the thread :p

 

 

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