Great (French) Customerservice


(Maxime Sorin) #21

This my friend, brits tend to forget it too often :wink:


(Bill Morgan) #22

:+1: Maxime :slightly_smiling_face:


(Elisabeth Morgan) #23

I know a lot of French people that are not so easy to deal with, I don’t think stupidity has something to do with a nationality :wink:


(Bill Morgan) #24

Lack of French, so frustration plays a huge part, I suppose!


(Vanessa Caton) #25

Our experience so far has been pretty good too.:crossed_fingers: Our Agent whilst costly went above and beyond what any UK agent would do, our Notaire was hilarious on the day we signed and our insurance agent has been really helpful for both the house and the car. The concessionaire at Mazda made our purchase virtually painless (parting with cash for cars always hurts :joy:) and even EDF (in the form of Energis) turned up on the appointed days within the time slot on both occasions - something that has rarely happened in my previous experience in the UK .In fact I’ve waited in all day (here in UK) for our Electrician to come and quote for removing the oven and other stuff before we move . No call or text to say he couldn’t make it . I know he’s really busy but …


(Bill Morgan) #26

My agent was good too, when I was refused permission to convert the ‘cowshed’, he got me by the arm, hauled me out to his car, off to the Marie, talked to them, resolved things amicably, so the deal went ahead, been on good terms with the Marie since too, even got married there :slightly_smiling_face:


(Michael Blackmore) #27

One good one from Espace Emeraud in St Foy-la-Grande I bought a pair of wheels for my sack truck in their branch in La Reole which didn’t fit the axles. As we were in St Foy I took them back to the branch there and, somewhat to my surprise, the young man who served me was happy to take them back on production of the bill ofrm La Reole (unusual in itself). He couldn’t find either a suitable replacement or a new inner tube for the old wheels so we bought a watering can and he refunded the difference in cash.

A very bad one - Ikea in Bordeaux. We bought a kitchen there on 25 June and delivery was arranged for 5 July. No one turned up. Many emails (37 actually) to Ikea customer service at Bordeaux, 3 to CEO Ikea France (not answered) produced another date for 12 July. 5 of 326 packages arrived, nothing else. Another date eventually fixed ot 24 July which I had told them several times would be after we had left so finally a date for 6 September was arranged. No idea if they will turn up then either. Email to Ikea CEO in Sweden acknowledged with auto reply be return. Actual reply two days later from secretary wholly inadequate and offered apology for my experience.

Many similar experiences reported on various review websites. Pretty poor service.

My advice - if you buy anything form Ikea in Bordeaux take it home that day or be prepared that you may never get it.


(Bill Morgan) #28

That is Swedish service Mike :wink:


(Michael Blackmore) #29

So it may be Bill but that doesn’t make it acceptable.


(Pete Paterson) #30

Bit of a panic when the (fully-closed) Heki Rooflight was torn off my caravan in an overnight storm in March. Although I was able to make the hole vaguely waterproof, there was no way it would survive the further storms forecast. The nearest stockist proved to be Narbonne Accessories (in Narbonne) and I chatted online with “Karim” about availability, stressing the urgency. Home delivery would however be around four days, with three days to the shop – I said I would place an order for the latter. It was only at the end of my fifth “chat”, that I added my name.

About 5 mins later, the phone rang, it was Karim who said (in English) that he had found me as an existing customer, had been to check the stock in the warehouse, and I could have one in the morning, if I came to the Head Office (also in Narbonne). Really impressed with his level of service.

A check with my insurance – Matmut – showed that there was an excess of €200 for storm damage (unless an official “disaster” was declared) and the claim was duly submitted. I got a response advising that they were waiving the excess in “our constant commitment to the quality of the coverage we provide to our policyholders”. Can you imagine this from a UK insurer?

A double whammy of exceptional French service.


(Bill Morgan) #31

But we are talking French Service Mike :wink:


(Bill Morgan) #32

Brilliant Pete, don’t get better than that :+1: :grinning:


(Michael Blackmore) #33

That doesn’t make it any more acceptable. From the lack of response to my emails to the French CEO and the tone of that from the main board CEO it clearly represents a policy set at the top. Surprisingly we have had very good service from Ikea in UK and Cyprus so it is evidently influenced by local management as well.


(Bill Morgan) #34

Ok :slightly_smiling_face: