Shopping Frustration With Big Box Stores

Shopping frustration With big box stores customer service operator
Are you really a valuable customer to big box stores?

Recently I was shopping for a new kitchen floor online at Lowe’s website. Curious to learn more, I took advantage of the little chat box pop up for Lowe’s to ask questions. Anyway, I was chatting with a rep telling me that I could get a free estimate for my project. So I took him up on it. I used the link he gave me and set up an appointment only to find that this “free estimate” would cost me now $51, which led to the start of my shopping frustration with big box stores. Fearing it was already set up I tried to cancel the appointment.

Shopping Frustration With Big Box Stores and Customer Service 

There was no cancellation link online, which led to more shopping frustration with big box stores. So I called customer service, who transferred to another customer line for installation, who then said I would have to call the local store. She couldn’t give me the store’s number or just transfer yet again. I finally hung up after repeated attempts of her trying to get me that number. This only fueled my shopping frustration with big box stores.

Then I called the store. I was transferred from department to department. Each transfer point was incorrect with me getting a confused employee and yet another transfer. Now with each transfer I got more angry and wasted more time.  My shopping frustration with big box stores was at a new high the more I was bounced around and waiting. Could no one help me or will I have someone showing up at my door with his hand out for $51?

Finally I asked for a manager. He tried looking me up and then the call dropped.  When I thought I had reached that  new high  of shopping frustration with big box stores, I was wrong.  People complain about the government. When these companies get huge, they take us for granted. They must feel we have no option but deal with them.

Corporate and Local Stores Need to Be Consistent in Store Policies to Avoid Shopping Frustration With Big Box Stores

Big box stores are nice stores where you see a large selection.  However, dealing with this type of a large, national home center though online or in the store can be a challenge.

The ironic thing about dealing with any national retail store or business these days is the lack of respect for your time. You hardly ever get to speak directly to a human anymore. Instead, these companies make you listen to countless options before pressing a line that usually keeps ringing and goes unanswered for what seems like forever with the same message of how valuable your call is to them, but they are handling other callers. The best part is these companies that use calling options always ask if once you’re finished with the call if you could complete their survey on customer satisfaction.

If this were the case for the period of time we are forced to wait, then why won’t these companies hire more people if customers are so valuable to them? It is even more frustrating after being on hold waiting for over a half hour or more when the call disconnects.

I think I need to start going to smaller stores. We have smaller regional home centers that get the same stuff for the most part. Maybe they will be more eager to help.

To the big box store I am just another customer. To the smaller retailer I might be a neighbor or better yet someone they actually value.



  1. tat2gurlzrock
    July 26, 2018 / 9:05 am

    Oh I so agree with you there. It is so hard to get a hold of a actual person and if you do you can’t understand them or they you because they aren’t even in this country. It can be so frustrating.As much as I love Kohl’s I have been frustrated with their customer service about online orders. (or should I say lack of)

  2. ellen beck
    July 28, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    Lowe’s is horrid I mean flat out one of the worst you can shop at. I say that as a carpenter’s wife and a customer. They are overpriced for the most part, and no one knows diddley squat. Every department is a nightmare.
    I would go to another store, and go back into the contractors area. Many times there are names of contractors you can call. Estimates should be free.

    • nuts4stuff
      July 29, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      Where I live in PA, it’s hard even to get someone to give you estimate or call you back for that matter for what they consider a “small job.” One guy I called actually charged $75 dollars just to walk in the door for this estimate. I did get some names of those contractors there as well.

  3. ellen beck
    July 30, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    I know some do charge for estimates elsewhere, your area in particular.
    The bad side to a freebie is some want you to make it so detailed that they know what o get and how much and basically do the job themselves which is awfully frustrating 😕 My husband used to specialize in small jobs and loved it!

    • nuts4stuff
      July 31, 2018 / 3:58 am

      Hi Ellen,

      I called about six different places and no one wants a small job. They even won’t take so big jobs because they’re too busy in this area. It looks like everyone is suddenly remodeling.

  4. Lynne B
    December 11, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    This kind of customer service issue appears to be pervasive with the larger companies. Think about calling tech support or your cable company – grrrr.

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