Years ago I had a Bissell carpet shampooer but it broke and was thrown away. Since then I’ve rented carpet shampooers as needed.
One of life’s unexplained mysteries is in a house with laminate floors and tile floors is that every time my dogs throw up or have diarrhea, they always manage to aim for the rug or carpet instead of one of the floors that’s easy to wipe off and clean.
I’ve been looking to get a carpet shampooer specifically for pet stains. I found one I liked on Bissell’s website, but I rejected it because they use Fedex for shipping. Nothing against Fedex, it’s not like they’re UPS who suck. I live in the country and we lock the gate when no one’s home, before I buy anything online I make sure it’s delivered by Canada Post where I get my mail at a post office box in the local Shopper’s Drug Mart. Couriers can’t schedule a time so I can’t be sure the gate will be unlocked when a courier is delivering, so it’s more convenient to have parcels shipped by Canada Post to my mailbox. I’ve gotten all kinds of packages there in all sizes. The staff have a locked room behind their counter where they keep packages. The largest package I ever got was a saddle that was packed in a big, old TV box and weighed over 30 pounds.
The Bissell website wasn’t able to deliver their carpet cleaner by regular postal service so I didn’t purchase from them. I can’t predict when someone will be home and the gate open, and then it’ll be a missed delivery. Couriers are extremely inconvenient for me because of the timing whether or not someone is home to accept the package.
I found a carpet shampooer on Amazon, but it wasn’t exactly the one I wanted. I know Amazon uses Canada Post because I make a few purchases from them and it’s delivered to the Shopper’s Drug Mart where my post office box is. I thought about buying it, but then I spotted a carpet shampooer at Walmart. Again, not exactly what I was looking to buy, but it was good enough, it was on sale for $30 off, and on the web page it said it delivers by Canada Post.
Scroll down a bit to the specifications to see it’s shipped by Canada Post. These specifications will become even more important in a minute.
I’ve never placed an online order with Walmart but I figured it would be easy enough because Walmart is always bragging about being as good as Amazon when it comes to online sales. And Amazon is EXCELLENT. Great shopping and check out experience, Amazon that is, not Walmart Canada. And the times I’ve needed to speak to a customer service rep it’s taken no longer than a couple of minutes. Amazon is AMAZING!
In Walmart’s checkout area, I had trouble entering my address. Walmart Canada’s system kept trying to default to a different post office box, about a 20 minute drive away. It doesn’t matter how far away. A wrong address is a wrong address. I finally got an option to make my correct address stick, and I was able to proceed. Everything else in checkout went smoothly and I received confirmation my Bissell would arrive by October 17, 2017.
On October 17, 2017 I received an email from Walmart Canada that my package had been delivered on October 16, 2017.
Very strange. I didn’t have a “you have a package” card in my mailbox when I was at Shopper’s the day before, but perhaps the staff were too busy to do the parcel notifications and it was done after I’d stopped at Shopper’s Drug Mart. No matter. I returned the next day. Still no card in my post office box. I asked the clerk and she checked the parcel room.
Hunh? Why would Walmart Canada lie to me and send me an email that my package had been delivered? Lying like that is outrageous. What good does lying about a parcel delivery do for Walmart Canada? Makes the company come off as a bunch of lying scammers!
I checked Walmart’s email and saw that they’ve sent my Bissell by Loomis. Why would they do that? Couriers don’t deliver to post office boxes.
I checked Loomis web page and it says they don’t deliver to post office boxes. I was able to track my package and Loomis had marked it “undeliverable”.
I phoned Walmart Canada using the number on their customer service page: 1-800-328-0402. This is the worst piece of shit automated phone system I’ve ever been stuck on. A caller can not get a REAL LIVE PERSON. The automated system also gave me a recorded message that the Bissell had been delivered on October 16, 2017.
I finally resorted to filling out the contact form on their web page and included my phone number. I complained about their useless phone system. I wanted to speak with someone about my missing Bissell and why they didn’t ship it by Canada Post, and what they plan to do to make this right.
Most companies would be busting their butts to fix the situation and sending out a replacement overnight express. Not Walmart Canada. This is NOT the home of good customer service.
Here’s the response I got from some fool named Marilou on October 19, 2017:
Thank you for your e-mail.
We apologize for the inconvenience. To arrange a pick-up at a Canada Post location, the order must meet the following size requirements:
• Item weight less than 66 lbs
• Does not exceed the maximum length of 78.7″
Some of our products can only be shipped to your home. There are two reasons why an item may not be suitable for Canada Post pickup.
- It’s too large or too heavy.
•Some orders come directly from third party vendors that are unable to ship to a Grab & Go locker or a Canada Post location. We are working to make it possible for them to ship to these locations.
We tracked your order 2333672293 for 1 BISSELL ProHeat Pet Advanced Deep Cleaning System through Loomis Express. Their records show the package is in transit.
Please do not reply to this email. If you require additional information or assistance, please call us at 1-800-328-0402. Our lines are open 7 days a week, from 8 am to 10 pm EST.
Customer Care Centre
Now if everyone remembers looking at the specifications on Walmart Canada’s web page for the Bissell it weighs 19.7 pounds. Let’s say with packaging no more than 25 pounds. It also says it’s 45” assembled. It comes in a box unassembled and the handle must be screwed onto the bottom half. In a box the height would be smaller, but let’s just call it 45”. The weight and the length still come in well below Canada Post’s guidelines that dumb ass Marilou has just rattled off to me. It’s not too big or heavy. Remember Canada Post delivered a saddle to me that was heavier and kind of awkward to carry in a big box.
The reason it’s in transit is because Loomis doesn’t know what to do with it other than mark it undeliverable. Probably on its way back to Walmart Canada.
Here’s another laughable thing. The email address from Walmart Canada is firstname.lastname@example.org
Who thinks Marilou was “here to help” me. All she did was come off as a fool justifying why they couldn’t send the Bissell by Canada Post when quite clearly it’s well under the dimensions Canada Post parcel service needs.
Marilou is NOT “here to help” because she does piss all and has no interest in fixing this. All she’s preoccupied with are the dimensions packages need to fit in to ship by Canada Post.
I try the phone number again in the “here to help” email. Yeah I’m as big a dumb ass as Marilou because I still can’t get a real live person on Walmart Canada’s automated phone system.
I filled out the customer service form again with my phone number and ask how does Walmart Canada plan to make this right.
On October 20, 2017 I get a response from another unhelpful person at Walmart Canada’s customer service department. And yes,I use the term “customer service” very lightly.
Thank you for contacting us.
I hope the following information will clarify any questions you may have regarding our shipping policies.
Currently, Walmart.ca can ship to locations in Canada
Listed below are the carriers that Walmart uses for Ship to Home:
1. Canada Post
3. Sameday Worldwide
To find out more information, please see our help section.
We apologize that you do not have the option to choose a carrier, we ship items depending on the availability of carrier. If you prefer Canada Post, you may select the option Canada Post Pickup.
In order to better assist you please reach out to us at 1-800-328-0402. Please do not reply to this email, our lines are open 7 days a week, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm EST.
Now I realize that neither of those two geniuses, Vinia or Marilou, work in Walmart Canada’s shipping department. But clearly someone who works in that department when they slapped my address label on the box would have seen it’s going to a post office box and called the appropriate shipper, which can only be Canada Post. When I put in my post office box number, it is RPO = Royal Post Office. That’s how post office boxes are designated in Canada and that’s how we must address them. It appears that Vinia claims that I do not have the option of choosing how it’s shipped, and then says that I can choose Canada Post. The reality is there was nothing in the checkout process where I could choose shipping. You’d think the shipper could figure out that addresses with post office boxes RPO must go by Canada Post because couriers won’t deliver to post office boxes.
Again, I’m a slow learner and tried that phone number one more time and didn’t get a real person. I sent one more contact form asking how Walmart Canada plans to fix this and make it right. All I want now is a refund, but seeing as how I can’t get a real live person on the phone number provided and the “customer service” staff at Walmart Canada refuse to phone me…..
I did not get a response from Walmart Canada after my third attempt, clearly no one there is “here to help”.
Walmart Canada has no intention of getting my Bissell to me.
I am mad! I want a refund and I can’t get hold of a real live person to assist me.
I do the only thing I can do and phone Mastercard and put in a chargeback seeing as how Walmart Canada lied to me an email that my product was delivered when it wasn’t. That’s good enough for a dispute because Walmart Canada lied and I’m holding on to that email.
Walmart Canada will now have to provide proof to Mastercard of my signature at delivery which they can’t do. Besides Loomis still has the Bissell somewhere in transit.
Let’s be very clear. Loomis are not the liars here. Loomis shows they still have the Bissell and it’s undeliverable. Only Walmart Canada, who stole my money and won’t deliver my purchase, is lying about the Bissell being delivered to me.
So what’s the lesson I’ve learned from all this?
That Walmart Canada’s customer service department is useless.
Maybe this all has to do with salaries. If Marilou and Vinia are making minimum wage – in my opinion they’re overpaid! Useless staff who don’t care about making things right.
Perhaps Walmart Canada needs to find good staff who actually care about customers and doing whatever it takes to make things right and pay them a good wage.
You get what you pay for Walmart Canada!
It might help to pay the shippers a decent wage too so problems like this don’t happen. Like what kind of moron calls a courier to ship to a post office box? Only Canada Post can deliver there.
People who pay attention to detail and people who actually care about customers and providing top notch customer service are making decent salaries at other companies.
You get what you pay for Walmart Canada!
Why can’t Walmart Canada do the right thing? If you’re unable to deliver a package, the right thing to do is send an email apologizing and refund the credit card.
The wrong thing to do is send an email and lie that the product has been delivered.
At least Mastercard is giving me good customer service and helping me through the dispute process.
That Bissell was my first online order with Walmart Canada.
And that will also be the last order.
The customer service at Walmart Canada is the complete opposite of Amazon who provide excellent customer service the couple of times things have gone wrong and they have real people answering the phones.
Walmart Canada will never offer the same high excellence in customer service as Amazon as long as they have incompetent staff like Marilou and Vinia working there. And the scary thing is, those two are probably the top staff in that “here to help” department.
It’s simple. I either want the product I paid for or I want Walmart Canada to give me a refund. Walmart refused to do either.
All Walmart gave me was the runaround.
Edited to add, Walmart Canada isn’t done with me yet. Click here to read The Continuing Saga Dealing with Walmart Canada Buffoons.
Do you have any horror stories about the lousy customer service at Walmart Canada? Leave a comment below.