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Top 5 companies you avoid at all costs

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mudman24 wrote: 1)Mdg
2)Bell
3)UPS
4)Future Shop
5)Sears

I'm surprised Canadian Tire isn't up there.
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For me it is:

1) Bell (do I need to go into detail? :D )
2) Primus (horrid customer service, but this was a few yrs ago)
3) The Brick (some times I will shop there depending on the item, but not often)
4) IKEA (majority of what the sell is cheap and absolute garbage)
5) Leon's (same as The Brick)
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ashomar wrote: 2001 Audio/Video
Worst return policy. Just paid for the item, went to my car and changed my mind. Went back to return it 5 minutes later. They told me that they can only give me store credit or exchange for another item at the same price no refund.

Should you not be asking of the return policy before buying things? It is silly to assume that every store has a liberal return policy.
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mom0luv wrote: I'm surprised Canadian Tire isn't up there.

I dunno what happened in your case but for me CT is a good store.
They have awesome deals on tools and if you live outside GTA their CSR's are great.

Now the Auto repair section... well that is crapp.

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northfur1 wrote: 5. Walmart: Their stores are messy and cluttered. We rarely go there anymore, maybe every few months, we've been burned too many times with bringing items home to discover parts missing from boxes, broken parts in boxes, stains, cracks, etc.

This is because they put returned merchandise back out on the floor. Even if it's damaged or an item that can't be resold because of health regulations(electric razor), it still goes back out. This is common practice at both the London stores I've been to. - White Oaks & Argyle.

For me:

1. Bell - Choking out TekSavvy's customers to the point where downloading is USELESS. Changing profiles of customers, lying to potential customers, the list goes on. I'm glad I haven't been a direct customers of theirs for years. They also call people on the DNCL as well, yet they're the ones that are supposed to be managing it. -This is basically like the fox guarding the hen house.

2. Rogers - Does this need an explanation?

3. Private Career Colleges - The whole lot of them are a scam. Spend the time it takes to get into a real school, even if it delays you getting your education started by another year, it will be well worth it in the end. There's no way in hell they can ever compare to a publicly funded school like Fanshawe or Cambrian.

4. Best Buy - Selling two year warranties to you but it really is only a one year warranty. - The store warranty doesn't kick in until the manufacturer's one ends. Unprofessional sales staff really don't help either. - Oddly enough, I've never had an issue with Future Shop, yet.

5. EB Games - A few years ago I bought the "Edge" card for the discounts on used games. I only bought it because at the time, it would have paid for itself right away. Flash forward to a few months later and I get told my card is no longer valid because the sticker on it was "applied to the card wrong" and that I need to buy another one. Told them don't bother, walked out on a sale that would have been about $100 and went downtown to Dundas Discs instead. All that over a simple $4.00.

edit: Shoppers Drug Mart - Grossly overpriced, I only go here if it's necessary, and now that the London stores are no longer 24/7, I have even less reason to go. They have decent sales sometimes, (like the Asus Disney netbook last year for $179.99) but that's rare.
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1.) Chinavasion
2.) The Source
3.) Dhgate
4.) Save On Foods
5.) Shoppers Drug Mart
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1 - Apple
2 - McDonalds
3 - Bell
4 - Research in Motion (RIM)
5 - Shell
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1.Rogers
2. Canadian tires
3. Walmart
4. Air Canada
5. Canada Computers
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LondonOntGuy wrote: This is because they put returned merchandise back out on the floor. Even if it's damaged or an item that can't be resold because of health regulations(electric razor), it still goes back out. This is common practice at both the London stores I've been to. - White Oaks & Argyle.

For me:

1. Bell - Choking out TekSavvy's customers to the point where downloading is USELESS. Changing profiles of customers, lying to potential customers, the list goes on. I'm glad I haven't been a direct customers of theirs for years. They also call people on the DNCL as well, yet they're the ones that are supposed to be managing it. -This is basically like the fox guarding the hen house.

2. Rogers - Does this need an explanation?

3. Private Career Colleges - The whole lot of them are a scam. Spend the time it takes to get into a real school, even if it delays you getting your education started by another year, it will be well worth it in the end. There's no way in hell they can ever compare to a publicly funded school like Fanshawe or Cambrian.

4. Best Buy - Selling two year warranties to you but it really is only a one year warranty. - The store warranty doesn't kick in until the manufacturer's one ends. Unprofessional sales staff really don't help either. - Oddly enough, I've never had an issue with Future Shop, yet.

5. EB Games - A few years ago I bought the "Edge" card for the discounts on used games. I only bought it because at the time, it would have paid for itself right away. Flash forward to a few months later and I get told my card is no longer valid because the sticker on it was "applied to the card wrong" and that I need to buy another one. Told them don't bother, walked out on a sale that would have been about $100 and went downtown to Dundas Discs instead. All that over a simple $4.00.

edit: Shoppers Drug Mart - Grossly overpriced, I only go here if it's necessary, and now that the London stores are no longer 24/7, I have even less reason to go. They have decent sales sometimes, (like the Asus Disney netbook last year for $179.99) but that's rare.

oh EB. always trying to sell me their "disc scratch" protection thing for $3 every single time. =/ who actually messes up their discs THAT badly over time?
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I just generally avoid stores that have pushy sales people. I don't want nor do I need someone to tell me what I want or need! Stores such as Victoria's Secret, Abercrombie and Fitch, Bell, Rogers, Telus, Fido, it's all the same thing anyway. Hate Virgin Mobile also. Stores like Mac and the Body Shop have really pushy sales people too. I just want to be left the hell alone so I guess that would include Future Shop too. I could go on...
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stardustcross wrote: oh EB. always trying to sell me their "disc scratch" protection thing for $3 every single time. =/ who actually messes up their discs THAT badly over time?

Ya... I've never had a problem with that. All my discs are scratch free.
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