February 2014 archive

I’ve got the West Elm Blues

Gosh, aren’t there some retailers that are a pleasure to shop at, while some just annoy you? For instance, my two favorite stores are Nordstrom and Costco. Both are super customer service oriented and it truly makes it a pleasure to shop at each store.

Now, let me tell you about my troubles with West Elm. Hopefully someone out there at the company reads this and takes some positive action because I’m really annoyed at some of their policies.

We made a big purchase at West Elm in October and they promised me 10% of my purchase back in West Elm Design Dollars if I opened a West Elm card (as well as 10% off the purchase price).

Well I ended up waiting weeks and weeks for the Design Dollars to arrive. They finally arrived in late December and they have a printed expiration date of March 15, 2014.  Three months isn’t an unreasonable time frame to use my dollars, but why print an expiration date at all?  In contrast, Nordstrom prints a 1 year expiration date on Nordstrom Notes, but you can purchase a gift card with your note and gift cards carry no expiration dates.

Second, the Design Dollars were denominated as a single $75 voucher and printed on the back, it said that they had to be used in 1 transaction and were not valid towards a few things like tax, shipping or gift cards.  Furthermore, it stated that any customer returns from that transaction would forfeit the value of the discount.  So basically this thing is more like a coupon and not a gift card.  Except that usually with a coupon, you’re not paying tax on the value of the discounted item.  With the way the Design Dollars work, you are paying tax on the full value and you can’t use it on your shipping costs the way a gift card would be allowed.  Kind of the worst of both worlds.

So I finally had a chance to pick out something to use my Design Dollars on tonight.  I picked up some throw pillows for the couch.  The order confirmation screen states that you actually have to pay for the entire value of your order and the value of the Design Dollars gets rebated to you on your West Elm Statement.  Why doesn’t it just take off the value immediately!?

To add insult to injury, as I was inputting my West Elm card #, the site crashed my browser.  No big deal right?  I would just have to input my information again.  Well when I went to input the Design Dollar information, it now stated that my voucher was already used… Wow the technical incompetence astounds me.  I work in software and I don’t understand how their site could mark my voucher being used when I had just put the information on the screen but not actually submitted an order.

This is in addition to all the other customer unfriendly practices I have already observed about shopping with West Elm like a 30 day return policy (most stores provide much longer return policies because they want to make sure their customers are completely satisfied), no returns on clearance items (do they not stand behind their product?) and no waived shipping costs.

All of this has really soured me on shopping at West Elm.  Their customer service line was able to fix my order for me and reinstate my Design Dollars but I never should have had to deal with that.  Pottery Barn and West Elm (PB is the parent company), please consider making your policies more customer friendly! Rant over! :-)

Kate Spade Surprise Sale — Lots of baby bags to choose from!

Kate Spade is having a surprise sale and there are lots of baby bags to choose from!

My favorite is the Stevie in the print called Sew Be It.  On sale for $139, this is 65% off the original price.

Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag Surprise Sale

Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag Surprise Sale – Sew Be It and Spot On

Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag Surprise Sale

Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag Surprise Sale – Sporty Nylon and Southport Avenue Mariner

I’ve never seen the Stevie in anything other than nylon and jacquard fabrics so that Southport Avenue Mariner looks interesting since it looks like it is a bit shiny and can be wiped clean. It is listed as pebbled cowhide.

The interior of the Sporty Nylon looks a little different than my Stevie as well.  There is a strap on the back pocket and the two interior side pockets have a string to make it tighter. I like that improvement!

Personally, I desperately want these wedges but alas they are out of my size!

Please excuse the dust around here…

Gosh, where has the time gone!? I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in a few weeks.  I have been SO busy… let me explain.  I decided that it’s a great time for me to step back into the workforce (even though I have loved being a stay at home mom!) so I have been crazy busy with applying for jobs and interviewing the past few weeks.

In my field, companies typically do a 45 min-1 hr phone screen before they commit to bringing you in for a full day of interviewing.  Hopefully at the end of all of this, I will have an awesome full time position!

Please excuse my absence in the meanwhile and wish me luck. :-)

PS. Is anyone else Olympics obsessed?  I have a new nightly ritual of catching the highlights before bed and I’m loving it!