I recently bought a Nook for my mom on Mother’s Day. I was pleased with the product, so I thought, why not. Mom’s an avid reader. This could bring her into the 21st century. As an impulse, I opted to also purchase the gift bag. It was a whopping one cent.
You should know that Mom loves gift bags. It’s her wrapping of choice. Every Xmas as a kid, I was tasked with wrapping all the gifts (except my own) because I was mathematically minded about the wrapping paper. I could literally wrap anything. Mom isn’t as spatially inclined. When she wraps, it’s in a bag with tissue paper.
Now, back to the Nook. As I was checking out, I clicked the “gift wrapping” option. It cost only $3.50 and I figured it might look nice and save some time.
So get the Nook in the mail a few days later. No wrapping, but honestly I was too excited about setting it up, I hardly noticed. Then the gift bag arrived later and, you guessed it, it was gift wrapped. Really Barnes and Noble? That’s what you thought I meant by gift wrapping?
It bugged me enough that I emailed the complaint department, asking for a refund on the price of the gift wrapping. Here is their standard response.
Thanks for contacting us. You should receive a response within 12 to 24 hours, and we appreciate your patience.
A week went by. I sent an email back asking, facetiously, if they meant 12-24 hours or days. This got an email back:
Thank you for contacting Barnes & Noble regarding the order #XXXXXXXXX. The order was shipped on 05/07/2012. The carrier's tracking detail shows that it was delivered as follows: Delivered On: Wednesday, 05/09/2012 at 5:36 P.M. Left At: Front Door
Of course it was delivered. How else would I know that you gift wrapped the bag? Seriously. If not for the meagerness of the cost in question, I’d pursue this farther. Though being a big corporation, I doubt I’d make any traction. This is where I have to give Amazon props. A few years ago, I was given two of the same gift. I was able to successfully return one to Amazon and get a credit.
I’m still waiting for my $3.50 back on the botched gift wrap.