In late August I ordered 2 area rugs "online" from Lowes. HUGH MISTAKE.
Got an e-mail stating I would have rugs on or before 9-6-2010. On 9-8 I contacted the "on-line" customer service contact number - was immediately connected to my closest store, Medford, Oregon. Without becoming completely boring, I will say that in my 60 plus years, this was THE WORST experience I have ever had. Was told by 5 different employees that my rugs were "en route".
Finally, on 9-21 I received a phone call, from yet another employee stating that - OOPS - rugs had never been shipped, but LOWES would be happy to give me my money back. I am pleased to say that I did receive my credit account refund in the mail (promptly). Too bad Lowes doesn't seem to be able to deliver the same service when you are getting an actual product. I personally do not expect to ever cross Lowes threshold again.
A truly horrible experience.
Have you guys up in corporate ever considered a "customer service" consulting firm. Might be worthwhile - although with the attitudes I experienced don't really know if it would help.