To ask everyone to boycott ASDA online grocery shopping??

(83 Posts)
diaimchlo Fri 18-Jan-13 17:40:03

I am an old MNer so sorry if I rant on......
My daughter, who lives 230 miles away, rang me this morning very distressed. She had placed a grocery order with ASDA last night to be delivered this morning between 9 and 11 costing £140.

When she accessed her online banking this morning before 6 she noted that the funds had been taken by ASDA. At 8:30 she was contacted by them to say due to adverse weather the delivery would not be made. She accepted this as the conditions were bad where she lives.

She then asked for the funds they had taken hours before the items were due to leave the store, to be refunded immediately back to her account only to be told it would take between 3-10 working daysangry.
After her telling them this was unacceptable as she had 4 young children to feed and care for she was told to contact her bank and get an authorisation code, she did and contacted them again at 9:00 to give them this code, at which point ASDA should have immediately released the funds back to her account.
She was then told by ASDA that her bank needed to fax them before they would release the money, they promised many call backs which have not happened, my daughter has been left on hold for nearly a hour just to be given the run around.
I phoned ASDA head office and let them know that if this situation was not sorted out today I would be contacting the press and media... I was told that their accounts dept was closing in 30 mins and that the bank needed to fax them. So yet again she phoned the bank who refuse to fax them due to Data Protection and was told that the authorisation code was enough for them to refund.
Now she is on hold again to ASDAangry.

AIBU to feel furious that:

1) ASDA have taken funds that they will have known they would not be able to deliver at least 3 hours before the goods were due to leave the shop? Surely the staff would have been aware of the weather conditions outside!!!!!

2) ASDA are keeping hold of money (not a small amount) that legally is not theirs!!!!!

I for one will not shop there again.... the company I use only take the funds out 1 hour before the start of the delivery slot!!!!!!!

TheSecondComing Fri 18-Jan-13 17:43:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Tee2072 Fri 18-Jan-13 17:46:10

Also, boycotts don't work.

Lots of people can only afford ASDA.

All shops do this.

AnneTwacky Fri 18-Jan-13 17:46:23

I've heard similar stories before, hence I'm not a fan of online grocery shopping.

Hope your daughter gets her refund quickly.

jelliebelly Fri 18-Jan-13 17:49:18

Quite typical I think. Vote with your feet at use Ocado instead - they turn up whatever the weather - or they did for me today at least..

HecateWhoopass Fri 18-Jan-13 17:49:53

You won't get enough people on board with this to make a huge company like asda give a stuff.
Toysrus did similar to md.
Bank argued same as yours.
I played merry hell but it makes no difference, ime.
The money apparently got released and then held by some mysterious 3rd party over whom neither bank nor tru had any control.
Suspect you will be told same.

noisytoys Fri 18-Jan-13 17:51:33

go with Saisburys their delivery is great

Mintyy Fri 18-Jan-13 17:53:40

Ocado don't take the money in advance of delivery. Just a tip for future ref.

diaimchlo Fri 18-Jan-13 17:55:08

It's not the delivery that is the problem to be honest as where they live it is difficult to drive to due to extremely steep hills with a sharp hairpin bend joining them so she understood the delivery being cancelled it is the funds that are the problem, why take them out when it was obvious that they would not be able to deliver and why take them out so early????

diamondee Fri 18-Jan-13 17:55:15

I double paid once in asda using my card (checkout person said 1st attempt didn't go through). The amount was the same, a few seconds after the first so it was obviously an error.
It took me two weeks to get the money back with lots of calls to both asda and my bank.
I hate asda!

diaimchlo Fri 18-Jan-13 17:56:11

Thankyou Mintyy will look at themsmile

Arisbottle Fri 18-Jan-13 17:59:42

I used Asda three times for a home shop to try and save money, never again.

first time they charged me twice
Second time despite there being more than enough money for the order in my account something went wrong so they cancelled the order without telling me. So I sat in waiting for my delivery and nothing happened.
Third time, loads missing and I was charged for each missing item.

barmysarmy Fri 18-Jan-13 18:17:01

Asda are notorious for poor customer service, I have had several dealings with them in regards to complaints I have had and have never had a satisfactory response.

Viviennemary Fri 18-Jan-13 18:24:07

That is really unfair. I have never used Asda home shopping and only used Tesco's and Sainsbury's a few times. If this happens to me I just do my own boycott and don't use the shop again.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Fri 18-Jan-13 18:30:48

I have always had great service from Asda, they refund quickly back to my credit card if anything is returned or is not there which happens very rarely, I have also had some things refunded and also been told to keep them anyway. Guess it depends on where you live.

StickEmUp Fri 18-Jan-13 18:47:51

Ive never had any problems with asda this isnt really a serious enough problem for me to boycott them myself.
If it was my family maybe but ... Sorry.

Shutupanddrive Fri 18-Jan-13 18:48:31

I have already boycotted them, they did the same thing to me apart from they took my money twice!! angry so I ended up paying double what I'd ordered, will never use them again

SurroundedByBlue Fri 18-Jan-13 18:50:29

I placed an order with Asda today. Hoping it arrives and they don't just keep the money and not deliver as I can't afford to replace it if it doesn't arrive.

Ocado always take my money 2 days after shopping has been delivered.

I don't see the point of giving my money to companies who don't respect me. So you've got my vote.

Have you tried tweeting?

meditrina Fri 18-Jan-13 18:52:13

Ocado is not as expensive as to might think (and are price matching Tesco at the moment).

And they don't take your money until the driver confirms the delivery has happened.

diaimchlo Fri 18-Jan-13 18:57:32

StickEmUp I am happy for you that you have not had a problem like this with ASDA but "It is not a serious enough problem for you" I can honestly say hand on heart I think you are very selfish...

I would not wish being stuck out in the country with the nearest shop being 2 miles away with 4 young children and most of my available funds being held by a shop that had not fulfilled their contract on my worst enemy.

bringonyourwreckingball Fri 18-Jan-13 18:58:57

I've never had a serious problem with Sainsburys in over 10 years of online shopping. Refunds in particular processed very quickly and with no fuss. From what I've read on here Asda appear to be phenomenally shit.

StuntGirl Fri 18-Jan-13 19:00:01

Money being refunded always takes a few days to go back into the account, its pretty standard. I'm sorry your daughter is without her food shop though.

StickEmUp Fri 18-Jan-13 19:08:56

dia if i boy cotted every shop everyone had a problem with i don't think we'd ever go shopping again wink

StickEmUp Fri 18-Jan-13 19:12:28

Ive had so may problems with Argos i haven't shopped there for ages.

90% of everything I've bought there has to be taken back for a replacement.
Please, everyone boycott it.

OP we'll do a swap, pick a shop you love to shop at, and i'll boycott Asda if you do yours.

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