To think Homebase are fucking useless?!

(51 Posts)
chanelnumberthree Tue 19-Jan-16 11:34:25

I've ordered 2 doors from Homebase.

When I went online to make my purxhasew, the options were collect instore, or home delivery.

However collect instore was not available at any local store. Indeed I've checked every store in my county, and both neighbouring counties - all out of stock.

Ok, so I have to get home delivery. This says within 10 days. Order placed on Saturday, delivery is now going to be 3 February!

There was no option for express or next day delivery.

I have complained, the response I got was that if I wanted I could cancel my order, which I think is pretty poor.

Honestly, it's 2 fairly average internal doors, surely at least 1 store should stock them, or be able to deliver in a fortnight?!

chanelnumberthree Tue 19-Jan-16 11:35:03

Sorry that should have said purchase, not sure what happened there!

DisappointedOne Tue 19-Jan-16 11:43:16

Maybe the warehouse storing the doors flooded/burned down and there's a wait for more.......

cranberryx Tue 19-Jan-16 11:47:22

Agree that it shouldn't give you the delivery option if the item isn't in the warehouse. It seems like they may be waiting for more stock to come in before sending it to you, technically it's a 'preorder' however normally retailers are upfront about this.

I personally would complain on their social media site about lack of transparency of why the item is outside their 10 day promise on the website and then cancel the order and purchase elsewhere if you can.

chanelnumberthree Tue 19-Jan-16 11:55:00

It seems pretty unlikely that there's been some unforeseen event. More likely they simply have no stock (although why no stores in a 100 mile radius would stock a basic internal door is beyond me!)

Unfortunately the particular doors are not available at any other high st DIY retailer on the size I need (all of whom do next day delivery...) and other online sources are much more expensive and only deliver in 2-3 weeks, so I'm stuck, unfortunately.

MyFavouriteClintonisGeorge Tue 19-Jan-16 11:58:02

Have you only just noticed? They have been useless since at least 1645!

They probably don't carry stock at all, and only order it once the customer does. It is annoying, but it does keep prices down.

FauxFox Tue 19-Jan-16 12:00:05

YANBU though YABU to buy stuff from Homebase - every single own brand thing I get there is such crap quality it breaks in seconds! Go to B&Q grin

treaclesoda Tue 19-Jan-16 12:00:21

Another example of their lack of transparency on their website is this. They have an item of furniture, it is in stock, available for collection or home delivery. Then, every couple of months, they do one of those weekends where there is 20% of eg all bedroom furniture. So, last thing on Friday night, the item is in stock. First thing on Saturday morning when the discount kicks in, it is suddenly out of stock everywhere, not available at all. Then on Monday morning, when it's back to full price again, what do you know, the item is back in stock in all local stores and available for home delivery. I kept my eye on one particular item for about a year, just out of curiosity, and sure enough, this happened every time. I contacted them to enquire about it and they swore that is must have sold out at midnight every Friday and only come back in stock once the promotion was over, and it was all just coincidence. hmm

lostincumbria Tue 19-Jan-16 12:17:21

Nice one treacle. I love the way they shove the prices of kitchens up in December and March before their New Year/Easter sales. B&Q were still cheaper withoit a sale than Homebase with 50% off.

chanelnumberthree Tue 19-Jan-16 12:19:54

Treaclesoda, that's shocking!

I've never purchased online with them before, but have bought a few things over the years instore as they're my nearest DIY retailer and never had any problems.

B&Q don't sell the door I need, and Wickes don't sell it in the right width, so stuck with Homebase!

treaclesoda Tue 19-Jan-16 12:44:10

I'm not claiming they do that with ALL of their furniture, every time they have a sale, but they obviously have some items that for one reason or another they have decided not to include in the promotion and for some reason instead of saying 'this item is excluded from the promotion' they prefer to make it look as if it is included but just happens to be out of stock. I would never had noticed if there hadn't been one particular item that I couldn't make my mind up about and I kept going back to look at it, and then I noticed a pattern...

5minutestobed Tue 19-Jan-16 12:46:14

I used to work for them, yes they really are useless.

Snoopysimaginaryfriend Tue 19-Jan-16 13:05:33

We went to homebase for a few square metres of AstroTurf. They said we couldn't collect it and would have to get it delivered. We agreed and asked when it would be delivered - 'the computer says some time in the next month'. Unbelievable confused

DramaAlpaca Tue 19-Jan-16 13:09:07

I used to work for them too and agree they are dreadful.

Foxyloxy1plus1 Tue 19-Jan-16 13:23:54

Perhaps their new owner will lick them into shape.

TamaraLamara Tue 19-Jan-16 13:39:38

YANBU.

Send a scathing email. They did a similar thing with me recently where I purchased a large item of furniture and selected a delivery date the following week (the only date that was offered to me).

Rang them on the scheduled delivery date to request a rough time slot. Was told that even though my order confirmation confirmed the selected delivery date, it was never going to have been delivered on that day and was in fact going to be another 3 weeks. Their only explanation was that 'an error must have occurred'. hmm

Cancelled the order, repurchased from elsewhere, and received a compensation chequered from HB for the inconvenience (which I had to chase up as their ineptitude meant it wasn't sent out!)

They're shite.

minipie Tue 19-Jan-16 13:43:31

YANBU. I am amazed they are still in business tbh, they seem to do a bit of everything but nothing really well.

glueandstick Tue 19-Jan-16 14:31:35

Why am I thinking that screwfix sell doors? They always tend to be better than home base (can't be worse...)

ratspeaker Tue 19-Jan-16 14:40:15

They close sed seveal stores in Edinburgh and surrounding area but still keep sending me "offers"... Like the 2 tins of paint for good price but you'd never find enough stock to get 2 tins in same colour.
I bleieve the company has now been sold and they will be rebranding.

ratspeaker Tue 19-Jan-16 14:42:25

Yup they've been sold
www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35340384

TooMuchOfEverything Tue 19-Jan-16 14:43:19

They are related to Argos. Of course they're shit!!!

chanelnumberthree Tue 19-Jan-16 15:01:53

Unfortunately Screwfix don't sell the right doors either. I can't find any other retailer that does.

I've asked for my complaint to be escalated but I suspect I'm wasting my time.

glueandstick Tue 19-Jan-16 15:23:32

Have you tried Howdens? (Just going through a list of places used in the past who have been quite good)

I suspect your complaint will be treated with the greatest urgency. Bahahahahaha.

chanelnumberthree Tue 19-Jan-16 16:37:44

No, Howdens don't sell it either. Unfortunately.

GiddyOnZackHunt Tue 19-Jan-16 16:42:28

Have you tried a timber merchants? Our local one can get hold of doors in a huge range of sizes?

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