09-09-2021 07:54 PM
Okay, I will admit this before I present my issue here on this forum. I did a bit too many returns/exchanges due to some wrong product decisions by me and also a mistake by Best Buy in giving a wrong model which was returned immediately at the store without opening the box.
On 8.28.21, I Traded in my Note 20 Ultra for S21 Ultra online with a store pick up at a local Best Buy store. I received a Trade-in allowance of $430, and an Instore Promotion of $170, the Phone Price was $999.99. So, I paid $422.16 with tax.
On 9.3.21, I exchanged the phone for Samsung Galaxy Flip. A $44.52 restocking fee was applied. So, ($44.52 - $422.16) = -$377.64 + $957.48 for the Flip 3G 256 GB ($890.47 with tax $67.01). It comes out to $579.84, which was charged to my Best Buy credit card. The store was unable to apply the $430 trade-in allowance or issue me a gift card for my trade-in because they said the first transaction was online and I need to contact BB customer service.
Unfortunately, the Flip model was last year's model whereas I wanted to buy this year's Flip 3 5G model. So, I returned it immediately without opening the box right there. The store rep issued a refund of $957.48. The store rep helped me get a 128 GB Flip 3 5G for $749.99 + tax $61.87 = $811.86 and charged it to my best buy credit card. Again, the $430 trade-in allowance was not applied or a gift card for my trade-in was given to me.
The receipt clearly states the following:
"In case of a return of your new mobile phone(s), we'll refund the value of your trade-in phone(s) on a Best Buy gift card. Trade-in promotion is forfeited. Returns Policy applies. Trade in devices cannot be returned once your transaction is complete"
I called customer service, chatted, and spent 3 hours at the same store. Nothing has happened so far. I gave my Note 20 ultra free of cost to Best Buy and they are refusing to give me my money back. Is it possible to escalate this to someone or some team in Best Buy or FTC or something? Moreover every time I called the phone lines went dead after I explain everything in detail in a painstaking way to each rep. I did nothing wrong.
09-10-2021 07:10 AM
You nailed it with your opening line.
While your transactions sound like they are legitimate, they do match a pattern of fraud.
09-10-2021 08:16 AM
I did not imply you committed fraud. But it matches the pattern of fraud.
It is a fraud practice to buy new items and then try and return broken or used ones in their stead.
Most likely a computer algorithm picked it up and marked you.
This type of thing happens more than many realize.
I used to work at CC and confronted a guy for trying to return a modem that did not even fit in the box.