Another Walmart debacle. The red piece of furniture I told you would be coming to my dining room was a very pretty red buffet. It had glass doors and I was going to put my dishes on the shelves where they wouldn’t collect dust.
The box was delivered yesterday morning. Nathan sat down on the floor to start putting it together later in the day.
What on earth?
The pieces he had to put together were covered, literally covered, in fiberglass. Nathan was a trooper and put it together. Then took off for his apartment as fast as he could because the fiberglass was all over him.
What I regret now is that I did not stop him from putting it together. It simply was not worth the risk. But you know how hindsight is 20/20.
Once he got it put together, the doors wouldn’t stay closed. Pieces did not fit correctly. And still, after we’d wiped and cleaned and dusted and vacuumed it, it still had fiberglass on it.
Have you ever dealt with fiberglass? It’s like trying to trap dust particles.
I was fit to be tied. I paid nearly $130 for a piece I did not want in my home. So I called Walmart.
Can no longer find walmart corporate phone number:
Did you know that the corporate number I called just months ago over the promotion I never got ($25) for their Walmart credit card no longer is online? Now it goes straight to customer service in another country.
Another country where you can hardly understand them and they can hardly understand you.
Another strike against them. I never used that credit card, by the way. It’s sitting in a drawer. I should have listened to my gut back then when I was so angry and not purchased anything significant from Walmart.
They have promised me a refund. And if I don’t get it I will be yelling from the rooftops. They wanted me to take the piece apart and put it in the box and then have Fed Ex pick it up.
I told them there was no way I was letting anyone near it to be covered in fiberglass like Nathan was. And I wasn’t touching it. I said it needed to go straight to a dumpster, and that’s where it went.
So we’ll see. Who wants a piece of furniture covered in fiberglass to be used for their dishes or anything else? Those little pieces of fiberglass were everywhere. I vacuumed thoroughly once Nathan took it to the trash on a dolly.
What Fed Ex employee is going to pick up a piece of furniture not in a box and covered in fiberglass? I don’t want to get sued. And I don’t want anyone hurt.
Yet another curious walmart incident:
Do you recall months ago I ordered what I think was kitty litter from Walmart. Kitty litter is heavy and hard on my hands. So it’s far easier to order it online.
What was delivered was two boxes. One was the box of kitty litter. And there was a huge box as big as my porch filled with pesticides, fertilizer and cat food. And the first two were open and spilling out. Which of course I did not order.
I had maintenance take that horrid box to the dumpster too. That’s what Walmart actually asked me to do. I did not pay for what was in that big box. And I have no idea why it arrived at my door.
No way was I giving away the bag of cat food bag mixed in with the other more potent stuff to someone with a cat (this was just before Ivy). Because the pellets of pesticides and fertilizer was open and splattered in the box.
Of course people order a lot of things online these days. It is routine now and it is handy. People on the other end who fulfill these orders make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes.
But why did I receive a box with pieces covered in fiberglass? It is a mystery.
Poor Nathan. He was hurting all over. It got into his hands and his clothing and his shoes. He was miserable as he headed home to try to shower it off. And I felt terrible for having put him through that.
Stores sell you boxes of furniture now:
When you stop and think about it, there are no longer many stores you can go into where you can purchase a whole piece of furniture and not a box full of pieces to be put together. Think about it.
I can’t even go into a furniture store around here and walk out with furniture. You have to order it and then pay to have it delivered and assembled. Or you might get lucky and they have the actual boxes on sight and you can take them home if you own a truck.
We don’t have an IKEA in Oklahoma, so I don’t know how that place works. Is it the same with them?
So I’m back to square one on what I was planning to do in my dining room. Sorry for the rant, but it had to come out somewhere. And I’ve already given several ears full to Walmart.
My fault here as well. I guess the old adage you get what you pay for is mainly true. I was trying to get a cheap piece of furniture because that’s what people without tons of money do. And oftentimes you get a dud.
Here is the dud:
It is pretty, the right color, and just what I wanted. But take my advice; don’t order it. I read many of the reviews and no one mentioned fiberglass. So I’m sure this was an anomaly.
So now I will tell you about tomorrow’s Friday Frugal Tips topic. Let’s discuss frugal forms of entertainment. Movies, books, or whatever you do in your down time and hours of relaxation.
See you tomorrow for Frugal Tips Friday.
Note: I just checked my bank account online. To Walmart’s credit, they have already refunded me in full.