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How Good is BB's So-called "Unconditional Guarantee"?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by markdc, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. markdc

    markdc Senior member

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    On its website, Brooks Brothers states:

    "Brooks Brothers guarantees its merchandise and your satisfaction. Purchases may be exchanged or returned at any time. With a receipt, full merchandise refunds will be issued by original payment method. Without a receipt, merchandise refunds will only be issued at current sale price on a Brooks Brothers Merchandise Credit Card. Cash refunded only in amounts of $250 or less at Brooks Brothers retail stores in the United States only."

    Have any of you tried to take advantage of this guarantee before without a receipt? And how fair are they in terms of refunding your money?

    Thanks!
     
  2. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Are you trying to josepidal them?
     
  3. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    Are you trying to josepidal them?

    This is markdc"s first post!

    Welcome to SF Mark.

    Don't worry if you dont understand Ed's question.

    You are not alone.

    I've never returned anything to BB, but I'll bet that someone here has experience with BB returns.
     
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    I've taken back a 3 year old mtm suit because one sleeve came off - I was not seeking a refund, but a repair. BB not only repaired the sleeve, they refunded about half the original purchase price as well.
     
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    distinctive Senior member

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    Will let you know if a couple of days regarding some shoes
     
  6. borace

    borace Well-Known Member

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    I have had good experience with the BB guarantee. I had three non-iron oxford cloth shirts that frayed around the collar and cuffs. They varied in age from 18 months to 3 years. I returned them all to the Newberry St, Boston store and they replaced them without quibble, even allowing me to select the must-iron versions instead of the non-iron versions I'd originally bought.
     
  7. markdc

    markdc Senior member

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    I have had good experience with the BB guarantee. I had three non-iron oxford cloth shirts that frayed around the collar and cuffs. They varied in age from 18 months to 3 years. I returned them all to the Newberry St, Boston store and they replaced them without quibble, even allowing me to select the must-iron versions instead of the non-iron versions I'd originally bought.

    Ahhh... interesting. That's the exact same problem I have! I have one sleeve on my dominant hand whose cuff is starting to fray a bit. Is it a problem if I don't have a receipt?

    Also, since I'm in New York, should it take it to the 5th Ave. store or the one on 346 Madison?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  8. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

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    I once exchanged a 6-month-old pair of socks (without receipt) because the toe had come apart. They blinked, but they did the exchange. I felt so bad about it, I bought two shirts (on sale) before I left the store.
     
  9. markdc

    markdc Senior member

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    I once exchanged a 6-month-old pair of socks (without receipt) because the toe had come apart. They blinked, but they did the exchange. I felt so bad about it, I bought two shirts (on sale) before I left the store.

    Which store was this at? Since there are two big New York stores, I figure that I might as well choose the one where the salespeople are less defensive.
     
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    borace Well-Known Member

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    Ahhh... interesting. That's the exact same problem I have! I have one sleeve on my dominant hand whose cuff is starting to fray a bit. Is it a problem if I don't have a receipt?

    Also, since I'm in New York, should it take it to the 5th Ave. store or the one on 346 Madison?

    Thanks for the help!




    I live in the UK and my shirts were originally purchased during vacations, all on seperate occasions at BB's in NY, San Francisco and Florida. I returned them without receipts to the Newberry Street store, where I found the staff to be extremely helpful.

    If I were in NY I think I would use the 346, simply because if I wanted an exchange the choice would probably be wider there.

    From my experience, I don't think you need to worry about the staff being defensive
     
  11. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

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    Which store was this at? Since there are two big New York stores, I figure that I might as well choose the one where the salespeople are less defensive.

    It was in the suburbs, not the city. They'll do the exchange. they do keep track of customers' exchange records, and there's probably some point at which you get black-listed, but it won't be on the first exchange.
     
  12. markdc

    markdc Senior member

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    It was in the suburbs, not the city. They'll do the exchange. they do keep track of customers' exchange records, and there's probably some point at which you get black-listed, but it won't be on the first exchange.

    Understood. So I assume that the blacklisting is what happens when you try to "josepidal" them, as edmorel puts it? Haha. Would anyone mind explaining the inside joke?
     
  13. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    Josepidal is a board member here whose punctiliousness and concern with details some find irritating.

    Of the two NYC stores, Madison is the flagship and caters to the most serious sartorialist, while the 5th Ave store is patronized by more casual dressers, including tourists.
     
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    markdc Senior member

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    Josepidal is a board member here whose punctiliousness and concern with details some find irritating.

    Of the two NYC stores, Madison is the flagship and caters to the most serious sartorialist, while the 5th Ave store is patronized by more casual dressers, including tourists.


    So if I'm a college student interning in the city, I'd probably be less intimidated walking into 5th Ave? ;-)
     
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    markdc Senior member

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    And thanks for the quick responses from everybody. All of you have made a great first impression. SF seems like a great forum!
     
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    And thanks for the quick responses from everybody. All of you have made a great first impression. SF seems like a great forum!

    Welcome!
     
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    I've taken back a 3 year old mtm suit because one sleeve came off - I was not seeking a refund, but a repair. BB not only repaired the sleeve, they refunded about half the original purchase price as well.

    The whole sleeve came off? That's fucking awesome!

    Jon.
     
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    j Senior member Admin

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    The whole sleeve came off? That's fucking awesome!

    Jon.

    'Twas but a scratch.

    [​IMG]
     
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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Josepidal is a board member here whose punctiliousness and concern with details some find irritating. Of the two NYC stores, Madison is the flagship and caters to the most serious sartorialist, while the 5th Ave store is patronized by more casual dressers, including tourists.
    More specifically, the term, "to Josepidal," as a verb, refers to a return of an item such as a pair of shoes already worn but only after some length of time deciding that they are not right for the returner. The term is particularly a propros when such return is accompanied with an argument with a salesman regarding the fact that the soles are all scratched up and the suggestion by the returner that they were only warn inside on a carpet, not outside, and therefore are not actually "worn." A dispute over the refund of sales tax is also an aggravating factor that tends to prove an effective "josepidal" (the noun form). This is not to be confused with the term, "to mafoofan," which is a verb generally meaning: to have no need to return anything to a merchant, because you are not a customer in the first place, but while you pass no judgment on whether or not such articles do, indeed, warrant a return, you nevertheless feel the need to point out that there is an insufficient survey size to determine whether such returns are, in fact, necessary, or whether the merchant should be avoided altogether, not that you would ever make such a judgment one way or the other.
     
  20. markdc

    markdc Senior member

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    'Twas but a scratch.

    [​IMG]


    haha, that's great.
     

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