Sears has copied Canadian Tire's policy of making returns/exchanges as difficult and surly as possible. This past weekend I wanted to purchase an item -a mixer- on "liquidation" that had been reduced to $209.95 from $309. At the cash I was told it was a final sale -news to me- & there was a 10 day exchange policy for another or similar product, but no refund -again news to me. Upon questioning this, I was told this policy has been in effect since Dec. 2008. I was further told that if I couldn't find a similar item; which had to be of same value or MORE, I would be given a credit note that HAD TO BE SPENT THE SAME DAY, IN THE SAME STORE. So in my case if the mixer proves to be unwanted - it's a gift- then I have to spend $209.95 immediately. What if there was nothing I wanted to purchase I asked. " Well, that is your problem" was the exact response. Also any further discounts that the store offers on weekend shopping "specials" no longer apply to "liquidation "items. Now I know why so many remain on the shelves.
Spitting mad I called the so-called President's Line this morning and the upshot was that this is Sears policy to "better serve(? ) our customers" I was told. If this is better service, pray tell what is poorer service? I informed the Sears rep that upon receiving our next statement our acc't will be paid in full & closed. This after 39 yrs as customers. The only response was "sorry to hear that and I have noted your complaint". This incident is the straw that broke the camel's back, We have had several bad experiences with Sears in Montreal -mall locations, as well as, the Whole Home stores- over the past 15 months & in each case management both here & corporate could not care less.
So, dear shopper, be vary, very vary of shopping and ask lots of questions. If the answers make no sense let them know and spent your hard earned money elsewhere.