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  • Why would a business or consumer buy from aria.co.uk?

    [This post concerns RMA233283]

    I run a small business repairing electronic equipment and part of our business is computer building and repair. Recently I thought we could try out aria, since their pricing seemed quite aggressive. So in the past month, I ordered two computer builds. So let me describe my experience.

    First order

    Components arrived quickly, which was excellent. Opened box to discover that all the delicate components were at the bottom of the box (where damage is most likely to occur) and that the top of the box was filled with airbags. Surely, the airbags and packing materials should be around the goods to prevent damage, not on top where they provide no protection whatsoever. Thankfully nothing was damaged, probably due to luck rather than any sort of decent packaging. Part of the order consisted of a power supply that developed a fault - a quite annoying fault that only showed itself after 24hrs of gaming and benchmark usage. The computer became unstable and reset itself. Then after continued usage the PSU would trip out at more and more frequent intervals. So I replaced the PSU and the problem was fixed - QED faulty power pack.

    Making a note of my tests I sent the unit back to Aria for refund. Their tests showed that it was fine and so they refused to refund the money and postage costs. Talking to the representative was like talking to a brick wall, and after a long time on the phone the problem was not resolved. Every argument 'in the book' was used by the representative with the aim of misleading and avoiding the refund, no doubt Aria have forgotten about the consumer laws and rights of customers in the UK. I ended the phone call with disappointment and frustration at the horrendous service, my patience absolutely worn out.

    Having been in the repair business for some time intermittent component failures can be frustrating for the customer and business dealing with the customer. Often, on the bench the item will be fine but when back with the customer the fault shows. We recognise this and in virtually every case like this the customer is right, there was a fault. With time pressures during testing it is easy to pass a component when it is borderline faulty, I know this from experience. This is particularly relevant with power supplies in equipment as the intermittent component failure is affected by heat, current draw, time switched on etc.

    Second order

    The second order arrived packed in the same manner. Airbags on top, delicates on the bottom with no protection. The computer case arrived slightly damaged, which luckily was repaired by myself without having to go through another round of RMA.

    Now my patience has gone.

    So as you can see a pattern of terrible service is emerging. In my Aria test I spent well over 1000 and had plans of spending much more but their stubbornness has lost them a business customer over the mere sum of 30.

  • #2
    Hi there

    I am gonna send this to the owner of the company for several reasons:-

    1. So he can sort out this packaging issue.
    2. To get your money refunded
    3. To see if we can do something to get your business back.

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    • #3
      Hi Gibbo
      I am glad you have taken this seriously as no doubt the problems I have described are affecting many people considering your large customer base.
      The two things that are vital to our business are obviously price and quality of service when it comes to returning goods, based on honesty and respect between the two businesses. If Aria refuses to take back faulty goods and provide good service it affects our bottom line as we have to cover our customers problems immediately and mask the delay involved in returning faulty items.
      It is unlikely that we will be tempted back, however at least you have some feedback to work on.
      Dan

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      • #4
        Originally posted by prsltd View Post
        Hi Gibbo
        I am glad you have taken this seriously as no doubt the problems I have described are affecting many people considering your large customer base.
        The two things that are vital to our business are obviously price and quality of service when it comes to returning goods, based on honesty and respect between the two businesses. If Aria refuses to take back faulty goods and provide good service it affects our bottom line as we have to cover our customers problems immediately and mask the delay involved in returning faulty items.
        It is unlikely that we will be tempted back, however at least you have some feedback to work on.
        Hi there

        I completely agree.

        We've not had any other complaints yet regarding packaging so maybe its an isolated incident but the warehouse packers will still be spoken too as its not exactly rocket science when it comes to packing an item well.

        The other areas I shall let Mr Aria himself look at.

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        • #5
          Sorry about the issues you have suffered PRSLtd. I am looking into it as a matter of urgency communicating this to the packing section of the warehouse.

          You will hear from them shortly.

          I will also look into your RMA.

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          • #6
            Regarding the packaging, it may well be that the air bags start at the bottom and the top and then end up all at the top after the package is shaken in transit, much like you get all the crumbs at the bottom and large pieces at the top of a packet of cereal.
            It may well not be carelessness on whoever is doing the packaging, but lack of thought when planning and directing how to package items.

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            • #7
              sounds like at some point from being packed the box has been lifted and put down on its side, then the next time its been moved its been place upside down. maybe something as simple as an arrow(or the word top?) on the box after its been packed could stop this from happening in the future?
              "Those able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses."
              Plato

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              • #8
                Originally posted by marsey99 View Post
                sounds like at some point from being packed the box has been lifted and put down on its side, then the next time its been moved its been place upside down. maybe something as simple as an arrow(or the word top?) on the box after its been packed could stop this from happening in the future?
                Well this is to be expected when you send a parcel via the courier?

                Anyway, I'm not trying to suggest why and how, clearly there's a problem there and the packaging dept will know what is is and what to do about it.

                There's nothing worse than the disappointment when you open a box full of treats to find something damaged inside. In my case, there were two sticks of ram in a anti-static bag rubbing against each other on the floor of the box, with all the other stuff on top. While they worked fine, its not difficult to imagine the scenario that some surface mount component on the RAM gets scraped off and renders the stick useless or unstable.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by prsltd View Post
                  [This post concerns RMA233283]

                  I run a small business repairing electronic equipment and part of our business is computer building and repair. Recently I thought we could try out aria, since their pricing seemed quite aggressive. So in the past month, I ordered two computer builds. So let me describe my experience.

                  First order

                  Components arrived quickly, which was excellent. Opened box to discover that all the delicate components were at the bottom of the box (where damage is most likely to occur) and that the top of the box was filled with airbags. Surely, the airbags and packing materials should be around the goods to prevent damage, not on top where they provide no protection whatsoever. Thankfully nothing was damaged, probably due to luck rather than any sort of decent packaging. Part of the order consisted of a power supply that developed a fault - a quite annoying fault that only showed itself after 24hrs of gaming and benchmark usage. The computer became unstable and reset itself. Then after continued usage the PSU would trip out at more and more frequent intervals. So I replaced the PSU and the problem was fixed - QED faulty power pack.

                  Making a note of my tests I sent the unit back to Aria for refund. Their tests showed that it was fine and so they refused to refund the money and postage costs. Talking to the representative was like talking to a brick wall, and after a long time on the phone the problem was not resolved. Every argument 'in the book' was used by the representative with the aim of misleading and avoiding the refund, no doubt Aria have forgotten about the consumer laws and rights of customers in the UK. I ended the phone call with disappointment and frustration at the horrendous service, my patience absolutely worn out.

                  Having been in the repair business for some time intermittent component failures can be frustrating for the customer and business dealing with the customer. Often, on the bench the item will be fine but when back with the customer the fault shows. We recognise this and in virtually every case like this the customer is right, there was a fault. With time pressures during testing it is easy to pass a component when it is borderline faulty, I know this from experience. This is particularly relevant with power supplies in equipment as the intermittent component failure is affected by heat, current draw, time switched on etc.

                  Second order

                  The second order arrived packed in the same manner. Airbags on top, delicates on the bottom with no protection. The computer case arrived slightly damaged, which luckily was repaired by myself without having to go through another round of RMA.

                  Now my patience has gone.

                  So as you can see a pattern of terrible service is emerging. In my Aria test I spent well over 1000 and had plans of spending much more but their stubbornness has lost them a business customer over the mere sum of 30.
                  Typical service from Aria they get your money and the customer service goes out the window,
                  I am still waiting for a refund of postage after a HD I ordered arrived DOA,
                  This was for a pc I was building my son for xmas.
                  Will never use Aria Again.

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                  • #10
                    If we were to offer you a credit for the item, is there an alternative PSU you would like instead if not I will look in to getting you the refund?
                    Last edited by lee@cserve; 21-01-10, 10:47.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lee@cserve View Post
                      If we were to offer you credit for the item is are alternative PSU you would like instead if not I will look in to getting you the refund?
                      I have already stated what I need and that is a refund for the faulty psu and its return postage. I do not need credit or an alternative psu since a replacement has already been fitted to the customers PC. So refund of psu and return postage please.

                      Dan

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                      • #12
                        Why would a business or consumer buy from aria.co.uk?

                        This is a question i would like to have a stab at answering, please bear in mind the following;

                        1. I have no affiliation with Aria in anyway.
                        2. I stopped ordering from Aria due to receiving free postage at other e-tailers.

                        Firstly i know of only one other e-tailer that has a Daily Specials board where the things are actually on discount.
                        Secondly after many purchases from Aria i am yet to have a problem with the goods i've ordered or the customer service if i have a query.
                        Thirdly, how many other e-tailers do you know of where you can personal message the Purchasing Manager to get something that bit cheaper or in stock or to match a price?
                        Also there is tons and tons of helpful, mostly knowledgeable people on here ready to help at a moments notice.
                        Lastly, look how well they are responding to your thread? On some other sites your thread would have been deleted.

                        I think all of the above are very valid reasons why i would purchase from Aria and i'm sure others on here can add alot more. I just had a spare 5 minutes.

                        Anyone can sell you anything, its how they look after you when things go wrong, i firmly believe that the employees at Aria hold this as one of there core values.

                        Freedom isn't free"



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                        • #13
                          Hello mate; Lee is liaising with technical to find out what happened exactly. I will make sure you get your postage refunded if the drive arrived DOA.
                          Last edited by Aria; 25-01-10, 18:02.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by El Wayneo View Post
                            Why would a business or consumer buy from aria.co.uk?

                            This is a question i would like to have a stab at answering, please bear in mind the following;

                            1. I have no affiliation with Aria in anyway.
                            2. I stopped ordering from Aria due to receiving free postage at other e-tailers.

                            Firstly i know of only one other e-tailer that has a Daily Specials board where the things are actually on discount.
                            Secondly after many purchases from Aria i am yet to have a problem with the goods i've ordered or the customer service if i have a query.
                            Thirdly, how many other e-tailers do you know of where you can personal message the Purchasing Manager to get something that bit cheaper or in stock or to match a price?
                            Also there is tons and tons of helpful, mostly knowledgeable people on here ready to help at a moments notice.
                            Lastly, look how well they are responding to your thread? On some other sites your thread would have been deleted.

                            I think all of the above are very valid reasons why i would purchase from Aria and i'm sure others on here can add alot more. I just had a spare 5 minutes.

                            Anyone can sell you anything, its how they look after you when things go wrong, i firmly believe that the employees at Aria hold this as one of there core values.
                            Hi there

                            Well said.

                            Were not perfect, nobody is.

                            Plus we are aware we had issues but huge steps are now being made to make a difference and the aim is to get our customer service levels so were one of the best out there.

                            Plus as already mentioned here you don't just have managers within the company replying out of work hours, the owner is replying as well. You don't see that regarding customer service issues elsewhere.

                            The fact we have made this forum public also says big things, we don't hide things and are working on improving things all the time.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by El Wayneo View Post
                              Why would a business or consumer buy from aria.co.uk?

                              This is a question i would like to have a stab at answering, please bear in mind the following;

                              1. I have no affiliation with Aria in anyway.
                              2. I stopped ordering from Aria due to receiving free postage at other e-tailers.

                              Firstly i know of only one other e-tailer that has a Daily Specials board where the things are actually on discount.
                              Secondly after many purchases from Aria i am yet to have a problem with the goods i've ordered or the customer service if i have a query.
                              Thirdly, how many other e-tailers do you know of where you can personal message the Purchasing Manager to get something that bit cheaper or in stock or to match a price?
                              Also there is tons and tons of helpful, mostly knowledgeable people on here ready to help at a moments notice.
                              Lastly, look how well they are responding to your thread? On some other sites your thread would have been deleted.

                              I think all of the above are very valid reasons why i would purchase from Aria and i'm sure others on here can add alot more. I just had a spare 5 minutes.

                              Anyone can sell you anything, its how they look after you when things go wrong, i firmly believe that the employees at Aria hold this as one of there core values.
                              Well you are entitled to your opinion and if that is your experience then good for you and Aria. I have accurately described my recent experience with the packaging and RMA. I accept that an issue may occur with the PSU because of the nature of the fault, so my worst case expectation was to have to contact Aria by phone to sort out the refund - which I did not expect to be in any way painful.

                              I'm sure most people at Aria have good customer service at heart, sadly the rep I dealt with and his colleague/superior he was consulting with with did not. I remained calm throughout the phone call, stated my case, responded to the rep's arguments, said he was crazy to lose a customer over 30 and ended the call when I was completely fed up.

                              Had the rep and his colleague been reasonable, this forum post would never have happened.

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