Update by user Jan 08, 2013
The owner of Safesetc called today and was very conciliatory, offering to restitute any costs we incurred as a result of dealing with the manufacturer, Cobalt.He was not aware of the way we were treated by the manufacturer, and the manufacturer did not communicate good information to Safestetc throughout this entire process.
The owner said he will be taking this issue up with them as it reflected poorly on Safestetc as well.
In talking with him, it also became apparent that the warranty as described on their website was not accurate in stating how things actually work, and he said he would correct that so it is more clear.So while there was some frustration and confusion in this situation, and some mistakes were made, I do not believe they were intentional on the part of Safesetc.
One other point to correct: it was the manufacturer, Cobalt, that advised us to tap the safe with a hammer to get it to open, not Safesetc.
Update by user Jan 07, 2013
Here's what I'm talking about: We opened the safe as soon as it was delivered and on the first attempt to operate it, it failed to work.We contacted them the next day and they walked us through some steps to get it to operate and it finally did open.
But it required the use of a hammer to do this each time. Since this problem occurred right out of the box, we expected they would just exchange the safe for us. But no, they referred us to the manufacturer. When a company is reselling and says they have a warranty, the reseller needs to honor it as stated, and not redirect consumers to whatever manufacturer they are working with.
The manufacturer was in the dark on this and didn't really want to help but we were able to finally get it resolved. Safesetc made this a total mess to begin with simply by not honoring their warranty as stated.
I suspect the people who have had good experiences with them have not really needed any customer service, or are buying so frequently they are getting preferred treatment in order for their business to be retained.But if you are just buying one safe, then realize that you are rolling the dice with these guys.
Original review posted by user Dec 07, 2012
These guys totally screwed us over.The claim to offer a warranty but we received a product which was defective right out of the box, the referred us to the manufacturer instead of honoring the warranty!
The whole thing was a mess and took months to resolve. The refused to take in ownership or responsibility for the product that they sold to us. They even blamed us for mishandling the safe, even though we did nothing but take it out of the box and try to unlock it- which it wouldn't do!
Horrible customer service and a horrible service philosophy.Don't do business with the rinky-*** shop of novices and cheats if you can avoid it.
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