Helen is the fixer, who peruses message boards looking to publicly smooth over people who make their shabby treatment public. I avoid Adorama on principle because this procedure makes it quite clear they're only interested in keeping the money flowing, not actually doing the right thing. The web has hundreds of horror stories of people getting not-what-they-paid-for from Adorama and then when they call, they get insulted for their trouble... until the account hits the Internet, and then Helen appears to wax sincerely about "one or two bad apples" that caused so much trouble in the warehouse.
Actually, I'm not a 'fixer'. I'm actually contracted to act as an Independent Consultant, on behalf of Adorama customers.
If members of staff at Adorama mess up, I waste no time in letting them - and the management team - know about it.
Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador
Helen has been very open about past problems with Adorama's used department. She didn't make excuses for the past, and said that those people had been replaced. Because of that, I am willing to once again consider Adorama for used equipment, after writing them off previously after a bad experience.
Maybe there are still problems. She doesn't run the place, so she can only do so much directly, but I think she's sincere. Credibility is the basis of her job. If nothing has changed her credibility will suffer, so she has a personal interest in seeing changes occur.
I once got from KEH a supposed BGN lens which was clearly UG. They took it back, no problem. Mistakes do happen. I wouldn't judge anyone on one experience, unless it were egregious, which my experience with Adorama three years ago was. Helen has put her credibility on the line by saying changes have been made. So I'm willing to give Adorama another chance.
I'd suggest a moderator's change to the title of this thread.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Helen,I must tell you that I am extremely bothered by the entire thread that has unfolded here. I am a big supporter of Adorama, and have found wonderful service and excellent bargains at the company. However, why does it take an angry message on APUG, and many messages both pro and con Adorama, until YOU have to step forward to solve the issues raised.
Suggestion: Doesn't it make complete sense for Adorama to SUPPLY YOUR EMAIL contact information when any problems occur so that the issues raised on this thread need never again be voiced? If you are Adorama's Ombudsmand, than send all complaints to you so that you can deal with those that you must, and refer those that can be handled by others. How many APUGS does it take to solve a complaint?
I must apologize to Adorama; I will continue to patronize them. True, I was disappointed and angry that I was not informed of the condition of the camera in question prior to purchase; I do love tlr's! And I enjoy using them, nevertheless, Adorama acted quickly to rectify the situation, for which I am grateful, and I over-reacted, and for that I am truly sorry. Pax?
We live in difficult and tense times so it's best to count to ten and take care of business under a cooler sky. I've bought from Adorama and they have been just fine, I've gotten exactly what I expected. You are a bigger person for making the statement of apologize.
Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand