Posts Tagged ‘American Leather’

Jordan’s finally makes good on defective sofa

Monday, April 12th, 2010

A couple months ago, I posted here about the defective American Leather sleeper sofa sold to us by Jordan’s Furniture.  In a nutshell, the sofa had a design defect — zippers were used to hold the seat-back cushions but weren’t strong enough to bear the weight — which caused our sofa to break; Jordan’s charged us $210 to replace it even though the sofa was under warranty; then the new sofa broke too.  I wrote to Jordan’s, told them that it was now clear that a design defect that had caused our first sofa to break; that they should stop selling American Leather sleeper sofas until the design was fixed; and that they should refund the $210 we had been charged to replace our first sofa with another one that broke the same way.  I also told them we didn’t want them to replace the sofa a second time, since one of the zippers on the third sofa would inevitably break just like the others, so there was no point.

Believe it or not, the story has a pretty good ending.  (more…)

Design defect in American Leather sleeper sofa sold by Jordan’s Furniture

Monday, February 1st, 2010

February 1, 2010

Legal Department
Jordan’s Furniture
450 Revolutionary Drive
East Taunton, MA 02718-1369

To whom it may concern:

I am writing to you about a design defect in a piece of furniture sold to me by Jordan’s Furniture. This defect is sufficiently serious and egregious as to violate both the implied warranty of merchantability and warranty of fitness for a particular purpose. After explaining the problem below, I will explain how I expect you to compensate my wife and me for it.

In November 2007, we purchased an American Leather sleeper sofa at your store in Natick, MA. Several months after the sofa arrived, the end of the zipper holding one of the cushions began to separate from the back of the sofa, so we called and scheduled a technician to come look at it.

He said it could not be repaired and the sofa would have to be replaced. The model was no longer available, and rather than replacing our defective sofa with the closest equivalent, you instead gave us a credit for the original purchase price and told us we could use it toward the purchase of a replacement. The problem was that the new model cost $420 more. In other words, you sold us a defective sofa and then expected us to pay over $400 to replace it within their warranty period.

Needless to say, we were unhappy about this, and we complained. A customer service representative agreed for Jordan’s to absorb half of the incremental cost of the replacement sofa, thus reducing our out-of-pocket cost to $210. We accepted this offer with reservations.

Additional details about the events described above are available on my blog at <http://blog.kamens.brookline.ma.us/~jik/wordpress/jordans_warranty>.

Fast forward to a few months ago, when the same zipper on the same cushion on our replacement sofa began to separate from the sofa in exactly the same way. Not only that, but because of the separation, the zipper comes undone when people lean back on the cushion. (more…)

Jordan’s Furniture warranty: buyer beware

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

About a year ago, my wife and I bought an expensive sleeper sofa from Jordan’s Furniture.  Well, actually, our parents bought it for us.  We paid a lot of money for it because we wanted the American Leather sleeper sofa, which has a rather unusual design.  The mattress is actually several separate foam cushions mounted on a solid, segmented, folding platform.  When the bed is opened, the platform is flat and the edges of the cushions push together to form a continuous sleep surface.

The American Leather sleeper sofa is more comfortable than “regular” sleepers because it doesn’t have the awful spring-mounted fabric platform that always sags intolerably, and because its foam mattress lasts long and is firmer than the awful folding inner-spring mattresses in most sleepers.

A few months after the sofa arrived, two manufacturing defects became apparent.  First of all, the seams on one of the cushions began to separate.  Second, the zipper that holds that same cushion to the sofa back was installed incorrectly, such that when the zipper is pulled all the way closed, the tab comes off and has to be laboriously threaded back onto the zipper.  This means that the cushion can’t be zipped all the way and is always loose.  We called Jordan’s and asked them to send a repair technician to look at the problems.

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