One of the things I most hate about Indian call centres is the lack of understanding of the sales process. The call centre seems to have to operate on a strict chain of command, and the sense of nail-dragging and absolute frustration I get when I have the call centre person on the phone reading through the script or trying to not answer the question I have asked.
In this episode of trying to make a purchase through Dell phone sales, I spoke to someone weeks ago about purchasing a couple of 23" or 24" monitors. I asked for a price quote to be EMAILED to me such that I could get authorization. Sadly, the email did not come - because the supervisor had to call me first to tell me the quote - and then I would get the email.
Because of that delay, I could not purchase the monitors (I had to travel for a couple of weeks).
Then, as I returned to London, I decided to give it a go again. This time, I found the email and contacted the rep again. I told them that, in the intervening weeks, the price quote I had gotten had been improved and could they offer me a better quote. Within an hour, I got a couple of quotes - at the prior price with the wrong color monitor. I then resent the emails back to them requiring a rejigger of the pricing - and to have the quote re-emailed to me. I was informed that they were going to have their supervisor call me. Unfortunately, I normally do not answer "Private Number" phone calls - so when he called, I chose not to pick up. I emailed again asking for a price quote in EMAIL, and again he tried to call.
A week later, I finally had the time to email again - and informed them that I needed a response as soon as possible. And once again, they CALLED me from a Private Number, which this time, I decided to take.
When the call centre rep got on the line, she began to explain to me how they would not be able to give me a response until tomorrow when the supervisor would call me. At that point, I was LIVID. I mean, did they want the sale or not? I started trying to get more details on why it was so hard to get a discount price quote emailed to me - and sadly, it took a number of directed questions ("Okay, is there a reason why you can not email me a quote before I speak to your supervisor, yes or no?") to get a shallow understanding.
But did I get an email? Well - I am waiting since the call centre rep did say I would get the discounted price quote for the monitors by the end of the business day - but she made sure to inform me that the delivery would not be next-day. I informed her that the other quote I got was, and I hope that they made the discount intriguing. Let's see what happens.
Can I ask Dell a simple question? Why do you make it so hard to purchase, instead of easy? Just a couple of questions:
- Why do you have to have a supervisor call me? Why just provide the price quote - and then follow up?
- Why do your call centre people always sound like they are reading from a script and not being proactive in their engagement? Especially when I spend time with Apple and find I walk away from that experience with nothing but joy?
For all those Dell managers out there - the Dell Offer # is 91867318 and the Customer # is GB11886331.