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Made.com, a furniture retailer which 'cuts out the middle man' launched yesterday, backed by £2.5m in funding from Brent Hoberman, PROfounders and others. 

The company was founded by entrepreneur Ning Li, and aims to bring down the cost of furniture by cutting out the wholesaler and the retailer and selling direct to the public. 

I've been taking a look at the new site... 

Funding

Ning Li was the co-founder of MyFab.com, a French website with the same concept of furniture retail, before cashing out during a previous round of funding. The £2.5m funding comes from Brent Hoberman, PROfounders, Marc Simoncini through Jaïna Capital, and John Hunt.

Homepage

The homepage looks good, and importantly, does a good job of communicating the purpose of the website to the new visitor. 

The picture and the 'prices stripped bare' tag help to get the point across, and there are some useful links further down the page that explain the site and the business model. 

Instead of having a long homepage which would require scrolling, everything is kept above the fold. The links to Why made.com, Well made etc open up space below the fold where the site is explained, or top sellers are shown. It's a useful way to get users to look below the fold: 

Product pages

There is a limited range of products so far, but the products that are there are well-presented. 

There is a countdown clock on the page which shows the time left until the piece goes into production, and thus the time left to place an order, which could have the effect of creating a sense of urgency in the customer's mind and push them towards a purchase. 

There is plenty of information about the product, the designer, the place of manufacture, the process, and even the method of delivery from China or wherever else the product will be made. 

Customers will have to wait 10-14 weeks for some products, but this is not uncommon in furniture retail, and the site does allow the order to be tracked all the way. 

Product photos are high quality, and include a range of views and some detailed shots. The returns policy is made clear, and reassurances are offered about site security, though by text not logos. The only thing that's missing is delivery charges. 

Voting for new products

The site also has a 'Labs' section, where users can vote for the products that the site will sell in future. 

Customers can say whether they love or loathe a product, and give a five star rating for price and design before submitting their vote. 

It's a good way for the site to gauge the popularity of new products, and also to find the correct price range when it is made available, though if I was a furniture designer, I'd be getting my friends and family to vote for me. 

Checkout process

The basket page is fine, with shipping charges revealed, a summary of the purchase, and the same returns and security reassurances that are on the rest of the site: 

The checkout process requires registration, though the form is at least simple to fill in. The process hasn't been enclosed though, so there are still plenty of links that could take shoppers away from the checkout. 

Made.com has gone for an 'accordian-style' one page checkout. Customers fill each part at a time, and the next section opens up when this form is submitted. 

This design means that the upcoming steps in the checkout process are clear to see, and the headings also act as useful links in case customers need to go back and edit any previous information they have entered, better than having to use the back button on the browser. 

Also, there is a summary of information that you have entered so far along the side so you can quickly review your details and check for errors. 

Conclusion

The backing, and the fact that the business model has already been proven elsewhere, suggests that Made.com has an excellent chance of success.

Like Naked Wines, it promises to provide quality products for customers at affordable prices by cutting out middlemen, and this is something that will appeal to shoppers. 

Importantly, the site communicates this business model effectively, and provides a good experience throughout, combining usability with an attractive and stylish design. Whistles take note...

Graham Charlton

Published 23 March, 2010 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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Matthew Phelan

Matthew Phelan, Director and Co-Founder at 4Ps Marketing

I like the look and feel of the website. Seems to be lacking some Obvious SEO, which is a shame for a launch. I’m sure they have it in hand though. Nice clean website.

over 6 years ago

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Enver

i bought a code from groupon £17 for a £50 voucher., after successfully purchasing my voucher, i steered my self to made.com , and have had a nightmare in the ordering process. firstly my voucher didnt work after trying to contact made.com ......they said my code was invalid, and to try and to contact groupon as they hadn't sent my code to them.! tried getting in contact with groupon no success. email or phone calls, i was able to contact USA groupon via email but they had a different system... later on the day after contacting made.com again to say i was unable to resolve the issue with groupon i had forwading them my invoice. they came back to admit they was a problem and that groupon did the error by sending out the wronge codes and to use the secuirty code not the voucher code.(this was a phone call i recieved , shortly later a email was sent out to everyone) --- i was then a little excited that i was finally going to able to make a order , but my voucher code still pops up invalid. a bit annoying when i thought it be a simple process. - all i want is my order made please.!!

about 6 years ago

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mthomas

I have found their customer service to be pretty awful. My goods went to the incorrect address. I could only complain through an email portal - there is no option to speak to someone. My complaint was ignored so I had to follow up. When I finally got someone to answer my email, I got no apology despite asking for one. I don't even know if the chairs I bought are OK as I haven't been able to collect them yet - they were sent to an address two hours away from the correct delivery address.

over 5 years ago

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J King

I bought 2 chairs from made.com and they delivered whilst I was out. I had waited in until past their delivery estimate and then they delivered to my neighbour even though I didn't request this. I don't know my neighbours and they speak very little English. I thought it would be safer to get them into my house but couldn't move the boxes as they were so large and heavy. The neighbours aren't happy as they have 2 huge boxes taking up space in their small house and I still don't have my chairs. No phone numbers for made.com or their couriers (Yodel). I'll never use them again. A phone call to arrange delivery would have been useful.

over 5 years ago

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Deanna Halsall

I ordered the hollander bike back in February and am STILL waiting for it! There has been delay after delay on it reaching the UK and now that it eventually has, it has so far taken two weeks and counting for them to deliver it.

I also found the fact that there is no phone number very annoying, but after a bit of research, a colleague of mine found a number (which I'm happy to pass to anyone that requires it).... and managed to speak to someone direct. It was obvious that they weren't happy about being contacted via phone because they don't want to have to deal directly with all of their clearly unhappy customers.

Safe to say I won't be shopping with them again, and neither will my two colleagues who have both been waiting longer than I have.... one since January and one since November!!

over 5 years ago

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Nathan

My Hollander arrived a month late, I've opened it today and the stand is missing, there are none of the tools to fit it, and the handlebars are broken.

Please avoid at all costs.

over 5 years ago

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LauraG

Yikes
My Hollander bike is over a month late..so far.
My husband's similarly late bike arrived last week er... Minus a SADDLE and PEDDLES. Just not getting email answers so would be much obliged to MsHalsall (July comment) for Made.Com phone number!!!c

over 5 years ago

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cj

I've heard mixed reports about this company. A friend of mine purchased & the item was delivered much later than advertised. However, I also heard that they are doing high volume of sales? Does anyone know any more about this?

over 5 years ago

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MT2011

My Hollander bike took 6 MONTHS to show up. Several parts missing/broken. Looked great in the photos but really really bad quality in reality. I was worried about the safety aspect of riding it and took it to get checked out at my local bike repair shop. They refused to work on it saying it was too bad quality and not infixable. I was pretty scared when they said it was a 'deathtrap' and should not ride it home because both pedals were about to fall off.

They shouldnt be allowed to advertise a dangerous product in reputable mags like the Guardian and Grazia.

over 5 years ago

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Aww10

Hi Deanna,
i ordered the Hollander bike back in April for my wifes 50th.It still has not arrived. I sent an email last month and got no reply.
could you pass on the phone number that you have please.im a bit worried about the comments about the quality as it looks great in the photos.It does say it can be returned if you are not happy with it but you probibly have to jump through hoops to get a refund.Thanks.

over 5 years ago

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Hannah

Hi,

I have just received a sofa with a big rip in it. Would you be able to pass on the number Deanna?

Thanks

over 5 years ago

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Hannah

Hi,

I have just received a sofa with a big rip in it. Would you be able to pass on the number Deanna?

Thanks

over 5 years ago

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Hannah

Hi,

I have just received a sofa with a big rip in it. Would you be able to pass on the number Deanna?

Thanks

over 5 years ago

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Tom Atkinson

I bought their popular 'Orsen 3 seater sofa'... It has arrived with a massive dent in it and the fabric stained. I couldn't get in contact with them other than email. When somebody finally responded they said they'd give me a replacement of £200? What is that? Needless to say I requested the replacement and now they've just ended communication. I'm going to have to get the credit card company involved. Worst service ever. The fact you can't even call them is outrageous.

over 5 years ago

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Andrea link

Really comforted to find all these comments. Our company ordered 6 velvet chairs from Made, and the quality of the upholstery was terrible. I demanded a refund and did get regular emails initially, though collection charge for them was £90! All my replies about charging for a faulty product's return being illegal was ignored. I finally gave up and consented to the £90 as I wanted the rather larger cost of the chairs refunded as quickly as possible. The chairs were collected by courier, and a month on we have not heard from Made or had a refund. All my emails have since been ignored by them, and I'm desperate for a phone number now, as they owe us over £1,000.
In addition, my husband ordered the Hollander bike from them for my birthday in June, and no bike yet. I'm glad it has not arrived though having read these comments, an I will be cancelling our order on Monday. Though I expect a long wait for a refund.
Please can someone post their phone number here!

about 5 years ago

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Martin Formstone

Can you forward me the contact number please, Ordered a bookcase which arrived promptly but damaged and with no instructions. Have had limited success through email

about 5 years ago

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Richard Harris, Global Head of Online Marketing at Investec Bank

Could you provide the contact number too please? I've been trying, without success, for months to have them replace a faulty item. E-mail has had no success.

about 5 years ago

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Emma

My 1st product was delivered late but my sofa and my new lamp just arrived 2 weeks and 4 weeks in advance, I was quite positively surprised! I don't have their phone number, but they are usually pretty good at answering emails and they called me back when i asked for it.

about 5 years ago

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Katherine Jefferiss

I wish I had read this blog sooner :( I am now £500 out of pocket and trying to return an item that they delivered and cancel 2 remainging items. After a couple of emails so far they seem rather less keen to get in contact with me than they were before they took my cash... If you could let me know the phone number I would be grateful.

about 5 years ago

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V

I wrote a comment with the phone number on here and but it must have been deleted. I'll try again: 0845 388 8985.

about 5 years ago

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Made.com

We are going to get in touch with everyone here and make sure that we get your issue resolved as quickly as possible! We want to maintain our high standards of customer care and will get to the bottom of any outstanding problems

about 5 years ago

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C

V - thank you so much for providing this number. I was expecting an armchair to be delivered yesterday but I had a feeling the day before that it wasn't going to arrive when I checked myHDNL and the order couldn't be traced. I emailed Made, querying what had happened to my order and got no reply. So yesterday I rang HDNL and they said Made had requested the chair be returned to them. I emailed Made again and got an auto response saying they would be in touch within 2 days. Then I found this number and phoned and spoke to Clare. She checked and phoned me back and said they would never ask for an order to be returned and HDNL had told her that I refused delivery! Clare then said she would rearrange delivery and email me straight away to let me know when to expect it. No word as yet (24 hours later). On the other hand, my sister got her item 4 weeks early and is very happy with it.

about 5 years ago

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Richard Harris, Global Head of Online Marketing at Investec Bank

Thanks for posting the number - after months or getting no where via e-mail, it was all sorted to my satisfaction over the phone.

about 5 years ago

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katie

I am having the same problems with Made - and the number no longer works. Does anyone know another contact number for them?

about 5 years ago

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Big John

I have been waiting weeks for the delivery of a Henge storage cabinet and was finally advised about two weeks ago that it had been sent out to the courier so I could expect delivery very soon. Well very soon seems to be over two weeks!!
I could however live with this had it not been for the fact that the storage unit I ordered was in oak with white doors and the one I have been supplied with is walnut with red doors.I have sent an e mail and was met with the usual it takes two days to respond to emails so was wondering if anyone had an up to date phone number for them as the last 0845 number posted by
V no longer seems to work

about 5 years ago

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Richard Harris

Try: Clare Santos 0203 384 1309

about 5 years ago

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Rachael

I've tried to phone the numbers posted above but they go dead.

My order was late as well and then I had to postpone it because I was away by the time they sorted it out. I phoned to arrange collection and I went to collect this morning and HDLN had sent it back to Made!

I dont understand how companies can expect people to wait in 7am-7pm for a delivery!

I won't be using them again. Even with a 25 GBP voucher off my next order.

about 5 years ago

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Dylan

How I wish I'd read these comments back in July...

I ordered 3 different tables, 4 dining chairs, a lamp, cabinet, console table and more...

My patience and frustrations are weaing thin, everything has been delayed, numerous items arrived faulty or damaged due to poor packaging, the customer service is poor with questions going unanswered and they have sent me £25 vouchers but I can only use them on single orders... However, the side table, bowl lamp and pallet table I've received are very nice pieces of furniture, and I will still use them again, but I will expect all the hassle...

about 5 years ago

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Ann Fuller

Made.com are using a dreadful courier called yodel. I received an email telling me that my storage table was on its way and I would be contacted to agree a date.But the courier from yodel attempted to deliver on Monday 7th when I was out. I arranged on their automated system for delivery the following day and stayed in all day. The table did not arrive till today (Wed Nov 9th) The courier was on her own and could not take the box upstairs. I was left with it blocking the door until a workman working for a neighbour kindly carried it upstairs for me. Meanwhile Made.com's website still reads that the item is being made.( the table itself is very attractive but not sure if the hassle is worth it!)
The only way to contact them is by email when I receive automated replies.
Ann Fuller

about 5 years ago

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Jay

Hi, the above phone number for Made does not seem to work - does anyone have a number that does work please? Thanks

almost 5 years ago

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lettid

STAY AWAY at all cost as it will end more costly financially and in time spent to try to locate your goods with either made.com or Yodel who is absolutely rubbish at delivering goods than buying it from a slightly more expensive but reputable retailer. Ordered a bean bag weeks ago and it was shipped by courier over 3 weeks ago. It has now gone missing, Yodel keeps on lying to buy time and made.com does not care and replies to emails every two to four days when you actually pester them with an update. £12.99 in postage to not receive the goods and spend another £15-20 to call Yodel 08... number is a disgrace.

It is really unacceptable not being able to call them on the phone. I have now asked for a refund but I don't have my hopes up. I guess I have just lost around over £90. I will try to claim it back from my credit card but the value is under £100 so I don't think it will work. Next step I guess will be making a claim in the small claims court so they don't get away with it.

If anyone has their phone number, I would really like to have it.

almost 5 years ago

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Nicola

I have found the service on made.com to be an absolute joke! I ordered my sofa on 17 September 2011 and it still hasn't arrived. According to 'Clare' it's supposed to be delivered this week however I have just tracked my order on the website and apparently it has been cancelled. Has anyone had any success with the phone numbers??

almost 5 years ago

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Paula North

I was supposed to have a 2 Orion sofas delivered yesterday. Between 12.30 and 4.30'. I rearranged my whol life, and guess what no sofas. Yodel, who are supposed to be delivering it have so far today told me:-
1. They didn't attempt delivery yesterday.
2. The sofas didn't get to them till yesterday
3. Delivery was attempted but I was out
4. The sofa have been returned to their warehouse
I have been waiting for 7 hours for them to ring me with when it will be re-delivered.
Rang agin, apparently the very earliest a delivery is possible will be next Monday.
Meanwhile I have nothing to sit on as Yodel informed me I had to clear the space ready, or the would not deliver.
What a joke.
I would say however I have had to date mo problems with made.com, let's see how they handle this one.
I am sooooo p***ed off.

almost 5 years ago

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Lai

Absolute shocking this company, ordered a bow lamp received 2 out of 3 packages on 23rd Dec.

Was promised to get a replacement on w/c 6jan then 12 jan and was promisedi would get it by Tuesday 24 Jan at the very latest.

Guess what, f00k all.

Tried ringing both numbers above but these get diverted sayng they will be disconnected.

anybody got any other numbers?

almost 5 years ago

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Hannah Cowan

Sofa bed arrived - was very happy with the service - earlier than promised, and within the 4 hour window given.

This is the second item I've ordered from them, and I've been rather evangelical about them, as until now, I'd been very pleased! However, the sofa is a second- there's stitching missing on the seat, and on their website I'm told I have 24hours to tell them. Emailed them three times since delivery on Thursday. Nothing.

SO disappointing! Numbers above don't seem to work, sadly. They've turned a great fan, into the exact opposite, as I've already spent an hour of my precious youth trying to find a phone number, just to return a faulty product - i.e. my statutory right!

Hannah

almost 5 years ago

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N Walker

Very similar problems to the above. I received an email saying that the courier company has the sofa, then nothing. no reply to emails, no phone number that works. I won't be using them again. Their customer service is appalling

almost 5 years ago

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Glee

One word. Abysmal. No phone number, no reply to emails, or emails that don't answer my question. Furniture still not arrived - already 6 weeks late on top of the original 16 week timeframe, still no one can tell me when to expect delivery. Has taken the edge off choosing something special and unique for my new flat. I'm kind of past caring. Will not be recommending them to anyone.

almost 5 years ago

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Sugardonut

I found this blog after I realised there was no phone number for made.com!

Similar problem with not being informed about delivery by courier so now my coffee table is at my neighbours. The couriers basically misled them to think it's a small enough parcel to be left at their house so they would accept it. My neighbour was so kind to offer to help me with carrying it next door, however, it IS very heavy, so must wait for my partner to come back the weekend to lift and carry it with my neighbour onto first floor. I was really no good! This is a two-men job, paid for! This service is really appalling! And I can't believe that made.com hasn't got a phone number for their customers! This should be illegal! I really hope that the table is worth the hassle. I'm getting bit anxious now after reading all the comments...

For those of you who had trouble contacting made.com for faulty or missing items and getting your money back: I think, if you have made payment via credit card and it is above a certain limit, you may be covered by your credit card provider and get the money back from them. Worth giving them a ring! Good luck!

almost 5 years ago

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bkb

My credit card was charged for over 2000 dollars wgich was unauthorized and no one will contact me!! Its a scam people

almost 5 years ago

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made-me-hate

Made.com is an example of exactly how NOT to run a retail business.

Email-based customer support is responsive, but you quickly run into policy b*****it and sleazy practices.

- Shipping -
They use Yodel/HDNL. The UKs worst delivery company for large items. My first order or a table arrived loosely wrapped in bubblewrap. The corner was badly damaged and I had to get my hammer and woodglue out to fix it. Clearly a problem caused in the shipping process. I complained, but Made.com said there was nothing they could do about it since HDNL is responsible for packing. HDNL say, no, not us, we just ship what we're given.

Everything arrives late. Just expect it. The second part of my order has been sitting in an HDNL warehouse for 2 weeks now, they have admitted to a computer error that means they need to locate my item again.

- Vouchers -
In amongst all the other disasters relating to my broken table, made.com offered a £25 voucher. I thought, fantastic, I'll be able to put that towards my other vouchers...

I was given two gift vouchers at Christmas, after I had excitedly mentioned some of the products I had seen. So I have two £50 voucher codes. But oh-dear! I can't use them. I have to place 2 orders, one for each voucher. So I want to buy a table for £125. But I can't. I have to spend £75 in cash to use the £50 voucher. A lawyer friend advises me that this is almost certainly illegal in the case of purchased vouchers (freely distributed vouchers can have rules attached).

They offered to combine vouchers, but will only combine 2. They £25 and one of the £50s. So I still endup handing over £50 of my own money, when they're holding a £50 voucher for me. SLIMEY B*****DS.

DO NOT BOTHER WITH MADE.COM.

almost 5 years ago

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Sharon Gilburd

Unfortunately I agree with all the previous comments. I have never had such a dreadful ecommerce experience - and that's going back to start up days. They have clearly spent all their funding on supply chain and totally forgotten about the customer at the end of it. They tell you they have real time tracking and all that is there is a totally pointless status with no link to any tracking IDs etc. I had stuff delivered without any notification, very heavy and left with a neighbour. Other emails flying around about other orders and I'm totally lost as to what on earth is going on. I emailed them and all I got was, some 3 days later, an email telling me that the delivery company were wrong. I cannot believe with the backing they have that they clearly don't give a toss about their customers. If they carry on like this they wont have a problem as they won't have any customers!

almost 5 years ago

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Sam Johnstone

Terrible company! I paid £20 for saturday delivery and Yodel are telling me that they do not deliver on Saturdays!! I've emailed several times and had no response.

Does anyone have another number for them? I've tried those two and they do not work.

almost 5 years ago

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Annette Barbour

Do not use this company. I ordered a bed and mattress on 3 Jan and they did not have a problem taking my money. When I emailed to find out when I could expect it they said it was arriving at the warehouse 27 Jan. Still no bed in Feb so queried again to be told it was no longer in production and I would never receive it. I asked for immediate refund and was promised it on 10 Feb but still I haven't received it. I emailed asking for a telephone number which I did not receive and was told I should have my money by the end of this week. I will take this up with my credit card company if it isn't there. Absolutely disgusting service!

almost 5 years ago

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Mark SB

I ordered a bike at the end of January, and it has been in transit for three weeks. The problem is with HDNL, but made's refusal to provide an operational telephone number only adds to the sense of frustration. They took my money a month ago, yet refuse to reply to my emails. They even had the temerity to ask for feedback on my purchase. What the f**k is going on?

AVOID THIS COMPANY AT ALL COSTS. THEIR BEHAVIOUR IS CRIMINAL.

almost 5 years ago

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Annette Barbour

Just got the number and actually spoke to someone who has promised to phone me back!
0845 557 6888

almost 5 years ago

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Kathia De Maegd

Disappointing customer service!!!A desk was delivered in the wrong colour and despite numerous email to the made.com team,xtensol not one person in the team replied. Am still awaiting feedback 2 weeks later. I would not recommend this company.

almost 5 years ago

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Emma Spear

I wanted to buy something from made.com. I emailed them a question about the product before buying but they never replied. I am now thankful they didn't! After reading the comments here I am very glad I won't be buying from them. Nice website, Brent Hoberman, but appallingly poor service.

almost 5 years ago

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Kerry Farmer

Unfortunately, I am going to have to join in with this list of complaints. The rule always is "you get what you pay for", however, I too fell for the glossy website.
I bought the Hollander bike but it is terrible to ride, even on flat ground it is exhausting. Plus it is very cheaply made (paint easily chips, not very sturdy).

I contacted made.com by email and they did accept to return it.

However, now I have to deal with their delivery company. I have been away all this week, so unable to accept a delivery date until next week. Despite telling them this, I get a call every day to arrange a delivery in 2 days time. It turns out they have a computer that will call and if you answer you get transferred to an actual person. If you don't answer, their system will call you every 2 hours! I got up to 6 calls a day every day! Because they plan only 2-3 days ahead, there is no way of arranging a delivery for the following week. You can only delay their call for a couple of days.
So here I am, sitting on holiday, having made.com's delivery company reminding me of home every 2 hours!
Never again!

almost 5 years ago

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Anna di Vittorio

Late, late...woeful customer service i.e. part with money and wait and see what happens. Clearly = bunch of arty farties who sadly don't know how to run a successful business (probably only interested in boasting about how they earn a living when away on weekend jaunts with other bores)...don't believe the hype and avoid like the plague.

over 4 years ago

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Cal

Dreadful - don't use this company. Just cancelled our order after weeks of trying to track it - eventually a manager admitted that the item (A bed!) had been lost between 2 depots in the UK. She seemed relieved that we wanted to cancel and said she didn't have any confidence that the issue could be sorted out. I wonder if its part of the business model to take your money (and interest) while not being able to deliver the goods? There seems to be a major problem with this company - I wouldn't think of using them again

over 4 years ago

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dave bowskill

if you use made.com pray,
they never return your phone calls they send you confirmation of delivery but it does not happen.They do not have idea of customer service or retention.remember you are the problem not them

over 4 years ago

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Kareen

I recently ordered a Bouji Ottoman from Made.com and would like to contribute my own horror story. I had heard a lot about made.com and was excited to find such a nice Ottoman for my living room. I was also relieved that it was express service. Still I waited quite a while for delivery. I ordered on July 22nd and only had it delivered on August 7th. I had to call the delivery company myself to set a delivery time as they didn't bother getting in touch with me. Then I asked the deliveryman to open the packet and assemble it (like made.com said I should) and he said they don't do that, although he would do it for me. When he opened it, I noticed a clear rip in the lining and said I would not accept delivery and that he should return it and have them send me a replacement. He told me someone from the delivery company would call me. They did not, so I called them and they told me that they would request a replacement from made.com. A week after I heard nothing, I called made.com, who said the delivery company had not been in touch. They were nice enough on the phone and promised to send a replacement promptly. For the second delivery, I couldn't be home, but arranged for someone to receive the order. IT WAS THE SAME DAMAGED ITEM I HAD GIVEN BACK TO THE DELIVERY COMPANY. I'm outraged at this poor customer service and have demanded a refund. Hopefully made.com can actually process a refund properly.

over 4 years ago

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Lisa

Even though we had read the reviews, we were willing to give Made.com the benefit of the doubt. This turned out to be a huge mistake. We ordered the Jersey & Jonah sofas early August. Suprisingly later than expected off the website the Jonah sofa, only once ordered was estimated delivery after Nov 3rd and the Jersey sofa last week.
No phone call was ever made to us at any stage in regard to the delivery date, so I contacted Made.com. Having been informed of a date, the delivery company arrived a day early unannounced and brought the wrong sofa. I was concerned that the delivery company advised me to use this sofa until another turned up and that this situation happens frequently!
I refused delivery and contacted Made.com. No apology given and I was advised my sofa was sent to an incorrect address. Re-delivery was made a week later with an attempted delivery of a faulty wrong sofa AGAIN!! No apology and I was asked what I wanted to do about it. The only resolution according to Made.com was to reorder and wait 8-10 weeks again. What an absolute joke this company is. I was told on the phone that "95%of orders arrive ok". Well not according to these reviews! Even if you are thinking of bypassing these reviews, please think again. Chances are..you may never see your ordered items!

about 4 years ago

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Louise

Now in all fairness, I haven't reported this back to Made as yet to see how they deal with it but reading the other reviews, I don't hold out much hope so I thought I'd get this review on here now. I ordered the Senk floor lamp which has a round marble base and 5 long lamps with small heads rising from it. Dwell sell something similar for £200 but this was on Made for £89 - bargain!
But the lamp has arrived and is clearly second hand. The base is, of course, separate but the top part has obviously already been screwed into the base as the base has scratch marks all around the part where you join the 2 together. To fix the 2 together, there is a bolt to screw in - this is missing - and a metal pin about an inch or so long - this is bent.
Luckily for me, my dad is a dab hand with this kind of thing and as the lamp part does actually work, he's going to fix the bent pin and source a new bolt. However, I will be getting in touch with Made and providing them with photo evidence in a bid to get some sort of money back. It is a heavy and very large lamp and the effort to send it back is not something I want to be faced with hence why I'd like a partial refund at the very least.

I would use this website with care. I saw the reviews and chose to ignore them thinking 'it will never happen to me' but it did so obviously they are still having the same issues some reported several months ago.

about 4 years ago

Lili Boev

Lili Boev, Group Account Director at dotmailerEnterprise

I have found Natwest's customer service absolutely brilliant. I don't think I've ever had to wait more than a few mins for a response. They are always available and have plenty of phone numbers to call.

There is a cheeky way to get around paid for phone numbers. This works especially well with telecom companies. Call their sales team and ask them to call you back as your credit is running out. When they call you back ask to be put through to customer services.

over 3 years ago

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Faisal

My wife and I are undertaking a very extensive renovation and were looking to order a rather large amount of furniture from Made...after reading the reviews above I am now not so sure.

Is there anyone at all who has anything positive to say?!

over 3 years ago

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