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i Shock hope someone can give me some advice on this topic i purchased a panasonic gt30 from comet 10 months ago and sadly it has developed a fault with the hdmi ports where one port has completley packed up and one with intermittent picture issues. i rang comet and they said it will need a new printed circuit board for the hdmi ports i raised my concerns as to the company going into administration and they assured me that any repairs under warranty will be carried out and would not be affected by the issues with the company so i gave the go ahead and they collected my tv last saturday 3rd november. i then phoned them weds for an update and was told it had not been recieved at there repair centre which i replied well how long does it take, i was then informed that the tv was being taken to a repair centre in lancashire because they have made all there engineers redundent as i live in kent i thought the distance for a repair on my tv was ridiculas. i contacted there head office raising my concerns as i feel that i am not going to see my tv again exspecially if the company collapses altogether but i was assured that the repair will be done and i will get my tv back. i also have rang the repair centre up a couple of times and they seem to have a dont really care attitude and are being very vague so i am really getting concerned so please please anyone with any help on what else i can do it will be very much appreciated

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Sorry I dont have any help, but what a rubbish situation to be in!

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Noooooo...3937edwards what can i say?? You don't have much luck do you, i feel for you as i know your tv history my friend Crying

I've done a little research into your situation on the web this morning and from all i've read the tv should be repaired under warranty and returned to you even though the company are in administration, it's one of the responsibilities of the administrator to ensure this happens. The only problem is that people who have been in this situation with other companies have reported that the service and info they have received has been shocking which i can only attribute to staff being laid off and call centres being sparsely manned in order to cut costs (that's why the online store has closed for example), i think this may be why any info has been lacking from Comet to date.

My advice would be to keep pestering them as it may be the only way to get some answers and try to get the name of one person to deal with instead of being passed around all the time, that really helps. I think you might just have to sit with it for a little while as i've read many stories of tvs just turning up after being repaired with no communication before hand but of course if things start to drag then it's time to ratchet up the pressure and get some advice from Citizens Advice who have taken over from Consumer Direct to advise on consumer matters. You can speak to them on this number: 08454 040506.

That's the best advice i can give you i'm afraid but i hope you get some answers from Comet soon and that the tv is returned to you with no problems but perhaps it may be also worth contacting Panasonic to find out if they can get involved? Either way keep me posted with how you get on and most of all best of luck with getting it sorted out.

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3937edwards, I'm afraid that I also have nothing to offer but sympathy. Hope it all goes well eventually. If ten days pass with no communication from Comet I would go to Citizen's Advice, and if necessary the Small Claims Court.

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hi thought i would give an update to those that have replied to this post, i phoned comet today 14th and was told that they were still waiting on the part which they said they ordered on the 8th nearly a week after my tv was collected from me. i took oldboys advice and phoned panasonic and explained the situation to me and said if i rang comet back and got the part number and tracking number they could trace where abouts in the pipeline it is they also advised me that because comet are in administration they most proberly wont be in any hurry to repair the item because it is not going to be benificial to them. panasonic then advised me to ask comet to return the set and then panasonic would deal with the repair themself. so i rang comet back told them what panasonic said, comet then proceded in saying that panasonic should not scaremonger and that i will get the tv back repaired as it is my property so back to sqaure one what a EDITED situation banging head against wall banging head against wall

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I’m not here to make you feel any worse than you undoubtedly do but I would never have sent the TV back to Comet in the first place, being in administration or otherwise (just as I would never send my TV back to Currys).

I’m no TV engineer but on paper it looks a relatively stratightforward fix. Have Comet given you the part and tracking number so this can be chased up? If there’s any prevarication on their part then personally I would get the TV back and let Panasonic deal with it, regardless as to how frustrating this must be.

I wish you the best and hope it all works out as speedily and satisfactorily for you as possible.

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I have to agree with Sizzers here.

The only problem is that when 3937edwards bought the tv the contract was with the retailer so I can understand why he got it repaired through Comet despite their procarious situation with regards to administration. Personally I too would have been hesitant to send it away through Comet and would have rang Panasonic before I contacted Comet to get some advice as to the best way to proceed but that's just me...through past experience I'm now very cautious.

How long in total have Comet had the tv now 3937edwards?? Most repairs I have been through have taken 2-3 weeks so I would advise that if it goes beyond the 3 week mark then it's time to ask for the tv back and get it repaired through Panasonic as either way it's covered under warranty and that will be honoured by them as they have stated. The only other option is to stick with it and hope that the tv is repaired by Comet before things potentially get worse for the company if a buyer is not found.

Keep in touch with them and chase them as often as you feel is appropriate (twice a week imo) and I sincerely hope that you get a resolution quickly, any repair can be a frustrating experience as I know to my cost so I know how you feel but the added jepordy of the company being in administration most be very worrying for you. As for the comments from Comet regarding scaremongering...simply ridiculous! What do they expect when the company is starring down the barrel of going out of business? Customers will be concerned and Panasonic were simply telling you that you had the right to ask for the tv to be returned to you so that the repair could be carried out by Panasonic under the terms of the warranty, that kind of attitude from Comet is unhelpful and points to the kind of turmoil the company is currently in.

I would be worried if it was my tv they were repairing that's for sure and i would be wanting the tv back after 3 weeks with no arguments banging head against wall

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hi oldboy comet will of had my tv 2 weeks this saturday i phoned them again today as panasonic asked me to get the part number and tracking number from comet and then panasonic said they would be able to check where the part is in the system i phond panasonic again today to give them this info and to my dissmay was told that i should not have been told this as the part has been ordered by comet themself internally and not by panasonic and the part should only take a few days the only other advice from panasonic was to ask for the tv back and go through them. so back on the phone to comet i went and told them what panasonic said, which they then replied they have to allow 28 days for them to recieve the part i then stated that as far as i was concerned they were not in no hurry to repair my tv as it was not benificial to them because of the situation of the company which they denied so do i leave it another week or ask for my tv back and start the process of getting it repaired all over again i really dont know banging head against wall

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This is a dificult situation 3937edwards...as Comet have had the tv for 2 weeks i would be inclined to give it another week to see if it's repaired and then act but after the amount of hassle and misinformation you have had up to now i'm not so sure. I would have complained to Panasonic that their customer services had given out conflicting advice though for sure as that is not helping matters either, you should not have been told to get that info in the first place so it sounds to me like the first person you spoke to wasn't really listening to you fully.

The biggest load of rubbish i have ever heard is that claim from Comet that they have to allow 28 days for a part to be delivered...honestly what a load of rubbish, if that truly is the case then you could be waiting for 6 weeks or more for a repair and with that sort of attitude they deserve to go out of business imo.

All i can say is if it was my tv i would be asking for it to be returned as Comet haven't exactly inspired confidence up to this point and even if the company was not in administration i would advise the same, it's been a tale of misinformation, sloppy customer service and no concrete answers which would be enough for me. It really boils down to how you feel about the situation though, if you think it's worth giving them an extra week then do it but if you don't have confidence in them anymore to carry out the repair in a reasonable timeframe then get the tv back and deal with Panasonic...it's a tricky one and not an enviable situation to be in.

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hi oldboy after some considering my options i have decided to give comet another week i know that if i do have the tv back then it means that the tv will have to go away yet again perhaps for another few weeks so i am really hoping that comet pull there finger out and get my tv back to me pray but if not i will ask them to return it to me and let panasonic deal with it and the prospect of not having the tv for another 2-3 weeks its just such ashame in this day and age that consumers are being palmed of with sub standard tvs and shoddy customer services and repair times where are the days gone when repairs used to be carried out in the home. i will keep posting any updates i get if i get im not holding my breath banging head against wall

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That's fair enough but what I would caution that decision with is the thought that you could lose the tv entirely if Comet goes out of business against an extra few weeks without it if you got it back and went through Panasonic, I think it's highly unlikely that will happen within a week but it's something to consider.

Unfortunately the service you are receiving is exactly the level of service many customers have complained about when buying electrical goods from Comet, I have always advised people to avoid them along with Currys if at all possible over the years after reading so many horror stories in this and many other forums of tales of woeful levels of customer service once the goods were out of the door. How companies in this day and age think they can continue to survive in the current climate by continuing to offer such staggeringly poor levels of customer service is beyond me, it's worth researching the retailer just as much as the product imo.

I know all retailers have their faults but some are definately better than others and it's worth considering when searching for that elusive bargain as it may not be such a bargain in the long run when issues arise in the future, I'm not preaching here as I've been stung myself in the past and learnt a valuable lesson.

I do agree with you about shoddy customer service but unfortunately Comet are notorious in this regard and have form on this forum, as for sub standard tvs that's not as easy to say it is actually happening...of course many problems appear on this and many forums but the nature of the internet is to complain more than praise and those complaints must be put into perspective against how many sets have been sold. I've been suspicious for a while now that quality control within tv production has fallen short for some time as I've suffered enormously over the last few years with faulty tvs but it's perhaps too much of a sweeping generalisation that sub standard tvs are being produced on mass but I would love to know the failure rates of tvs these days!!

All I can say is that I hope the next week brings good news and that the tv arrives back with you soon after being repaired to your satisfaction, look forward to an update soon, all the best Smile

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This is obviously a difficult situation, and with hindsight, I'm sure Panasonic would have been your first port of call for the repair.

I think you have to try and trust Comet/the administrator to do the job properly, keep in contact with them, and probably most importantly, get a name and number of a single person at Comet to deal with during the process, rather than speak to different people all the time.

I hate to worry you further (I know I probably am), but I would be very concerned about the distance your tv is travelling, and how well it is being looked after by Comet's staff.

Fingers crossed, the repair will be done properly, and your tv will be returned quickly and safely.

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thanks for your reply yes that is a concern for me as well the distance my tv has gone my mind is in turmoil thinking the tv is going to come back scratched etc i really wished i had gone to panasonic, the only reason i went through retailer is because the tv i had before this one when it developed a fault i did go via the manufacturer to get it repaired ( samsung) and when it finally had to be replaced and it had to go back to retailer (comet) they kicked up a fuss and it caused so much aggravation to get it replaced hence why this time i went through comet, yes i should of put my brain in gear and the alarm bells should of rang because of the situation comet are in but they kept assuring me that the tv would be repaired and returned to me. but after anothe agonizing day i now have decided to ask for the tv back i am going to ring them monday i will post on hear the outcome and the condition of the tv when i do get it back banging head against wall banging head against wall banging head against wall

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hi oldboy phoned comet today and after 2 weeks of being assured my tv will be repaired they have now told me that panasonic are not sending any parts to them so after a few choice words i have asked for my tv to be returned to me then i will go through panasonic to get the repair done which i should of done in the first place

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It's hardly surprising panasonic are not sending parts, i find the whole thing a joke, comet failed as a company & now they are failing administration, shame on you comet.

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3937edwards wrote:

hi oldboy phoned comet today and after 2 weeks of being assured my tv will be repaired they have now told me that panasonic are not sending any parts to them so after a few choice words i have asked for my tv to be returned to me then i will go through panasonic to get the repair done which i should of done in the first place

No wonder they have gone into administration with service like that, ridiculous!! You can understand why Panasonic are no longer sending them parts when they have shed over 1000 jobs in the last week and need to find a buyer in the next week or face going out of business BUT weren't you told the part was on it's way or was that more lies from Comet??

This is one company i won't be sad to lose from high streets and retail parks across the country but i do feel for those people who have lost their jobs as a result so close to xmas. It's certainly for the best that you get the tv repaired by Panasonic as i feared any repair carried out by Comet on your tv would be shoddy and not solve the issue, fingers crossed you get the tv back soon...were you given an ETA??

I would suggest you mention your woes with the Comet repair when you contact Panasonic to get the tv repaired and ask for them to hurry up the repair, it's the least they can do really! I really hope it all gets sorted soon mate and that you finally get the tv repaired...i feel so sorry for you with all the hassle you have had as i can really relate to what you are going through, hopefully Comet go out of business soon as they deserve it more than most. excellent!

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