Comcast Would Rather Lose a Customer than Give a Deal

comcastThe Consumerist (one of our favorite sites which helps consumers navigate the wide world of goods and services for sale) reports on one Comcast customer who says she’s about ready to cancel her Comcast service because they’re not willing to cut her a break on her bill.

Usually, Comcast folds like a deck of cards when customer asks for a deal. Not this time though. After a back and forth with Comcast, Courtney gets the short end of the stick, even though she loves Comcast. Seems like even their biggest fans still get the worst deals.

Courtney over at the Consumerist tells her story:

I’ve been a Comcast customer at my current address since June 2008. We were initially on a new-customer promotion that ended in June 2009; once that happened, I called Comcast & spoke with a representative about our options for bringing our monthly bill down a bit. I don’t remember the specifics of the conversation a year later, but I believe we gave up a few premium channels, ultimately ending up with a package that served our needs while remaining within our budget.

I hadn’t even thought about this until several days ago, when I went to pay our monthly Comcast bill & noticed it had gone up by about $20 from the previous month. I assumed it was some kind of easily correctable error, but when I followed up with Comcast I learned that apparently we’d been on some kind of promotional rate for June 2009-10, which has now expired. I discussed this issue first with an online chat representative, & while I was disappointed when he told me nothing could be done about the price increase, I figured I’d have better luck once I spoke with someone in person. However, after following up via phone with a frontline service representative, a retention specialist, & finally with a retention supervisor, the consensus seems to be that Comcast would rather I switch to RCN’s version of the same package than restore my account to the previous pricing.

Read the full post over at the Consumerist.

The best line of the post? From the Consumerist writer:  “We seem to have found the first truly satisfied Comcast customer and they’re kicking her out the door.” (emphasis added)

How to Save 44% on your Comcast Bill – Chat Transcript

Here’s a good one – a full chat transcript a customer had with the Comcast Customer support. Blogger Darwin over at darwinsfinance.com posts his entire chat conversation he had with Comcast to lower his bill.

The main idea is that you can get a better deal than you currently are. Comcast is always (always!) having special discounts. What does this mean? The price of their actual service isn’t worth as much as they charge!

It’s simple math. They give discounts out left and right and make the suckers without the discount pay for those who have the discount. Don’t be a sucker, get a discount!

From the article on darwinsfinance.com:

As you can see, each negotiating experience and outcome is different.  Message?  It sort of depends who you get and when you try. So, if you don’t get the deal you wanted, keep trying and don’t take no for an answer.  But the bottom line is that if your initial bill is say, $160 you may very well walk away paying $50 less with some minimal effort.

That’s good news!

Here’s part of the conversation:

Comcast Rep>Thank you. May I have the exact concern that you have, — ME –?

– ME –_>Sure. I’m reaching out because the 6 months is up on the prior agreed promotions and I was advised to contact again when this occurs.  My bill jumped up substantially.

– ME –_>I had previously considered switching over to FIOS given the attractive offers they have now that they’ve entered our neighborhood.  The past few 6 month cycles, Comcast has discounted my bill in order to retain my business.

Comcast Rep>May I know when was the promotion ended?

– ME –_>from last month’s bill, it was to end 12/28/09.

Comcast Rep>I see. Please give me a moment to check on this.

– ME –_>sure

Comcast Rep>I apologize for the inconvenience, I see here that the bill that you are viewing will from 12/29 – 01/28. Comcast actually printed the bill in advance to avoid delinquent payment. That payment that is reflected on your bill will be the regular rate after your promotion will end on 12/28/09.

– ME –_>I’m not sure I follow.  My last bill was much lower.  In discussing this with Comcast in the past, each 6 months, I call and have a new promotion (whatever’s available at the time) applied to the account in order to bring the price well below the “regular rate”.  I was assured during prior calls that this agreement would continue to be honored into the future if I agreed to stay on as a customer.  Can you check out which promotions you’re running now that you could apply to bring the total bill back in line? Thanks

Comcast Rep>Please give me a moment to check on that.

Read the full conversation here.

Live in Washington? Your Comcast Bill is About to Go Up

TechFlashTechFlash is reporting that Comcast customers in Washington state are about to see a big increase on the Comcast Bill. They say that in August, the average customer’s bill will increase by 4%. For those of you paying too much already, maybe now’s the time to drop the service.

This latest rounds of price increases comes less than a year after their last increase. In September of 2009, Comcast increased their price by 2.5%.

Here are the details TechFlash is reporting from Comocast:

–Customers who subscribe to a video service will see an average monthly increase of $3.21 or 4.9 percent.

–The equipment rental fee for a cable modem, which also is sold at numerous retail stores, will increase by $2.

–Customers who subscribe to Limited Basic, the least expensive package of channels, will see no increase in their bills for this service. Limited Basic includes the broadcast channels and the public, education and government channels. Prices range from $13 to $18 depending on location.

–And customers who subscribe to the Digital Economy package of channels, which is the least costly digital package, will see a decrease in the monthly charge for the package ranging from 4 cents a month if they subscribe to two or more Comcast services to $10.04 a month if they subscribe only to the Digital Economy package and take no other services.

Read the full article on TechFlash

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