Despite Makro’s promise to deliver all outstanding Black Friday online purchases before 24 December, many customers say they have still not received their products.
MyBroadband has been contacted by a number of Black Friday shoppers who complained they have still not received their online orders as of January 2020.
Two Makro customers who contacted MyBroadband said they ordered products from the retailer’s online store during Black Friday – but were still waiting for their deliveries or refunds to arrive.
Another said they had ordered a product from Makro on 19 December and were still waiting for their delivery.
Many comments on Facebook, Hellopeter, and other public forums have complained of long order delays.
A number of customers complained they had also not received any information about their expected delivery dates, while others said Makro’s customer care staff were unable to assist with the problem.
Several complaints from Makro customers are quoted below:
- I purchased a washing machine online on Black Friday. One month later I am still waiting for my purchase. Getting through to the online call centre has a waiting time of 20 minutes.
- I purchased a tent on their Black Friday special, paid with my card, and it was said that my parcel will be delivered in 7-10 working days. I had to purchase another tent as I am still waiting on Makro to deliver.
- I have purchased various items online from Makro on Black Friday, which was on the 29th of November 2019. One would think that one would receive these items within a reasonable time, as stated by Makro themselves – 7-10 working days. I still have not received a thing.
- This is the worst experience I have ever had. I ordered goods on 29 November, and [they have] still not been delivered.
Deadline not met
Following an initial wave of complaints regarding the lack of Black Friday order deliveries, Makro told MyBroadband on 20 December 2019 that it would ensure all outstanding orders were shipped by 24 December 2019.
The company acknowledged that is had experienced delays in its delivery process and apologised to customers. It attributed the late delivery to the high demand for Black Friday promotions and challenges faced by its courier partners.
“The delays were exacerbated by the load-shedding and heavy rainfall experienced in the country,” added the company.
Makro, however, has missed this deadline, according to scores of complaints.
MyBroadband asked Makro for comment about the outstanding Black Friday deliveries, and the company said it was “with regret that we have not been able to deliver some orders that were placed during the peak season last year”.
“We would like to apologise for the inconvenience that this has caused our customers,” it said.
Makro also addressed several individual order delays which MyBroadband informed it about, stating that one order has since been delivered, three have been refunded and would reflect within two to five working days, and two would have their goods delivered within three working days.
The company provided no additional comment on the backlog of outstanding Black Friday orders.