Question: I’m having a dispute is with Sony over a repaired camera that they say they shipped back to me but which I never received.
Last year I paid $304 for a Sony Cyber-shot DSCWX5 Silver 12.2 MP 5X Zoom Digital Camera.
A few weeks ago, after black marks began appearing on the images, I filed a warranty repair claim. The LCD screen was defective.
According to Sony’s online records, they completed the repair and shipped the camera back to me. Their website provided me with a FedEx tracking number. But the tracking number appeared invalid as no matching record could be found.
I called Sony and was given a different tracking number, which also confirmed that the camera had been delivered. But it hadn’t.
I checked with FedEx, and it says the package had been left at my front door with no signature requirement. No one had knocked at the door, and besides, how they could ship a $300 camera and not require a signature upon delivery?
The camera has been missing for weeks. Every time I call, Sony says it is “looking into it” and someone will get back to me. When I ask for the call to be escalated, a supervisor suggests I should call FedEx.
Isn’t it the shipper’s responsibility to contact FedEx? My contract was with Sony, not FedEx.
I am so frustrated with this, as it seems I’m just going around and around in circles, and all Sony can do is recite the tracking details back to me. I fear that they won’t call me back, and even if they do, it will just be to tell me the same thing again. Please tell me where I can go from here! — Thomas Hill, Miami
Answer: Sony should have returned your camera by FedEx with a signature required, and when it got lost, it should have taken the matter up with its shipping company — not asked you to pester the shipper for the package.