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Old 05-09-2019, 20:25   #1
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When is a discount not a discount?

On the 29th July I rang Virgin with the intention of leaving and returning to Sky.

Following a lengthy wait, I finally got through to 'retentions' where the operative asked me why I wanted to leave - I told him I couldn't afford the current price, he asked me to hold and came back a couple of minutes later with a 12 month discounted price of £94.25pm for 12 months from 28th August onwards.

I just thought, I haven't received an email with my payment amount recently, so I went to the website and accessed the bills section.

Lo and behold I am still paying the full amount for my package - the discount hasn't been applied.

To say I am livid is an understatement - I will have to phone them again tomorrow to find out why.

Is this normal behaviour for Virgin?
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Re: When is a discount not a discount?

Phone this number mate.....0345-454-1111
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Re: When is a discount not a discount?

Looked at my contract which states I have a 4.50 discount for 6 months from 28th August - definitely not what I was promised.

Now I am more enraged!

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MM - thanks for that - is this the complaints department?
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Looked at my contract which states I have a 4.50 discount for 6 months from 28th August - definitely not what I was promised.

Now I am more enraged!

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MM - thanks for that - is this the complaints department?
No I dont think it is mate, but I had a very good convo with the gentleman that I spoke to on this number, I got a really good deal and he said if you ever have any problems whatsoever, then ring this number, so maybe you could give it a try, no harm done.
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No I dont think it is mate, but I had a very good convo with the gentleman that I spoke to on this number, I got a really good deal and he said if you ever have any problems whatsoever, then ring this number, so maybe you could give it a try, no harm done.
Tried that number, went through an automated menu then got cut off - rang 150 went through the same menu and after a long wait actually got to speak to someone (in India?). He says he has now actioned the promised discount, cannot send me an email to confirm but if I look online in a couple of days it will show on my account.

Hopefully he is correct but previous experience makes me wary.

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Old 06-09-2019, 13:25   #6
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Tried that number, went through an automated menu then got cut off - rang 150 went through the same menu and after a long wait actually got to speak to someone (in India?). He says he has now actioned the promised discount, cannot send me an email to confirm but if I look online in a couple of days it will show on my account.

Hopefully he is correct but previous experience makes me wary.

Thanks for your help
When I've negotiated I get a confirmation e-mail (even when they've subsequently failed to implement it). If the discount still fails to happen you might want to try the official VM forum, someone there should be able to sort it out for you although it can take a few days for them to answer your query.
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When I've negotiated I get a confirmation e-mail (even when they've subsequently failed to implement it). If the discount still fails to happen you might want to try the official VM forum, someone there should be able to sort it out for you although it can take a few days for them to answer your query.
Both times I asked for an email confirming the discount - on both occasions I was told that isn't possible.

This is despite my account saying email sent.

I suspect the operative put me on hold to check the recording of the previous call as he was gone for a good 6 or 7 minutes.
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Both times I asked for an email confirming the discount - on both occasions I was told that isn't possible.

This is despite my account saying email sent.

I suspect the operative put me on hold to check the recording of the previous call as he was gone for a good 6 or 7 minutes.
They’re fibbing - I got an email confirming my discount, with a pdf showing the duration.
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They’re fibbing - I got an email confirming my discount, with a pdf showing the duration.
Same here. The guy , in Customer Relations, who sorted the discount out for me even reminded me to make a note to contact VM a couple of weeks before the discount is due to expire so that I can renegotiate next year.
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Same here. The guy , in Customer Relations, who sorted the discount out for me even reminded me to make a note to contact VM a couple of weeks before the discount is due to expire so that I can renegotiate next year.
Obviously you cannot trust Virgin customer services - I will definitely be on to them again next week if it isn't correct.

Any one got a number for complaints (just in case I need it)?
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Obviously you cannot trust Virgin customer services - I will definitely be on to them again next week if it isn't correct.

Any one got a number for complaints (just in case I need it)?

Checked my account - nothing appears to have changed.

Anyone got a number for complaints - I definitely need it.
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Checked my account - nothing appears to have changed.

Anyone got a number for complaints - I definitely need it.

Seriously, try what I suggested about posting on the VM official forum. They have staff on there who will look into it for you. You'll have proof of your conversation as well. I used it when I had a similar (but more trivial) problem to good effect.
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Seriously, try what I suggested about posting on the VM official forum. They have staff on there who will look into it for you. You'll have proof of your conversation as well. I used it when I had a similar (but more trivial) problem to good effect.

Where do I find the VM official forum?
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Thanks, did that this morning - had a PM from someone I assume is a Virgin employee which I replied to after work.

Hopefully I can get this resolved.
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