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how do You Get Warrenty Service from Panasonic?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Drdave944, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    I have seldom had to send a camera back for warranty service,especially a brand new one. Usually a quick call to the Canon people will get a friendly response and I have usually been able to fix things over the phone.

    I recently bought a lumix GF - 5.which I was quite pleased with.
    Then a mysterious tab emerged from inside the image card holder,ripping the plastic casing partly off. After that I could no longer insert a card.

    I went to the Panasonic support site and found their service center and sent in the camera. They give you a case number. You are supposed to be able to look up your case. This was a month ago.

    I have received several stories. First they denied receiving the camera. Then they said it was lost. Then they found it but couldn't register it without permission of the boss,whom they couldn't find that day. Then they said they didn't know how to fix the new camera, only older models. I didn't find out why Panasonic instructed me to send the camera to people who didn't know how to fix it. The camera has never showed up in Panasonic 's repair tracking system. I have to call them and get a different idiot each time who tells me a different story.

    Does anyone have similar experiences? Does anyone know how I can get my camera fixed?
  2. runner girl

    runner girl Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 26, 2011
    Are you dealing with the McAllen (no)Service Center? They are a nightmare. I sent a camera back for service and it took 10 days to get it to the tech, a week for them to look at it, three weeks to get the part from japan (they dont stock spare parts), and then a week to send it back. Your best bet is to call them every day. Also contact your credit card company. You may be within the time to dispute the charge for the purchase or you may have additional warranty coverage.
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  3. Brodie337

    Brodie337 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 1, 2012
    It might be worth calling your local Panasonic help desk thingy (proper terminology and all >.>) and complain about the poor service.

    I used to be a retailer of laptops for a local store, and we wound up getting a service agent for HP blacklisted by them after enough complaints. I don't imagine Panasonic will be much different.
  4. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    Where are you located?

    Dr Dave
    It would be helpful knowing which Panasonic service facility you are dealing with. This site has members from all over the world. In the past I've seen people who had problems actually get contacted directly from Panasonic provided some contact info was available. I know, for certain, that Panasonic's Call Center in VA monitors numerous web sites as well as all the popular social media sites.

    As for parts, they order their parts from their depot in Washington. I've had repairs done where the turn around was within 7 business days, so horror stories of extended ordeals need not be the norm.

    I might also suggest that when you call, please provide them with the delivery confirmation info and tracking #. Most companies reference that info on all incoming deliveries.

    I'm curious, what kind of "tab" are you referring to?
  5. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    Twitter and Facebook are your friends in situations like this. Companies hate the bad press that can quickly spread around the world. It's amazing how fast they can respond when a complaint might get seen by a billion people within a matter of days.
  6. runner girl

    runner girl Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 26, 2011
    When I had to get service from McAllen TX center they told me that parts had to be ordered from Japan - of course that might not be true and they may have used that as an excuse. Also - they stock NO cameras for an exchange for a re-furbished one should they decide that the camera can't be fixed. No... they have to ORDER one from Panasonic (after their management team reviews EACH repair issue) and indicated to me that it would take 10 days for the camera to get to them and then 7 to be shipped to me. This center also implies where they can that things will go faster - like it will take 10 days to get your camera - then you have to ask and then how long to me - oh, another week or so...

    I DID try the social media route with NO success. Like I said, if you are in the US and the camera failed like this within the credit card dispute period, I'd go that route.
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  7. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    I can understand your frustration

    For the "G" series cameras, when a camera can't be repaired while it's under warranty, I believe that it is replaced with a new camera, not refurbished. Given the number of models and color choices I can see where they might have to order the replacement.

    For the lesser point and shoot models, they do replace rather than repair often with a refurbished unit. A friend's underwater point and shoot model was replaced with a new camera. His replacement was shipped within 48 hours after it was received. I also know two cases where the refurbished replacement was a newer model, which turned out to be an upgrade.

    Neither of these cases make your situation more acceptable. I suggest you call them and ask to speak with one of the managers to find out what's going on.
  8. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Indeed McAllen is the place where the camera was sent. I was unable to find a way to communicate with any human being at Panasonic who could help me other than redirecting me back to Mc Allen.

    I get the feeling that Panasonic is such a vast organization that there is no entree for the simple consumer. I own a lot of Panasonic stuff and it is great. But they farm this warranty service to to others so you at their mercy.

    However the techs there finally got the camera to the bench,so I think things might be looking up.
  9. Uberkul

    Uberkul Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 15, 2012
    Wilseyville, CA
    I started another thread here regarding an out of warranty repair. The big machine of Panasonic does not do well with out of the box issues from my experiences so far.
    1. A flat fee repair costs of X should be disclosed during the online repair process for out of warranty work.
    2. A diagram indicating what repair parts go where on their online parts order form would be the only way that function would work for those without a repair manual.
    3. The online repair status is not updated from what I can see. Mine still says it is waiting to be received at the repair facility when it is getting ready to be shipped back.

    Knowing what I know now, I may stop buying used Panasonic cameras unless the warranty can be transferred or consider them disposable.
    ... Or stop dropping them.:blush:
  10. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Darn it! Now I have the same problem with my GX-7. The receptacle for the SD cards has a design flaw and Panasonic had done nothing about it. Now I have to go through the same process. I hope the service is has improved. When you put an SC card in a metallic tab can come out and prevent the card from being removed. Once you pull the card out the card holder will not let you put in a new card.. Fortunately I have an EM-1 which I have not been using and was bragging how good the GX-7 was. Well it had problems.
  11. ex machina

    ex machina Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Baltimore, MD
    Now that's more than a little weird that it's happened to you on both cameras -- is it the same brand memory card?

    FWIW, a few months ago my GX7 fell off the tripod and smashed the LCD, the online app that registers and tracks your repairs didn't work with this model, and after a couple fruitless calls to McAllen TX to try to get an estimate, I sent it in and crossed my fingers; took about 23 days to turnaround, even though they said they had to order the part. Would have been a week faster if I had overnighted the camera to the facility like I should have.

    Also, fwiw, Panasonic Repair Nightmare
  12. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    I use Sandisc and Lexor.This happened with an Optima. That little tab where you can make it where you can't write on the card broke off. I wish they didn't have these stupid little tabs. The cards are too flimsy anyway.
  13. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    Hear hear. Name and location of bad service companies that are NOT Panasonic itself. Apart from getting your camera serviced, it would be good to get a black mark against the service agent lodged with the major, presumably Panasonic USA.

    Unfortunately the world has too many serial whinging pest customers, who make it hard for a large company to sort the wheat from the chaff and figure out when a complaint is legitimate and service is truly sub-standard, such as in this instance.
  14. ex machina

    ex machina Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Baltimore, MD
    My experience was with the McAllen, TX facility and I've updated my post to reflect that for future readers.
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