Bit of background first. Mother died just before Christmas last year but being organized, had bought and sent all her Christmas presents, part of which, in my case was a new wireless keyboard and mouse to use with my personal lappy when at work.
during the chat I got the usual tedious platitudes and stock phrases and eventually I was asked for the serial and part numbers of my keyboard and mouse.
Apparently, tech bod couldn't find details in his system and after a discussion about that not really being anything I had control over, as I had quoted all the information he had asked for, we were getting nowhere because his script clearly didn't allow for anything other than a very narrow sequence of dialogue.
Eventually he told me to take the matter up with the original supplier and I had to explain that I had no way of doing so because it had been a present and that my Mother, the original purchaser, was now deceased.
Out came the stock phrases along the lines of "I am unable to find details on my system so cannot progress this matter."
In exasperation and some emotion, I explained that it was very inconvenient of Mother to have died when she did but I'm sure the Sale of Goods Act might expect the OEM to take such events in to account, considering the equipment was less than three months old. Whether or not I was entirely correct I'm not sure but even if no basis in consumer law, I would imagine that any OEM, with an eye to good will, would try to help.
"I am unable to find details on my system so cannot progress this matter. Why not just go and buy a replacement?"
Customer relations skills? Nil points I believe.
Those of you who know me will not be surprised to learn that although I cancelled the "chat", I didn't leave the matter there.