£2000 of interest charged and they've still destroyed my wife's credit file. I've just been hung up on and lied to by a manager of the Collections team having discovered Next have destroyed my wife's credit file. Under scrutiny Next admit to £1968. 75 of interest out of a total spend of £9788. 69. I wonder how many of Next's "several million customers" understand that they are charging them 23.9% interest.
Their most senior manager of their Collections Department explained that they would accept a payment of £1400 to settle a £2400 account but that they would be forced to continue to destroy my wifes credit file unless we pay the £2400. Not only is that bizarre but I'd love to understand how that is not blackmail as well. In one hand they offer to 'settle' but then explain they have to lie to the credit agency and say it's not settled unless we pay them the £1000 of interest. I really don't get how this company is FCA regulated, they couldn't explain it and clearly didn't understand their own offer of 'settlement' let alone the FCA rules.
In the process of trying to get a fair resolution or even honesty from Next we've been hung up on by Ziyaad (senior manager of collections), Cheryl, Thenji. There appears to be no limit to the dishonesty Next will employ on recorded calls
So in summary if you don't like being lied to, hung up on, profiteered from and then blackmailed it may be worth going to a shop and buying your clothes rather than using next.co.uk who seem quite happy to make up the rules as they go along. The 54% of 1* ratings on Trustpilot would seem to support my summary of this business. AVOID.