Occasionally, when I answer tech support questions for attendees in classes or seminars, they thank me twice: once, for solving their questions, and again for saving them from dealing with Adobe tech support. Citing long holds, repeated handoffs to other support personnel, undecipherable accents, and unsatisfactory results, they’d ask, “Can we just call you instead?” I caution them that I can’t answer everything, but tell them I’ll try. Because of my long loyalty to Adobe, I apologize for their experience, telling them that I’m sure their experience is rare and that they shouldn’t hold it against Adobe.
But the increasing frequency of such complaints has left me wondering if declining tech support quality could be a trend at the Big Red A. Since I’m quite fond of Adobe, that’s distressing.