How to Say Sorry for the Inconvenience without Saying Sorry: 11 Best Templates

How to Say Sorry for the Inconvenience without Saying Sorry

We’ve been doing this long enough to know the difference between good customer service and bad customer service. 

Often the most telling difference isn’t the templates they use, the number of agents they have or even the fancy pants software they use. 

It’s usually the simple things:

  • How quickly were they able to resolve a customer’s issues? 
  • How effective was their communication? 
  • How happy was the customer after receiving support? 
  • Was the customer made to feel special? 
  • Were there follow-ups where necessary? 

Let me share two real-life instances to elaborate.

Real-life Instance – 1 

Recently, I was facing a billing issue with my ISP. What should’ve been a minor fix, took them 10 days and 4 different customer service calls to resolve. I am a patient person, but they wore my patience thin. But what pushed me over the edge? At the end of the debacle, all I got was a simple apology email with the dreaded “Sorry for the inconvenience” No personalized message, no discount, no limited-time upgrades, not even a phone call for all the havoc they caused over the past 10 days. I had used this ISP for 4 years, and I decided to switch to a new one. 4 years of hard work down the drain and anyone who has run a business knows that it’s much much harder to get a new customer than to retain an old one. 

Real-life Instance – 2 

I was locked out of my own digital wallet without me changing any passwords. I had contacted the service provider via their live chat and just as expected I ran into a few pre-recorded messages and questions. But to my surprise, these questions were highly specific and within a few chats, I was connected to an agent. It took them only 5 minutes, and they had me out the door. The issue was resolved, and I had a smile on my face. I went on with my day and forgot all about it. To my amazement, the very next day, this agent reached out to me over email with a thoughtful well crafted message. He explained that they take these issues seriously and that if I were to run into them again contact him personally and he would see to a quick resolution on their end. 

Now this is what good customer service is all about! In both instances, I had to deal with some pre-recorded responses and live agents, but what set them apart amidst the noticeable differences was that follow-up apology email. 

It was so well written that had I not had prior experience with customer service, it could’ve fooled me into thinking the agent wrote it. At least the initial bit of apology. Here’s what was written.

Dear Mr Parvez,

I deeply apologize for the accidental password breach that compromised your account. This was entirely our fault. I have secured your account and information and implemented additional password protocols to stop this from happening again.

I understand these kinds of issues jeopardize trust. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make amends or assist you further as you take any precautions on your end. We value you as a customer and will work to regain your confidence in our ability to protect your data.


Here’s the templated version:

Dear [name],

I deeply apologize for the [summarize incident]. This was entirely our fault. I have [steps taken to address the issue] and implemented [changes to prevent recurrence] to stop this from happening again.

I understand these kinds of issues jeopardize trust. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make amends or assist you further. We value our [relationship] and will work to regain your confidence in [State specific service/value your service provides].

[Your name]
[Your Email Signature]

Neat right?

This article will explore many such templates and alternatives to the dull and dreary “sorry for the inconvenience” you can use to enrich your customer service repertoire. 

You’ll learn how to craft more sincere, solution-focused apology messages that won’t have your customers ripping their hair out and slamming the phone in your face. 

What Does “Sorry for the Inconvenience” Mean?

Customer service agents often use the phrase “sorry for the inconvenience” to acknowledge that a problem has negatively impacted the customer’s experience. It expresses regret for the disruption, delay, confusion, or extra effort caused.

While it may seem like a polite phrase, “sorry for the inconvenience” can come across as insincere or dismissive to customers who have experienced significant issues. It can make them feel like their problem wasn’t very important to you.

This is a huge no no! You must treat the customer as an extension of self. Here’s a nifty trick! Imagine the customer to be a loved one. You’ll usually go above and beyond for a loved one. Talk to them differently. Put more effort into the conversation. Actively try to solve their issue for them. This little visualization trick can help you provide the kind of top notch customer service your company will appreciate. 

Types of Inconveniences

Think of the biggest company you know. Apple? Amazon? Or any kind of company that provides a sought after service or product at scale. 

To the average onlooker, they might appear to be well oiled machines but I assure you there are thousands if not millions of dumpster fires each day that customers have to actively contend with, in the consumerism industry. 

Delayed orders, Faulty products, missing products, service or product failure that list goes on.

Inconveniences can range from minor mix-ups to major failures. Here’s a general breakdown of some of the more common ones:

Product/Service IssuesMalfunctioning device, missing features
Product arrives damaged, inconsistent quality
Complex or unintuitive product design
Communication IssuesUnclear instructions, complex terms
Unresponsive customer service, long wait times
Misinformation about products, services, or policies
Process and Policy IssuesTime-consuming purchasing or return processes
Unexpected or hidden fees
Inflexible return or cancellation policies
Technological IssuesWebsite outages, slow loading times
Mobile app crashes, bugs, or lack of functionality
Concerns about data security or privacy
Personalization IssuesGeneric communication approach
Limited or unhelpful customer service interactions
Long wait times on hold, in lines, or for appointments
Pricing IssuesUncompetitive pricing compared to competitors
Hidden or unexpected fees associated with the product or service
Difficulty understanding different pricing options or packages
Delivery IssuesDelayed deliveries or missed delivery windows
Damaged or missing items in the order
Inaccurate or confusing delivery tracking information
Ethical ConcernsLack of transparency about business practices or environmental impact
Unethical treatment of workers or suppliers
Misleading or deceptive advertising practices

While these are but a handful of things that can go wrong. The consumerist industry can be highly nuanced with unique issues taking place every single day. Scenarios can occur for which there are no pre recorded instructions or resolutions. 

These are the most challenging of scenarios because for the most part, customers usually aren’t considerate of the uniqueness of their issue. To them, it is just an issue, an obstacle in their way that you need to solve or else get slapped with a 0-star rating or worse, a complaint. 🤕

En level of frustration customers feel depends on the type and magnitude of the inconvenience. An empathetic and measured approach coupled with a sincere, personal apology and solution is extremely important in these situations. 

Why Don’t Customers Like the Phrase ‘Sorry for the Inconvenience’?

The phrase “sorry for the inconvenience” tends to rub customers the wrong way for a variety of reasons. In fact, for all intents and purposes, this is literally the worst thing you can say. 

But why is it so? I mean it sounds like a perfectly formal way to apologize to someone right?   

Well let’s analyze why it falls flat:

  • It sounds canned and insincere

When customers hear this overused phrase repeatedly, it starts to sound like lip service rather than a sincere apology. They question if you genuinely mean it or are just reciting a well-worn script. I mean at that point you might as well just dip your “script” in some water and swallow it whole for all the good it did you! 

Don’t get me wrong, training wheels can help for sure, but they must come off eventually. Using more authentic, personalized language in these situations as opposed to a pre-written script demonstrates true empathy.

  • It doesn’t acknowledge the specifics of their problem

“Sorry for the inconvenience” is very generic. Customers want you to understand how your particular service failure or error impacted them. Did they miss an important deadline due to a late delivery? Lose business because your system was down? Receive the wrong item? 

Apologize for their specific inconvenience and actively look to compensate them if within company policy. 

  • It focuses on your feelings rather than their experience

Saying “I’m sorry” centers the apology on how you feel rather than the customer’s frustration. They are not concerned about how your day is going. Show you understand their experience and why the issue upset them. 

You must put the customer’s needs, wants and emotions before your own.

  • It minimizes the significance of the problem

When overused, “sorry for the inconvenience” starts to sound like you are brushing off minor annoyances that are part of doing business. However, from the customer’s view, the problem could be quite serious and deserving of more than a casual apology. 

Imagine how you’d feel if the very expensive 50 inch TV you ordered online was delivered in pieces and someone on the other end of the phone says “sorry for the inconvenience”. That’s just a recipe for disaster. Match the sincerity of your apology to the gravity of the issue.

  • It lacks empathy about the disruption caused

Simply apologizing for the inconvenience does nothing to show you understand the time, money, or emotional energy they have wasted due to your error. Convey that you get why this issue created such frustration. Again, for the hundredth time, put yourself in their shoes

  • It doesn’t reassure the problem will get fixed

An apology without concrete details about how and when you will resolve their problem rings hollow. Customers want to know you truly intend to deliver an acceptable solution. Outline the steps you are taking to fix the issue and prevent it from repeating.

“sorry for the inconvenience” has become a throwaway phrase that fails to reassure customers on an emotional level. Take time to craft apologies that clearly convey empathy, understanding, accountability, and commitment to regaining their trust.

What is Considered a Sincere Apology?

What is a sincere apology? An apology that is sincere! I’m not pulling your leg. It can be astounding what some consider sincerity. Let me break it down.

In its simplest form a sincere apology is basically an acknowledgement of understanding. Even if you can’t relate to a customer’s emotions you must always approach customer issues by putting yourself in their shoes (This won’t be the last time I say this). We may not be adept at picking up on other people’s emotions, but we can certainly attempt to decipher our own. 

By putting yourself in your customer’s shoes, you can often pick up on what the customer might be feeling. It’s not a foolproof strategy by all means. Level of expertise, skill, and a whole host of other factors also play into this. 

You might find a trivial solution that a customer might be struggling with but remember that it is your job as a customer service representative to make it as easy for the customer as it is for you.

So with that established, we know that generic apologies can fall flat and leave customers feeling unheard. Let’s explore what to avoid and how to craft a truly sincere apology in various scenarios:

A sincere apology focuses more on the customer’s experience versus your own feelings. It should:

  • Acknowledge the specific issue and impact on the customer
  • Express empathy for their situation
  • Provide context if applicable (but don’t make excuses)
  • Outline steps you’re taking to resolve the problem
  • Offer reassurance it won’t happen again
  • Thank the customer for their patience and understanding

Here’s a little guide you can use:

Don’t sayInstead, sayExplanation
“I’m sorry, but…”“I sincerely apologize for…”Avoid “but” statements as they negate the apology and imply fault on the customer’s part.
“It wasn’t my fault.”“I understand your frustration and I take full responsibility for this issue.”Acknowledge the customer’s feelings and take ownership of the problem.
“We’re working on it.”“I understand the inconvenience this has caused. I’ve personally involved [relevant team] to expedite a solution, and I’ll keep you updated on the progress.”Be specific and offer tangible steps being taken to resolve the issue.
“There’s nothing we can do.”“While we may not have an immediate solution, I’m committed to finding a way to make things right. Would you be open to discussing possible options?”Show willingness to help and explore solutions even if a quick fix isn’t available.
“This doesn’t usually happen.”“I understand this is unexpected and frustrating. We’re taking steps to prevent similar issues in the future.”Acknowledge the unusual nature of the problem and assure the customer that steps are being taken to improve.
Generic scripts with no personalization.“I apologize that your recent experience with [product/service] hasn’t met your expectations. My name is [your name], and I’m here to help you find a solution.”Personalize the apology and introduce yourself to build rapport.
Offering a solution without understanding the customer’s concern.“I apologize for the inconvenience. Would you be interested in [solution]?”Actively listen and understand the specific issue before proposing solutions.
Rushing through the apology.Speak slowly and clearly, allowing the customer time to process your message and feel heard.Demonstrate genuine concern and empathy through your tone and body language.
Focusing on explaining the problem.Focus on acknowledging the customer’s feelings and apologizing for the impact the problem has had on them.Remember, it’s about expressing regret and taking responsibility, not justifying the situation

Understanding customer perception of inconveniences

As we discussed earlier, being able to put yourself in your customer’s shoes is the most vital component to providing exceptional service. Understanding customer perception of inconveniences is crucial. 

While a situation may seem like a minor issue from your perspective, it can significantly impact customers’ experience and their overall perception of your brand.

Let’s delve deeper into this concept:

1. Subjectivity:

What constitutes an inconvenience is highly subjective and varies based on individual expectations, past experiences, and personal factors like time constraints and urgency. For instance, a five-minute wait on hold might feel insignificant to one customer but deeply frustrating to another with a busy schedule.

Example: A five-minute wait on hold might feel insignificant to a customer browsing online on their lunch break, but deeply frustrating to another customer on their way to an important appointment.

2. Cumulative Effect:

A single inconvenience might not be a deal-breaker. However, repeated issues or a string of minor inconveniences can create a negative cumulative effect. This can lead to frustration, dissatisfaction, and ultimately, customer churn. Brand reputation can be painstaking to build but you may lose it with just a few instances of bad customer service.


3. Emotional Impact:

Beyond the practical aspects, inconveniences can trigger emotions like frustration, anger, disappointment, and even helplessness. It’s critical to acknowledge these emotions and address the emotional impact when addressing customer concerns.

Example: A customer booking a flight might feel anxious and helpless if the online booking system malfunctions, leading to missed vacation plans or additional costs. In the advent of such situations, the customer must be handled with extreme care and consideration because no one wants to miss an important flight. 

4. Comparison & Reference Points:

Customers often compare their experience with your brand to their interactions with other companies, setting their own benchmarks for acceptable service. If your service falls below their expectations, even a seemingly minor inconvenience can feel magnified.

Example: A customer accustomed to a seamless online ordering and returns process from another store might find a cumbersome and complex process at your store frustrating, even if it functions technically.

5. Transparency & Communication:

Customers appreciate transparency about potential issues and delays. Proactive communication, even about minor inconveniences, can help manage expectations and minimize frustration.

Example: Informing customers about a scheduled website maintenance downtime upfront, even if it’s a brief period, can prepare them and lessen any frustration compared to encountering an unexpected outage.

Understanding these key points allows you to:

  • Develop empathy: Put yourself in your customers’ shoes and consider their perspective.
  • Prioritize proactively: Identify potential areas where inconveniences might occur and address them preemptively.
  • Calibrate communication: Tailor your communication style to acknowledge the perceived severity of the situation and address customers’ emotional state.
  • Continuously improve: Actively gather feedback and use it to identify areas where you can streamline processes and minimize inconveniences.

Further Strategies for Improving Customer Service Replies

Beyond avoiding “sorry for the inconvenience”, here are some strategies to improve customer service responses:

  • Personalize your apology and focus on how the issue specifically impacted them
  • Be concise yet sincere – don’t rely on templates all the time
  • Thank the customer for bringing the issue to your attention
  • Provide reassurance that you are taking steps to resolve the problem
  • Follow up in a timely manner with the solution
  • Ask if any other support is needed to ensure satisfaction
  • Encourage future feedback to continue improving
  • Follow up with the customer and provide updates if necessary (Very important)

By understanding customer perception of inconveniences, you can create a more customer-centric approach, ultimately fostering stronger relationships, loyalty, and positive brand sentiment.

“Sorry for the Inconvenience” 25 Alternatives to Enrich your Repertoire

Well, We’ve been rambling on about what to do and what not to do thus far so now it’s time to put our money where our mouth is! 

Below you’ll find 25 templates we’ve crafted and used over the years to calm even the most irate customers to loyal supporters. These templates are the result of over a decade of customer interactions. We’ve always tried to make them sound as soulful and sincere as possible. 

Having said that, these are not set in stone. You may use them in live chat, email conversations over the phone, etc.

Note that these templates have been lifted from real-time customer conversations (customer names have been changed) covering a plethora of scenarios so you may use them as they’re written if you’re facing a similar predicament, edit them, mix and match with other ones on the list, use your own twist on it, do whatever you want, the world is your oyster!

Incorrect Delivery 

“I sincerely apologize for the incorrect order you received, Susan. I understand the frustration of receiving the wrong item and I will personally ensure your correct order ships out today with expedited delivery on us.”
“My deepest apologies for the issues with your shipment, Michael. Providing excellent service is our top priority, and I will get this resolved immediately by sending the proper order overnight, as well as following up to prevent this from occurring again. Please accept a refund for your shipping costs.”

Damaged Delivery

“I profusely apologize that your [Enter product details] arrived damaged, Nicole. We clearly fell short of our quality commitment and I’m working to make sure replacements are sent today by priority mail. Please let me know if I can assist with anything else – our priority is your happiness.””

Missing Package

“I sincerely apologize that your order of [Enter product details] appears to have gone missing or undelivered. I know how inconvenient this is, and will get to the bottom of what happened immediately. Then I’ll personally place a priority re-shipment or full refund per your preference, Monica.”

Billing Error Overcharge

“Janet, I deeply regret that we overcharged you incorrectly on your purchase of [Enter product details]. I understand the frustration of seeing an inaccurate charge and have removed it entirely, with assurances no errors will happen moving forward. Please accept a refund for your trouble.”
“My sincere apologies for the double charge you incurred William, which is unacceptable for us. As soon as notified, I eliminated the duplicate charge and submitted paperwork for fee reimbursement for your issue. Please let me know if any other support is needed!”

Product Defect

“I sincerely apologize for the defects you’ve experienced with your recent purchase, [Enter product details]. Please know that we value your business greatly and we stand committed to making it right through expedited replacement or full refund, as you prefer David. Again, I am very sorry for this.”
“My apologies for the malfunction you’ve experienced with [Enter product details], Christine. Delivering reliable quality is our top concern so in addition to dispatching a replacement unit on rush delivery today, I have registered your product for an extended future warranty at no cost. Please contact me directly with any other concerns.”

Website Technical Difficulties

“Sincerest regrets for the technical disruption on our website yesterday causing trouble placing your order, Aparna. I know how frustrating that can be. We identified the issue, which is now fully resolved across all areas of our site, and have proactively added credit to your account. Please contact me directly if you experience any other problems or have questions!”

Long Wait Time

“Greetings Sebastian, I want to sincerely apologize that you had to wait 45 minutes for an agent. We greatly value your time and this kind of misstep is unacceptable to the standards of our organization. We were experiencing an abnormal influx of customer service requests during that time and our team simply could not serve all our customers. I want you to know that to prevent such an occurrence in the future we’ve already taken steps to expand our customer service team considerably. Please accept my apologies for this frustrating delay as well as a voucher for 30% off your next purchase for your patience with us.”
“I sincerely regret that you experienced a 30 minute wait time before connecting with the appropriate service agent, Claire. Our customer service infrastructure suffered an unexpected breakdown and it took us a bit of time to get it up and running. We are diligently working on upgrading our customer service technology and appropriate contingencies to prevent such delays going forward “

Misinformed on Shipping

“My apologies Erica that our agent inadvertently provided inaccurate shipping information for your recent order resulting in frustration for you. Allow me to clarify: all domestic orders over $50 receive free 5-7 day economy shipping. Please contact me directly moving forward to avoid any confusion. Accept this coupon for 30% off valid on your next order as our apologies.”

Rude Employee

“Monica, I sincerely apologize for the rude and dismissive treatment you experienced from our service agent today. This sort of behavior strictly goes against our company values and commitments to customers. We have already taken disciplinary action against the agent in question to prevent any such issues in the future. Please accept this gesture of apology from us in the form of store credit on your account. Here’s my email, please reach out to me directly if you face any such further incidents or for any case in general.”

Product Safety Concerns

“We sincerely apologize to all customers affected by the recent safety issues surrounding our [Enter Product]. Nothing is more important than the well-being of our customers which is why we have issued recalls and halted further sales until we fully audit and revise manufacturing safeguards to the highest standard, with transparent results. My team is available 24/7 to answer your questions and address concerns. We regret falling short here and hope to rebuild your confidence and trust in us.”

Service Cancellation

Good morning Mr. Henry. Please accept my sincere apologies for the last minute cancellation to your scheduled maintenance appointment this morning. The scheduled technician had to leave for an urgent medical emergency. However, we should have informed you earlier and not disrupt your plans for the day. We of course remain committed to first class service for valued customers like you and will prioritize your vehicle first available slot next Tuesday if convenient? Please let me know if Tuesday doesn’t work for you then we can find you a more suitable time slot for when it’s convenient.“

Service Delay

“I sincerely regret the unexpected delays in servicing your vehicle with us, causing you major inconvenience today Gregory. Our new technician trainee was undergoing specialized factory training this morning, unfortunately. Please accept our apologies – your vehicle will be prioritized first when we open again shortly. I have also credited a Full Annual Service Plan on us for any future work or repairs needed to demonstrate our commitment. We aim for 5-star service so you have my personal word that your next visit will exceed expectations.”

Data Breach

“I am utterly disappointed that we failed our duty of care to protect your personal information and data, James. Our system vulnerability responsible for this breach is completely unacceptable. Please know our team has worked around the clock to fully seal and reinforce all aspects of our cybersecurity infrastructure to the highest possible standards going forward. I would like to give you assurance that we stand by you in whatever decision regarding our service. I will personally handle all your data migration if you wish to switch to another platform. If you have any other concerns whatsoever, please do reach out to me directly. If you decide to stay with us then allow us to cover the next year of your subscription free of charge a small token given the stress this may have caused. We aim to rebuild your confidence and trust.”

Misleading Promotions

“We sincerely apologize for the misleading details presented in our recent promotion Clara. We wrongly created the impression gifts would be included with all purchases over $100, which was incorrect. Please accept a refund for the item price difference along with a store credit as a token of apology from our team. We are retraining staff on appropriate and ethical promotional guidelines to avoid similar confusion moving forward.”

Defective Products

“We wholeheartedly apologize for the defective [Enter Product] you received, Sam. We understand the frustration when [Enter Product Category] fail to perform as expected. Please allow our technicians to facilitate a full replacement unit being overnight shipped to your address today. Your satisfaction is our highest priority. Please contact me directly if any other issues arise so I may address them promptly, including extending your product’s warranty coverage as an apology for this situation.”

Shipping Delays

“My deepest and most sincere apologies for the extensive shipping delay you have experienced Helen, waiting over [Enter time frame] for your purchase. This is not acceptable, and we take full responsibility for repeatedly falling short of communicating accurately with you and resolving it much sooner. Please find a complete refund issued along with a small token of further store credit added. Do let me know if any other issues arise in the future – providing excellent service and support is our top priority for customers.”

Subscription Cancellation Ignored

“I am deeply sorry for the difficulties you experienced trying to cancel your subscription, Emma.  We have rectified the issue moving forward and credited your last payment along with the next 3 months complimentary if you choose to give us another shot. We value our customers and are willing to give them room to grow with our platform. I hope you consider staying with us these 3 months and give us the opportunity to change your mind. I can promise you won’t regret it. If you choose to leave then let me know and I’ll personally see to it that your account closure goes on without any hitch. Thank you for your consideration.” 

Software Update Bugs

“We fully apologize for the issues our latest update unexpectedly caused disrupting your usage. Our team has prioritized shipping a hotfix tonight. Please reach out to me personally at [Email] so that I may assist you with temporary workarounds till the hotfix is implemented. Please know that a smooth and uninterrupted service is our top priority.”

Lack of Follow Up

“I am deeply sorry for the delay in responding and lack of follow-up provided on your most recent support ticket. We should have met our promised response time and kept you updated accordingly. Our team is actively improving internal processes to ensure more timely and proactive follow-up moving forward. Please let me know if you need any assistance in escalating or reopening your ticket.”

Prolonged Platform Downtime

“We deeply regret the extended platform downtime yesterday causing disruption for you. We are implementing comprehensive protections to guarantee availability and stability as our urgent priority. Please enjoy 1 month of complimentary priority support.”

Unrealistic Delivery Timeline Promises

“Joan, we deeply apologize for overpromising and under-delivering on the [Promise] we guaranteed. We wrongly set expectations without properly vetting timelines internally first. we know how inconvenient our lapse in judgment has been. Please allow us the chance to rebuild your trust as we learn to make more diligent commitments upfront aligned with stakeholder input. We highly value your patronage and aim to improve our service abilities by supporting you.”

#7 Canned Response Templates to Replace ‘Sorry for the Inconvenience’

We’ve done messages now let’s look at a few full-blown emails templates you can use to tackle some recurring customer service issues. These are just a few.

1. Incorrect Order

Dear [Customer Name],

We’re truly sorry to learn that your recent order (#[Order Number]) arrived with incorrect items. We understand how frustrating this can be, and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.

We’ve identified the mistake and are already working on getting the correct items to you as soon as possible. You can expect them to arrive within [Number] business days via [Shipping method]. We’ll send you a confirmation email with tracking information once they ship.

In the meantime, you can keep the incorrect items or return them for a full refund at your convenience. We’ve included a prepaid return label in your original package, and you can simply drop it off at any [Return location] location.

Again, we sincerely apologize for this error. We appreciate your understanding and patience. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email or call us at [Phone number].

En [Your Company Name] Equipo

2. Product Defect

Dear [Customer Name],

Thank you for reaching out about the issue you’re experiencing with your [Product name] (Order # [Order Number]). We’re sorry to hear that it’s not functioning as expected.

We understand how important it is for our products to work reliably, and we take all quality concerns seriously. To better understand the issue, could you please provide a brief description of the problem you’re encountering?

In the meantime, we’d like to offer you the following options:

Replacement: We can send you a replacement product free of charge.
Refund: We can issue a full refund for the product.
Repair: If possible, we can offer a repair service for your product.

Please reply to this email with your preferred resolution and any additional information about the issue. We’ll be happy to assist you further.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

En [Your Company Name] Equipo

3. Delayed Delivery

Dear [Customer Name],

We’re reaching out to inform you about a slight delay in the delivery of your recent order (#[Order Number]). We understand you were expecting it to arrive on [Original delivery date], and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The delay is due to [Reason for delay]. We expect your order to arrive by [New delivery date] at the latest. You’ll receive a notification with tracking information once it ships.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. As a token of apology for the inconvenience, we’d like to offer you [Discount or other compensation].

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email or call us at [Phone number].

En [Your Company Name] Equipo

4. Technical Difficulty

Dear [Customer Name],

Thank you for bringing the technical difficulty you experienced with [Website/App/Service] to our attention. We sincerely apologize for any frustration or disruption this has caused.

Our team is currently investigating the issue and working diligently to resolve it as soon as possible. We expect to have a fix in place by [Estimated time frame].

In the meantime, we recommend [Alternative solution or workaround]. We’ll also be sending out an update email once the issue is fully resolved.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions or require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email.

En [Your Company Name] Equipo

5. Long Wait Time

Dear [Customer Name],

We’re reaching out to acknowledge your recent inquiry (# [Ticket Number]) and apologize for the delay in response. We understand your time is valuable, and we appreciate your patience.

We’re currently experiencing a higher volume of inquiries than usual, which has resulted in longer wait times. Your issue is important to us, and we’re working hard to address it as quickly as possible.

You can expect a response from our team within [Estimated timeframe]. In the meantime, you can find helpful information and resources on our website at [Link to relevant page].

We apologize again for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

En [Your Company Name] Equipo

6. Addressing a Customer Complaint

Dear [Customer Name],

Thank you for reaching out to us and sharing your recent experience with [Product/Service]. We are truly sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with [Specific detail of the complaint].

We understand your frustration and appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Your feedback is valuable to us as it helps us identify areas for improvement and ensure we meet the needs of our customers.

To better understand your experience, could you please elaborate on [Specific details you’d like to clarify]? This information will help us investigate the issue and take appropriate action.

We are committed to providing [Your company’s main goal, e.g., high-quality products, exceptional service] and want to ensure your satisfaction. We are currently exploring [Solution you’re considering, e.g., investigating the issue, offering a replacement, issuing a refund] to address your concerns.

We will be in touch within [Number] business days with an update on the resolution and next steps. In the meantime, if you have any further questions or require immediate assistance, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email or call us at [Phone number].

En [Your Company Name] Equipo

7. Unsatisfactory Service

Dear [Customer Name],

Thank you for contacting us and sharing your feedback about your recent experience with [Your Company Name]. We are truly sorry to hear that it did not meet your expectations.

We take all customer feedback seriously, and we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. It allows us to identify areas for improvement and ensure we’re providing the best possible service to all our customers.

To better understand your concerns, could you please elaborate on the specific aspects of your experience that fell short? Your feedback will be reviewed by our team and used to develop solutions that prevent similar situations in the future.

We are committed to providing exceptional customer service, and we value your business. In the meantime, if you have any questions or require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email or call us at [Phone number].

En [Your Company Name] Equipo

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We can equip you with the tools to do this as well. If you work in customer support, along with all the alternatives to “Sorry for the inconvenience” templates I just provided, ThriveDesk has many other tools in its belt to help you provide top-of-the-line support. Let me just give you a sneak peek into one. Saved Replies!

ThriveDesk gives you the ability to craft and share your own custom replies and organize them to a specific inbox of your choosing. You can craft your own messages, use ones from various sources, or use some that I’ve shared earlier 😉. 

ThriveDesk’s saved replies can help you make internal communication amongst your team transparent and help your customer service agents provide extremely high-grade support to your customers. Here’s how it works:

ThriveDesk’s saved replies

Login to ThriveDesk and go into Workflow from the left hand panel. Then go into Saved Replies and select the inbox you want to work with. In the above example, we’re working on the Support inbox. Here on the top right you can click on “Add New Reply” and craft your own saved replies. Select the inbox you want the saved reply to be saved to and click “Save”

custom replies

When replying to a customer, you’ll find a button “Instant reply” on the top right of the reply editor. Click on it to see a curated list of the custom replies you’ve crafted. You can even search them using the title you used in your custom reply. That’s not all instant replies are also available as live chat replies

Create as many templates as you wish and use them to your heart’s content for whatever inbox you want to use them for! Get ThrivDesk today and provide the premium support your customers deserve!

Saying Sorry and Winning Back Unhappy Customers

In the end, providing exceptional customer service demands more than scripted apologies like “sorry for the inconvenience.” True excellence stems from understanding the customer’s perspective, empathizing with their emotions, and a genuine commitment to making things right.

By crafting personalized, empathetic responses that acknowledge the specific issue, outline steps for resolution, and reassure customers of your dedication, you can turn frustrations into opportunities to build trust and loyalty.

Use the strategies and templates discussed as a starting point, but tailor your approach to each unique customer interaction. Seek feedback continually, learn from mistakes, and evolve to consistently exceed expectations.

Apologizing is just the first step. The true measure lies in swiftly resolving issues, preventing recurrences, and prioritizing a customer-centric mindset. Transform “sorry for the inconvenience” from a hollow phrase into a meaningful acknowledgment that restores confidence and nurtures lasting relationships.

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