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Old 07-28-2011, 06:30 PM   #1
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I was setting some stone caps today in a strip mall (pics may follow when I figure out how to post pictures again...) when this lady comes up and asks me what that stuff is I am using. (Red mortar, so it maybe didn't look like traditional mortar, but I had a trowel in my hand and was spreading on the block to set the cap...)

I couldn't resist so I said it was frosting and if she had a cup cake I would let her try it. Well, it went down hill from there. Next thing she asks is do I tuck? It was hot, I was pretty lathered up in sweat, trying to get the stone down before the mortar set up, so I replied that what I do in private was none of her concern.

Well, that didn't exactly go over like I had hoped, so I focused on the old bat for a minute and explained that the red stuff was mortar and yes I do tuck point occasionally. She asked what my rate was per sq. ft. and I replied that I didn't have a standard rate, but I could give a quote after looking at any job.

Then she asked if I was cheap...that struck a nerve. I really wanted to say I was both cheap and easy, but she was too ugly to interest me. Instead I informed her that as far as I knew my rates were the highest in town and I was raising them 20% this week.

She walked off telling me she had a building that needed tuck pointing, but she needed someone cheap. The only reply I could think of was "you get what you pay for." She said "well it isn't that hard,I don't know why you charge so much." So of course I had to tell her I had a trowel handy and I would be glad to pay her $100 dollars for every cap she set the rest of the day.

No reply... imagine that.
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:41 PM   #2
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Then she asked if I was cheap...that struck a nerve.
Should have said -

I am if you are.





She was probably on the way into the mall to blow $600 on a pair of shoes.

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I always say yes I am pretty affordable whenever someone uses the cheap word. Then I give them a price that basically tells them they are #1

Sometimes you have to just indulge the humor life throws at you

Sometimes though people like this know they are a pain in the ass and if you can survive their personality disorder, even if you give them a high price they might settle down and negotiate something from there. Happens once in a while.
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I always end up saying wise comments regardless of the person too. About 10% of people seriously dont have any sense of humor.
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Q: "Are you cheap"?

A: "Get bids for this job from at least 5 contractors, and then you tell me."

Make her work for the answer to her question.
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I was setting some stone caps today in a strip mall (pics may follow when I figure out how to post pictures again...) when this lady comes up and asks me what that stuff is I am using. (Red mortar, so it maybe didn't look like traditional mortar, but I had a trowel in my hand and was spreading on the block to set the cap...)

I couldn't resist so I said it was frosting and if she had a cup cake I would let her try it. Well, it went down hill from there. Next thing she asks is do I tuck? It was hot, I was pretty lathered up in sweat, trying to get the stone down before the mortar set up, so I replied that what I do in private was none of her concern.

Well, that didn't exactly go over like I had hoped, so I focused on the old bat for a minute and explained that the red stuff was mortar and yes I do tuck point occasionally. She asked what my rate was per sq. ft. and I replied that I didn't have a standard rate, but I could give a quote after looking at any job.

Then she asked if I was cheap...that struck a nerve. I really wanted to say I was both cheap and easy, but she was too ugly to interest me. Instead I informed her that as far as I knew my rates were the highest in town and I was raising them 20% this week.

She walked off telling me she had a building that needed tuck pointing, but she needed someone cheap. The only reply I could think of was "you get what you pay for." She said "well it isn't that hard,I don't know why you charge so much." So of course I had to tell her I had a trowel handy and I would be glad to pay her $100 dollars for every cap she set the rest of the day.

No reply... imagine that.
Nice post Dakzaag,Hey Is Blakley's or Helms const. still the big one's in town? I worked on Butler Univ and Bank of Indianapolis for them waaayy back,I was in Local 19 Bricklayers/allied craftsman..Indy..
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A charm school drop out that flunked an IQ test. Say it isnt so.

I hate these stupid f*&^%*(&%ers that dont even have the sense to string together a sentence that isnt offensive.
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I always end up saying wise comments regardless of the person too. About 10% of people seriously dont have any sense of humor.
10%?????
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Her: "Are you cheap?"
Me: "No Ma'am, are you?"
Her: "Yes"
Me: "Thank you for stopping by"
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And let me add it really pisses them off when you send them down the road in this fashion, even more so when you get back to work and ignore them.
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Nice post Dakzaag,Hey Is Blakley's or Helms const. still the big one's in town? I worked on Butler Univ and Bank of Indianapolis for them waaayy back,I was in Local 19 Bricklayers/allied craftsman..Indy..
Sorry I can't help you on the big guns in Indy, I don't go south of Lafayette and rarely there.
Trying to get my hands around the current job I have in W. Lafayette right now. I'm just a one horse outfit with a little help here and there.
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Cheap?.. well I'm not sure Ma'am, but let me know your budget and I'll certainly let you know

Blow her off...totally wrong kinda customer for most businessmen.
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I normally am caught off guard by this qurestion and say. 'I try not to be"
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:18 PM   #14
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I thought it was very informative that she couldn't bring the word mortar to her tongue, and then didn't know the term tuck pointing, but she is an expert in how to fix her building and how much it costs.

"It's not that hard you know..."

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"I don't do tummy tucks, but I could recommend a butt lift for you".
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Are you sure she asked you if you..............Tuck.........?
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Or when she said tuck pointing isnt that hard you could have said " Excuse me ,Ma'me you either need a breath mint or you are talking out of your butt."
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Am I cheap?
My Answer: For the services that I provide compared to my competitors, yes, I am very cheap.
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Never had someone just ask, are you cheap before. I have had people make a point of telling me they were getting competing bids before. Thats when I tell them I guarantee I wont be the lowest bid but I will probably come in as the middle guy. Seems like most people don't just want cheap nor do they want to pay too much...
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