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Any of you painters out there running into potential customers, etc. who complain about so called "scams" being run by painters?

I know it happens but has been swept under the rug in the past.

Recentley, I met a potential customer complaining about the last painter she hired. She stated that he specified premium paint for her job. Half way thru the job her husband busted the painter "in his van" pouring inferior paint into an empty premium paint can.

OOPS! You're BUSTED!

Tom Rohland
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The old 'bait and switch', happens everywhere all of the time. Around here the most popular is roofers using cheaper shingles and driveway sealers cutting the product with diesel fuel.
 

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I run into potential customers who seem to have trust issues. I just don't understand the bait and switch, if you bid right there should be plenty of margin. My guess is they are not only scammers but they don't know how to bid a job. Customers are probally to blame as well. My prices are far from outrageous and then I lose jobs to someone who halves my bid, they can't be using good materials or good labor to do houses around 50 cents a foot.
 

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I run into potential customers who seem to have trust issues. I just don't understand the bait and switch, if you bid right there should be plenty of margin. My guess is they are not only scammers but they don't know how to bid a job. Customers are probally to blame as well. My prices are far from outrageous and then I lose jobs to someone who halves my bid, they can't be using good materials or good labor to do houses around 50 cents a foot.
I have ran into a string of these in the past month. I don't bid cheap, but I do bid competively. A bid that allows me to use premium matierials and the time to do the job the right way. Then a low baller comes along and crushes my bid. My outlook on it is that if the owners are too stupid to recognize a low baller when they see one then the deserve what they get. But I for one am not going to give my work away
 

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My outlook on it is that if the owners are too stupid to recognize a low baller when they see one then the deserve what they get.
It's usually not the case in my area. The average customer just sees the low baller coming in as a Godsend to save them money.

The customer that deserves the true blame is the guy sitting in the 350k house, looking to save 800.00 dollors on a job. Then when he gets the shaft, he refuses to accept responsibility, he just tells everyone that all painters are scam artists.

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Its waste of time trying to change the mind of someone who would hire one of these guys.Just to make yourself look good in the end ,send them a few well documented contractor horror stories.Your state division of consumer protection is a good source for this.I downloaded a few from our state website.
 

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How does the painter switching paint "almost" happen? You catch the guy delivering cheap paint to your house or something?

Please forgive me if this sounds...well, however it sounds. What I'm wondering is: Why hire someone to paint your house (assuming they are a professional painter) if you know all the ins and outs to painting well enough to start your own paint company?

I spent years learning this trade from professionals, it didn't happen over-night. I've seen alot of hacks in my time in this trade, including the all famous "30 year" drunk that calls himself a painter, but that's another story. I guess what I'm trying to say is, it's great you are running your own business.......but I guess what I mean is, unless you are quite experienced to begin with, how does catching one hack in a lie turn you into a paint contractor?

Boy, I know that sounds mean....but don't take it that way. Like I said, I've seen alot of hacks...including folks that just figured they could paint as good as the next guy and started a business. Regardless of the reasoning, a hack is a hack. MOST important point, I'm NOT calling you a hack!! It's just the fact that the statement "I got mad and started my own little business" didn't sound right to me for someone who "almost" had a similar problem. Anyone get what I'm saying?.......I know there are bound to be one or two others who have the same questions I do. I mean, why is it that just anyone thinks they can paint? I deal with homeowners all the time that say "well, I was gonna do it myself" like I should give them a cheaper price because they thought THEY could do it just as good.......pff!
 

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Speaking of scams......just found this post in the business forum. http://www.contractortalk.com/showthread.php?t=3422

I knew I smelled something fishy....Why you selling your "painting" site so quickly?

BTW, that chick got more paint on her face than on the wall. If she worked for me I'd charge her for eating the frickin paint. :rolleyes:
 

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I manage people - not paint. I got too many things happening at the same time and that is why I need to let some things go. I thought a do it all can work - but seems I was wrong:)
 

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Jesus - you guys take the people appart rather quick -
"almost" - i noticed the guys having the same color paint with them and i brought it to their attention.

I dont drink - not even socially.

I dont pretend to be a painter - running a business does not require to be skilled - but to understand what needs to be done.

When i got my home - over 2 1/2 years ago - i did not imagine I would get interested in business such as painting - but I understood quickly that its not a science to run such operation [however time consuming] - and its rather profitable.


More power to you those who can paint well - i cannot - and likely will never get good at it - :)
 

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scams -- before using such terms make sure you get me one person that says they paid me for painting jobs and did not receive the service - you are using strong words without anything to support them.
 

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Scott,

If you don't mind I have a few suggestions:

Want to improve the picture on your site?

Promote Professionalism. Where "WHITES.

Cover the entire floor with the drop.

Paint the entire wall.

Oh and remove the hand from your knee.

Thanks,

Tom Rohland, Jr.
Ranger Painting & Pressure Cleaning, Inc.
 

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Peace all..

I deal with homeowners all the time that say "well, I was gonna do it myself" like I should give them a cheaper price because they thought THEY could do it just as good.......pff!
Oh I love hearing this one.
For me it's; "I keep bugging my husband to do it, but he's working overtime all summer. So I Guess we have to hire a painter for what we can do ourselves."
Heard this just last week.

And then once I gave her the bid she said, "Did I mention we were thinking of doing this ourselves?"

And I said, "Did I mention that I am a professional painter? You are more than welcome to cover your dark beige walls to white as you requested :rolleyes: , and to purchase your own paint without my 30% discount. If everyone was already planning to do it themselves, their wouldn't be 86 painting contractors in the yellow pages. Have a nice day."

Sad to say, didn't get the job. Guess I should learn to sweet talk the dumbfounded a little better.

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