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My customer rant for the day

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Flame, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Flame

    Flame Major Contributor

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    Yep, just gotta get it out of my system. Guy came in and wants some white cut vinyl by tomorrow. Had another guy that was going to cut it for him but he keeps being flakey and not calling back...you know the story.

    So, he tells me he wants a wavey checkerboard design with some swirls and stuff, 2' tall and 36' long, on both sides of the truck in white. He would install himself. I figure up a quote, give it to him, his eyes just get wide. Apparently the last guy said he'd make them for $300.

    $300..... for 2) 36' x 2' custom designed graphics???? That's less than $2 a square, with no design fees, and the risk of cutting a 36' graphic with no screw ups and heaven KNOWS how much weed time with small checker board squares all the way down the thing.

    It was so ridiculous I didn't even really get upset. I just chuckled and let it go. Poor guy who's going to be making those decals....
     
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  2. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    Just so long as it's not you making the mistakes! Let the other guy learn the hard way...
     
  3. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    Hey Flamey... that ain't a rant, that's a joke. Cost is more around $850 or so.

    $300.... maybe each on a good day.
     
  4. Flame

    Flame Major Contributor

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    Don't forget he came in at noon on a Thursday, and wanted them on Friday so he could install them that night and then go on vacation.

    ;)
     
  5. Ursta Graphics

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    Lol... gotta love those customers! I wonder what the other guys design looked like .. I'm guessing vomit!

    Mine was .. Guy drops off truck to be lettered this morning. "Here ya go all washed WAXED and ready to go." "UGHHH" as I broke out the prep-sol.
     
  6. wildside

    wildside Very Active Member

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    that's a long truck :omg:
     
  7. Si Allen

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    I will bet the reason the other guy will not call him back is because he realized that he made a big mistake on the price, and doesn't want to lose his a$$ on the job!


    :Oops:
     
  8. Flame

    Flame Major Contributor

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    EXACTLY!!!! :rock-n-roll:
     
  9. "Deposit Please"

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    ...that or he probably thought it was 24" x 36" 2 sides + design fee and went over and got fed up with mr Cheapo.
     
  10. Mosh

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    That's a long truck.
     
  11. Si Allen

    Si Allen Very Active Member

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    Mosh ... sounds like a racer's trailer, rather than his truck! So of course he wants cheep! Spent all his money on go fast stuff!
     
  12. CheapVehicleWrap

    CheapVehicleWrap Very Active Member

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    Mosh could do em for that price no?
     
  13. JR's

    JR's Very Active Member

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    That's funny right there I don't care who you are. :)

    J.R.
     
  14. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    50 yards of Oracal 341 is only $58 COME ON!!!!!
     
  15. Coloradosigns

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    designing it up, and weeding a checker board isnt very fun.
    No to mention 70+ feet of masking you have to pray doesn't wrinkle as your sending it through.
     
  16. Flame

    Flame Major Contributor

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    Might as well throw in a new rant. Got chewed out for being too high priced. Customer wanted a 5' x 3' one color decal. Would take a few minutes to vectorize the art he gave me too. He said his buddy makes 'em for $30, and cheaper if he gets quantities. Can I match that?

    Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, no!?!?!? He gets all butthurt wants to know what my problem is.

    sigh.
     
  17. John Butto

    John Butto Verboten

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    Whenever I hear the word "Buddy" all deals are off.
     
  18. Just Another Sign Guy

    Just Another Sign Guy Very Active Member

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    what isnt' expensive anymore? if you do not value your time...no one else will. sometimes you just can't win.
     
  19. Jillbeans

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    A shop two miles up the street had their vinyl cutter go belly up. Since that's not their main source of business, they decided not to repair or replace the plotter.
    I was getting a nice rush of referrals from them.
    Referrals who acted affronted when they found out that I charge $25 for what this other place was doing for $12. Umm...I have a $25 minimum which I think is too cheap, but apparently I am a highway robber to these people.
    I'm going out looking for a part time job today.
    Love....Jill
     
  20. Si Allen

    Si Allen Very Active Member

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    Jill ... sounds like the vinyl was a 'loss leader' to get them in for the other part of the business.

    Evidentally ... it wasn't working well enough to get another plotter!


    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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