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You want me to teach you what!!!

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by showcase 66, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. showcase 66

    showcase 66 Very Active Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Yesterday I got a call from a guy who I do small signs and banners for all the time. He has 4 restaurants and is always changing something on one of them. I met with him and he wants some banners for the newest place he opened 2 months ago.
    Not a problem told him I would order the banners sizes he wants after he gives me half down which he does. I order the material yesterday and today he calls me up and says hold off on the banners and I need to come see him really quick, its very important.

    I get over there and he shows me this old vinyl cutter he just got off a guy and he wants me to teach him how to use it so he can make his own signs.
    Seriously... WTF... :banghead:

    I started to laugh turned around and walked out. Halfway back to the shop, He calls me up all upset that I left and wants me to come back and talk to him. Told him I didnt have time to teach someone that is going to stop sending me work. Not happening.
  2. natedawg9640

    natedawg9640 Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    Appleton, Wi
    some people's kids
  3. Jet Fast Printing

    Jet Fast Printing Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Do people think before speaking anymore?
  4. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

    Jun 8, 2004
    wow, that is balls at it's best!

    did he even get it? makes you wonder if people are just stupid or think you make signs for "fun", not profit.
  5. Rick

    Rick Certified Enneadecagon Designer

    Apr 17, 2003
    Valle Vista
    I wish I could come up with a mature and lengthy answer about using this as an opportunity, but really, you should have kicked him in that nads before you left....
  6. showcase 66

    showcase 66 Very Active Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Maybe I should have asked him how to make my favorite dishes from his restaurants so I could just make them at home instead of going to his place to eat it. He always wants a deal and thinks he should get one all the time yet he has never once offered me a discount on food. Have a feeling I will hear from him again soon.
  7. CheapVehicleWrap

    CheapVehicleWrap Very Active Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    OR you could have charged him $125 hr. and ran him in circles until he gave you the plotter. 2-4 hours max should do it. Wouldn't worry too much, with 4 places even if they're slow do you think this guy has the patience to learn every little thing he needs to do? With a little effort I think you can actually raise your prices for him and even have a little fun with the old chap.
  8. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

    Mar 25, 2006
    Mars Florida
    I had a customer ask me to teach him the business when I was leaving New York. I asked him if he was joking? He said no, I'll pay you and he asked what I would want? I said $10,000 for nothing but my knowledge. He said great and paid me the $10 grand. I also sold my phone number for $5k to my competitor in the next town over.

    He's still making signs in New York after eighteen years.
  9. jiarby

    jiarby Major Contributor

    Feb 11, 2007
    Call him up and tell him that you bought a cheap skillet off craigslist... and he needs to come over right away and show you how to cook the dishes he makes at his restaurant.
  10. petesign

    petesign Very Active Member

    Feb 27, 2010
    Hoover AL
    I'd go put a taco stand in his parking lot and call him and ask him to do some cut vinyl letters for it. See how he likes that.
  11. GypsyGraphics

    GypsyGraphics Major Contributor

    Mar 19, 2009
    one of my regular clients, a fairly large company, does some junk work in house and uses a small quickie print place for that kind of stuff. the lady who does the junk work is actually in the records department. anyway, she was calling me so often for help and eventally called and said "i hate to keep bothering you so often, can we just plan a day for you to come down here and teach me InDesign and Illustrator, so i can get this figured out once and for all"

    :ROFLMAO: :banghead: :ROFLMAO: :banghead: :ROFLMAO:

    i did, sorta
  12. showcase 66

    showcase 66 Very Active Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    That actually crossed my mind after leaving his place.

    And to think, I only pay $50 to tap into yours and everyone elses knowledge. Man I love this place. I swear, 3 months on here reading and having things critiqued on here is way better than most of the classes I took in college about graphics and design.
  13. signage

    signage Major Contributor

    Oct 5, 2005
    CSDD when he called you to come back you should have said fine and walked in with whatever your favorite dish has in it and said show me how to make it!
  14. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

    May 5, 2005
    I'd go put a taco in his heating duct.
  15. Fatboy

    Fatboy Very Active Member

  16. Graphics2u

    Graphics2u Very Active Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    Just hand him the shirt off your back, your car keys and your wallet and ask - "Anything Else?"

    Some people just don't get it, 10-12 years ago I actually had someone ask me to teach them how to tint windows so that he could start doing it for his friends.
  17. Tim Aucoin

    Tim Aucoin Very Active Member

    I had this happen also GG with a customer last year! They didn't even have the software... wanted to come to me to learn. I tell them that I'd be happy to give them lessons, but I'll be charging $350 per hour and both Illustrator AND InDesign require at least 10 hours each to teach someone to just get familiar with the concepts. Then I told them how much it was going to cost them to purchase the software and upgrade their antiquated computers in order to install it...
    Well needless to say, I'm still getting their Word, Excel and Powerpoint artwork and charging them my standard rate of $95 per hour to do design it correctly! :rock-n-roll:
  18. geb

    geb Very Active Member

    Apr 23, 2003
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2011
  19. wetgravy

    wetgravy Guest

    At least once a week I have people who bought cricuts come in asking me to teach them how to use their machine. I tell them that my time is worth $100 an hour with a four hour minimum. ... none have taken me up on it.
  20. BigfishDM

    BigfishDM Merchant Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    All Over

    That would have been great lol!!
  21. showcase 66

    showcase 66 Very Active Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    I have had a couple of people ask me to show them how to use theirs. Had a lady want to trade me it for some magnets on her truck.
    The worse was when I was down in Anthem for a Bridal/Wedding shower thingy for my brother and fiance. My soon to sis-in-law's mother came up to me(have never met her before) and said she makes stickers like me. Told me she just got her cricut and couldn't wait to make all the decals for her car and just married sign for the back of my brothers truck. Then wanted me to show her how to use it better. She had to show me where she had it set up and everything. I said first you have to have it set up in the right spot. Unplug it and I will show you the best place for it. She unplugged it, I opened the sliding glass door and said now chuck it over the wall and you should be good. walked back into the party to get another drink. Probably shouldn't have done that but I blame my brother. He was the one who was making the drinks.

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