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  1. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by MechTech2013 View Post
    A restaurant owner asked me why I was selling him a pilot generator for $65 when he knows it costs $35. I tell him just as I can buy a six pack of Bud/Coors/Miller for $6. I tell him I also know that he doesn't get those beers for $1. Just as he sells them for $3.50, other places sell them for $3, $2.50, or $2. The choice us mine, just as for servicing his equipment - the choice is his.
    Besides that, his markup (percentage-wise) on that beer is greater than your markup of that generator. "But HEY! All he has to do is pluck it out of the cooler, open it and set it in front of you!"

    Of course, if the roles were reversed and YOU wanted that beer...brought to you from across town, he could've taken the order through a paid dispatcher, driven from a prior customer's location, stopped by his warehouse to pick it up (he just used his last one), driven across town in his costly, gas-guzzling van to bring it in to you at your established beer-drinking location...but ONLY after somebody finally answered the door.
    Then, while dealing with the normal, daily chaos and confusion created by your screaming wife, with kids and pets running around and bumping into him...he tries to choreograph your beer intake in timed intervals to the football game you're watching and to the normal business of your family's traffic all around you so he's that not presenting too much of an intrusion...until all of that beer he's delivered has been consumed. THEN, he awaits your expected feedback results (!) in order to deem that beer as a satisfactory and fully functional installation.

    He was there longer than he expected it would take and he had to settle in next to you...sitting on the floor...for proper access in completing the task. He never mentions how disgustingly filthy your floor or furniture are since that's a typical part of the job that he encounters everyday.

    Following that, and after inquiring about any other issues he may address, he writes up and presents you with the bill.

    If he DID have to do all that, then YOU could complain to HIM about the trip charge, labor rates, the amount of TIME he included for the labor...and the standard 2x markup he charged you for that beer!

    HERE, HERE...!
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  2. #15
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    If you tell a pizza place a story like that they just tell you to eff off, because they charge the same whether you eat there, pick it up yourself, or get it delivered.

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