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    Default What ever happened to professional courtesy?

    I need some galvanized sheet steel to do a priority job that just came in. Now my suppliers only deliver to my area on Mon. and Thurs. and since it's already Mon. that means I gotta wait till Thurs. for delivery. The customer doesn't want to wait that long and I decided to call some of the local ac duct guys in my area, some of them refused to sell me anything unless they perform the work. The other guys that were willing to sell me anything wanted 200.00 or better per sheet. I'm talking about 5'x10'x16 ga. sheets, my cost is around 50-60 per sheet from my suppliers, I just can't wait for them to deliver. Now I've got to go and pickup the materials myself, 2 hrs each way cause I'm not spending 1200.00 for 400.00 worth of metal here locally. In the past I have sold all of these guys materials when they were in a bind for cost of replacement, I must be a really nice guy or really stupid, probably a little of both, to think I would get the same treatment that I have given them. I talked to my brother and he said he gets the same thing in his business, he owns a restaurant. Do you guys run into the same thing or is it just here in South Florida? Just wondering. Dave
    If necessity is the Mother of Invention, I must be the Father of Desperation!

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    prof. curtisy went the same way as basic curtisy, right out the windo with manners and respect. its a sad thing realy. and now i suspect they have turned you into one of them by treating you exactly the oposite of how you treated them.
    its the ME ME ME generation taking over. strange realy as most of those buisnesses are probly owned by older gentelmen that should know better and were most likely raised better.
    sorry to here of your bind, i'd be happy to make the run for ya but it would probly be thurday befor i could get there to make the trip for ya.

    so the big question is how will you respond the next time they are in a bind ????
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped

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    the only professional courtesy i am aware of these days is between lawyers and sharks. a shark will never eat a lawyer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dabar39 View Post
    I need some galvanized sheet steel to do a priority job that just came in. Now my suppliers only deliver to my area on Mon. and Thurs. and since it's already Mon. that means I gotta wait till Thurs. for delivery. The customer doesn't want to wait that long and I decided to call some of the local ac duct guys in my area, some of them refused to sell me anything unless they perform the work. The other guys that were willing to sell me anything wanted 200.00 or better per sheet. I'm talking about 5'x10'x16 ga. sheets, my cost is around 50-60 per sheet from my suppliers, I just can't wait for them to deliver. Now I've got to go and pickup the materials myself, 2 hrs each way cause I'm not spending 1200.00 for 400.00 worth of metal here locally. In the past I have sold all of these guys materials when they were in a bind for cost of replacement, I must be a really nice guy or really stupid, probably a little of both, to think I would get the same treatment that I have given them. I talked to my brother and he said he gets the same thing in his business, he owns a restaurant. Do you guys run into the same thing or is it just here in South Florida? Just wondering. Dave
    Sounds like they might be paying some markup the next time they want something from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glockdoc View Post
    the only professional courtesy i am aware of these days is between lawyers and sharks. a shark will never eat a lawyer.
    I LIKE THAT... good one...
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by glockdoc View Post
    the only professional courtesy i am aware of these days is between lawyers and sharks. a shark will never eat a lawyer.
    BUT A LAWYER WILL EAT SHARK!!

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    So far it seems like Fun and Dabar are the only ones that show courtesy any more (not to say others don't, I've just noticed they show alot).

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    That fits in with Ed's 'Love Story' Theory.

    Over the years, I've had various relationships with suppliers, friendly competitors, neighbors, etc. sour like that.

    When talking about it, I tell people that such and such relationship with someone has turned into a real love story. They normally go, "Huh"?

    Then I tell them, "Yeah, its like any other love story you'd read or hear about.
    Towards the end, it will have alot of screwing going on".


    .
    "Gone are the days of wooden ships, and Iron men.
    I doubt we'll see either of their likes again".

    Circa 1920.
    Author:
    Unknown US Coast Guard unit Commander.

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    Dave,
    Fl. isn't the only place like that.....I know it sucks,but you can only do what you feel is right......I wouldn't sell to them at cost anymore ,but I wouldn't make them pay the full "I have to have it now price"...... hope all works out for ya
    Mike
    George W. Bush was saving your butt whether you liked it or not!
    Fear is temporary, regret is forever
    HH210 with SG

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    Default I was just venting my frustrations.

    fun4now, thanks for the offer, see you thurs. and don't forget to bring that lunch I ordered a few threads back.

    glockdoc and KEENAVV, how right you are, statement may be funny but sadly true.

    jjsjeff and 84ZMike, I will probably still do it (sell to others) but you bet they are going to get a real hard time from me.

    Winger Ed., unfortunatly this is a very true statement of have made, you are wise beyond your wisdoms.

    Anti-GMAW, thanks for those kind words, I'm sure James appreciates them as well.


    I was just frustrated and venting my thoughts when I posted this thread originally. I still do have many friends in this business world that I will continue to do favors for. Dave
    Last edited by dabar39; 06-26-2007 at 08:14 AM. Reason: spelling, my brain knows how to spell, it's just my fingers that don't
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