I’m sorry I haven’t been writing as much lately. Writing posts can take a good bit of time and I’ve been busy, especially this past week. I had my best week ever, selling and delivering 18 appliances. I made as much this week as I used to make in a month.
I sold, delivered and setup 10 dryers, 5 washers, 2 refrigerators and 1 oven. I then removed the old appliances each time. I also had to prepare, fix and repaint many of the appliances to be resold again. I’m tired,sore and have been getting outstanding sleep this week!
It’s amazing how much more motivation I had this week with my mind set on paying off our debt as quickly as I can. If you don’t have goals, even if they are just short term goals, I highly encourage you to sit down and come up with some. Trying to reach a goal makes sacrifice endurable.
I also wanted to share a story.
Early this past week I drove a refrigerator to a small apartment multiplex. I met the owner there, and got a bad feeling right from the start. The first thing he said when walking up to the trailer was that he wanted to check again on the measurements to make sure it would fit. I very clearly stated the exact measurements of the refrigerator in the ad, and then again we talked about it on the phone. He knew exactly what the dimensions were beforehand.
When we got into the apartment, I measured the opening and the fridge was a full 1/2 inch too wide for the opening, and there was no fudge room whatsoever. I turned around and said bluntly that there was no way it was going to fit. After a moment of awkward silence, he started his spiel about how he has rentals and wondered if I had a business card. Basically it was his way of trying to get out of paying for the refrigerator that I had brought to him.
Rental owners are shrewd, and often times very cheap. They want the cheapest solution to almost any problem, and they will often use the promise of future business to try and get a lower price. Always a lower price! What I have noticed however, is that when the promise of future business comes in a moment of desperation, where they are attempting to get out of an obligation like paying for delivery etc, you can count on never hearing from them again. If they aren’t going honor one obligation, why would honor another?
So, having learned this from the past, and quite frankly, not being interested in doing business with people that, I told him that I would need a $40 trip charge for just showing up. He squinted, like I had just punched him in the wallet, and seriously asked if I would take $20. I said that my time is valuable too, that I had to load up the refrigerator and use time and gas to drive it over and that I needed at least $40.
He then thought for a bit, asked me if I would still take the old refrigerator away, which was fine, and then decided to go ahead and buy the refrigerator. He couldn’t stand the thought of wasting $40.
So, the promise of future business is worthless compensation, and should be treated as so. When it is offered to you instead of full price, politely turn it down and ask for the full amount.
Stand up for your time. It’s valuable, and you can’t let other people treat it like it’s worthless.
What are some situations where you had to stand up to a buyer? I know you all have some good ones!
I’m going to continue to write over the summer, just possibly in shorter posts. I hope you all are doing well. Press on.