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Old 01-03-2019, 05:46 PM   #1
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So I have a contractor that I had %80 of my work with. They have now gone to employees while "using me for service work"
I've been working with them long enough to know that in 3 weeks there's been service work.
With no replies from any upper management but a guy that coordinates the electrical construction.
Now I get a text asking where I get those wireless switches.
As I see I have 2 choices.

Ignore
Or tell him and bill it.

Either way I plan on contacting the property management directly about things I can do that's not immediately competitive. ( I know it still is, and will probably stir up some **** )

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Old 01-03-2019, 05:55 PM   #2
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You really can't bill him for telling him where you purchased something.

You should either tell him or just ignore him.

Either way, it's time to start advertising to get that 80% of your work back. No more contractors!
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You really can't bill him for telling him where you purchased something.



You should either tell him or just ignore him.



Either way, it's time to start advertising to get that 80% of your work back. No more contractors!
That's what I figured.

I'm trying to find a reliable advertising route. So far just money pits.

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That's what I figured.

I'm trying to find a reliable advertising route. So far just money pits.

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A good web presence.
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Now I get a text asking where I get those wireless switches.
Depends on the day:

* Play dumb to avoid answering. "I just google to see who has a good price when I need them. I don't even know where I got those last time, maybe Amazon?"

* **** with them. "Grainger. Grainger has them half the price anyone else sells them."

* Ignore the text; they're gone, they are dead to me.

* Burn it down. "WHAAA? Am I being punked? Are you serious? You cut me off out of the blue after all I have done for you, and you have the nerve to call asking me to help you screw me over? Hey. I have a better idea. Why don't you come over for dinner and eat the food off my kid's plates?"
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Old 01-03-2019, 06:20 PM   #6
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Never put that many eggs in one basket.
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Old 01-03-2019, 06:48 PM   #7
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Never put that many eggs in one basket.
My eggs were laid in that basket so I was trying to move them around, as I knew this was inevitable.

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Depends on the day:

* Play dumb to avoid answering. "I just google to see who has a good price when I need them. I don't even know where I got those last time, maybe Amazon?"

* **** with them. "Grainger. Grainger has them half the price anyone else sells them."

* Ignore the text; they're gone, they are dead to me.

* Burn it down. "WHAAA? Am I being punked? Are you serious? You cut me off out of the blue after all I have done for you, and you have the nerve to call asking me to help you screw me over? Hey. I have a better idea. Why don't you come over for dinner and eat the food off my kid's plates?"
This is hilarious. Unfortunately I'm not that aggressive and whatever I choose I want to be remembered as professional.

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This is hilarious. Unfortunately I'm not that aggressive and whatever I choose I want to be remembered as professional.

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Thatís smart. Thatís why your best bet is to just give him the info that he asked for, then take whatever work he gives you in the meantime while you look for other avenues.
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Thatís smart. Thatís why your best bet is to just give him the info that he asked for, then take whatever work he gives you in the meantime while you look for other avenues.
I hope karma will praise me.

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Old 01-03-2019, 07:24 PM   #11
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Find the most expensive supplier of those switches, and give that name to your ex customer.
Possibly when they figure the cost of the switches and their own in-house labor hopefully adds up to more than what you were charging, they will reconsider doing some of the work in-house
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just tell them where you got the switches, you want to be as valuable to them as possible in case they decide they need you again, if not it doesn't cost you anything to tell them
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Keep it simple, "Walmart."

Done.
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I think telling them the most expensive source for the switches is the way to go.
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Now I get a text asking where I get those wireless switches.
As I see I have 2 choices.

Ignore
Or tell him and bill it...
Choice #3:
Tell him that you have some of those wireless switches in stock that you can sell to him. Find out how many he needs, get non-refundable deposit, order switches, sell to him at fat markup.
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Talk to him. If they are using qualified electricians, they should know where to get switches, if not then sell him back your services. Educate him so that they look professional by using you.
You can also tell him that the switches you used can only be purchased at the wholesaler by a licensed electrical contractor. You could pick them up and sell them to him for a small upcharge.


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I'm confused.
In House?
Do they have a licensed electrician on payroll?
If not , it sounds like your him. Are you absolutely sure
they are not pulling permits claiming your doing the
work and then having their handymen do the electrical?

I've had this attempted on me and not only did I contact
the AHJ's with certified , notarized letters stating the facts
I burned the bridge and blew up the base foundations to
them as well.

You say youre not aggressive while they may be aggressively screwing you.
Don't be a shmuck.
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Talk to him. If they are using qualified electricians, they should know where to get switches, if not then sell him back your services. Educate him so that they look professional by using you.
You can also tell him that the switches you used can only be purchased at the wholesaler by a licensed electrical contractor. You could pick them up and sell them to him for a small upcharge.


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I experienced a similar situation in a previous business. I had a long term relationship with a company and decided to terminate it. Out of respect, I gave them three months notice. They terminated immediately (lesson learned; I lost two months revenue).

A few weeks later, they requested client lists. I told them to screw off.
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I'm confused.
In House?
Do they have a licensed electrician on payroll?
If not , it sounds like your him. Are you absolutely sure
they are not pulling permits claiming your doing the
work and then having their handymen do the electrical?

I've had this attempted on me and not only did I contact
the AHJ's with certified , notarized letters stating the facts
I burned the bridge and blew up the base foundations to
them as well.

You say youre not aggressive while they may be aggressively screwing you.
Don't be a shmuck.
I've read about this around here before and yes they are using licensed electricians that are on payroll and not pulling permits under me.

Something like that would warrant a big play but it's nothing that bad.

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