Ripoffs: Another good story

So, friend of mine (non-handy) gets a call from New Pro windows. She's interested in replacing a picture window with a bay, so she agrees to have the guy some out and do an estimate.
He arrives, before he's done he's decided that she should do a small casement "garden bay" to replace the kitchen window too. Total price for the job ? $13K. But, after he gives her the 15% for this month, and the "put the sign on your lawn" discount, and this discount, and one for that too, he's down to $6700. What a deal, $13k of work for $6700. :-)
Fortunately she's smart enough to know a rip off. What amazes me is that these guys stay in business.
Bob
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On Mon, 21 Jul 2003 12:57:51 GMT, 'nuther Bob

You gave us no details about the construction...not even any sizes.
Which part do you consider the rip-off?
Depending on facts that we don't have, this may not be a bad deal. We certainly can't make a judgment with what you gave us.
Unconventional salesmanship doesn't necessarily relate to a rip off. I've often been given more for my used car than what I paid for it originally! But I bought the new car anyway. lol
Have a nice week...
Trent
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No you didn't get more for your car than it was worth. What you got was a discount on the MSRP of the new car, part or all of which was represented as being for your trade in. A very common practice--often you can get the same price and still keep your used car. You would have gotten a better deal not including the trade-in during the negotiation, then when you have gotten your best price from the dealer you offer the car for its wholesale value. Or make a little more by selling it yourself.
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John
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The point I was trying to make is...
Its not all that important is they give you a 15% monthly discount...and a sign on the front lawn discount...and a first name starting with the letter J discount...and a 'we'll pay the sales tax' discount. These are often salesmanship tactics...but doesn't necessarily make for a bad contractor.
I *KNEW* what my used car was worth...and didn't care. All I cared about is what the new car cost me.
Have a nice week...
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snipped-for-privacy@undisclosed.com ('nuther Bob) writes:

Bay windows are very expensive, as your friend discovered. She would get by much cheaper to just do a small glazed addition using conventional windows. With a built in window seat, it would look pretty much like a bay window and only cost half as much.
Was there some reason she wanted to go with a casement hung garden window rather than a conventional (and inexpensive) fixed pane with small sliders?
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How did you get this contractor's name? Out of the yellow pages? The best way to get a good contractor is to ask your satisfied friends and colleagues. Works for me almost every time; I just had my roof done by a guy who did a colleague's roof, and he did a great job tearing off 3 old roofs and putting on an entirely new 22-square roof with new 1/2" sheathing, ice/water shield, felt, 50-year shingles, and proper flashing throughout. The cuts are perfectly straight, and the roof is truly beautiful. Again, word of mouth is best, and I am taking my own advice again right now to hire a tile guy to clean up and regrout my 1940s tile and marble shower.
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