Firstly, It's important to know the difference between 'riped-off' and 'overcharged'
'Ripped-off' is when someone doesn't give or gives you something not agreed upon AND, sometimes, the purchaser paying an unagreed, exorbitant fee. Such as...a mechanic, we'll say, tells you your engine is shot and he'll replace it with ALL O.E. parts. Well, he doesn't. Instead he uses some off brand parts and even at that jacks the price above the previous agreed amount. That's a rip-off--someone not fullfilling what was agreed upon and possibly charging more. Another way to define a rip-off might be someone deceitful. Again, someone going back on his word or written word and not delivering what was promised.
'Overcharged' is just that. Overcharged. You agreed to some thing and or price, you got what you agreed to in every way, but by some standard of measure, were overcharged.
Do I think you were ripped-off? No. According to what you say, you got what you agreed to. Overcharged? Definetly, in my opinion. I wasn't there to see the job so I have no REAL reference. However, plumbing prices, as with all trades, can pretty much vary with whatever the market will bear. If, for example, $50-$200 is common for a toilet seat to be intalled, then that's a market bearing price range, over $200 might be beyond market value and be considered an overcharge. Depending on who's doing the considering. Remember, this is only an example.
I once copper repiped a so-called friends home, gave him the 'goodguy' price and all. Well, he evidently never discussed the price with his wife. When the job was completed his wife had something say about it. About half of what was agreed upon. She thought the job was only worth 50% of what he and I agreed to. Needless to say, beacuse of him being a "friend", I lost money. Had it been a regular customer, I'd of just let the law handle it. My point is the wife saw it only worth what SHE thought it to be worth eventhough the price was well within market value. (although she was WAY off target and trying to it for a lot less). Note how she complained AFTER the work was done. She had no complaints about the quality. She couldn't. It was the price that peeved her. Much like your situation I presume.
rip off (slang)
v : deprive somebody of something by deceit; "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money" [syn: cheat, chisel]
n : the act of stealing [syn: heist]
1.. A theft.
2.. A thief.
3.. An act of exploitation.
To charge too much
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would like to know what the typical cost would be for a plumber to
replace<BR>the plumbing behind my washing machine. The work would
involve cutting<BR>about a 12"x12" hole into the wall for access to the copper
pipes and<BR>cutting into the copper pipes about 6" down and rebuild back up
including<BR>the fittings and plastic enclosure at the top for the washer
hoses both hot<BR>and cold. I had this done today and they charged me
990.00. It took him<BR>about 2 hours. He had a plumbers job book
that he referred to for the<BR>pricing. Was I ripped of today or was
this about average for the work that<BR>was done.<BR><BR>Thank