Sat, Sep 16, 2006, 4:54pm (EDT-3) email@example.com (boorite) doth
Didn't like their attitude. Needed the irritation less than I needed the
cedar. Would rather wait for the Borg to get it than be treated like an
idiot just because I'm not there as a contractor. Wasn't sure they had
it anyway, or that the guy on the phone heard me or was paying
You kinda lost me on how I lost you. Would you give a dime to a place
who treated customers this way if you had a choice? I wouldn't.
Didn't like their attitude, eh? If I reacted like that to
everyone whose attitude I didn't like I'd probably only be talking to
myself. As far as being treated like an idiot, my mother has treated me
like an idiot my entire life - and I'm 65, retired Army, been thru a
war, several revolutions, several terrorist incidents, divorce, raised
two sons from ages 3 & 7, had cancer - doesn't matter, she still talks
to me like I need to be told everything. Now that gets irritating.
I'm not a contractor, but I've dealt with places that mainly deal
with 'em. No prob. Just don't take the attitude you're the customer,
and always right. As far as the Borg getting your cedar, I wouldn't
hold my breath. I don't go in HD at all, but do deal with Lowes on
occassion - I find the help there a LOt more knowing, courteous,
helpful, and the stock more vried, than HD.
As far as getting treated like you say ou got treated, the guy did
say they had cedar. Been me I'd have probably gone over and checked it
out. Personally I've had a lot of bosses who figured they were my
superior, intelectually, and otherwise, simply becase they gave the
orders. You know what they say about cream floating to the top, well
cream ain't the only thing that floats.
As an aside, I live about 10-15 miles outside of the state capitol.
There are about 7 (seven) sawmills, that I know of, within 9 (nine)
miles of me, including one that specializes in cedar, and is 3-4 miles
from me. Find one in the phone book? I believe there is actually one
of them listed, I have no idea how the others could be contacted, except
by direct contact. And tht's only the nes I've laid eyes on, just
driving around, no telling how many more there are I don't know about.
I have seen another about 20-25 miles away that I believe selles to the
general public. I don't deal with any of them, because so far I haven't
needed any wood from any of them. Would I if I needed wood from one of
them? You betcha. And if they wouldn't sell to me because I'm just a
"hobbyist"? No prob. I'd politely ask them if they know someone who
"could and would" sell me wood. And I'm almost willing to lay money on
it that I'd get at least one lead. If by chance that lead wouldn't pan
out, I'd ask "them" where I could buy wood. And I'd make very damn sure
to thank whoever I talked to, at least once - to be polite? Partly, but
also to show them that I actually did appreciate their help. That's
worked for me before, tracking down steel tubing and specialized
automotive parts, and I'm sure it would work for me buying specialty
If it was me, and I wasn't sure if they had what I wanted or not,
I'd verify if they did or not. Then I'd go look at it, if they did have
it. But that's just me. If the Borg is your thing, you could ask them
if they'll put in a special order for you - worst case they'd say no,
best they'd get you some decent wood. Not as good as picking thru but
you'd be dealing with the Borg.. Next time might want to deal with a
place that deals with the general public - and I don't mean the Borg.
We've had a lumber place here in town for 2-3-4 years or so. They
deal with contractors mainly - they don't have a panel saw for one
thing, so don't cut your plywood. The little dealings I've had with
them, no prob at all. I walk in, tell 'em what I need, they either
point to it, or tell me they don't carry it. No prob.
I am not paranoid. I do not "think" people are after me. I "know" damn
well they're after me.