My client asked me to pick-out, purchase and install an appliance for him.
It turned out that the appliance that I picked had a rebate coupon.
I filled out the coupon and mailed it and received the money.
How much of the money should I give to my client?
On 12/13/2013 12:18 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On the job I retired from my billing rate was something like $120 for
the first hour and $90 for each additional hour.
If it only took you 15 minutes to fill out the rebate card and mail it...
on my job at least that would have been $30.
We were told to do all of our paperwork on-site and to bill the customer
for our time.
Considering we were keeping production lines going that could cost a
customer a million dollars or more a day (if down)...we certainly did
not get complaints if we sent them a $500 or $600 bill.
Many companies look at the cost of a piece of equipment including the
cost of removing and replacing it when deciding to repair it. I don't
know what the percentage is now but it must be very high for large items
like a machine used in a manufacturing operation. That's the sort of
thing that happens during a planned shutdown of the manufacturer's
What if the customer knows there was a rebate available? Then it looks
like the OP cheated him. Would the OP have picked that model if there
was no rebate?
Several years ago, I hired someone to paint a room in my mother's house
when I was selling it. He told me to pick the paint I wanted and he'd
buy it. When I was looking for the right color paint, I saw that there
was a rebate and figured great, I can buy a better quality paint for the
same price as the store brand. He bought the paint and did an adequate
job of painting. I asked for the sales receipt and he claimed he
couldn't find it. My first thought was that he'd sent in the rebate,
which cheated *me* out of the discount I was planning on. I wouldn't
hire him again.
Bottom line, OP should have given the rebate form to the customer who
may well have told him to keep it anyhow.
On 12/12/2013 11:55 PM, email@example.com wrote:
You used your resources to purchase the appliance and if you are so
inclined, you could discount the price you charged your customer but
with rebates, you have no idea how long you'd have to wait to get it
and the cost of tying up your resources must be considered. If you have
the monetary resources that are large enough for you to operate while
waiting on a rebate check, you could discount your price, or wait until
the rebate check comes in a refund that amount to your customer. Your
customer would get a pleasant surprise and be inclined to recommend you
to anyone he knows who may need your services. ^_^
On Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:21:46 -0600, The Daring Dufas
If he does pocket the rebate, whether he considers it "included" in
the purchase price or not, it should be disclosed to the buyer, up
front ("price including any rebates"). Both sides of a contract need
to understand the contract.
What amazed me the most was watching live coverage of the trial, followed
by news peoples' sound bytes of what had happened. It was like they were
somewhere else! What came into mind was, Isn't English their primary
language? And, didn't they watch what I just watched? They were worse than
Oprah interviewing a guest, simply ignoring what was ACTUALLY said and
giving opinions and asking questions based on God knows what.
This ought to cause a really high jacked thread....
I personally do not believe that OJ did that crime. Several reasons: OJ
was football player, from being around them, they use their hands when
angry and frustrated. They would simply pound people silly, not stab,
they're just not 'tool' type people. Plus a 'proffessional knifer' keeps
his knife as in the weapon was never found. Importantly there are
indications two people perpetrated the crime, not one. The man killed was
a 'look alike' not the intended target to have been included. During the
trial, met OJ's people at his home in BelAir and people one hires are a
reflection of themselves, outstanding individuals of high integtrity.
Can't believe OJ did the crime. Later, after acquittal down in LA, met M
Clark [that was ONE bitter lady!] and felt like taking a shower
afterwards, some people just leave you feeling like that.
Guilty, or innocent? Not for me to judge really.
During the time the O.J. Simpson circus was going on, I was getting
breakfast at a restaurant when the waitress said, "OJ?", I loudly said,
"OJ! I'm tired of hearing about OJ this and OJ that it's idiotic and I
don't want heart it anymore!", the poor waitress said, "I'm sorry, I was
asking if you wanted orange juice." of course I apologized. ^_^
So if there was ever even a chance that you didn't intend to keep the
rebate, why'd you bother sending it in?
You could have just turned over the rebate coupon to the client along
with the receipt and spared yourself this agonizing moral dilemma.
All of it. If it had been discounted in the store, he would have paid that
price. This is no different. If you had to put a stamp on the rebate, you
are entitled to that. You would be a cheapskate but entitled.
You got a rebate back? Keep it and pay to Uncle Sam his share. Consider
yourself lucky. Rebates are like going to a casino, some winners but
the risk is high. I never did get the 5 bucks from Staples or the 40
bucks from Tiger Direct. Rebates and gift cards are a pain in the arse
but the companies love them, extra money in the bank for them.
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