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Forum topic by longgone posted 07-30-2011 05:03 PM 6660 views 1 time favorited 164 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2011 05:03 PM

Yesterday I got a telephone call from a guy who said he and his wife saw my work at a show I did back in May and he wanted to know about a certain box he had seen. He said his wife is having a birthday next week and wanted to surprise her with it since she really liked my work. He asked if he could come by and buy a box for the occasion. I said yes, and he came by about 6:30 yesterday afternoon.

I recognized and remembered him when he came over. When he and his wife were at the show she really liked my Jewelry boxes and she wanted to buy one on the spot be he kept saying “Don’t buy it, I can make one for you” He talked about how he is a contractor and builds houses and could make one for her. I can appreciate this because I will not pay anone to do something that i can do myself. He asked how I created the sculpting and I explained about the angle grinder and all of the sanding involved.

Well, when he came over he said that he told his wife he had built a box for her and did not want her to see it until her birthday so it could be a surprise. He then said on the attempts he made they came out bad and he ended up destroying them.
Now the crazy part…He wanted to buy one from me to give her and wanted to tell her that he made it.
I have no control over what someone does with a box once they buy it…and I guess they can do whatever they want since it is their box now…Then he said his wife has my business card and asked that if she should call me to tell her I do not remember selling him a Jewelry box.
I told him I do not lie for anyone and would not consider that option. He was aggrivated but bought it anyway since he had told his wife the lie that he built one already. I told him cash only” and when he asked how much I gave him a price $200 higher that when it was for sale at the show. He was pissed but bought it anyway.

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#1 posted 07-30-2011 05:08 PM

If he is lying to his wife about being able to make box, that is not all he is lying to her about….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 07-30-2011 05:19 PM

what happens after a sale……………who cares.

A friend bought his parents a solid maple dining set which happened to be pure plastic……….I said nothing, as nothing would be gained.

I put a garden in for a friend, lots of hostas, perrenials, his wife said “Look what a beautiful garden my husband made for me……….I said nothing as what could be gained.

Happy wife, Happy Life

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 07-30-2011 05:46 PM

Glad you stuck to your principles. I laughed when I read that he paid $200 more than at the show….seems like justice was served!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 07-30-2011 05:49 PM

I would have made sure to have a business card or a brand or something in there so he would have got busted.

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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#5 posted 07-30-2011 05:50 PM

I agree, justice served.
Take the extra $200 and treat your wife to something special.

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 07-30-2011 06:02 PM

It is the jerks that will always be with us. The poor, on the other hand, have potential.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 07-30-2011 06:06 PM

You don’t brand your boxes?

Anyway – weird incident.

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#8 posted 07-30-2011 06:13 PM

Loren made a good point. You should put some marking on the box that you made it. Even if he does tell her he made it at least it will have your mark on it so it can be traced back to you as one of your boxes.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#9 posted 07-30-2011 06:29 PM

Your integrity is inspirational, Greg. My only suggestion is to change the title of the thread to reflect your behavior, not his. He deserves no more press. You, on the other hand, do.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#10 posted 07-30-2011 06:30 PM

Good for you man people like that get right up my nose you should have put a compliments slip under the lid
for his wife to find

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#11 posted 07-30-2011 06:44 PM

The guy would get a lot more mileage from the truth. That he really wanted to make her one and tried, making several, none of them were good enough to give her. He really wanted to give her what she wanted, so he found the guy who made the one she really wanted and bought one for her. That is a winning story.

I really glad to hear you tacked on the additional “jerk” fee to the price.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#12 posted 07-30-2011 06:45 PM

You could probably have charged him a few hundred for the “No Signature Option” – kind of like paying for an unlisted phone number.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#13 posted 07-30-2011 06:46 PM

I would have given her the failed attempts and then the one I bought. I’m guessing if I explained that to the guy I was buying one from I might have saved $200 or more… lol

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 07-30-2011 07:12 PM

just like a photographer,you don’t want someone else taking credit for your work.

good read you had on the guy about the extra 200.00

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#15 posted 07-30-2011 07:15 PM

Greg it is very disheartening to learn that we have a jerk here in Louisiana, living among us. You handled him just as you should have. Well done!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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