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JAGWAH

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09-05-2012 02:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor mahogany tablesaw refurbishing victorian

So I used to pay for an ad in my cities Yellow Pages years ago. I never managed a job from all the calls I recieved. I realized they were not interested in me just a cheap price and were going down the list. So I gave up listing my business 3 years ago.

Yesterday I get a call from a lady that needs someone to reduce the size of one of her old end tables. I set a time to go out and look at her piece and ask where she got my number. Rather than telling me a clients name I’m surprised to learn she got my number from the ,”yellow pages,” she says. “Really,” sez I,” must be an old directory.” “Nope,” she said,” from the new one dropped on her doorstep the day before.” I recieved a similar directory called ‘The Yellow Book.’

Sure enough I’m listed under carpenters and the white pages. Seems the Yellow book rips off the Yellow Pages list and reprints numbers without verification.

Anyone else have this happen? Seems quite annoying. But then after all the money spent in the past for advertising this will be the first I’ve earned. It’ll be around $100 depending on time spent working on it, but cool.

Just a bit of a negative/positive rant on a rainy wednesday ‘cause I don’t want to start it yet. I’ll post pictures of my destruction of an old antique hat box end table as I finish so some of you can bitch at me for agreeing to do such a thing.

Thanks for reading
Bob~ destroyer of antiques, builder of lesser things

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~


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#1 posted 09-05-2012 07:13 PM

Ok here’s what I got to do.It took 3 hours work earned $100,(less than I should have charged) and all from a free ad placement in the Yellow Book. Ye Ha!

Can you tell what I did? I had to shorten the end table 3”. This had to come out of the middle. Everything had to dismantle, buggers.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#2 posted 09-05-2012 07:15 PM

Seems like you booked a nice deal!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#3 posted 09-05-2012 07:23 PM

Yep, but I always over stress when I have to fully dismantle such an old piece. Feared the worse yet it worked out the best.I always underestimate myself. I truly thought this would take much longer. Now I have to wait a couple of days before i cal and tell them it’s ready so they won’t expect such a quick turn around next time.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#4 posted 09-05-2012 07:25 PM

Exactly why the mechanical contractor I work for had me decide whether or not to keep the ads. (I am the sales guy.)
I looked things over, and realized the only calls we ever received from the yellow pages, or any paper forum, were junk calls from people trying to save every penny they can. That’s fine for them, but our word of mouth work is 50 times as much, and since the people are referred to us by previous customers, we usually can charge fair value and get realistic jobs. Our other jobs come from bid rooms where General Contractors specify us, and the companies I visit, where I have to build the relationships. So in realistic terms, it’s all just about word of mouth.
The Yellow Pages are just about done. we pulled all our ads, just a one-line listing in the white and one line in the yellow, done. And to be honest, parts of the Internet are not far behind. Our work lives and dies on word of mouth, as does my guitar business. If I had a dollar for every time I took a phone call where they started out, “So-and-so told me you were good at making and repairing guitars.”

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#5 posted 09-05-2012 08:47 PM

Why would you underestimate your self? The only person who knows you best is you. You know your limitations and you know your strength. You know where you stand and what you believe. Keep pushing forward!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 09-05-2012 09:05 PM

Surfside, why indeed but alas it is my nature to question and challange myself.

Paul, exactly, always the callers were pesters. The reason I asked her where she got my name is I live by word of mouth and when I find out someone spoke good enough of me to get someone else to call I like to send them a thank you card.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#7 posted 09-05-2012 09:08 PM

Not wood working related but I owned another business and found the same thing. Not only were the yellow pages a loser but newspaper ads were more expensive and produced nothing. In that business I found that providing a quality service and depending on referrals was the way to go. the price shoppers never seemed to come my way. guess it’s the COSCO mentality.

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#8 posted 09-05-2012 09:51 PM

Of all the good money spent on a “Yellow Pages” ad.

I never once made a dime off it. Total waste of hard earned $$$

Life is a paradox as now I search the online yellow pages to find qualified bidders for projects at hand.

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

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#9 posted 09-05-2012 09:54 PM

Moron, I agree never made me any money until today and like I said never paid for this one.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#10 posted 09-05-2012 09:55 PM

karma JAGWAH

Karma

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

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#11 posted 09-06-2012 02:22 PM

That’s a good way if you think of it positively, Jagwah.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#12 posted 09-07-2012 06:20 PM

Just took the end table to the client she is very very happy!

So much so she wants me to strip her 18th century, French,ornately carved,heavily painted headboard. Then take it apartand using parts from the footboard make it bigger for a larger bead. Under all that paint she says is satin wood although from what I can tell it might be walnut. She wants me to recreate the removed center medallion.

I balked at the job but she talked me into it saying she understood it would not be cheap but this was what she has always wanted done, okeedokee.

Like I said,”I am Bob destroyer of antiques builder of lesser things!”

I promise to post new on this project and process.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#13 posted 09-08-2012 12:49 AM

Oh what a surprise that can come from opening a small door, to a land rich in opportunity.

Good Karma : ))

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

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