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Old 03-13-2006, 12:19 PM
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Sick and tired...

Why is it ALWAYS an on-going battle to get payments out of clients? They always have little emergencies and then I'm the mean one for reminding them of their contractual duties.

I'm venting.
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Old 03-13-2006, 12:30 PM
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dont deliver until you have the cash. People soon pay up.
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Old 03-13-2006, 12:40 PM
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I do not start the work till I have the $'s. I have a collection of old prints and really nice retouched copies of them, all partialy paid for. Some of them I have had for over 15 years.
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Old 03-13-2006, 12:46 PM
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I do not start the work till I have the $'s. I have a collection of old prints and really nice retouched copies of them, all partialy paid for. Some of them I have had for over 15 years.
Ha! Someday you might need to blow the dust off and deliver (if they pay)
Too funny.

I run into problems with people who pay really well for a while, big orders and such, but then all of the sudden...TRAGEDY!!! strikes and then the stories begin. My own fault for allowing myself to trust.

Overall, most do me right, just every now and again I find myself bald on one side of my head from pulling my hair out. ((where's a bald-head icon when you need it))
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Old 03-13-2006, 03:42 PM
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I have never had a customer come back after a number of years to pick anything up. It makes me a little sad some times, I would almost kill for some images of some of my great grandparents, and these people just leave the orginal prints of theirs with me??????????? I guess its all what you think is important to you.

I have used a couple of them as examples here in the studio. I would never publish them or post them on the net, but they make good before and after sales tools.

I think one of the reasons I stay in busness is to watch and see what the next customer is going to do
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:32 PM
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I hear ya!

I have been there too! Never again..payment up front, period. I lost too big a chunk of change to ever go down the trust route again. Good luck getting paid...
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:34 PM
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I have been there too! Never again..payment up front, period. I lost too big a chunk of change to ever go down the trust route again. Good luck getting paid...
If I remember correctly you work for the same...lets say "caliber" of people that I do
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:50 PM
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It sounds like you frequently have this problem. Do you get at least 50% down when you take the order? The more you get down, the better chance you have that they'll pick up the order, and pay the remainder.

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Old 03-13-2006, 06:56 PM
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It sounds like you frequently have this problem. Do you get at least 50% down when you take the order? The more you get down, the better chance you have that they'll pick up the order, and pay the remainder.

Ed
Yeah, I have this problem often. Normally with different people, at different times. I think they get comfortable and then lazy with payment because for the first 3-6 mos of work they are "Johnny on the Spot" with payments and then it goes South. I hate starting out a business relationship with 50% or all up front. Its the whole, punishing all for the sins of a few. I guess its a necessary evil.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:00 PM
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I hate starting out a business relationship with 50% or all up front. Its the whole, punishing all for the sins of a few. I guess its a necessary evil.
Why? Think of all the times that you pay up front, fast food places, movies, hotels, airplane trips etc etc.
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