i've had a garage door company for 19 years in Edmonds, Wa. and brought my Son in from Boeing 10 years ago. We've done over 9600 jobs and have NEVER overcharged a customer. Angie calls me about 10 times a year and Yelp about 4 times a year, but i've never given them any money. i do appreciate their help though. Last year i cancelled advertising in 3 phone books at a savings of 8400 bucks a year and haven't seen much of a decrease in business. i work out of my house and have never had employees, so expenses are kept to a minimum and that's why our prices are MUCH LOWER than the competition. 145 bucks + tax to install 2 new torsion springs, while other companies are charging anywhere from 200-600 bucks for the same thing. We do get bad reviews on occasion from unhappy or disturbed customers. i seldom look at reviews, but one guy recently said i drove his neighbor to tears after we did a good job on her door. That was a weird one.
The BBB has an A plus rating on our company, but we are not accredited by that company. i did give them 500 bucks one year but that was a mistake that i never repeated and probably why we're not accredited. We keep our expenses low to pass that on to the consumer. my Son and i are a lot alike and have never been into money that much. This msg. is more about RIP-OFF X company....
There seldom goes a week by that we don't get complaints about that company. They don't seem to understand that GREED KILLS THE SOUL. When you rip off your neighbor, you are ripping off GOD and that will come back to haunt you every time.
They seem to have a lot of good reviews and are probably paying Yelp, etc to make that possible.
A couple years ago, a young 20 year old beautiful, Black girl called for help. She just bought her first condo and was thrilled to death about it. A month earlier, she had RIP-OFF X company over to change out her 2 torsion springs and the guy left with a 600 dollar check for 30 minutes of work. He didn't tune up the door at all, so the cables came off and left her in a bind again. i don't know how the door worked for a month, because the vertical tracks were way off. The door was a mess. It took awhile to get it fixed and she was so happy, she gave me a kiss, a hug and told me to come down to the shop where she works for a free haircut. i charged her 50 bucks for a service call and on the way home, i felt guilty about that.
Last week, i drove 30 miles up north to do a torsion spring change. RIP-OFF X was up there a day earlier and as usual, filled out a long invoice listing all the parts the door needed. The door was a lightly-insulated 16x7 steel door and mr. rip gave the customer a 900 dollar estimate. The owner worked in security, was about 6'5'' tall and about 250 lbs. and not a guy to try and rip off. He told rip that he wasn't interested and told him to leave. rip went out to his truck, came back in and said he could do the springs only for 350 bucks. The owner again told him to leave. rip told him that "his boss would get mad if he gave him a lower price". i wonder what the boss said, when he returned from a 60 mile trip with no check.
i could on and on here about rip, but you get the point. This co. was getting many good ratings and very few bad ones and that tells you the veracity of reviews....
FORD....cars i've owned.
1. 51 Merc Convertible for 80 bucks. Kind of a beater but it ran good and the hydraulic top would go with a little help.
2. 50 Merc 2-dr for 125 bucks (a BEAUTIFUL car with a rebuilt V8).
3. 35 Ford 2-dr. sedan, with a 56 Buick nailhead engine for 600 bucks (a SCREAMER). i tore out about 5 trannys before i learned to race from a rolling start.
4. 29 Model A 2-dr. sedan for 125 bucks.
5. 62 Ford 2-dr. light blue, stock 406 4-speed, tri-power MONSTER, radio delete car, for 2200 bucks. My Mom borrowed me the money and i thank GOD i didn't kill myself with that car. i had it a couple months, blew a valve at 130 mph and traded it to UNKL Les for his 54 Olds. Brother Brucie put a 292 engine in it and traded the labor for the 406 engine. He put it back together and in his 57 Ford Convertible, a car he owned for 40 years before he died in 1999.
Also a few Chevy's:
1. 56 2-dr. post, white/blue with a 265 + stick tranny. Traded UNKL Les's nice 54 Olds 2-dr. hardtop for it.
2. 55 2-dr. post, white with same for 150 bucks and it was a nice car. It had a 301 modified Chev engine with tri-power and 3-speed on the floor. Even with towing the car, the engine wouldn't turn over, so i called Brother Brucie at work for help. He to pull the spark plugs and the water shot out of one cylinder. An easy fix with one head gasket. Cars in North Dakota were cheap back then.
i had all those before i graduated from High School....GOOD TIMES were had by all back there.
CARS, GIRLS, SPORTS and BLACK LABEL BEER were the main subjects on every boys mind back then.
Some things never change....
Never bet against mr. biggs. He couldn't convince George Bailey to go to work for him, but he can do most anything else. When your pockets are full of $$$$, they can weigh you down if you're not careful....
cnqr at 35 cents
eqix at 55 cents
tso at 3 bucks
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inap at 20 cents
oxy at 16 bucks
etc, etc, etc, IF you weren't addicted to trading, which is seldom a good thing.
Think about it....
i've only read 3 or 4 books in my life and they included:
"Ford....the Men and the Machine", by Robert Lacey and
"The Fords", by Peter Collier and David Horowitz.
Henry did admire hitler at first, but that changed later in life. He certainly didn't finance hitler's death machine or have anything to do with the murdering of 6 million Jewish people. He was 100% behind the war effort.
He didn't give credit to Edsel and didn't treat him like the good Son that he was, which probably contributed to Edsel's stomach problems and death....
for a larger commercial builder here. we did a service call the other day for a very cordial customer, who's part of the bidding process for that company and he passed the information along....
more about Yahoo than Marissa?? That job is tough enough, without all the knuckleheads screaming at her. Leave the Lady alone....please....
Too many souls out there want to bury CHRIST again. It's a darnright shame, but they still have their apple watch to comfort them. i've missed Sunday Mass and Holy Communion 3 times in 30 years. i don't need an apple watch....
Good for you. i remember when a Caddy was only bought by old farts, with a big bellys and smoking a cigar. Times have changed....
my Son and i have a garage door company in Edmonds, Wa. A few months ago, used steel paid 6 cents a pound and now it's around 3 cents a pound locally, which amounts to 30-40 bucks a load. That's lunch money and the best, inexpensive lunch in town can be found at Dairy Queen. Three nice chicken strips, gravy, fries, drink and an ice cream sundae for 5 bucks or a bacon/cheeseburger and the rest for 5 bucks. What a deal....
More $$$$/power for the likes of sharpton and jackson. How many Black Children of GOD are murdered by their own in just ONE day?? What do the above two jackals have to say about that??
that I spent in grade school watching the clock, waiting for recess or lunch or to go home.
Waiting for anything but school. My teachers could easily have ridden with Jesse James for all time they stole from me."......author richard brautigan
Apparently he never had a Teacher like Sister Marmian. She taught every subject to 35 of us 8th graders and was also the Principal of the school. What a Dear Lady.
i was stationed on Treasure Island for 15 months in 72 & 73 in the Marine Corps in their small, four person legal office. On weekends, along with two or three other jarheads, hopped in my 64 Econoline van and took off for parts unknown. Sometimes, we would take the North route and cruze through Golden Gate Park and then go over The Bridge to Sousalito and out to Bolinas . we'd pick up a gallon of wine and spend the afternoon lying on the the small beach.
Wilbur (a nickname i gave him) was a terrible Marine, but was a very smart guy and avid reader. He went in the Corps a private and came out a private. mr. brautigan had a small house in the middle of that small town and Wilbur wanted to meet him, so we knocked on his door one Saturday afternoon, but no one was home.
richard died in that house and his body wasn't discovered for a month or so. A couple of his books, with all the "f" words stunk pretty bad also. He should of had a Sister Marmian to give him a few lessons....
He didn't care much for ironing his uniform or polishing his brass, so he'd look a mess most of the time. The Major wanted him gone in the worst way. Our legal office was in the back room of an older wood building. Five days a week, i'd walk in the front door and walk by the Major's office, Lt, Colonel's office and The Colonel's office ( a very KOOL guy).
Wilbur walked in our door a drenched mess. The Major was on the front porch, saluting the flag as it was hoisted up the pole. Wilbur was in front of him and stepped up on the porch to get out of the hard rain. The Major said he would write him up for moving, instead of standing at attention. He was a little shaken, so i typed up a note, stating that Wilbur wanted Lt. Golub as his counsel. Navy Lt. Golub had never lost a case. Wilbur handed the note to the Major and never heard another word about it. In fact, the Major never bothered him again. Wilbur moved up to Edmonds, Wa. and stayed with us a few months. He found a nice girl, got married, had a few kids and lives in Seattle. i haven't seen or talked to him in 10 years, but if he needs another note or a gallon of wine, i'm the guy to call....