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Thread: I should have listened to you guys

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    Super Member lalaland's Avatar
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    I'm usually much smarter than this but....I was selling at a boutique, I had lowered the price on some of my children's fleece jackets because they had been in my inventory so long and a gal came along and bought one but needed 1 more for her granddaughter in a size I didn't have. So, if she provided the fleece, how much would I charge to make one.

    Now I'm kinda caught here because I had lowered my price and if I charge her what I should, I'm going to have to have a conversation about why and in the back of my head I'm thinking "just say NO, no time, not taking orders, what you see is what you get, it's too close to Christmas and you have a 101 projects to complete, remember the input about taking orders on someone's post recently, but no............I thought ok, it's her granddaughter and this is a really simple pattern, she's providing the fabric, I can whip it up in an evening so why not.

    Well, the why not is because 1) she didn't call until 2 weeks later confirming she wanted the jacket (it's getting close to Christmas, I've moved on), 2) she said she'd have the material to me that day but she never showed, I gave her 2 weeks and then I threw out her telephone # and figured she'd had a change of heart, 3) she calls me tonight and says she is dropping off the fabric for the 2 jackets she wanted - 2??????, when did we go from 1 to 2?????? and finally 4) she did drop off the fabric while DH and I were out to dinner and there isn't enough to make 2 jackets, maybe not even enough for 1, not sure.

    So I'll do the original one she asked for, if there's enough fabric, and if there isn't enough fabric to do a second one I'm going to tell her I don't have time to do another one. And next time I will listen to my inner voice when it says "Just Say NO!". Good grief!

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    Been there done that! No is good sometimes.

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    Those inner voices are there for a reason. :):)

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    I'd still tell her no and have her come pick up her fabric. It's not worth the stress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trueimage
    I'd still tell her no and have her come pick up her fabric. It's not worth the stress.
    DEFINITELY!!
    This is incredibly ballsy behavior. In the interest of helping her break such habits and refrain inflicting them on others in the future, turn her down NOW!

    My favorite quote (for you to her): "Lack of planning on YOUR part does NOT constitute a crisis on mine."

    Jan in VA

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    Very inconsiderate of her.

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    Wow! Some people amaze me! I am grateful that my parents raised me better than that woman. I would not put off projects I needed to make before doing hers. I am still shaking my head at how she treated you.

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    I would give her a call and have her pick up the material, to late to make the jackets now and now enough material. Or you could offer to make them after Christmas. Just my thoughts,

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    do you ever wonder why it's so hard to say "NO" when it's such a little word?

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    The fact that she dropped them off to you when you were out - indicates that she knows she was doing a little sneaky something. I would return the whole thing and simply state that what she is asking is not what was originally agreed upon. You will be glad to do them for her at a later date and an agreed price after Christmas if she still wants.

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