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    Good for you. Always get a down payment and in writing. Glad the mailman was there to receive the quilt, that was intended for him. Long before anyone knew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joan_quilts
    I live in a very rural area. I made this quilt, custom for a lady that told me last week "she just couldn't afford it right now". Again, her attempt to get me to lower my price AFTER she knew the price when she ordered it back in August.

    No, she did not lose her job, she is very well secure with money, but she "tried" to get my price way down. I already took $25 off for her.

    Anyways, my mailman loves John Deere. I stopped him today, and he bought my quilt for more than the other lady would have! YAY! He paid CASH too!

    So, I got lucky this time! From now on, I get a non-refundable deposit and a signed contract.

    Whew! Thank-you all for your understanding and words of advice in my previous post. You all are just awesome!
    Good for you! Now when this woman asks about the quilt you can truthfully tell her you sold it for what it was worth. End of case.

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    It was his lucky day he obliviously knew the work and love that goes when making a quilt, and your gain :) :thumbup:

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    I bet you'll never loose any mail from now on :)

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    You just did not know you were actually making it for HIM! LOL! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    I made this quilt, custom for a lady that told me last week "she just couldn't afford it right now". Again, her attempt to get me to lower my price AFTER she knew the price when she ordered it back in August.
    You kind of have to wonder if this was her plan all along. Glad you were able to sell the quilt to someone who appreciates all your hard work.
    If/when she comes back for "her" quilt, will she ever be surprised that you moved on and sold the quilt. I just hope she doesn't expect you to make another one for her.

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    Once bitten twice shy!!

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    every thing happens when it is supose to any way. it wasn't meant for her to get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee
    Good for you. Always get a down payment and in writing. Glad the mailman was there to receive the quilt, that was intended for him. Long before anyone knew.
    Even with it in writing, you would have to go to court to enforce the contract. Better to collect the entire amount of all materials and half your labor UP FRONT. This will form a commitmemt on the part of the purchaser that they probably won't walk away from, and leave a small enough balance at the end that they can probably come up with. You may need to explain to the potential buyer why you are asking for this amount, but most can understand that you are not a bank, and shouldn't advance monies for their fabric, and that you are certainly entitled to half of your labor to get started. Sounds reasonable and is. :D

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    that the way it goes sometimes
    people just don't how much time & work goes in making & quilting a quilt .
    if they did they wouldn't want to pay less
    i have had people ask me to quilt for them & when i told them my price ,that WAS THE LAST I HEARD FROM THEM
    but thats ok.
    it gives me more time for something else

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    I think you handled the situation wonderfully.

    I had a customer special order a quilt, filled out and signed my forms....ordered special materials for her...copied over 25 photos onto fabric for her.

    Allowed her to take the top to her sisters to "show & tell," so she could collect "their parts" of the monies due.

    Found out later, she used the quilt top at the 50th wedding anniversry, (without being quilted), but none the less returned it to me to quilt.

    A day or two later, I asked for second installment of payment due, and she said, she was unable to get money from her sisters.

    Long story, many phone calls...but needless to say I was stuck with a customer 50th wedding quilt top. Well, I kept her CD of photos, ripped the fabric photos out of the quilt, reused the sashing and backing purchased. However, I had also been given the original birth certificates and marriage licsene from this wonderful family to scan onto fabric....I informed her, the photo CD, photos, and certificates will stay in my possession until she pays as promised. (Have not ever been contacted again by her, and that was 4 years ago. But I lost nothing but time and gained a lot of experience from this. Hope you have many more pleasant experiences in the future. Most of my custom work has been with outstanding people since. When they interview my skills...I am now interviewing the clients! lol

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    So glad it worked out in your favor. :-)


    Quote Originally Posted by joan_quilts
    I live in a very rural area. I made this quilt, custom for a lady that told me last week "she just couldn't afford it right now". Again, her attempt to get me to lower my price AFTER she knew the price when she ordered it back in August.

    No, she did not lose her job, she is very well secure with money, but she "tried" to get my price way down. I already took $25 off for her.

    Anyways, my mailman loves John Deere. I stopped him today, and he bought my quilt for more than the other lady would have! YAY! He paid CASH too!

    So, I got lucky this time! From now on, I get a non-refundable deposit and a signed contract.

    Whew! Thank-you all for your understanding and words of advice in my previous post. You all are just awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joan_quilts
    I live in a very rural area. I made this quilt, custom for a lady that told me last week "she just couldn't afford it right now". Again, her attempt to get me to lower my price AFTER she knew the price when she ordered it back in August.

    No, she did not lose her job, she is very well secure with money, but she "tried" to get my price way down. I already took $25 off for her.

    Anyways, my mailman loves John Deere. I stopped him today, and he bought my quilt for more than the other lady would have! YAY! He paid CASH too!

    So, I got lucky this time! From now on, I get a non-refundable deposit and a signed contract.

    Whew! Thank-you all for your understanding and words of advice in my previous post. You all are just awesome!
    YEA,
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    I am doing the happy dance for you. All things happen for a reason. Sometimes we can't see that reason but sometimes we do!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joan_quilts
    I wonder if this lady will call in a few weeks and want the quilt? ROFL Won't she be mad that I already sold it! LOL
    I really hopes she calls.
    :D

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    I am so glad that you had a great outcome! Her loss!

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    I'm with those who name a price to see how fast potential customers will walk away. And if they're serious, I'd take them to select and buy the fabrics and batting, and obtain half the labor and quilting cost up front. And then I'd work non-stop to give them a great quality product in record time.

    If you wanted custom window coverings or furniture coverings, you wouldn't expect to have it all done on spec, a significant deposit would be required.

    The response to the Walmart comment would be "Oh so you don't really want custom work or a one-of-a-kind quilt, no problem - I'm sure Walmart has exactly what you need".

    Okay, I'd only think about saying that last thing, I'd just nod and smile and walk away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joan_quilts
    I wonder if this lady will call in a few weeks and want the quilt? ROFL Won't she be mad that I already sold it! LOL
    I bet she will ,AND get a nasty surprise-----serve her right!!

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