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Old 01-09-2014, 08:13 PM   #26
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Ha, that's nothing!! Welcome to my World !! You guys should try selling Subaru's for a living..

I lost a deal last month because the "Cheap Guy Time Bandit" thought he could get a better deal at 3 Point Subaru in Nanaimo. He managed to grind them for another $100.

Gee, wonder how much the ferry cost him?

I could go on and on with this one..

Probably rowed over in their own boat

No one factors in time value. What a joke.

The "cheap guy" must be able to save time too, oh oh maybe they have super human powers beyond having a wallet that is impenetrable.
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:27 AM   #27
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ITT: Cheap guy time bandit. Police sketches are yet to be released to public. More on the 11 o' clock news.
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:43 AM   #28
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I probably referred about $4k-6k worth in the last month or two (friends, family coworkers etc) to Dales.. So hopefully I can get the cheap guy rate when the time comes!

But that being said when this type of person, Allen Harper, the grinder, and cheapo. I ask them what they do for a living if that does get the point across. Then I mention sure I can do that price if you buy a hundred of them. If that doesn't work each time the try to grind you on the price, go the other way say sure I can (reg price alignment is $150) they want it for $100 say sure I can do it for $175 if they try it again then say sure okok best deal today $200.

Luckily most places I have worked we had cheaper or used options when it comes to products. If they want a deal I just offer those and not the one they want for the cheaper price.

This day and age people know what the going price is for something takes two seconds to look it up on the web or make a couple of phone calls.. And you really get what you pay for these days cheap = crap.


Also as much I hate turning a person away sometimes that's the best thing to do.. There is a few people out there that are never happy with price service etc and hate life and try to make you hate you life or dealing with them in life. Send them the Crappy Tire or Budget Brake and Muffler as they will never appreciate the products and service you guys provide.

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Old 01-10-2014, 02:16 AM   #29
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Sure isn't limited to the auto world, I'm sure this will resonate:

Client: "Hi, I'd like Item X $400, Item Y $400, Item Z, $500 - but I need a deal, can you help me out?"
Me: "Of course! I can do X, Y, Z for say... $1000"
Client: "Great! Book it!"

Day of client's booking...
Client: Hey, I don't need Y or Z anymore, but I still need X. So that was $1000 minus $500 for Z, minus $400 for Y, leaves... $100 for just X, right?"
Me: ".....um.... No."
Client: "WHAT DO YOU MEAN?!?!?!"

Every week, there's at least one.
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:20 AM   #30
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Sure isn't limited to the auto world, I'm sure this will resonate:

Client: "Hi, I'd like Item X $400, Item Y $400, Item Z, $500 - but I need a deal, can you help me out?"
Me: "Of course! I can do X, Y, Z for say... $1000"
Client: "Great! Book it!"

Day of client's booking...
Client: Hey, I don't need Y or Z anymore, but I still need X. So that was $1000 minus $500 for Z, minus $400 for Y, leaves... $100 for just X, right?"
Me: ".....um.... No."
That works/ed at Futureshop for AIO Home Theatre setups. Just return all the other buffer with high margin.

Still waiting on my sketch, pretty damn sure he looks like the Hamburgler but has a time machine instead of the hat.

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Old 01-10-2014, 02:32 PM   #31
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My old man always likes to say..."these type of people know the price of everything but the value of nothing".
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:03 PM   #32
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The things you find on the internet!

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Old 01-10-2014, 04:08 PM   #33
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:14 PM   #34
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try working the auto service counter at Canadian tire, guys. you don't even know.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:28 PM   #35
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try working the auto service counter at Canadian tire, guys. you don't even know.
YO BRUH, Got any purple beaks bar? or Sparco racing gloves?



ON THE CHEAP.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:35 AM   #36
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hmm i must be the the top person on jason's cheap guys list
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:46 AM   #37
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hmm i must be the the top person on jason's cheap guys list
Yeah, you kinda do look like Hamburglar... I mean cheap guy time bandito. I'm starting to think this leaked police sketch seems more accurate.

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Old 01-11-2014, 02:41 PM   #38
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my uncle owns a shop in richmond... he says you wouldnt believe how many religious ppl come in for small jobs and then ask if he'll do the job for free as a donation the the church.

he tells them to pay him and he will donate it himself if he feels it is necessary
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:44 PM   #39
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I have found that the grinder(cheap guys that want a "deal") is doing it not only to save money but to make it feel like a victory. Grinders are grinders through and through. They don't understand value. It's almost in their DNA. I swear I could say it's free and these grinders would want something else thrown in.

As a business person, I just offer the best deal I can and let it roll. If I lose the business then fine, if I was willing to do better I would have. It is beyond annoying though and I feel your pain Dales. Great write-up by the way! Lots of good points.
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:15 PM   #40
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So glad I work in healthcare where I don't have to be nice to idiots. Retail sounds like a nightmare.
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:13 AM   #41
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So glad I work in healthcare where I don't have to be nice to idiots. Any customer facing position sounds like a nightmare.
FTFY.
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:17 AM   #42
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Cheap guy time bandit #11

Person fills up in the US to save some money(sure, fine) but then pulls out four large gerry cans and fills them up and proceeds to put them in the hatch of his 370Z.
I thought the apocalypse was coming and he was stock piling, wow.

My friend who is a Firefighter said that it was so unsafe and shook his head.

Him and his co-workers went to a call where someone was being a cheap guy and had full gerry cans in their trunk and when they were rear ended. They got to the call and the person was a roman candle running down the street-quite sad.

If you are one of these people please stop doing this. If someone accidentally rear ends you, which is their fault in the eyes of ICBC just think of the guilt they might have because a cheap person puts gerry cans of fuel in his trunk and gets incinerated because of the collision. Ultra selfish.
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:06 AM   #43
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Cheap guy time bandit #11

Person fills up in the US to save some money(sure, fine) but then pulls out four large gerry cans and fills them up and proceeds to put them in the hatch of his 370Z.
I thought the apocalypse was coming and he was stock piling, wow.

My friend who is a Firefighter said that it was so unsafe and shook his head.

Him and his co-workers went to a call where someone was being a cheap guy and had full gerry cans in their trunk and when they were rear ended. They got to the call and the person was a roman candle running down the street-quite sad.

If you are one of these people please stop doing this. If someone accidentally rear ends you, which is their fault in the eyes of ICBC just think of the guilt they might have because a cheap person puts gerry cans of fuel in his trunk and gets incinerated because of the collision. Ultra selfish.
That's ok Jason, this is called natural selection. If you take a risk of loading full gerry cans into your trunk then you should be aware of the risk and if not then you may learn the consequences of such actions. And then for the person who rear end will learn to be more careful driving as to never rear end another vehicle again after witnessing this.
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:18 AM   #44
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Cheap guy time bandit #11


Him and his co-workers went to a call where someone was being a cheap guy and had full gerry cans in their trunk
i wonder how him and his co-workers fill up their lawn movers
is there other way than fill up the can and put it in the trunk
or it's safer to place it on rear seat?
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:36 AM   #45
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i wonder how him and his co-workers fill up their lawn movers
is there other way than fill up the can and put it in the trunk
or it's safer to place it on rear seat?
there is a big difference from driving with one 10L can to your local gas station a couple km's away vs 100+ liters driven from across the boarder 20-80km away...

I personally know people that do this but it's something that isn't really all that safe. I personally don't plan ahead far enough to bring cans down to the states. I also don't like it when my car stinks of gas...
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:51 AM   #46
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I'm officially Cheap guy #11

Have a 15g and a 5g Jerry cans of gas I fill every two weeks or so in the states. Plus the 15 or so gallons that my truck holds and it cost's me about $80-120 for everything to get filled. Looking at 2-3 times that in Canada..

Just make sure you declare gas when you go through border.


Cheap guy #12 people buying flats of milk in the states WTF do you do with it all that milk before it goes bad and where the hell do you store it?

Go to Costco on the weekend in Bellingham a skid of milk jugs disappears in minutes after being put out it's crazy. They barely have time to get another skid out in time before it's gone again and it's like that for hours at a time..
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Old 01-17-2014, 04:10 AM   #47
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I'm officially Cheap guy #11

Have a 15g and a 5g Jerry cans of gas I fill every two weeks or so in the states. Plus the 15 or so gallons that my truck holds and it cost's me about $80-120 for everything to get filled. Looking at 2-3 times that in Canada..

Just make sure you declare gas when you go through border.
your math sucks. Gas is ~$3.35/gallon = ~$0.89/liter. Gas is currently ~$1.25/liter. That = ~1.4 times the cost of gas in the states. No matter how much you buy, the ratio doesn't change. I guess if you buy a crap ton of gas it is a decent savings but damn it's such a hassle wasting a day buying stuff in the states.

I, for the most part, only buy things in the states that I can't get in canada or it would take an exorbitant amount of time to get in canada.
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:31 AM   #48
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I, for the most part, only buy things in the states that I can't get in canada or it would take an exorbitant amount of time to get in canada.
Bellis Fair. Best spinach stromboli ever.
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Old 01-17-2014, 10:48 AM   #49
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Bellis Fair. Best spinach stromboli ever.
grill'ems for less than 1/2 the price.

can't WAIT FOR BBQ SEASON!
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:57 PM   #50
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Actually, for a Burnaby person to pick up a parcel in Pt Roberts, the magic number is 70 if you can spare that hour to an hour and half (70 already included the salary of $45/hr) - basically, after $70, you start saving - you decide how much is worth that time. You save about $10 per 50-60L tank before using the jerry cans (I don't - I just roughly plan so that I can go down to Pt Roberts for every fill up, even though further down the mainland side is far cheaper and you save more).

I'm just another cheap guy, but to me, after sales is mostly like insurance - I hope I never have to use it because when I need to use it, the clock is still ticking and my car could be down for the duration. In general, for car parts, if it's just a tad under $400, and I save about $50 on sticker before taxes (and after shipping), no questions asked I go straight to US and pick it up myself, and I might get the luck wave through. Above $400 you get taxed but most likely I save high 2 digits and 3 digits. Everything adds up when all my basic cost of living goes up pretty much constantly (and my company doesn't believe in cost of living raises)
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