The Cost of a Deal

May 6, 2009

First, we (I) stressed out about how much it costs to have our living room and kitchen cabinets painted. Then we decided to do it ourselves. Then we got an amazing deal through a friend and scheduled them. We chose and purchased paint, I cleared everything out of our cabinets, David pushed all our furniture away from the wall, and we dropped our dogs off at our parents’ house. Our house is in upheaval, but everything was ready.

Except…the painters forgot about us. When we got home from work today, they hadn’t come.

I suppose it’s my fault for not calling to confirm, but I guess I just placed trust in a professional business. When I called the painter, my suspicions were confirmed: he forgot. But the thing is, we’re getting a deal, so who are we to complain? They are now coming on Friday, but if they don’t show up, what are we going to do? We’re going to wait, because we’re not rich. It’s better than doing it ourselves, and we can’t pay full price.

It’s the same thing with our furniture. We ordered it in February. It still isn’t here. It was supposed to come last week, but due to flooding the shipment got postponed. I am wondering if it will ever come at all.

Oh, and there is still the drywall to be replaced in our bathroom from the leak in our attic. Once again, we have a friend who is supposed to be fixing it for us, but I don’t know when it will get done. Sometimes you get what you pay for, but as new homeowners we don’t have the money to pay for it all at once.

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Comments on The Cost of a Deal

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    From Christine:

    Boo. That is frustrating. It’s always a sticky situation when you’re getting someone to do something at a reduced cost/free – it’s hard to know how much you can demand from them without crossing any lines. Good luck trying to figure things out!

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    From Steve:

    I’m so sorry for all your troubles! I know how it feels to be frustrated at every turn. I once had a friend who bough a non-working car (against my advice) on the hope that her friends and friends-of-friends would help her get it working on the cheap. Fast forward 18 months and she hadn’t really put that much money into it (only ~$500) but she had to put many many many hours of labor into it and the car hadn’t even moved an inch. She eventually sold it without ever getting to drive it.

    Here’s to hoping your situation doesn’t go the same way!

    Best of luck,

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    From Mindy:

    Sorry to hear about all this, that’s so frustrating! Even though you’re getting a deal, you’re still paying good money for it and they should’ve remembered. I hope they come today for you!

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