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#1 José

Posted 16 July 2019 - 06:30 PM



so, i emailed a business asking about a particular service. they wrote back, 'we dont do that but if we did would cost $x"
the cost was actually very reasonable so im wishing they did provide that service.

i wonder why mention the price you would set for a service you wont provide? does this seem strange to anyone else?

#2 JustBeige

Posted 16 July 2019 - 06:42 PM

Yeah that is odd.

Im thinking that maybe they are trying to be helpful and give you a ballpark on what you should be looking at for what you require.

Was it a trade related enquiry?

#3 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 16 July 2019 - 07:00 PM

They may subcontract it?

#4 Inkogneatoh

Posted 16 July 2019 - 10:45 PM

It does seem a little weird. It may be something they used to offer, or something they have looked into doing, and as such have a pricing outlined.

However they may also be aware of the shoddiness of the people who do offer the service, and are trying to help you avoid getting ripped off.

#5 Living Type

Posted 16 July 2019 - 10:54 PM

Could they be happy to do it as a one-off for you?

#6 BornToLove

Posted 16 July 2019 - 11:20 PM

I would email them back and see if they will do a one off for you at that price. It seems wired they would quote a price unless they wanted to get some work out of it.

#7 seayork2002

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:54 AM

I would assume it is to help give you a rough price guide, I deal with tradies at work and have seen it sometimes

#8 28 Barbary Lane

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:29 AM

I would email back and say thanks so much for your helpful response and do you think you could point me in the right direction kind of thing. You may end up getting what you want for that price!

#9 born.a.girl

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:50 AM

Sounds to me like it's just awkward grammar, and what they really mean is 'we don't do it, and the people who do, should not charge you more than $x'.

I had that with tiles recently 'we don't cut them, but xyz do, and they'll charge you about this much'.


Maybe English isn't their first language.

#10 lizzzard

Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:56 AM

If a business doesn’t generally provide a service they are probably not experienced at costing it - if the quote seems low I wouldn’t be inclined to take advantage of it.

#11 José

Posted 19 July 2019 - 07:43 AM

View PostBornToLove, on 16 July 2019 - 11:20 PM, said:

I would email them back and see if they will do a one off for you at that price. It seems wired they would quote a price unless they wanted to get some work out of it.

i did email them back.

no response.


#12 Mollycoddle

Posted 19 July 2019 - 07:45 PM

View Postlizzzard, on 17 July 2019 - 07:56 AM, said:

If a business doesn’t generally provide a service they are probably not experienced at costing it - if the quote seems low I wouldn’t be inclined to take advantage of it.

I would argue that they probably are aware of pricing and, as a PP suggested, they may well have offered this service previously but no longer. The OP obviously approached this particular business for a reason ie. they must be providing a similar or related service.

Edited by Mollycoddle, 19 July 2019 - 07:45 PM.


#13 IamtheMumma

Posted 19 July 2019 - 08:39 PM

Maybe it is a ball park of what to expect from other businesses? I'd be kind of expecting them to recommend someone else if they know what a job would cost.

This happens sometimes and its really weird. I've had someone ask me to come to their workplace for a quote. I turned up, we discuss the job and he gives me the quote. I'm happy with the price so ask when can he start? He tells me he doesn't need the work. Why did you just waste my time?

#14 born.a.girl

Posted 19 July 2019 - 09:06 PM

View PostMollycoddle, on 19 July 2019 - 07:45 PM, said:

I would argue that they probably are aware of pricing and, as a PP suggested, they may well have offered this service previously but no longer. The OP obviously approached this particular business for a reason ie. they must be providing a similar or related service.
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Yes, I'll stick with my original answer.

Perhaps English is not the first language of the person responding, and it's their way of saying ' we don't do this, but we're close enough to that type of work to know what it should cost you'.

Tradies in particular have a damned good idea of what other trades charge - they live it, day in, day out.




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