View Full Version : ^$E*%$ I ain't Priceline

big brother smoke
07-02-2010, 04:30 PM
I need to vent, so I do not tell a existing client, no thanks, I do not want your business.

Here is my propsal, keep in mind, I normally charge about $16.99 per for this meal.

Food :
The Simply Marvelous Sandwich Buffet
200 adult guests @ $12.75 per $2550.00
40 kid meals @ $8.00 per $320.00

Brownies and Blondies @ $2.00 per $ 280.00
Watermelon Slices @ $1.00 per $ 240.00

Subtotal $3390.00
CA Sales Tax (.0875) $ 296.63

Gratuity (18%) $663.59 (waived)

Client tells me after making concessions that the job is between me and another company. I do not have the time to play "Priceline." I was under the impression this job was in the bag, I started booking staff for this event. I also expected the check in the mail today; I hate coming out of my pocket for gigs.

If this person did not help me when I starting out, I would flat out decline the gig, but I am willing to be patient until 3p, PST. :mad:

Just needed to vent before I lose my cool.:roll: :tape:

07-02-2010, 04:36 PM
Wish you well on this one Steph.

07-02-2010, 04:44 PM
Stick with your time deadline and take several deep breaths.

07-02-2010, 04:57 PM
One Hour

big brother smoke
07-02-2010, 05:57 PM
Farking gameover! :laugh:

07-02-2010, 05:57 PM
Good luck

07-02-2010, 06:51 PM
You made a very generous offer- have they gotten back with you, or are they being rude???

07-02-2010, 06:56 PM
When can you be here, I will need you to bring 199 of those Southern CA beach girls along too.

07-02-2010, 06:59 PM
I hear you steph. What's up with no gratuity:-D

big brother smoke
07-02-2010, 07:34 PM
SHe is waiting to 5p to tell me she went with a lower offer. :mad:

07-02-2010, 07:47 PM
But they give prizes!

07-02-2010, 07:57 PM
Cut your losses, move on in life Steph!

07-02-2010, 08:14 PM
I feel your pain because I have been there.

Once I bid a tri tip sandwich lunch with 2 sides that were requested in the bid. Had the lowest bid-- but Guess What----another caterer threw in free dessert.

A friend that attended the event said that they fed Ball Tip instead of tri-tip and small portions---and their "free dessert" was "Little Debbie" treats.People get what they deserve.

Once I bid a job that was thousands of dollars to feed a "wagon train" 3 meals a day for 2 weeks. My bid was lowest---but the other caterer had a Peterbilt truck and 40 foot trailer with showers in it. He got the job.

Catering is the only form of gambling that is legal in all 50 states.

07-02-2010, 08:38 PM
what have ya heard? any good news brother?

big brother smoke
07-02-2010, 08:44 PM
Nada, zilch! Time to move on! :laugh:

07-02-2010, 08:59 PM
Hold your head high Steph.
Possibly a good time to rework you bids for a money per head as a caterer.

BBQ Grail
07-02-2010, 09:13 PM
When her dinner sucks you can laugh in her face!

07-02-2010, 11:19 PM
We've experienced this a couple of times, both times the clients came back to us to do there food complaining about the other company, all we could do is look at them, Smile and say, you get what you pay for!! :-P

07-02-2010, 11:44 PM
Give me their number. I call and cuss them out for you.

BBQ Grail
07-02-2010, 11:52 PM
Give me their number. I call and cuss them out for you.

That's what friends are for mod

C Rocke
07-03-2010, 12:58 AM
Have a good weekend Steph!

07-03-2010, 07:16 AM
As others have said: "She'll get what she paid for." With some people, it's all about price. They don't factor in the quality angle. That's the angle you need to go for. I had a consultant talk to me about my business and he told me to not focus on price. The Walmarts of the world have the aces there. Instead, sell them on service and quality. You can win there.

07-03-2010, 08:16 AM
Nada, zilch! Time to move on! :laugh:

They will truly get what they paid for...........:thumb::thumb:

07-05-2010, 11:59 AM
Give me their number. I call and cuss them out for you.

Give ME their number and I'll say a very "special" prayer for them :)

Steph, sorry you had to go through this. Unfortunately, some people are cheap and they don't know how to recognize quality, therefore, they don't know how to pay for it. You are better than that rate and I'm glad you didn't take a hit - except for the frustration and time planning.

07-06-2010, 09:18 AM
I would give her the following quote by Mike Mills:

"Good food ain't cheap and cheap food ain't good. You want cheap food then go down the street to McDonald's."

Screw them. Never lower your prices just to get the job.