When a sale isn’t a sale

Guy

Member
Location
Chipping Norton
so ... weird one this ...

A few months ago I supplied a new 3m set of discs to a contactor “doon sooth”

I agreed to deliver FOC so dropped them off at their premises, new sheds going up, new machinery everywhere . I was told payment would be made later that day and I’d obtained a few references so was “reasonably” satisfied. A week later, no payment. I called the owner of the company’s debt politely reminded him, he then told me “we pay our invoices at the end of the month”
So 6 weeks later, still no payment. I made another polite call only to be told they don’t have any money, they are terribly sorry and I can collect the discs at my leisure (180 miles away) of course sh!t happens so I go and collect the discs. I arrive there and they have been used, they are covered in soil and mud and here is plastic wrapped around 60% of the bearings ..... obviously I’m livid but what is the forums opinion ? I’m going to charge for collecting and cleaning but what about a nominal hire charge ??
 

Clive

Staff Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lichfield
so ... weird one this ...

A few months ago I supplied a new 3m set of discs to a contactor “doon sooth”

I agreed to deliver FOC so dropped them off at their premises, new sheds going up, new machinery everywhere . I was told payment would be made later that day and I’d obtained a few references so was “reasonably” satisfied. A week later, no payment. I called the owner of the company’s debt politely reminded him, he then told me “we pay our invoices at the end of the month”
So 6 weeks later, still no payment. I made another polite call only to be told they don’t have any money, they are terribly sorry and I can collect the discs at my leisure (180 miles away) of course sh!t happens so I go and collect the discs. I arrive there and they have been used, they are covered in soil and mud and here is plastic wrapped around 60% of the bearings ..... obviously I’m livid but what is the forums opinion ? I’m going to charge for collecting and cleaning but what about a nominal hire charge ??
Without doubt - hire cost (which should reflect the now used value of your discs) plus delivery and collection

Small claims court if they don’t pay
 

Dry Rot

Member
Win your case in court (with any luck, he won't appear and you'll win by default). THEN name and shame.

He won't be able to do anything as there is no law against speaking the truth (if you can prove it), and what better proof is there than a court judgement?

Of course, you won't get any more money, but revenge really is sweet!;)
 

Campbell

Member
Location
Herefordshire
You are too much of a gentleman Guy. Didn't you get turned over with a front linkage deal not long ago? ....With respect, I'd say strictly payment with order for new customers from now on. The ££ risks are just to great these days. Of course invoice them for use and damage, it was not their machine to use anyway...
 

icanshootwell

Member
Location
Ross-on-wye
Small claims court is easy cheap and VERY effective
Are you sure about that, i took someone to small claims court 20 years ago, and i am still waiting for payment. Luckily it was for £600 and just wrote it off and learnt from it. As for @Guy, he got the disks back, it will cost him 250 approx to take it to small claims and he won,t be guaranteed he gets paid after that. Draw a line under it and move on.
 

Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
I'd just name and shame them, the cost of going through courts etc for a hire charge etc aren t going to be worth it.

All fur coat and no knickers spring to mind.

Are they a tff member?
 
You are too much of a gentleman Guy. Didn't you get turned over with a front linkage deal not long ago? ....With respect, I'd say strictly payment with order for new customers from now on. The ££ risks are just to great these days. Of course invoice them for use and damage, it was not their machine to use anyway...
I suspect Guy is the kind of bloke who just wants to do deals and help people, rather than constantly run through life looking for the downsides of everything. I can appreciate that.
 

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