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Was afraid of this happening

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Hedhuntr, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Hedhuntr

    Hedhuntr Member

    I got a little behind from last season and am 4 weeks out on my last 12 shoulder mounts. I also took in what I deem was my limit for this season. I have a mount I am working on for a repeat customer and he called me tonight and asked if he could bring another one by he got the other day. I told him politely that rather than disappoint anyone else with running over a year I am not taking in anymore work for the season. He told me he would wait over a year and I told him call me in a month and see. Well he got all upset, basically hung up and then called back asking if he can come get his antlers and cape from last year! I was so PO'd at this guy but I told him certainly but you owe 65 for fleshing and tanning 25 for caping it and 65 for the form. Which meant he was going to lose his deposit. It ended up staying.
  2. Bluebloodtaxi

    Bluebloodtaxi New Member

    In my opinion, I think it's bad business to turn down a job from an existing and returning customer. As long as you explained the the time table and he understood and signed off on it, I wouldn't want to send a good customer to another taxidermist unless I just didn't like the guy.

  3. nick_3401

    nick_3401 Member

    I agree with the other guy. but if you want after you hit your magic number just raise your price another 100-300 more for any extra heads, this will likely turn a few away without telling them no, as long as you tell them how long up front. not to mention you will make more money for doing them a favor.
  4. Kyle Lakey

    Kyle Lakey Active Member

    I would have explained the time frame to him and let him decide. If you get backed up for next year fine as lonig as they know what to expect and agree to it. Then raise your prices next season to lower the work load to what you want and again if you run over continue doing the same routine. Its better to be busy than slow.
  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I would not of turned away a repeat customer as they, for me anyway, are my bread and butter.
  6. mmwtdh

    mmwtdh Member

    I take 1-3 items a year to my taxidermist. If he ever turned down a mount from me, I would find a new taxidermist.....
  7. Kevin M.

    Kevin M. Active Member

    If he knows what to expect. Why turn him down?
  8. DarenKInsey

    DarenKInsey New Member

    Really don't understand why you insisted on not taking it if he told you he understood the situation and you gave him all the facts. Repeats in any business are your bread and butter and you can't buy any better advertisement. I'd call him back, tell him bring it over. Just my two cents.
  9. Trophy Specialist

    Trophy Specialist Well-Known Member

    I usually max out in my studio every year and have run into this dilemma before many times. If it is a good repeat customer, I would likely just take it in making sure to give him full disclosure. Bad EHD in my area last year though will likely negate that possible problem for me this year though. Now I wish I would I wouldn't have turned away those jobs last year. :mad:
  10. Paul B

    Paul B Active Member

    I would not turn him down or any customer for that matter reguarding big game. Some other items as fish or birds, sub them out if there's too much. You never know what the next season will bring in this business. I tell customers now, its a year turnaround give or take a month or two, mostly all say no problem.
  11. Matt

    Matt Active Member

    I hate to say it, but doing what you did might just get you a lot less work in the future. Plus, when he got off the phone, he called 10 of his buddies to tell them, and then they called their buddies. He said he would have waited longer, and that is a sign of a good client. Personally, I would never turn away one of my good clients, it doesn't take too many of them to pay the bills just saying.
  12. BrandonH

    BrandonH New Member

    Re: Re: Was afraid of this happening

    Same here.
  13. boarhunter67

    boarhunter67 Well-Known Member

    I agree with all the comments above which basically say you should call him back and apologize, then raise your prices on future mounts to see that this doesn't happen again.
  14. TaxiTammy

    TaxiTammy New Member

    Wow all of us beginners are just wishing for this problem!! LOL!
  15. DeeCee

    DeeCee New Member

    I agree with the others, Since he was repeat, I would have taken the deer.
  16. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    Agree 1000%
    Oh Gawd NO! Never turn down return work. That is a sin, they dont care if you are behind a bit, they want your service!
  17. scottdawg

    scottdawg Member

    WOW!!!! Really bad move hedhunter what the heck was you thinking. Enjoy the heads now cause you probably are going to get a lot less in yrs to come. Doesn't make since
  18. Franklin

    Franklin Guest

    This is why I preach the principles of business. This was a terrible terrible business decision. I am afraid the bus has left the station on getting him back also. Your first reaction is usually what is in your heart and crawling back will only make you look pathetic.

    Lesson learned.
  19. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    send him my way. ill be glade to have him and all his work.
  20. Hedhuntr

    Hedhuntr Member

    This is not my full time job and want to persue a promotion and more hours at my 9 to 5. I physically can't do 50+ heads a year anymore and I ALSO have a lawn cutting service and cut 25 a week in the summer. I don't depend on this money. I actually turned away three more since this post. Two were repeats. I sent them to two other taxidermists I trust and believe to be the best in the area (who I used 14 years ago before I did it myself) I already cut out birds and fur bearers this year.