“Why so much? I could do that…”

32 thoughts on ““Why so much? I could do that…”

  • I used to be friends with this tech who did EVERYTHING. He was a better tech at 27 than guys I know at 40. He did tandem alignments for semis as his main go-to for daily work, if that tells you anything.

    He told me he would regularly let customer’s cars sit for 3 or so hours after he was done if they were waiting on it, because if he got it done faster, people would throw a fit because, “It can’t be that much for a half hour of work.” I was constantly amazed by how he got so much done.

  • My brother had to deal with this frequently when he was working as a locksmith. Same situation, you’re paying for the expertise, not the job’s duration. Sometimes he’d relock a door that was too easy and just pick it again so it looked like it was harder than it really was.

  • Made me think of this: Michael: Jim Halpert. Pros: smart, cool, good-looking. Remind you of anybody you know? Cons: not a hard worker. I can spend all day on a project, and he will finish the same project in a half an hour. So that should tell you something.

  • **There is an old story of a boilermaker who was hired to fix a huge steamship boiler system that was not working well.**

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    **After listening to the engineer’s description of the problems and asking a few questions, he went to the boiler room. He looked at the maze of twisting pipes, listened to the thump of the boiler and the hiss of the escaping steam for a few minutes, and felt some pipes with his hands. Then he hummed softly to himself, reached into his overalls and took out a small hammer, and tapped a bright red valve one time. Immediately, the entire system began working perfectly, and the boilermaker went home.**

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    **When the steamship owner received a bill for one thousand dollars, he became outraged and complained that the boilermaker had only been in the engine room for fifteen minutes and requested an itemized bill.**

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    **So the boilermaker sent him a bill that reads as follows:**
    **For tapping the valve: $.50**
    **For knowing where to tap: $999.50**
    **TOTAL: $1,000.00”**

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    **At the end of the day, education will most likely help you to find-a-job, while education** ***combined*** **with {insight x creativity} will enable you to define your future.**

  • Exact same thing for a physician.

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    People bitch when a visit was “too short” and “she didn’t look at me.” Actually, yes I did. As soon as I entered a room, at a glance I knew you were awake and alert, and not in shock. Second glance told me not only were you not in shock, you were probably hemodynamically stable. When you started to talk, I knew your cognitive function was at least mostly intact. Etc, etc, etc.

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    Yeah, that 15 min I spent with you yielded more useful information than you know, because I’ve been trained within an inch of my life.

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    Also: if I’m in for routine maintenance and I am happy to pay, but have to wait (because bus service sucks and the dealership is 40 minutes from my house). How do I say something like “it’s good, I’ll pay without question, please don’t bloat your time?” The other commenter recommended saying the above more politely, but I really can’t figure out how.

  • Way back when I was a teenager, I worked at Circuit City. One of my first days there I saw a veteran computer tech handle a customer that complained about paying to get her computer fixed because “all you had to do was click a few buttons” and he immediately came back with “it’s not what I did, it’s what I know.”

  • You aren’t paying me for what I can do, you’re paying me for what I know.

    If you don’t like the fact that I’m faster than the allotted book time, you are more than welcome to go pay someone who isnt….

  • Dude I used to be incensed at hourly rates for mechanics, then I tried to change out my oil pan with a buddy. I got pretty far till I ran into a stripped belt tensioner but damn. Y’all deserve that money that’s shit is dirty, hard work.

  • I’m all over that! I hang wallpaper professionally. Just because I make it look easy doesn’t mean it IS easy. I’ve worked for 32 years to reach this level of expertise, and fortunately we’re in an economy where I can charge my worth.

  • At my last shop the owner would often get into arguments with customers about this same thing. His reply was usually “well, if you don’t think it’s so hard to do then I can hand it back in a box and you can figure it out.” No one ever took him up on the offer.

  • Early when I was a gs I got yelled at cuase I did an oil change to fast. Basic oil and filter on a Honda I think. When you in a groove, look at the car and and change the oil in about 10 mins, apparently if you arent an economy lube that too fast.

  • …and this is why I learned to do all my own repair work. I’ve saved thousands, even with the purchase of some specialty tools. I get that experience is worth something but if it’s an easy quick job for you should you really just bill people for more time? That seems kinda fraudulent. Why not take on more challenging projects? Hell, if you ARE that good, start building cars in your spare time, get good money that way. Screwing over people too ignorant to know any better isn’t something to brag about. I help a bunch of my friends with their cars as well and rarely ask for payment, I make them help me and do the real dirty parts. I’ve also had bad experiences from guys claiming to be “mechanics”, sure you’re ASE certified and can swap out a pair of struts in 30 min but did you remember to tighten/torque the effing bolts? As I drive to work the next morning and the hub assembly separates from the strut…. The absolute worst was a garage that wanted $600 dollars to do a valve lash adjustment on my 03 foz, took me just under 2hrs start to finish and $20 for a set of new gaskets. I’d never done that job before, all new to me, but a 5 min YouTube video and a little common sense saved me a shitload of money and probably time as I would have had to drive 30 min just to get to the garage. Anyway if you’re a good honest mechanic this rant isn’t directed at you but the guys that seem to think it’s cool to lie to people for financial gain.

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