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Question DetailsAsked on 6/4/2013

what good is a 10% off coupon, if you must present it at the time of the estimate. They can just raise the estimate.

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Read the fine print on the coupon - if it says must be presented at time of estimate, you might argue (though he might not agree) that when you receive the written estimate is the "Time of Estimate" and present it at that time, to be take off the estimate amount before the contract for the work is signed. If it says must be presented at time of estimate visit or such phrasing, then you are right - he could adjust the estimate to compensate for the coupon.

That is why you get competing bids - preferably three for any sizeable job - then you are comparing apples to apples and bottom-line on each estimate, after any discounts, coupons, etc.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


Let me give you an idea of how common this offer is, In the trade, we call it an overshill and drop, Whatever the real price is, divide it by 9 and move the decimal point and voilla a shill price. 2000 divided by 9 is 222.22 move the decimal and the shill is 2223 take 223 off and it is 2000. There is no free lunch but if the defense of direct sales, most homeowners are not very forthcoming either. All prices in home improvement should be good for at least a month and longer say a season for some products.

Jim Casper 40+ years in home salesman

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Answered 7 years ago by jccasper

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