AdministratorSeptember 9, 2020 at 9:01 pm
I came across these pictures, so I thought I would share…
A plant hire company asked us to fit signs in Manchester Trafford Park area, along with a part wrapped van. We were doing various other locations over a few days, and this stop was one of them. The depot manager asked us to give him an idea of a cost to strip one of his old vans graphics. I knew what was on them, so I quickly said something like £40-50 as there wasn’t much on them and we were there anyway. He scoffed at me and said “I will just get one of my guys to do it!” or words to that effect.
We turn up, fit the signs, wrap the van and spot the recently stripped one. “which was NOT an old van” and was going to be traded in or auctioned. see attached pictures. really!
MemberSeptember 10, 2020 at 4:37 am
Ouch. Looks to me like the lad has done a pretty good job….at reducing the value of the vehicle
MemberSeptember 10, 2020 at 7:55 am
Wish I had photo of a very similar one:
7 1/2 ton box lorry, client not willing to pay us to remove graphic like you from the box part – so did it themselves… with a wallpaper stripper! Removed the paint in sections from the aluminum skin.
Ended up having to pay more for the whole sides to be flood coated to cover the damage!
MemberSeptember 10, 2020 at 10:07 am
I had a call the other week.
“How much to remove the DPD branding from my van? I’ve removed one half, but I’m too busy to do the other”
I explained we charged per hour, what the hourly rate was, and that it takes as long as it takes as we don’t know how it will remove.
“That’s a bit expensive don’t you think?”
“Well no. Wages for the guy removing it, rent, electricity for the machines, the chemicals, it’s quite reasonable”
“I think it sound expensive”
“Well you’ve done one side, you could save yourself a few quid and finish the rest of it”
AdministratorSeptember 10, 2020 at 10:12 am
when they weigh up their niggles overpricing, getting it properly done. as you say, chemicals, travel, man-hours, tools, etc it’s very cheap! you also run the risk of the customer holding you’re responsible for any so-called damage by the removal.
For instance, how many of us are then blamed for the ghosting of the graphics left after the vinyl has been removed? then its t-cut and more just to try and get paid!!
MemberSeptember 10, 2020 at 10:59 am
Completely agree Rob and David.
We charge by the hour too. It saves a whole lot of heartache. We only ever give a fixed price if we fitted the graphics and know the media used, we have a few customers with lease cars and it’s return business so it’s worth a bit of a gamble if it goes on a bit longer than we guessed.
AdministratorSeptember 10, 2020 at 11:30 pm
This was clearly done with a blade scraper. the scores and gouges into the metal were sharp and deep. no attempt had been made to remove the glue. how they could think this is saving them money is beyond me!
MemberSeptember 11, 2020 at 2:53 pm
That is a disgrace, why would they even think for a minute that is saving them money?
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