Okay, apparently you do get what you pay for. I was under the assumption that Customer Service was free…but apparently not. In today’s economy, where your average person is saving every dime just to get by, you would think that local companies would be chomping at the bit to make you happy. The intention…repeat customers who will spend money again. Wow, sounds simple right! Not so much…
I have personally tried to use local companies with local ties to the community in several instances this past year. Take note of the word “Local”! My hope was to save a little money for my wife and I all while giving a local company the chance to survive in tough times. Lawn services, fence companies and a wood floor company that I am still battling with to get what I paid for. The one thing that was missing with each one of the business categories listed above, CUSTOMER SERVICE.
In each instance I paid less for parts and labor. In each instance the parts and labor was all I got. Not one time did I feel like the company tried at all to build a relationship. The employees were non caring and in several instances we had to call them multiple times to even get them to come out to our house. Now if your business was trying to survive, wouldn’t you take every phone call very serious and maybe let’s see…call them back!
I have some suggestions for anyone reading this that owns a local business.
Let’s conclude, shall we. You have a chance as a local business to get me back. Keep winning the war on prices, but don’t forget to include a “Side of Customer Service”…for free! Until then, I will just keep telling myself that I have to pay for that. “You get what you pay for.” Prove me wrong.
Well said! At times I think the whole business culture has changed to “the customer is always wrong.”
In the end, poor customer service does not build your business. It erodes it. Consumer have too many choices; they don’t have to settle for mediocre results. In fact (a warning to all you dirt-cheap quoters) I’d rather pay 100 bucks more to do business with a highly reputable company that stands by its products and services.
Agreed Steven…thanks for the follow up. I now know not to go with the cheapest!
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