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Roy Schneider
Scrooged for the Holidays! Happy Holidays!
on Dec 24, 2008 at 1:01:38 am

Hi All: Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday.
Now for the question and the well deserved lectures.

A 2 weeks ago I was contacted by a friend of a friend for an emergency personal project (video/photo montage for a party). Client set the parimiters of the project, I gave him an approximate cost, but told him I work hourly because the scope of these projects generally change.

The scope of the project changed. At the end the client loved his project and agreed to the price even though it was higher than expected. He brought a credit card (which I do not take), but did not have a check.

Against my better judgement, I told him he could Fed Ex the check. He promised, swore that he would send thew check and I would have it by Monday. As you guessed it still has not come and he has not returned my call.

I busted my @#$ for this guy, and guess I got scrooged.

Hope you all have a happy holiday.

Roy


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Scrooged for the Holidays! Happy Holidays!
on Dec 24, 2008 at 5:47:33 am

Roy, Roy, Roy...

Get yourself a PayPal account and set it up to take credit card payments.

BTW, I loved your performance in Jaws...

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles

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Bob Zelin
Re: Scrooged for the Holidays! Happy Holidays!
on Dec 24, 2008 at 4:59:01 pm

David writes -

BTW, I loved your performance in Jaws...


REPLY - but Roy, you were really great in All That Jazz !

Bob Zelin





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Bob Cole
Re: Scrooged for the Holidays! Happy Holidays!
on Jan 3, 2009 at 4:34:42 am

[Bob Zelin] "David writes -
BTW, I loved your performance in Jaws...
REPLY - but Roy, you were really great in All That Jazz !
Bob Zelin"


You were amazing in Seaquest DSV!

Bob C



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Brendan Coots
Re: Scrooged for the Holidays! Happy Holidays!
on Dec 24, 2008 at 7:18:26 am

Coal for all Grinders!~

Brendan Coots

Splitvision Digital

http://www.splitvisiondigital.com


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Ron Lindeboom
Re: Scrooged for the Holidays! Happy Holidays!
on Dec 25, 2008 at 6:31:48 pm


[Brendan Coots] "Coal for all Grinders!"


But only one lump!

Ron Lindeboom


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Steve Wargo
Re: Scrooged for the Holidays! Happy Holidays!
on Dec 24, 2008 at 10:46:45 am

Have you discussed this with the "friend"? I would send him the bill. Who needs friends that bring scum t the table.

You absolutely should have taken the card info. One of us could have processed the card for you. Not exactly kosher, but not illegal either.

Steve Wargo
Tempe, Arizona
It's a dry heat!

Sony HDCAM F-900 & HDW-2000/1 deck
5 Final Cut (not quite PRO) systems
Sony HVR-M25 HDV deck
2-Sony EX-1 HD .


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Mike Cohen
Re: Scrooged for the Holidays! Happy Holidays!
on Dec 24, 2008 at 3:17:54 pm

With new clients, or non-new clients with a history of payment problems, always get a down payment. That way if they skip town at least you have some money. 50-50 is the norm, although we have done 33.3-33.3-33.3, and occasionally a custom billing motif if the client wants to pay by the end of the year.

Ron should collect all the "grinder" threads and offer them in a leather-bound edition available for sale. It would be a bestseller!

Mike Cohen


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Arnie Schlissel
Re: Scrooged for the Holidays! Happy Holidays!
on Dec 24, 2008 at 8:09:18 pm

[Roy Schneider] "He brought a credit card (which I do not take), but did not have a check. "

You know, I was the first person in my family ever to use an ATM. Not as sexy, perhaps, as first one to go to college, first to fly in an airplane, first to participate in a nuclear test, but I can't help but notice how these things have become ubiquitous in the years since.

Surely, if I can take cash out of my New York City bank account using an ATM on the island of Folegandros, your client could have found cash at an ATM near you, as well.

Arnie

Post production is not an afterthought!
http://www.arniepix.com/


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Mark Suszko
Re: Scrooged for the Holidays! Happy Holidays!
on Dec 25, 2008 at 4:59:17 am

His performance in
The 7-Ups" was underrated, as was his role in "The French Connection".

Ditto the paypal suggestion, ATM's generally have a $200-$500 daily withdrawal limit for any one account, but there are banks and Currency Exchanges and Western Union Wire transfers. Amex in particular touts their ability to make some kind of payment arrangement for ANY situation, for example, traveller's checks. Love finds a way, and so do banks.

I would give a few extra days leeway this time of the year due to spotty banking hours and heavy mail traffic.




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Tom McNally
Re: Scrooged for the Holidays! Happy Holidays!
on Dec 27, 2008 at 6:17:09 pm

Another reason for no check may be that they have no cash. Credit card may be the only way to get paid. I'd get my hands back on that card and go the Paypal route as others have suggested.
Tom McNally


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