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Old 06-14-07, 07:36 PM   #1
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was it wrong

people around here know i paint bikes(mostly lowriders and BMX). one guy came over today and offered me 300 to paint his roadbike racing orange. no graphics, patterns, no fades, tones, nada=lame. i told him i dont do roadbikes(frames lack character) or monochromatic paints and he said that he was gonna pay up front and i simply said no so he gave me a dirty look and rode off.
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Old 06-14-07, 07:42 PM   #2
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why won't you paint a rode bike, its 300 bucks, whats the dif between painting a bmx bike and a road bike.
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Old 06-14-07, 07:42 PM   #3
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why won't you paint a rode bike, its 300 bucks, whats the dif between painting a bmx bike and a road bike.
the fact that he wanted it orange, cool thing about being a painter is you get to pic and choose your customers
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whats wrong with orange
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Old 06-14-07, 07:43 PM   #5
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You just turned down $300 for EASY work. Dee Dee Dee
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i undestand that road bikes are boring but it was 300 for less work. i know that is a very american thing to say but its true
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You just turned down $300 for EASY work. Dee Dee Dee
why do people like carlos mencia
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Old 06-14-07, 07:47 PM   #8
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Because he's not Joe Rogan
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hard to answer is it a buisiness or a hobby? Fact is if it were me I would be pissed. I like green, say I wanted an olive drab bike for riding on dirt roads in the woods, if you are a painter, and I say hey, can I get a green bike..I'm going to go elseware, and tell everyone why. I would be bothered by the fact that you basicly refused to do a job because you have different taste than I do, and would seriously question your profesionalism. To be honest when I started reading this thread I was thinking about my GF, she wants a mtb of decent quality, but wants it pink. However since it's probably "lame" I'll look elsewhere.
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Old 06-14-07, 08:58 PM   #10
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I learned one thing in life: Never turn down a legal, free offer of an easy money job!
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Old 06-14-07, 09:21 PM   #11
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Hey, if you want to turn potential business away, go for it.

I won't slam you for it, although I do think it's a bit foolish.

Who knows, though...maybe he would have liked that orange job enough that once he converted to the dark side, he would bring his low rider to you for some fades...
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Old 06-14-07, 09:25 PM   #12
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Not only would I have told him no, I would have cut off one of my ears.
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Old 06-14-07, 09:53 PM   #13
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At least a couple of Eddy Merckx's bikes were orange, ******.
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You sound like that snobby chick on Miami Ink...
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Sledbikes,

Being a finacky artist and a good businessman are polar oposites. I try to weed out the people that don`t have the $$$ to pay for services rendered. But if people are serious why not sell your talent? I`d paint a tricycle orange for $300 . If its important to your customer it should be important to you. If its not important to you someone else will take your place and you will starve. You will be remembered as a persnickity artist. To be a smart businessman you will learn to work for those who will pay. To be a "very" smart businessman you will learn to become excited about every project that comes through the door. Try to help everyone.

I am a certified arborist and I specialize in in tree care. Sometimes its tree killing, sometimes its tree planting, tree saving, tree surgery. But in my career I have burried pets, moved furniture and taken customers to the airport. Be friendly to your clients and you will do well and grow.

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Old 06-15-07, 12:50 AM   #16
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Wow... You won't find any sympathy on these forums. If someone offered cash up front to me to do a simple paint job I'd be all over it. Now because of your snobby behaviour you probably lost tons more business via word of mouth. If he races other racers would see the job you did and the guy would send more biz your way. But instead, you stuck up your nose at him and have probably lost biz due to word of mouth. Sorry, but you made a bad business decision. Karma may not like it either...
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Wow... You won't find any sympathy on these forums. If someone offered cash up front to me to do a simple paint job I'd be all over it. Now because of your snobby behaviour you probably lost tons more business via word of mouth. If he races other racers would see the job you did and the guy would send more biz your way. But instead, you stuck up your nose at him and have probably lost biz due to word of mouth. Sorry, but you made a bad business decision. Karma may not like it either...
sorry but painting a bike a plain orange doesnt cut it in my book.
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Old 06-15-07, 04:50 AM   #18
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sorry but painting a bike a plain orange doesnt cut it in my book.
Cut what exactly?

You also left out the "road bikes have no character" part.
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Old 06-15-07, 05:15 AM   #19
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I think turning him down was hands down the right move. Now every other painter out there has the opportunity to take $300 from you. Good job!
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wtf. Is this a troll post? You don't even have any real issues with the guy. You're just using him to project your own issues and (truly bizarre) bias against a certain type of frame.

Real professional.

Oops, for once a customer who doesn't want bling bling, they want a nice, simple one-tone job. Simplicity and class, some might say.

What the hell gets you off telling other people how they want their bikes to look? Sounds like the steady business you (supposedly) get has gone to your head.
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On second thought, this HAS to be a troll thread. NOBODY is this much of a tool, are they?
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Old 06-15-07, 05:38 AM   #22
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He doesn't need the easy $300, he'll just steal an unlocked bike and fence it for $300.
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If he just wanted orange, why not? Nothin' wrong with orange is it? OMG, is orange not cool anymore? Can you not ride orange after Memorial Day? What's the new OCP paint job? Look what youv'e done! Im freakin out! <Goes to raod forum to find out if bike is painted for wrong season>
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300 is a great night out, or a decent chunk of rent, or any number of other things. Can't really say it was a smart decision.
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I learned one thing in life: Never turn down a legal, free offer of an easy money job!

My first thought when reading the OP was that this *wasn't* going to be an entirely legal transaction: The alleged customer's request for no decals, no markings, etc. reminded me of all those stolen bikes I saw when I was in college that the perps had spray-painted a solid color just to make it harder to identify when they rode around in the neighborhood they stole it from!

Of course, if the OP's reason for turning down the work was that he suspected the bike was stolen, we'd all be commending him for his upstanding business sense. Too late for that...
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