These problems only happened to me when I was new in business. When things got slow and someone came in for custom work and bargained me way down to what later called 'give-away jobs'. It just seemed to happen right before a pile of good priced work would come in.
The customer of the 'give-away job' was never happy and tied me up from making money on the good jobs. The give-away jobs always bit me on the butt. I think what is happening here is that they are power freaks. They bid me way down and had control over me. Once that happens, they will constantly exercise that power.
After several of those, I NEVER did that again. When people would try to bargain me way down, I would tell them to find someone that does country crafts. They will usually work for less. Goodbye.
When I sold my last shop, I warned the new owner about this He didn't heed my warnings and fell into the same traps.
Tony B Retired woodworker, among other things.
"Strive for excellence and settle for completion" Tony B
Last edited by Tony B; 07-31-2020 at 05:45 AM.