How often does this make your day

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Light_It_Up

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A few weeks ago I was approached by a lady wanting a DJ for her mothers 25th wedding anniversary. I came highly recomended by 2 people so she booked me on the spot. After a week she calls me and wants me to lower her price because another DJ was lowering theirs(the other DJ was taking 50% off their price) I told her that there was no way that I could do that. Not only that, she was going to collect money at the party to cover the DJ...how tacky. Never the less, I wished her well and that If I could ever help in the future yada yada yada. I come to find out that She went with some $200 DJ with poor quality mp3's, 2 on sticks and no lights. Everyone ended up going home early and she told the DJ to go home after 2 1/2 hours.

Its not often that I get follow up information on a gig that I lost. It makes me feel bad for the parents who the party was for but at the same time I feel great. Does that make me a bad person? Anyone have similar stories?
 

DJ Joey G

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I recently had a similar situation happen to me. Back in January, I did a wedding for a woman who is the banquet manager of a small country club. Wedding went great, small but fun crowd. A few weeks later, I got a call from the lady who owns the country club. She was throwing a 50th birthday party for her husband. She had heard of me and also received "great reviews" from her staff about me. I quoted her an average party rate for 4 hours. It was last minute and on an off weekend in February. She was fine with the price and I mailed out a contract. A couple of weeks go by and no contract back yet. Then I get a call about two weeks prior to the event and she leaves a message saying thank you but I have found a different DJ,..and if I had any questions to call her. This took me by surprise so,...I called her. I asked if there was a problem and she said that she thought the price was a little high so she called around. This is AFTER she said she heard wonderful things and that the price was fine, yada yada. She then said she found a DJ to do it for $225. This lady owns a country club!!! Oh well, I actually ended up booking a last minute gig to fill the night. Some people are funny,...especially when they can afford to pay for a good DJ, they still want to skimp. Happens all the time.
 

SpecialEd

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you dont want those type of clients anyhow, if price is their only concern i gladly tell them thanks but no thanks.

i had something even better (imo) happen recently, at our last two gigs our clients actually had relatives that were dj's! one of the "dj's" even booked us for his daughters b-day party! :lol:

more power to the hobbiest, but the pro will always win in the end.
 

Valerie Hicks

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Honestly, it never makes my day when someone's event goes bad. Matter of fact, I like to re-evaluate our services and make sure it wouldn't or couldn't have happened had that client booked us. It should be a humble learning experience. Don't ever let your ego get the best of you--to take joy in someone else's misfortune is just your ego.
 

Mark Evans

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I was going to say that will teach them but after reading what Val said I feel bad for these people. I have heard over and over that people wait to the last minute to get a DJ then find the cheapest thinking all DJ's are the same. So for a few $$$ more the guests have a great time and stay all night. I know I'm not the most expensive and I am certainly not the cheapest but I do what it takes to make the party fun and I think many people see that in me.
 

John Allo

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In my life I do business with a couple of people who are higher in price than others but I know the quality of their work and know that I can count on them to do a first rate job in a timely manner.

I will not switch to a lower priced vendor because of that.

Sort of like when you tip the bartender or waitress. Leave a small tip and you have to remind her each round what you're drinking. Make a big impression with your first tip and she'll remember your order all night.

If she asked you to lower your rate, you might have replied that you'd do that if she'd invite 50% fewer people. :lol:
 

xpi396

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I'm a firm believer of "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAID FOR!"... I mean you can't expect a KIA sedan to perform as well as a BMW, yeah they both got the same amount of initials to represent their company but the quality of the cars are way different!! I think it's the same for entertainment.
 

Light_It_Up

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I should also have mentioned that I was requested personally, versus one of my other guys. I don't have anything against people that are shoppers, but when they firmly book you and you take the time to send out contracts etc and they call you back after a week and try and get you to lower your price that is unacceptable. These people got what they deserve. I did feel bad for the mother whom the dance was for though
 
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