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Offline superman

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Doing business with Italians
« on: September 18, 2017, 03:36:39 PM »
There are differences in attitude and approach when one is doing business here with Italians, so I have found. Many ex pats  have experience that a quote in Italy is generally just a guide price and only when the work is completed then they point out all the extra work that they have done.

I have plenty of Italian customers who want things moving, and generally they are very good to do business with. Certainly I have had no bad payers unlike the British expat community here.  Last week I had a young lad call me and wanted a price to take six suitcases and a scooter to London from Frankavilla. I gave him a price and outlined my terms.
At which point he informed me that he had no money to pay me, as at the moment he had no job and that is why he was going to Croydon. He assured me that I would get paid from his very first pay packet. Even though he still had to find a job  in the uk. 
This arrangement apparently is common practice with Italian transport providers, so he informed me. I am not sure if this is true or not, but when asked why he didn't use one of them he said they were too expensive.
I was torn between getting involved with a job where I might never get paid and respecting his honesty, and in a way his cheek.  I am still undecided weather to help him out or not.

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Offline Relaxed

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Re: Doing business with Italians
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2017, 04:49:13 PM »

Oh go for it!
You won't be surprised if you don't see any money - but it would be a very nice surprise if (when!) you do.

Offline Cassius

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Re: Doing business with Italians
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2017, 05:17:58 PM »
Can you find out if Italian providers would do this?  A couple of phone calls should ascertain whether or not he is telling the truth and if he lies about that he may well lie about paying you.

Offline GeordieBorn

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Re: Doing business with Italians
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2017, 05:19:11 PM »
Ask his nonna if he can be trusted!

Offline Maz

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Re: Doing business with Italians
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2017, 06:18:21 PM »
It would be unfair just to pick on Italians honesty.  A Chinese philosopher when asked 'How can I trust someone?' He replied it is all a matter of how well
you know the person and their honesty.  If you don't know the person there is nothing to make a sound judgement on.  Therefore trust is a metter of
knowledge and not a leap of faith.  The saying goes ' living on trust is a way to pay double'.  Hope this helps.

Offline fluffchops

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Re: Doing business with Italians
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2017, 09:55:50 AM »
I'd make two points..
Are you willing to do it without ever being paid?
Would you do the same for an 'English'person who wants to move their stuff over to Italy but wouldn't be able to pay you until they get settled?

Living here, I sometimes think that logic flies out of the window and I find myself making allowances and compromises I would never have made when living in the UK. If you can afford to lose the money, it could be a sort of social experiment!....oh and by the way, I have some furniture and 10 boxes, you wouldn't mind running them over to the UK for me would you? I'll pay you something when I get around to it.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2017, 09:58:17 AM by fluffchops »

Offline Lui

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Re: Doing business with Italians
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2017, 01:23:13 PM »
You could always give him his suitcases and hang on to the scooter until he pays you. Always assuming that the scooter is worth something. Plenty of public transport available in London.