Should you tip?

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  1. fos1

    fos1 Member

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    I use a local guitar repair tech / luthier. He is very good. I trust his work and opinion.

    He works for a small local general music shop. They have very good (low) repair prices.

    Is it customary / proper to tip guitar techs?

    Thank you,
    v/r
    Jeff
     
  2. donepearce

    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    I'd try the guitar for a while before you decide.
     
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  3. GrumpyOldDBA

    GrumpyOldDBA Well-Known Member

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    Geez people can be so cheap!

    Do i tip my dog groomer? Why yes i do ...

    Do i tip restaurant server? You bet your ass i do ...

    Should i tip someone doing custom work on my house/car/guitar?

    Dang the answer is pretty easy. It dont take a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing!
     
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  4. DanB

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    I would agree with Grumpy OldDBA, I definitely think a tip is called for, particularly if the luthier did an exceptional job.
     
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    rotorhead Well-Known Member

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    If his/ her work was beyond what was expected- absolutely.
     
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    I guess if thats what's customary in your country!
    I can't say I've ever really understood the "tipping" culture you guys have in the States
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    In some countries it's considered rude to leave a tip.
     
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  8. Silvertone

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    Generally it is for service industry staff. They actually get paid less because of tipping as well. I'm in Canada and it is the same here as the States, I think. There is a different minimum wage for servers in restaurants and bars than there is for other jobs. If you do not tip about 15% in a restaurant you are an a$$hole, pretty much. Or the service or the food was not good. I think originally it was an incentive to make the experience a pleasant one. Then the employers decided they could pay everyone less because of tipping.

    Cheers Peter.
     
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    I am still in a quandary. The music shop is one of two, both in small nearby towns. The store I frequent which is in a small college town, is staffed by the manager and the instrument repair technician. He is more a craftsman than a technician. He takes great pride in his work. Whenever he does work on any of my instruments, he is careful to show me what he did and always tells me to bring the instrument back if it develops any problems.

    This is strange but I don't believe he charges a fair price for his work. When I tell him I feel the charge is too low, he and the manager both respond by saying I am a good customer.

    I don't want to be "rude" and offer a tip.

    I was curious if there are others in this situation and whether tipping might be customary.

    Thank you for the responses.

    v/r
    fos1
     
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  10. Silvertone

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    What country? I do not think there are many places that would take it as an insult, but I could be wrong. Most places I have been tipping is encouraged and if you explain that you feel like you are getting better value and think they should be rewarded I can't see it being a problem.

    Cheers Peter.
     
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  11. sgluvr

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    Would you tip your mechanic for fixing your car. It's the same thing. I would not. You paid for a service. You don't tip because it's already the price of the service.
     
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    Sp8ctre Well-Known Member

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    Korea for one. Leaving a tip is unheard of...
     
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    I must have been in different parts of Korea than you were. Tipping were fairly normal in most restaurants and bars in my experiences.
     
  14. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    When I was in Japan, tipping was considered rude because good service is standard and expected. I have also been to Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, and was told that tipping is not customary, but was not considered rude.
     
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    My wife is Korean and she has told me many times that Korean's don't tip nor do they expect tips.

    I'll ask her why it's considered rude or inappropriate.
     
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    I thought of something. You may have touched on the distinction right there: Koreans don't tip. I was so used to doing it, along with the other Americans, that maybe I just assumed that the locals did, too. :)
     
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    Wow! You really are a good customer... :cheers:

    Tip if you can graciously afford it. Offer the tip as lunch or dinner money, or a Lap Dance at the local "Gentlemen's Club" money... :thumb:
     

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