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Calling all HVAC guys / Furnace acting up / Need help!

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Greg Alsobrook, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    It's called price gouging. And there are laws against it in some places.
     
  2. RobertE

    RobertE New Member

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  3. Greg Alsobrook

    Greg Alsobrook Lifetime Achiever

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    First of all, that is only one component used in a Mac... and it's being sold by a third party I've never even heard of.

    Second of all, it likely has different specs as it's designed to run in a Mac... and the Mfg. part numbers slightly differ.

    And lastly, Apple themselves is selling it $50 dollars cheaper than the place you linked to... !rolling

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/TW387ZM/A

    Once again, nice try. :p
     
  4. Getteau

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    What's the old saying?
    It's $10 for the part and $990 for me knowing which part needed to be replaced (or something like that).

    Or the one a mechanic told my brother in law once when he broke down and he didn't want to pay the labor to fix his starter.
    It's $50 for the starter and another $50 to borrow my tools.
     
  5. RobertE

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    :nono2:

    Same card, different firmware. If you look hard enough around, you can find altered firmware to magicly turn a PC card into a Mac card.

    Even being $50 cheaper from Apple, your ok with the markup difference for the same card with just different firmware?

    Paying any premium for an altered firmware (only altered to allow the card to run on a mac) and a fruit sticker seems a little silly to me. :grin:
     
  6. dodge boy

    dodge boy R.I.P. Chris Henry

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    Labor rate:

    $50 per hour basic rate
    $100 per hour if you watch
    $150 per hour if you help
    $200 per hour if you tried
    to fix it yourself first
    then realized it was
    harder than you thought.
     
  7. Canis Lupus

    Canis Lupus You make it, We break it

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    When your product only has 8% market share, you're just plain gonna pay more for a part that's more exclusive than a part that isn't, especially if you have to put the same amount of effort into each type of firmware. That said, you know where I stand on Apple, despite what my current and very temporary avatar indicates. :lol:
     
  8. Drewg5

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    Ehh not as clear cut as you are trying to make it. Yes you can apply the apple firmware but it is on no way the same as it takes a larger eprom than what comes on the PC version. So what you are flashing onto the card is stripped down
     
  9. dave29

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    What's everyone fighting about???? !rolling
     
  10. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

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    That's the question that is on everyone's mind.:confused:
     
  11. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

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    Beats me...some people can't see the forest for the trees, and I'm not saying which is which! :D
     
  12. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

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    Personally, I like bush. :lol:
     
  13. The Merg

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    Well, I had the igniter on my Ruud furnace replace a couple of years ago. I have a home warranty so I just needed to pay the deductible of $100. I believe the total cost for the service would have been around $150, IIRC. I'm not sure exactly what I could have gotten the part for, but I know that I could not have installed it without blowing my house up so the $100 was worth it to me.

    That being said, the company I use is one of the most honest and reliable that I've found in the area. With their yearly service plan, in which they check out my furnace, A/C, gas logs, and humidifier each year, I can get 24/7 service from them with no worries of an O/T rate due to after hour calls or holidays. The service plan in fact caught that my ignitor was out of spec and probably close to failing.

    - Merg
     
  14. dennisj00

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    Greg, I hope it works out for you . . I had a gas line installed for a new stove (changed from electric to gas burners) . . . had to call him back out because he put it on the wrong side -- even with the stove diagram he said 'that's where I put them all!!'

    He wasn't happy to have to come back out but I finally convinced him even though the wife had already paid him.

    Found 3 months later that the icemaker line had been cut just enough to squirt hot water for 3 months. The line had been scored with a pocket knife and nobody else had been under there!

    He should have quoted the price but I've had HVAC guys fix things and then gotten surprised by the price.

    I just hope he didn't do anything else on his way removing the part!
     
  15. Greg Alsobrook

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    I spoke with the service manager this morning. He called @ 7:15AM. :eek:

    He was firm in his stance... and we went in circles for 10 minutes or so. I informed him that I would be emailing Ruud's corporate office, the local "Consumer Investigator" (which is very well known around town... I have no doubt this guy knew who I was talking about), and the BBB. And I have done all three. I haven't heard back from Ruud yet, and the Consumer Investigator agreed that the BBB should be notified. I filed a complain on the BBB website just a little bit ago. It said the business will be notified within 48 hours, and has 30 days to respond.

    I'll keep you guys posted.
     
  16. Greg Alsobrook

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    I received my $60 check back in the mail today. No letter, no nothing. Just the check folded in half stuck in an envelope.
     
  17. kfcrosby

    kfcrosby Godfather

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    Interesting !

    That's supposed to buy you off right ??!!!??? :)
     
  18. SayWhat?

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    Keep the envelope with the postmark in case they decide to sue for the full amount.
     
  19. The Merg

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    So they actually sent you back your check for the service call, which you were completely willing to pay for?

    Now that's strange.

    - Merg
     
  20. Greg Alsobrook

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    Good idea. :lol:
     

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