Miscellaneous Fees

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I am a straight forward person. I pay my bills as soon as I receive them and I like to be billed promptly. I have found lately many service providers are adding "miscellaneous fees" onto their bills. When I inquire about these charges I am advised that they are for "rags and such". Excuse me? Isn't that the cost of doing business? Two weeks ago the local garage charged $12.00 for this, and my oil and propane provider does this as well for servicing my boiler. I am taken back and appalled by this. If your rates aren't sufficient to cover your supplies, then raise your rates but please don't nickel and dime me for your cost of providing service. I get annoyed by folks who don't disclose and then add surprise charges. Rant over.

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Rainmaker
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Scott. It just really makes me angry.       Sheila

Jan 10, 2017 07:20 AM #7
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Sheila Anderson
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Hi Charita and thank you.        Sheila

Jan 10, 2017 07:21 AM #8
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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Like you said Sheila, cost of doing business! That would be like me charging for the paper I use for reports!

Jan 10, 2017 08:02 AM #9
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
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I am with you 100% on this one.  Don't try to sneak in more fees on the sly and hope that no one will notice.

Jan 10, 2017 09:35 AM #10
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

It is like real estate brokers adding a flat fee component which is then called commission but not shared with their agents, everyone in our market does it and dirves consumers mad.

Jan 10, 2017 09:42 AM #11
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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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I totally agree with you I want to know the cost at once not after adding all the surcharge which should have been added to the bill to begin with.

Jan 10, 2017 09:49 AM #12
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Exactly Janice. TY       Sheila

Jan 10, 2017 09:51 AM #13
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Hello Belinda. Apparently they think it is OK here. NOT. TY     Sheila

Jan 10, 2017 09:52 AM #14
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Sheila Anderson
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Hi Nick and Trudy. That is outrageous and I wouldn't put up with it.       Sheila

Jan 10, 2017 09:53 AM #15
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Sheila Anderson
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My view exactly Pat. TY    Sheila

Jan 10, 2017 09:54 AM #16
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon Sheila,

Having come from the auto industry I became aware of this back in the 80's.

It is mostly done so that when quoting a particular job the price was in line with the competition.

There were some industries when fuel costs were higher had a surcharge and it has not gone away.

I agree it sould be figured into the price of doing business.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 10, 2017 12:00 PM #17
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Thank you Raymond. I still hate it.       Sheila

Jan 10, 2017 12:05 PM #18
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'm with you.  I'd rather see one fee than a big one and a bunch of small b.s. fees.

Jan 10, 2017 01:18 PM #19
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
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Sheila, Amen to what you said in your post. This practice is becoming more wide spread and crosses several industries. It makesd me mad when it happens.. 

Jan 10, 2017 02:43 PM #20
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
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Sheila ageed. I see this more with our biz cell phone bills and Gary seem to have to deal with them every couple of months.

Jan 10, 2017 03:38 PM #21
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Thanks Chris Ann.       Sheila

Jan 10, 2017 03:53 PM #22
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Sheila Anderson
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Me too Bob. I just don't get it.        Sheila

Jan 10, 2017 03:54 PM #23
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Hello Anna. It makes no sense at all. TY       Sheila

Jan 10, 2017 03:55 PM #24
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It seems they have taken a lesson from the airline industry which nickles and dimes you for baggage and other tacked on "services."

Jan 10, 2017 06:46 PM #25
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Carol Williams
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Totally agree, Sheila Anderson !

Jan 10, 2017 08:06 PM #26
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