Any chance she wasn't cheated?


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Old 11-22-22, 08:46 AM
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Any chance she wasn't cheated?

My best friend died 4 months ago, leaving his widow a house and not much more. Last week she noticed her bathtub faucet was leaking. I live 100 miles away and couldn't help so she called a plumber. He replaced the cartdidge, spent 90 minutes and charged her $700. I can't get to more than $250, even allowing for the full 90 minutes. Can someone explain how the total could get so high. The faucet was not replaced and no work on the wall, itself, was needed.
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Old 11-22-22, 09:44 AM
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If you ask the plumber he would say that she wasn't cheated but to me it looks like he was just taking advantage of a widow.

Years ago I was a member of an electrical forum. An electrician posted about a call where there was no power from a bathroom receptacle. He said that he told the owner that she needed a new GFI and he spent a half hour in her bathroom when in fact all that he did was reset the GFI. He bragged about how he charged her for being stupid. I was amazed at how many responses agreed with him.
 
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Old 11-22-22, 09:54 AM
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In general I would say that price is excessive. Like you I'm thinking more in the sub $250 range. In my area it's normal for a service call to be $75-125 with most being about $100. Then maybe they had to pop out to get the cartridge, put on their markup on top of the retail price and I still can't get the parts over $100. That puts my estimate at around $200 in my low lost, rural market. I'm sure a plumber in midtown Manhattan would be considerably more expensive but it's still hard to get to $700.
 
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Old 11-22-22, 01:26 PM
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Thanks for the input.
 
 

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