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Argument with the wood guy -- Need opinions

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by dave11, Aug 6, 2009.

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  1. ansehnlich1

    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

    Dec 5, 2006
    Adams County, PA

    I've burned hmmmm, let's see, over 4 cord of seasoned wood since this thread was started late last summer.....

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  2. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

    Oct 27, 2008
    Hamilton, IL
    i know this is an old thread, but i'd have shoved the stacked wood over and told the douches to come and get it.
  3. dave11

    dave11 Minister of Fire

    May 25, 2008
    Western PA
    Since I'd had trouble with wood dealers in the past, I clicked on this thread to see what was the story, and discovered it was my own thread from last summer!

    Someone's been busy in the archives.

    If anyone wants follow-up on the original problem, I called PA WAM a second time and sent another email. Got an apology from a supervisor, then was called by one of the inspectors. He listened to the story and said: "Well, the guy's confused or dishonest, but either way, we won't be able to prove anything." He said he'd call the guy and get back to me, but of course he never did.

    So that's where it ended. I think the best advice to give to folks is to assume every wood seller is either mistaken or dishonest in how they sell wood, and assume you will be cheated, either intentionally or accidentally. If you are lucky enough to find a good seller, he probably won't be around for long.
  4. Jake

    Jake Member

    Dec 11, 2005
    nw burbs of Chi

  5. SpeakEasy

    SpeakEasy Member

    Nov 30, 2009
    Western NY
    I've had somewhat similar experience with two out of the three people I've bought wood from this year. The interesting thing is, I told each of them that I'm looking for a reliable, long-term wood supplier and that I'll be buying quite a bit of wood each year. I've made it clear that if they made me happy, I'd be a repeat and repeat and repeat customer. I figured that might carry some weight with them. Unfortunately, I guess most people would rather have an immediate sale and the heck with long-term. That's too bad.

    My final situation is to fall back on a guy I've bought campfire wood from for years. He is honest and will give me full cords, but only sells green wood. I'm buying now for next year.

    The first year is a pain.

  6. Adkjake

    Adkjake Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Adirondack High Peaks
    I came late to this thread, interesting back and forth. one avenue of redress I haven't seen brought up
    is Small Claims Court. I've used it three times with varying success.
    1. Filed the claim and suit, business I was suing didn't even bother to show up. Summary judgement.
    Now the hard part. collecting. Had to make a myself a pain in the butt to the county sheriff. but come
    election time, got their attention. Deputy and I go to the business, either pay the claim or we confiscate
    something of similar value. They fork over the cash.

    2. Filed the claim, subpeona them. they realize cost of going to court is more than damages I'm seeking,
    they settle.

    3. File suit, go to court, again guy doesn't show up. He's since closed that business and is now operating under
    anohter name. Judge tells me I need to make the nexus, I keep dropping paper on the guy, might as well make
    his life miserable. We'll see how this one plays out.

    If you have some spare time, and some moxy, not a bad way to go.
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