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bad taxidermy

Postby mdfowlman » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:10 am

So i picked up my wood duck the other day. Its awful. At first look it wasnt bad. After further inspection the head and neck conjunction is awful. There is overspray from the bill on the breast. It looks like crap. Im calling the taxi today to address this. How should i go about it? At this point he can keep the bird i want my money back.
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Re: bad taxidermy

Postby duxrus » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:46 am

.....after you left with it "happy" they really don't have to make it right IMO. I never have understood why people wait to "complain" about accepted work after the fact. The time to speak up is BEFORE you pay for it. Now don't take this the wrong way, you shouldn't have to pay for bad work but you did pay your bill without a word, correct.

Your problem is "demanding" your money back. They have every right to tell you to stick it since you did walk out of their shop with that work, good or bad. Since they apparently are turning out sub-par work they probably don't care about return business or worry about someone taliing down their quality so......

I would call (or go by) and tell them after having a chance to look at the mount , you just aren't happy with it (point out why). Let them offer you a solution (money back...partial or all, a free mount, etc....) See what "they " say first. At that point if they don't offer anything you can tell them to shove it. If they offer up something then you can decide to accept it or not. As far as getting your money back, you are at their mercy since you didn't speak up on the front end.

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Re: bad taxidermy

Postby The Waterfowler » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:59 am

Brian is spot on with his reply. You should never leave a place of business and/or pay for something that is sub-par. If you didn't pay a deposit you could have just said no thanks and walked out. You have to examine anything you buy before you pay for it and that applys to any item. Ultimately it is your responsibility to examine anything before you pay for it. Sadly this is typical of taxidermist that don't specialize in waterfowl or deer heads or fish and just do whatever comes in. In this day and time there are many specialists in the taxidermy business and take this as a lesson learned if they won't make it right. Your only recourse if they won't give your money back is probably filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Remember Caveat Emptor, let the buyer beware.
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Re: bad taxidermy

Postby treefrog » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:06 am

how much did you spend on the bird if you don't mind me asking.
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Re: bad taxidermy

Postby mdfowlman » Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:21 am

Lesson learned. I just spoke to him. He apologized and offered to mount another bird or deer head free of charge to rectify this issue. He does good work on deer so i may take him up on his offer. My next duck will be sent out to one of the sponsors of this site. Theyre little pricey but you get what you pay for.
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Re: bad taxidermy

Postby duxrus » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:07 pm

mdfowlman wrote:Lesson learned. I just spoke to him. He apologized and offered to mount another bird or deer head free of charge to rectify this issue. He does good work on deer so i may take him up on his offer. My next duck will be sent out to one of the sponsors of this site. Theyre little pricey but you get what you pay for.



You would be amazed how many "bad duck mount stories" begin with that statement.... :lol3: Someone once replied..."would you take your car to a bicycle shop" :grooving:
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Re: bad taxidermy

Postby MissedAgain » Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:08 pm

You really have to check the guy's work out with multiple references and lots of mounts viewed (pictures work). If the mounts do not look alive, go somewhere else. Some guys are really, really good and well worth the money.
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Re: bad taxidermy

Postby Cujo1 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:24 pm

MissedAgain wrote:You really have to check the guy's work out with multiple references and lots of mounts viewed (pictures work). If the mounts do not look alive, go somewhere else. Some guys are really, really good and well worth the money.

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Re: bad taxidermy

Postby captmike69 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:22 pm

MissedAgain wrote:(pictures work). If the mounts do not look alive, go somewhere else. .


what if its a dead mount? :huh:
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Re: bad taxidermy

Postby mdfowlman » Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:37 pm

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Re: bad taxidermy

Postby Slack Tide » Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:06 pm

Option #1 leave it on the counter and tell them that it sucks...

Option #2 Tell them that you are going to post a picture of that gangly woody on every forum you find WITH the name and address of the Taxi..........if they dont make it right.
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