k2bdeutmeyer Posted February 28, 2012 Share Posted February 28, 2012 Dear friend (we'll call her Jane) has a step daughter (we'll call her Molly) whose mother is a bit of a nut job. She has aliases, is a chronic shoplifter, schmoozer, and manipulator. Jane can't stand her (we'll call her Nut Job). Nut Job recently found out she had breast cancer - fairly advanced breast cancer. While I wouldn't wish that on anyway, and I do feel bad that she has breast cancer, I still don't care for the woman and what she's done to her family and daughter. Anyway, after Jane found out about Nut Job's cancer, she asked me if I would do a photo session of Nut Job and Molly. She's hired me for photo sessions before, knows my costs, has never received a discount, etc. I said I would. She told me up front that she wanted to purchase the CD from me. I told her then what the cost would be ($295 plus tax, making it $315 - I'm not here to discuss my reasoning for this pricing.....it is what it is and is in line with my business model). I did the session. Nut Job called Jane crying, because she was so pleased with the photos. I told Jane that I would offer her $25 off the CD and not include reference prints (because she has seen my print work before & I know that is a lot to spend for someone else) as well as give her a 10% friend discount (that I don't normally give to anyone). With tax, the total was going to be $260. She called me thereafter to tell me that she couldn't afford $260 right now (aka she didn't want to - which is perfectly understandable and fine) and that she would just talk to Nut Job and order prints. I said that was fine. Then, she texted me this morning to ask me if I would sell it to her for $150. I talked to DH and an industry friend. I offered to do it for $200 OR to sell her individual files at $25/file with a minimum purchase requirement of 5 files (or the $150 she was willing to spend - and my purchase minimum). I told her that I was sorry and that I really didn't want to make this hard for her. Her response was: "Let me think about it...cause I don't want to spend a lot on Nut Job. And I don't want either one of us to feel taken advantage of either." I felt awful thinking that she might be feeling taken advantage of, so I responded with: "I totally understand....I hope you don't feel like I'm trying to take advantage of you!! I don't ever want you to feel that way. Think it over & let me know." All she said was: "Ok. I have to discuss this option with DH." I feel sick to my stomach. She is a good friend and I HATE confrontation. Sigh. This is so hard. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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