Ok... I'm a bit confused. Maybe this is Obama Math....
Originally Posted By DarkEarth:
Oh really? Lets do some math.
3. hours drive wasted, Charges me 80. to ruin a brand new barrel, setting me back 3 to 4 months from finishing the gun. Granted..PITA, good luck getting anyplace to recognize your "drive time", do you expect anyone that provides you service to be next door? I'd just manup on the drive time cost.... Sometimes in life...S––- Happens.
Now I've got to pay someone to.
1) rebarrel the upper 50. to 75.
2) Re-pin/weld the TWO supressors he did for me 70. to 100
3) Cut thread and re-crown the damaged barrel to get it ready for resale 50. to 100.
4) And all associated shipping.
Do you really think im going to come out ahead?
Factor in the time its going to take to accomplish all this effort to make it right and im still losing pretty bad.
Bushmaster sells these barrels for 205. brand new, so figure i'll get 200. back out of the damaged barrel. Benefit by any means I do not.
NOW LETS SAY HE KEEPS THE DAMAGED BARREL.
He refunds me 160. (cost for two pinned flashiders, both of which need to be re-pinned), and gives me a replacement barrel that cost him 205. Now he's out 205. and I have a new barrel 4 months later right? So he's down 205. and then sells the damaged barrel for 205. HE BRAKES EVEN.
While I still have to pay for the replacement to be installed, shipping, re-pinning of both flashiders. This makes ZERO sense from a customer service standpoint. Im left screwed, overcharged, delayed inconvenienced and STILL having to pay out money to correct my firearms. While he gets to brake even? No way.
You turned in your rifle to get worked. Smith screwed up... I'll grant that. But lets see here.
1. You stated that he did $160 worth of work for your two pins. (Are you going to pay the Smith for the $160 worth of work he did do and you now you get to keep?) I'm not sure where your $80 came from, but give you benefit that the Smith still wants somethig for some of the "good" work he did. Smith out $80 ($160 for pin work - $80 for ?
2. He is getting you a barrel at "his" cost. He is eating that cost for his screw-up. Smith out $205
So, at the moment, the Smith is out $285. You get your rifle & barrel back, (Not rebarreled (Smith should do this for you free, but it's your decision to have it done by someone else).)
Let's say he did keep the barrel. He will fix the barrel himself (his time & effort $0 cost), and then he sells it for say $225. He is out some of his time/effort and is still out $60.
Here's what you get.
1. You get your rifle back & a new barrel. You need to have it rebarred $75
2. You still need Pin work done again. (Smith refunded you $80 (#1 above) so your cost for the pin work is $80
So, for $155
out of your pocket, you are getting the rifle and work you orignally wanted done as was going to pay $160? (Grated you have had a PITA experience, but now you want to profit from it?)
So, now if you keep the barrel:
1. You have to pay $100 to be able to sell it. And you sell the barrel for $225. So, you are going to make $125. (Is this for pain & suffering?)
The way if figure it, the Smith now has a crappy rep, is out at least $280 (if he does not get the barrel) (If he keeps the barrel, his is still out about $60).
You basically break even if you dont get the barrel (I know you have some shipping cost and your time & delay... Just try to get that out of most courts.) And if you keep the barrel, you will make some $$$ out of the situation.
What I would offer is to split any $$$ the old barrel would bring in with both you and the Smith. Because, I could see that the Smith might just say... Hey, you got your stuff back, so I get to keep the barrel.