Doing business with Masons

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Lowcarbjc, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    The last business dealing I had with a Brother soured me against ever doing it again. Bait and switch is not a Masonic Tenet.
     
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  2. Winter

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    Been there as well. Just because a man is a Mason doesn't mean he is a good business operator. I'll stick with Google reviews!
     
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  3. David612

    David612 Registered User

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    Being a mason means I’ll consider you for work, if there’s a better candidate he gets the job.
     
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  4. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

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    Someone said they would do business with a "brother" even if he cost a bit more. Why should the mason paying for the services or product not get a good deal or special treatment? I'm going with what works out best for me and mine. If the "mason" business owner can't give his "brothers" a good deal (and even ripping them off in some cases) then he's the one being a poor example of how masons should support each other, not the masons that go elsewhere.

    Nobody should feel pressure or shamed into doing business with someone that has only the intent of ripping others off. I know car salesman MM and I'm not fully confident at all he wouldn't rip me off to make an extra buck on a sale.
     
  5. Brother_Steve

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    There is a LinkedIn - like site out there already.

    As to doing business with masons , for the most part: yes.

    It must be their business and they must be proficient. I don't expect a break and I expect it to be done in a timely manner.

    Same goes for friends and family. If my brother owned an auto repair shop, my car would be going there so long as he fit my conditions outlined above.

    It's nice when you know people who have your interests in mind.
     
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  6. David612

    David612 Registered User

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    I think the expectation is that the mason you employ will do his best work, not that they should damage their livelihood to give a Brother a discount.
     
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  7. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

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    Nor should they be trying to make a quick buck based on the trust you have in them to be fair.
     
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  8. jermy Bell

    jermy Bell Registered User

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    Soooooo, the level and square means what again ?
     
  9. Keith C

    Keith C Registered User

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    All things being equal, I would chose a Brother over another potential provider.

    There are Brothers in my Lodge who I would go to for work on my home who would NOT be the lowest bidder on any job they might be in the running for, but their level of craftsmanship and the way they work and how they stand behind their work would be worth more. That being said the work I have had them do did cost more than the competitive bids, but was discounted off of their normal fees, and they were willing to have me buy the materials myself (as my Son-in-Law is in sales for a Building Supply company and gets me the materials at cost.) It is like most things, you get what you pay for. Another Brother who is a professional photographer did the photography for my Son's Wedding. Having used him in the past before I was a Mason, I know he gave a significant discount, but he was still a bit above what others in the area charge. For the quality of work, however, again, you get what you pay for.
     
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