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  • Taxidermy mistake, we pay or he pays?

    Haven't had much taxidermy work done so will ask this question here and see what responses I get.
    Say someone drops off more than one bear at the taxidermist. One to be mounted and the others to be tanned.
    After getting the mount back it is realized that the wrong bear was mounted. The mount and hide of the right bear were brought back to the taxidermist and he agrees that it was a mistake. Very nice guy and felt really bad.
    Wanting to get the right bear mounted, it is suggested that we pay for the mold to mount the right one. We have already paid the initial mounting fee.

    Is that a standard cost for a job that did not get finished as requested? I can see a point on both sides but again having limited experience here I would like some feedback.

    We will also be keeping the mount that was done initially.

    thanks

  • #2
    If I read this right, he's willing to moount the "right" bear for the cost of the mold? Things happen, he admits the mistake is willing to try and make it right without going broke. Plus you are going to keep the another bear. For the cost of the mold, I would go along with it. Its a good deal and you'll have two bears.

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    • #3
      that is right

      yeh you read it ight. That is what is going to be done. He was very apologetic about it, also he was a very nice guy to work with, and we will have two bears.
      My wife totally agrees with you. I some what agree, and some what think the mistake should be fixed on his part.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by plentycoupe View Post
        yeh you read it ight. That is what is going to be done. He was very apologetic about it, also he was a very nice guy to work with, and we will have two bears.
        My wife totally agrees with you. I some what agree, and some what think the mistake should be fixed on his part.
        Uh, I think that's what he's doing by offering another mount for the price of the mold. The obvious question here is what do you want him to do to make you happy?
        Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
        - Frank Zappa

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        • #5
          Having run a full time taxidermy shop , That sounds like a good deal the average black bear form cost around $500 and I charged An average of $4200 for a full size black bear . A mistake was made yes but he/she could of said I'll do the bear for half. But like Alasken said "The obvious question here is what do you want him to do to make you happy? " He/she is trying to do right. And you'll have 2 great looking bears. And folks will think your rich when they see 2 full body bear mounts
          PEOPLE SAY I HAVE A.D.D I DON'T UNDERSTA.....OH LOOK A MOOSE !!!

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          • #6
            life size?

            is it a full life size or a shoulder mount or what....either way you'd be coming out ahead
            "early to bed, early to rise, fish like hell, and make up lies"

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            • #7
              Fair Deal

              I have to agree with those that said take the deal. I know in my case, my taxidermist is my friend, I always tip him more than the charge, and mistakes happen. If your guy had botched the job that would be different. Buy the mold and everyone feels good.

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              • #8
                sounds good to me. Bottom line is my wife is already happy. I was second guessing the situation. but the taxiderist is a good guy and the deal is all my wifes anyway.
                it is a shoulder type mount.
                thanks for the input.

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                • #9
                  Could you pm who you used. Any business that does what it takes to make the customer happy I'll use.

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                  • #10
                    I agree

                    But being a taxidermist this should not happen. When a customer comes in they receive a job number. Say you bring me two bears and a deer, each one get they're own job number(this customer would get 3 numbers). I take a leather punch and put this job number permanently on the hide or cape. They are small holes that you would not see unless you knew what you where looking for. On bears I put them down on the right leg, where it meets the belly. The tannery should be doing the same, but in a different spot. The job number goes on the work order with instructions on what is being done with each job number.

                    So in saying this, this kind of mistake should not happen, now if this was to happen to me I would eat all cost. Bottom line for me is to give my customer what they pay for. I am not saying what the other guy did is right or wrong, this is just how I would handle the situation...
                    Alaska Mountin' Man Taxidermy
                    North Pole, Ak 99705
                    (907) 488-7083

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                    • #11
                      I would take the deal.Mistakes happen on evey type of work even though they should not.
                      Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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                      • #12
                        My take is you should AT LEAST get what you paid for - your bear mounted....what to do with the incorrectly mounted bear? negotiable I would think. Good luck on a mutually satisfactory final arrangement.
                        "Actions speak louder than words - 'nough said"

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                        • #13
                          just food for thought

                          Some other things to take into consideration are what was the size difference of the beasr? How happy are you with the mount on hand? how much are you looking at paying for the? My take is that if the mold doesn't cost too much, go with it. All in all, I think that the man is trying to what any other business man would do and that is ensure that the customer is happy, in order to keep your business.

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                          • #14
                            And if you take the deal you now have a taxedermist that will probably bend over backwards for you in the future.
                            If you can afford it I'd say take the deal. If the kids are going to go without shoes because of the extra money take the deal but tell him you'll have to stretch it out in payments for a year.
                            Vance in AK.

                            Matthew 6:33
                            "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

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                            • #15
                              Having done taxidermy work as a hobby I have some idea of the costs and work involved. I think he's making you a very generous offer, although I can't think of any other way to rectify the situation. I just know that many other taxidermy horror stories don't end nearly as well as yours will. Your glass is definitely half full.
                              Mark

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