Today we have a guest blog by Disc Jockey Randy Bartlett of Premier Entertainment & Video in Sacremento. Every South Bend bride and groom should keep in mind that if the price seems to be too good to be true, it can cost you heartbreak.
You can watch video of the couple who were ripped off here Call Kurtis: My Photo Booth Was A No-Show at My Wedding. Where’s My Refund?
While no couple, no matter what price they pay, “deserves” to have a no show vendor at their wedding, at some point, I’d love to see one of these stories where they tell “the rest of the story.”
This couple bought something at 1/2 the normal price. There’s a reason legitimate Photo Booth companies charge a fair and reasonable price. The booth is very expensive to purchase, maintain, deliver and operate and there should be a reasonable amount for profit.
$450 won’t do it. When you buy anything at far below market value, you have to ask yourself WHY they are selling it so far below everyone else. Are there bargains to be had? Of course – but every time I see one of these stories, it looks so predictable.
I get at least 2-3 calls every month from some whose DJ “bailed out on them.” Upon further investigation, they were paying a ridiculously low price, no contracts, never met them, all over the phone and their decision was based on nothing but price.
If you choose this type of “bargain,” you simply have to ask yourself: “What is my risk tolerance? Am I ok losing this money and/or having it turn out exactly like the reasonably priced vendors told me it would? Am I willing to risk this to save a few bucks?
If so, go for it. But I have little sympathy when these things go exactly as predicted.
Randy Bartlett is the owner and operator of Premier Entertainment in Sacramento CA