Post # 1
I need some advice… If a vendor runs off with your money and contract…. is there anything you can do to get the deposit back? I took my e-pics with them too and still havent gotten them back. And just found out last night that they closed down because they owe people money.
Has this happen to you? What can i do?? Please help!
Post # 3
Oh my goodness, that’s awful! I think your first step would be to contact your local Better Business Bureau – they should be able to help you out with how to proceed. Hopefully they can give some advice on how to take them to small claims court . . .
Post # 4
It sort of makes it difficult because its someone we know. I wish we didnt have to go that far but i guess worst comes to worst i can do that. But even with a contract and all do you think i’ll be able to get my money back? All i really want is my pictures and my deposits so i can go off with another vendor.
ahh this is so crazy. i cant believe i’m going throu something like this!
Post # 5
I wouldn’t treat them any differently just because you know them personally. They promised you a service for money and they took your money and didn’t give you the pictures. You are going to have to go to court in order to get that money back and the pictures.
Post # 6
Worst case is you’ll need to take them to small claims court, which isn’t really as awful as it sounds. If you have a contract and proof that they did not provide you with what you needed, the court will rule in your favor. The hard part after that will be getting your money from them. But sometimes even just sending them a certified letter, cc’ing a lawyer, will be enough to scare them into giving you your money back.
Post # 7
You should be able to get the pictures, and legally you should be able to get the deposit. Your only problem is that you can’t squeeze water from a stone. If they have no money, you are kind of screwed. I would start the legal process as soon as possible so you get a first crack at the person. You can always drop the legal part if you reach a negotiated solution.
Post # 8
I had a similar problem with a wedding I was in. The dress shop went under. However, we had to start with filing a police report for theft/fraud. And only then could we go after them in small claims. I ended up just losing my deposit and going to another store.
One of my BMs used a friendor for videography two years ago and still doesn’t have a video.
But if you signed a contract, that may help your legal cause for fraud or theft. It’ll prove that the “friendor” has an end of the bargin to uphold.