Videographers computer stolen

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Paying for his time is besdies the fact.

What does your signed contract say?

 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would think you have legal right to the deposit back. The deposit is for his delivery of the final product, not just his time.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ajillity81:  What does your contract say? Most deposits are non-refundable.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

So he still has a copy of your video… and needs a computer to edit them?  What’s the problem?  Do you not want it anymore if he can’t get it to you by a certain deadline? 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Most deposits are non-refundable if you cancel, but not if they don’t provide the service. You could certainly take them to small claims court, but try and get the video first, the memories are worth it. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@ajillity81:  I would consider asking him for the copies of the raw footage immediately.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Usually a deposit is non-refundable even if there is an issue with the performance.  However, techcnically if you sued him for breach of contract you may be able to have the whole contract recinded (so basically it never existed) and you may get the contract back.  I don’t know where you’re located, which can make some difference, but I would say based on the facts you’re not likely to get it back even in court.

Because it is PROBABLE he will deliver the product eventually, and he DID attend your wedding and take the video you would have a tough argument.

I would suggest negotiating a deduction since the video is late, unless there is no delivery date in the contract in which case he has no legal obligation to delivery by a certain date.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ajillity81:  Well then since it doesn’t specify non-refundable, I’d say you could likely sue him for your deposit back.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If he’s still talking to your brother about it, seems like he will still deliver.  Even though it is unprofressional and rude for him not to contact you.  If he’s still dealing with insurance, I’d give it a little while.  But if you start mentioning that you want your deposit back, you’ll likely never see that video. If he’s talking to your brother, try having him ask about it?

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