(Closed) A deal or a scam?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@metalbride:  Looks like it is $3200.00 including gratuity, but if you are not sure I would just ask him. It sounds like he gave you the total cost broken down and then the cost he would do it at for a discount. Just make sure you have all of this included in the event order/contract and you should be fine. If he is the owner he can give you great deals like this, if he isn’t I would verify it with the owner/manager in charge. 

Post # 4
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I wouldn’t deal with him, personally. If he’s willing to do it under the table, it makes me wonder what else he does that isn’t kosher.  It would make me uncomfortable.

Post # 5
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hm. This might be naive, but to me it looks like he’s working within your price point, or trying to.

Are you legally obligated to make sure he’s reporting the taxable amount from the contract? (ie, is this your problem?)  I know for other contractors – photog, DJ – I’m not paying tax, just the flat rate, which they presumably handle in their income tax filing.

Post # 6
46416 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ask him to clarify what he means.

Post # 7
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I read that as $3200 total PLUS the gratuity and HST. Did he get good reviews/have you looked him up with BBB? Would you still have a contract if it was a cash, “under the table” (as you said) deal? I’d definitely do some more research before making a decision and trust your gut– if something feels wrong/illegal/sketchy you’re probably right!

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