(Closed) Tailor won't let me pay for alterations

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Keep using them. I’m sure they will start charging you eventually.

Post # 4
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Happy7:  it is a kind gesture so you still should use him as your tailor, otherwise its a bit sad he did work for free as a kind gesture for you and you never go back to him because of it.  Maybe give him some chocolates to say thanks instead.

Post # 5
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@traveller:  I agree. Keep using him and give him a gift in return. 

Post # 6
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It sounds like he was trying to make up for the first dress not fitting, even if it wasn’t his fault. I say thank him, not profusely, don’t make a big deal about it and continue to use his business. He’s trying to build a repitoire with you. Sing his praises to anyone in your area that is looking for a tailor.

Post # 7
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - Garden

I agree, small businesses depend on customer loyalty. He’s trying to do the right thing by you so that you go back and you recommend his services to other people. I would take some chocolates or another small gift, maybe even a card to thank him for his work. Definitely keep going to him if you need a tailor!

Post # 8
3639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think that if you take in anything but your wedding dress then he will charge. Just to be sure I would jokingly say “You can’t say it’s a wedding gift this time so I’m definitely paying!” or something similar.

It’s a nice way to “repay” his kindness by giving him more of your business.

Post # 9
1077 posts
Bumble bee

@Everdeen:  +1

Repeat business and some glowing reviews online would be the best response! I wouldn’t mention the free alterations online though, just that he did a good job and is friendly. 

Post # 10
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Keep giving his business; write a great review on Yelp for him!



Post # 11
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

keep giving him business and lots of good reviews by word of mouth. A local business helps out my family many times because he knows it will bring in more business.

Post # 12
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would take him a nice gift basket with sweets, fruits or something like that. And then let him know you want to pay for his service and refuse to let him do anymore work for free. lol

Post # 13
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m sure he’s just trying to “make up” for not being able to work with the first one. The last thing a small business needs is somebody goinglaround town telling a “I took my dress to this random hole in the wall shop and he didn’t even have a clue how to fix it” story around town out of context.  The best thing you can do is tell him you’re pleased, and refer him to others. I’m sure he’ll charge you if you bring in other items. 

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