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Tipping Point.

I totally forgot what I wanted to ask you guys!

I have proper movers coming with all the crap I moved from Pittsburgh, but I'm also hiring a smaller, local company to move the stuff I have here, mainly because I'm going from a fourth floor walkup to a fourth floor walkup, and also because one of the things that needs carried up and down eight flights of stairs is an air conditioner.

The local movers are charging me $300. Highway robbery, but, like I said, I don't want to carry an air conditioner up and down that many stairs. Now here's my question: When I booked the company, the man told me tipping was encouraged (this is the complete opposite of the company I used for the big move, who explicitly told me "don't tip -- these guys are getting paid.")

So my question: How much do I tip? It's a $300 job, and I have no idea if there will be two guys or three guys or what. Do I just tip 10% or 20% and divide it equally among the guys? Hand the cash to one guy and be done with it? Or should everyone get a specific amount?

I'm clueless. Somebody tell me what to do.


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Sep. 29th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I'd give a nice Andrew Jackson to each of the three guys, preferably directly into their individual hands.

About the air conditioner, keep in mind they will likely have a utility dolly that can make moving a refrigerator no more challenging than a box of books.
Sep. 29th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Is your answer the same if there are two guys (or six guys)? I'm guessing there will be three, but I don't know for sure.
Sep. 29th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Not necessarily. Twenty bucks each for six guys would be a bit much. Unlike restaurant tips, this isn't something you can easily estimate at 15 or 20%. My 20 dollar recommendation is more of a nice, round number.
Sep. 29th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
If it's two guys, I'd say 20 bucks a head. 3 or more, 10 bucks a head. Keep an extra tenner on hand if one of the guys is obviously doing more.

And, as noted above, give directly to the individuals.

Edited at 2010-09-29 08:39 am (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
I have tipped $100 (for 4 people) on $500 when movers did a fantabulous job, and nothing on $400 when they did a shitty job (that went over as well as expected). If they're quoting $300 and you say it's not that much stuff, that doesn't sound like a 6-man crew. And if you can tip each person individually, that sounds ideal, but it's a lot of small bills to have in pocket given all the mathematical permutations of how many people there might be and how much you might want to give each (not knowable until the day of).
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
I'm a person who tends to over-tip people working in restaurants, so I don't know what to tell you. I used to over-tip when I barely had money to spend. I don't know why.

I like the $20 a head idea - and tip each one individually.
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