Join Date: May 2012
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I've been around these boards for a couple years now. I am a SG vendor. Have been for about 6 years. I will not defend their underhanded practices. Yes, we have our problems. But, most of the problems we have are due to our own actions. Most, not all. Some are created by SG personnel.
Since A.J. has taken over they have created an environment that is somewhat hostile to contractors. They create new rules and requirements that are damn near impossible to follow.You pretty much have to be perfect in execution of every work order. They have teams of people that do nothing but scour completed work orders to find money they can charge-back to the contractor.
But, we invoiced almost a million dollars last year. Of that, the charge-backs totaled about 7.5K. Of that 7.5K I successfully argued about 3K in my favor and got that money back.
Are they 1st class @ssholes...you're damn skippy they are. But they have been made that way by contractors that don't play by the rules. I point no fingers, but I have first hand knowledge of at least two scum sucking contractors that I ran out of my area. They were stealing appliances, dehumidifiers, copper plumbing, and anything else that they could get their hands on.
SG is the biggest thief of them all. But you can make money working for them. It's just hard as Chinese arithmetic. If I could replace that income, I'd drop them like a hot rock.
Why do I continue to work for them? They pay me regular, and offer the best pricing I have been offered. Other than some local real estate work I do, but there's no volume.
That's my nickel's worth.
Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done . . ..things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.