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Do you tip your freight/delivery guy (and other best practices for pin delivery)


By lowepg

7 years ago



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    #1 7 years ago

    Finally got notice my ACDC Premium is scheduled for delivery tomorrow

    (the ONLY way to get me excited about April 15th in YEARs!)

    Just curious if you all that are "old-hat" at buying these NIB pins are generally tipping your freight guy (assuming the thing isn't trashed!) and if so, how much?

    Also, does anyone open it ASAP to check for damage? Or simply inspect the box condition?

    Lastly, my gameroom is around the back of my house. it's down a gentle slope, into a walk-in basement. You think I could bribe the delivery guy to cart it back there (across the lawn ).

    #2 7 years ago

    I've never gotten a NIB pin, but I've had some delivered.

    If he gives you great service, and took care of your machine, I would personally tip $20-$40. If he brings it around back, toss in some more based on how hard it ended up being.

    I firmly believe in tipping, especially for jobs that you could do yourself (like taking it around back). Even if you never see that guy again, I'm sure he will appreciate it.

    #3 7 years ago

    If the service was good yes.

    If damage to box I'd inspect before I sign anything or before they leave. Otherwise I'd inspect ASAP.

    Depends on delivery guy and company, some companies may not allow it. If he hauls it around back, bigger tip.

    LTG : )

    #4 7 years ago
    Quoted from lowepg:

    Finally got notice my ACDC Premium is scheduled for delivery tomorrow
    (the ONLY way to get me excited about April 15th in YEARs!)
    Just curious if you all that are "old-hat" at buying these NIB pins are generally tipping your freight guy (assuming the thing isn't trashed!).
    Also, does anyone open it ASAP to check for damage? Or simply inspect the box condition?
    Lastly, my gameroom is around the back of my house. it's down a gentle slope, into a walk-in basement. You think I could bribe the delivery guy to cart it back there (across the lawn ).

    I currently have 8 pins in my walkout basement. I have flagstone steps which go down the South side of my house to the basement and yes I always tip (2 guys) to have them bring it down very carefully.

    Since the movers are not required to deliver it down stairs (or a slope) to your walkout basement you need to negotiate up front with them and let them know how much you will be tipping them to move it to your walkout basement. I have never had a problem getting the guys to bring it down the stairs after I let them know how much I will be tipping them ($25-$30 per mover for a total of $50-$60).

    The movers also lift the machine onto a couple of padded bar stools and stay while I put the legs on the pin and then they lift it off of the padded bar stools and place it onto the floor and from there I put furniture movers under each leg and can easily slide the pin into its proper place in my lineup. It really works pretty well. If I had to hire a couple of guys off the street to come over to my house to carry the pin down the stairs to my walkout basement it would likely cost more than $50-$60 and I wouldn't be getting professional movers either.

    After spending several thousand dollars on a NIB machine or a restoration, spending another $50-$60 to tip 2 delivery guys to go above and beyond is well worth it to ensure that my new machine arrives without any dings on it.

    Gord

    #5 7 years ago

    I offered them $20 to take a machine down once, they agreed. They had a really hard time and I felt bad so I gave them $40. Next time ill take it down myself. Super nice guys, we always shoot the shit for a while but I don't see the need to tip on a driveway delivery.

    In house, maybe.

    #6 7 years ago

    Yes- I would definitively offer some extra $$$$ for them to bring it around to the walkout basement entrance...

    One thing I'm concerned about is- I don't have a paved walkway to it- its across grass.... might not be super 2-wheel-dolly-friendly.

    hmmm, maybe some scrap plywood that I could shuffle ahead of it for the wheels of the dolly....

    #7 7 years ago

    Unless you have some really thick grass, I think a dolly would be fine. I would probably go with $40 personally.

    #8 7 years ago

    Only if I ask for a service that has not already been paid for.

    Bringing it inside or unwrapping or having to walk any distance from the street with it etc.

    For those things of course seems the only right thing to do. But otherwise no they are paid by the hour and I already paid for the job. Free drinks if they want one for the road otherwise nada.

    #9 7 years ago

    I've tipped the guys even when picking up a pin to be shipped. A little extra $ gets that extra special attention and these guys work hard.

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    #10 7 years ago

    You should never feel obligated to tip someone who is just doing their job.

    #11 7 years ago

    $20-$40 pending if its going in the house or garage or if they pack it.
    Same two dudes that really do a great job everytime.

    #12 7 years ago

    As a freight guy....tips are always appreciated. Remember if you didn't pay for accesserials (I.E inside delivery) the drivers job ends once it is off his liftgate. Curbside means just that, curbside...anything other than that the driver is helping you out of the kindness of their heart......well trying to get a little compansation. Magic Mike you should know what someones job is before assuming and should probably stick to dock pickup. I have a passion for pinball and car stuff so I treat these items with a little extra whiteglove service....thanks to all the guys that have tipped me....my family and I appreciated it.......to guys like Magic Mike....yes I am calling you a tightwad MF under my breath when I am walking away. Your not obligated but neither is the driver to bring your heavy machine any further than the end of your drive.

    #13 7 years ago
    Quoted from Magic_Mike:

    You should never feel obligated to tip someone who is just doing their job.

    true. buy their "job" ends at dropping it at the end of a 50ft driveway at the curb.... if they do more- i think its fair to pay more.

    #14 7 years ago

    I like them to just get it off the lift gate. No tip as I expect or ask nothing. One time the guy was sad because he said he was hoping to take it in and see it. Sadly I was in a rush and just prefer doing it myself.
    I always offer drinks and restroom.

    #15 7 years ago

    Always a $20 for any delivery guy at my house- no matter what it is.

    When I was college age - mid '80's, the 'greatest Generation' was in their '60's... Always gentlemen, and always a tip no matter what you did for them...I always remember that and tip always...nowadays everybody just sucks...'just doing their job' ... More like you guys are just pricks

    #16 7 years ago

    Living in Australia I've never tipped anybody in my life as we don't do that here. I can see offering them a bit of cash if they are helping outside the scope of the usual job though so yeah If I had a delivery to be moved a long way I might ask them if they'll help move it for a $20. I'm not really a tight wad but just confused as in our culture it isn't done.

    I still don't really understand the culture in the U.S of everyone expecting tips for everything they do, I've been told it's because some jobs have low wages but it also seems decently paid people get tipped for some jobs too? How do you know who to tip, do you tip your accountant? what about for a hair cut? Not sure how people work out who to tip and who not to tip.

    -1
    #17 7 years ago

    Regardless of if you tip or not lowepg.....enjoy that sweet pin, great choice in a NIB. pinmanguy...I do tip for a hair cut...I have the same guy, that does a good job cut my hair, as my childrens hair also.....not the guy you wanna get cheap on when he is doing a great job....no tip this time and I could end up uglier than I am on the next haircut. Tip me this time for hustling your pin with care up your drive or even inside, and you will get great service if and when you get the next one....don't tip and your pin will be curbsided next time even if your wife has to babysit it at the end of your driveway til you get home......Cheers

    #18 7 years ago
    Quoted from Wickedquickss:

    Regardless of if you tip or not lowepg.....enjoy that sweet pin, great choice in a NIB. pinmanguy...I do tip for a hair cut...I have the same guy, that does a good job cut my hair, as my childrens hair also.....not the guy you wanna get cheap on when he is doing a great job....no tip this time and I could end up uglier than I am on the next haircut. Tip me this time for hustling your pin with care up your drive or even inside, and you will get great service if and when you get the next one....don't tip and your pin will be curbsided next time even if your wife has to babysit it at the end of your driveway til you get home......Cheers

    see that makes me think the systems even wierder? In other words people aren't really tipping for above average service, they are tipping out of fear that they will get below average service if they don't tip?

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    #20 7 years ago
    Quoted from lowepg:

    true. buy their "job" ends at dropping it at the end of a 50ft driveway at the curb.... if they do more- i think its fair to pay more.

    When was the last time you tipped someone in the military?

    How about a school teacher?

    I'm sorry, but I'm not tipping some truck driver who is already getting paid $70K ~ $80K a year!

    #21 7 years ago

    If you're buying a $7k pinball game, you can afford to kick the delivery guy $20...

    #22 7 years ago

    I give them $20 a piece....

    #23 7 years ago
    Quoted from Magic_Mike:

    I'm sorry, but I'm not tipping someone who is already getting paid $70K ~ $80K a year!

    Way different than a delivery guy dropping off a game.

    Quoted from pinmanguy:

    In other words people aren't really tipping for above average service, they are tipping out of fear that they will get below average service if they don't tip?

    No, you're tipping as long as the guy was on-time and helped in anyway for delivering a 300lb box.

    It seems like a lot of people that don't tip lower earning jobs, like a delivery guy or server/waiter/etc/etc, have never worked one of these positions in their life (generalization I know, but if you have had to schlep other peoples crap you'll know what I'm talking about).

    #24 7 years ago
    Quoted from Wickedquickss:

    kindness of their heart......well trying to get a little compansation. Magic Mike you should know what someones job is before assuming and should probably stick to dock pickup. I have a passion for pinball and car stuff so I treat these items with a little extra whiteglove service....thanks to all the guys that have tipped me....my family and I appreciated it.......to guys like Magic Mike....yes I am calling you a tightwad MF under my breath when I am walking away. Your not obligated but neither is the driver to bring your heavy machine any further than the end of your drive.

    1. First off, I pick up all of my games from the dock or at the person's home.

    2. If a person can't pick up one of my games, I will drive it to them *free of charge.* I have driven games as far as six hours one way!

    3. I don't go through life expecting tips and favortism. I just try to do what's right.

    4. When was the last time you did someone a favor without expecting something in return???

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    #25 7 years ago
    Quoted from Nibbles:

    Way different than a delivery guy dropping off a game.

    How about the UPS man busting has ass all day in the hot sun and the cold of winter?

    The UPS man makes *deliveries* too and works a LOT harder than the fat freight guy driving around in an air conditioned cab all day.

    How many times have you tipped him?

    #26 7 years ago

    ^if the UPS/FedEx guy drops off a 50lb plus package, hell yeah I'll offer a tip.

    And I'm not trying to rag on people that don't tip, but for me I have no problem offering a tip to. Help the dude buy lunch or whatever for busting his arse.

    #27 7 years ago
    Quoted from Magic_Mike:

    How about the UPS man busting has ass all day in the hot sun and the cold of winter?
    The UPS man makes *deliveries* too and works a LOT harder than the fat freight guy driving around in an air conditioned cab all day.
    How many times have you tipped him?

    If they are putting a pinball machine in my basement? Yes.

    #28 7 years ago
    Quoted from Nibbles:

    ^if the UPS/FedEx guy drops off a 50lb plus package, hell yeah I'll offer a tip.
    And I'm not trying to rag on people that don't tip, but for me I have no problem offering a tip to. Help the dude buy lunch or whatever for busting his arse.

    No thanks!

    I will be buying lunch for the service member who 'busted his ass' in Iraq & Afghanistan who is about to foreclose on his house.

    #29 7 years ago
    Quoted from Magic_Mike:

    When was the last time you tipped someone in the military?
    How about a school teacher?

    I already pay both their salaries.... I'm not tipping them too!

    But, seriously, we actually DO try to recognize them too (for good service):

    We give gifts to our kids teachers....
    We also volunteer with the USO (my kids bake cookies and send gift packages abroad).

    So, to your point, I guess I still tip all those folks for good service...

    But you took the conversation pretty far off track....

    #30 7 years ago

    I wonder how many delivery persons can find the extra money to buy a pinball machine ? Maybe if they saved their tip money , they could. Chances are though, the tip money has to go to something more important, like the grocery bill, heating bill, car payment, insurance bill, or kids clothing. Even if his/her wage is decent for a delivery person, its usually still hard work. I haven't moved a light pin yet. I agree with the guy that said you pay thousands for a pin but can't afford $20 or$40 for a tip ?
    I say , tip.

    #31 7 years ago
    Quoted from Magic_Mike:

    I will be buying lunch for the service member who 'busted his ass' in Iraq & Afghanistan who is about to foreclose on his house.

    Hell yeah man, that too. Just seems like two different situations we're talking about. I will go out of the way to help my brother-in-law who served, over my other 'brothers'

    Totally agree with you for service members in any situation that permits.

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    #32 7 years ago
    Quoted from Nibbles:

    Hell yeah man, that too. Just seems like two different situations we're talking about. I will go out of the way to help my brother-in-law who served, over my other 'brothers'
    Totally agree with you for service members in any situation that permits.

    This situation is real in this country right now for these patriots coming home.

    So, I'm glad that we can agree on this!

    #33 7 years ago
    Quoted from Magic_Mike:

    How about the UPS man busting has ass all day in the hot sun and the cold of winter?
    The UPS man makes *deliveries* too and works a LOT harder than the fat freight guy driving around in an air conditioned cab all day.
    How many times have you tipped him?

    WOW 70k...really...I need to reconsider my job, because I ain't even close to that....Air Conditioned cab....whats that? The truck I drive is a million plus miler, no air conditioning, no air ride, only the seat....UPS package guys make 29 plus per hour plus time and a half after eight...I get paid no overtime, just straight time(per rail road agreement from 1974)...hardly a fair comparison....I'll take 50, 10LB packages over 1, 2500 lb skid anyday...You are so fast to judge...I am sure when you do your "FREE" delivery when someone buys a machine...you not losing money...probably figured into your price/profit of a machine. Don't get so excited....just because your a cheapskate don't mean everybody should be.......this post was about tipping the delivery driver....not service men, even though all due respect to men and women of our armed forces. Also I never "Expect" a tip...never know whats going on in a families life....should a guy that has 21 pinball machines tip me for taking care of his 7700 L.E machine....helping him put it in his basement....when I had been nothing but professional...hell yeah.

    #34 7 years ago

    Just one more thing.....Why the hate for Truck Drivers Magic Mike? Shelves would be pretty empty without them. Do you think we are all fat? I happen to be 6'8 and a former Murray State University tight end.....I way outta my prime now...but still not a slob....Does slow trucks piss you off.....95 percent of them are governed at about 65 MPH. If you don't tip that's fine.....just don't expect and assume on your end, you may find out you are quite wrong. Remember everybody's gotta story.

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    #35 7 years ago
    Quoted from Wickedquickss:

    just because your a cheapskate don't mean everybody should be.......this post was about tipping the delivery driver....not service men, even though all due respect to men and women of our armed forces.

    Who's being judgmental now? This "cheapskate" buys and donates used pinball machines to local churches and youth facilities each year.

    If people want more, they need to do more.

    Also, no one is forcing you to do what you do for a living. So, stop complaining.

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    #36 7 years ago
    Quoted from Wickedquickss:

    Just one more thing.....Why the hate for Truck Drivers Magic Mike?

    I don't hate truck drivers. I never said this.

    I only dislike people who go through life expecting something for nothing.

    Almost like the watress I had last night who sat my meal down and then disappeared for the rest of the evening.

    I didn't tip her either.

    #37 7 years ago

    I agree with Mr. Pink. Why are some jobs tip-able and others not. Why tip a food server 15%, 15 bucks for a $100 tab. Yet tip a delivery guy $20 for a $7000 pin 0.2%, instead of $1050...15%.

    Wikipedia defines tipping for me, "Tipping is a widely practiced social custom in the United States. Standards vary, but generally it is given for services provided in table dining, golf course, casino, hotels, food delivery, taxi cab and salons."

    Sorry pinball delivery is not a tip-able job.

    #38 7 years ago

    I have given them $20.00 each. It's hard work and I am caught up in the moment of getting a new toy so why not.

    #39 7 years ago
    Quoted from KloggMonkey:

    Wikipedia defines tipping for me, "Tipping is a widely practiced social custom in the United States. Standards vary, but generally it is given for services provided in table dining, golf course, casino, hotels, food delivery, taxi cab and salons."
    Sorry pinball delivery is not a tip-able job.

    Don't believe everything you read on the Internet....

    #40 7 years ago

    When I was younger I worked in a super market and sometimes had to help customers taking their shopping to their car. A handful of times I was offered money for helping (talking small like $5-$10) but we had all been told not to take any money and we could be fired if we did. Man things are different here.

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    #41 7 years ago

    It's all about the service. I would tip $20-$40 depending on how much work they need to get the machine in the home. And if they took care with the process. It's a nice way of showing appreciation and you can be assured that the next time they deliver your way, they'll remember your hospitality.

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    #42 7 years ago

    Mike, by no means was I complaining....I was just setting you straight on what you think my job pays or what my job consist of.. You have played every card from Military to now church...what's next race?...I am sure you are a wonderful guy...Let me know when and where that BBB, MM, or TZ get donated to...I would really love to play them. You don't have to tip anybody buddy.....or tell me how great you are for all the charity you do....you should start a thread....Name it " Magic Mikes greatness of the day" let us all know how great you are...who's life you saved today,or what charity you founded today, so we can all give credit where credit is due....would hate for it to go unnoticed.

    #43 7 years ago
    Quoted from Magic_Mike:

    How about the UPS man busting has ass all day in the hot sun and the cold of winter?
    The UPS man makes *deliveries* too and works a LOT harder than the fat freight guy driving around in an air conditioned cab all day.
    How many times have you tipped him?

    I tip my UPS driver $50 every Christmas.

    #44 7 years ago
    Quoted from KloggMonkey:

    I agree with Mr. Pink. Why are some jobs tip-able and others not. Why tip a food server 15%, 15 bucks for a $100 tab. Yet tip a delivery guy $20 for a $7000 pin

    Because most delivery guys are probably making $15/ hour plus, while the waitess/waiter makes $3.50 an hour or whatever.

    I like to tip personally, I pretty much tip 20% + when eating out, unless they are horrible. I would always tip the guy delivering me expensive toys, I don't feel the urge to do the same when it's a business delivery.

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    #45 7 years ago
    Quoted from Wickedquickss:

    Mike, by no means was I complaining....I was just setting you straight on what you think my job pays or what my job consist of.. You have played every card from Military to now church...what's next race?...I am sure you are a wonderful guy...Let me know when and where that BBB, MM, or TZ get donated to...I would really love to play them. You don't have to tip anybody buddy.....or tell me how great you are for all the charity you do....you should start a thread....Name it " Magic Mikes greatness of the day" let us all know how great you are...who's life you saved today,or what charity you founded today, so we can all give credit where credit is due....would hate for it to go unnoticed.

    Yeah, but you missed the big picture.

    Advising you to do more in life and help your brother was actually my *tip* to you.

    You're welcome!

    Don't spend it all in one place.

    #46 7 years ago
    Quoted from Toasterdog:

    I tip my UPS driver $50 every Christmas.

    Same here! If you order a lot online, it's a great way to insure your packages are treated well.

    #47 7 years ago

    Yeah, but you missed the big picture.
    Advising you to do more in life and help your brother was actually my *tip* to you.
    You're welcome!
    Don't spend it all in one place.

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    #48 7 years ago
    Quoted from Toasterdog:

    I tip my UPS driver $50 every Christmas.

    UPS drivers are probably the hardest workers in the transportation industry! Bravo!

    #49 7 years ago

    I overtip, my wife gets annoyed about it sometimes.

    Too many people are selfish assholes who feel it's ok for them to make a living but not others.

    That said if I pay $400 for curbside delivery & I cart my game into the house with a buddy why would I tip the driver?

    I work on Fire/CCTV/Intrusion/CA/Automation systems & no one tips me

    Before that I worked in finance for years... Never got a tip WTF!

    My pizza guy, bartender, server & etc get hooked up though.

    Am I doing something wrong? When I order Metallica & the brown box is dropped off at my driveway am I to hand the guy a $20?

    -1
    #50 7 years ago

    I also overtip, the standard percentage for not so good service, closer to 20% for good service.

    edit- when my Tron came the other day, my house is on a hill, I pushed the box from the bottom as he pulled with his pallet dolly, and I gave some major push effort, he had an easy pull, then I got my 2 wheel dolly out as we cut it from the pallet and put right through my front door up 2 steps, I also didnt tip him....

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