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    Hi

    I am really frustrated, just would like to know if any of you have been in a similar situation.
    A childhood friend has placed an order for over £35.00, she lives in France and was reluctant to pay online, so I told her to give the cash to my mother back home and I will get it when I visit next week.
    I obviously did not want to force her to pay online as she is an old friend and thought she would get offended etc.
    Well she has now received my jewellery for over a week and the money has still not arrived!!! She now claims she had to change bank account.

    I am soooo frustrated, this is the first and last time this happens, no matter who is buying from me.

    I will be seeing her at a mutual friend's wedding in
    3 months, hopefully I will have my money by then.

    Have any of you been in this situation ? Any advice ??

    Cheers

    Beax
    La Boutique de Bea
    Handmade and Custom Designed Jewellery

    www.boutiquedebea.co.uk
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  • #2
    Well I am sorry but this response is absolutely useless - I thought that this forum was against advertising ????
    La Boutique de Bea
    Handmade and Custom Designed Jewellery

    www.boutiquedebea.co.uk
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    • #3
      Originally posted by BoutiqueDeBea View Post
      Well I am sorry but this response is absolutely useless - I thought that this forum was against advertising ????
      You have to give us a chance to find them! We don't sit here all day waiting for a 'report'.

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      • #4
        I've rported that message as spam.

        As regards your dilemma the first rule has to be money up front no matter who they are but, obviously, you know that already.

        As for your "friend" I would contact her again stating that you require payment asap. as you did her a favour by not charging up front, you have had to pay for the materials and therefore are out of pocket.

        Unfortunately that does not mean she will be forthcoming with the payment. Like you I have learnt that some people will abuse a friendship, especially where money is concerned. Good luck.

        Caroline
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Peter View Post
          You have to give us a chance to find them! We don't sit here all day waiting for a 'report'.
          Sorry! I am a bit stressed today, thanks very much for removing it!
          La Boutique de Bea
          Handmade and Custom Designed Jewellery

          www.boutiquedebea.co.uk
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          • #6
            Missed that one, never mind, ignore it. You are in an very awkward situation. We always say cash on the nail but when it is a close friend it is very difficult. Hopefully all will turn out well in the end.
            Carol
            God helps them that help themselves.

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            • #7
              I'm sure she'll pay up. I must admit i've been stung before by 'friends'. Purely because I've been too embarrased to remind them they owe me money. However, I tend to look on the bright side and hopefully their friendship is worth more than the money.

              Most of the real friends do remember and pay up!!

              Claire x

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              • #8
                send her an invoice and if she complains tell her your system automatically spits out unpaid accounts. Perhaps she'll be shamed into paying up
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Critchley View Post
                  when it is a close friend it is very difficult.
                  I agree, it can be really awkward sometimes can't it.

                  The majority of mine pay at the time but once I made quite a few cards for the same friend, totalled over £20, spent absolutely ages on each one as it was for a very special occasion and didn't get paid for over 3 weeks. I ended up going round and just saying something to the effect that I was embarrassed to have left it this long to ask for the money, and you know how bad my memory is etc.
                  Vowed I wouldn't do it again but I did AND with the same person, this time I gave it over a week and just went and asked for the money.

                  It's so silly isn't it, we can feel embarrased asking for the money for our goods, yet some people just don't seem bothered that they owe us the money.

                  I do hope you receive your money soon BoutiqueDeBea.
                  Do you think you would find it easier to say something along the lines of the gem/bead company have now invoiced you for the stones and you need her money to pay their invoice, rather than just asking her for it?

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                  • #10
                    I had a friend who phoned me just before Christmas last year and ask if she could come and order some Bath & Body Products for presents for friends and family. We went through some Gift baskets and I asked her how much sshe wanted to spend on each one...she said "Just do up some nice ones, I don't mind how much" so she told me what she wanted in each one and I told her it would probably be around £50 for everything (mates rates). She'd only brought £30 with her so she gave me that.

                    I delivered them to her on Christmas Eve (with a few extras for herself) and she never mentioned the extra payment....she didn't even ask if she owed me anything! I was too embarrassed to ask...

                    She's never mentioned it

                    In hindsight I should have just included an invoice...but it never occurs to me that friends wouldn't realise that this is your livelihood...

                    Good Luck getting your money
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                    • #11
                      I'd be inclined to speak to her, say you're a bit embarrassed to ask, but you have a financial blip because a few people have been late paying and a supplier is demanding money you've not got.

                      It may shame her into paying.

                      Hopefully, you'll get your money soon. It's amazing how many people don't think it's important to pay...!!!

                      If nothing else, treat this as a learning curve, and don't let go of anything till you've got the money. (Don't think you needed me to say that )
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                      • #12
                        Such a difficult position to be in! I completely understand how the other felt about being too embarrassed to ask. I try not to deal with friends, but if I have to, I tell myself that 'business is business'

                        Hope it all works out for you. Maybe a confrontation at the wedding even? that would help liven things up
                        Rachel

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by krafty1 View Post
                          Do you think you would find it easier to say something along the lines of the gem/bead company have now invoiced you for the stones and you need her money to pay their invoice, rather than just asking her for it?
                          Hi!
                          I have actually emailed her again on Tuesday night and said that I really need the money to pay my supplier, that I am delaying their payment at the moment, and I have still not received my payment!!

                          Anyway she lives in my home town and I am going there next week, I think if there is still nothing I will have to go round to her place, this is really embarrassing though!

                          Fingers crossed something will turn up and I will not have to do this...
                          Beax
                          La Boutique de Bea
                          Handmade and Custom Designed Jewellery

                          www.boutiquedebea.co.uk
                          [email protected]

                          http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/p...8621077?ref=ts

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                          • #14
                            [quote=Bath-Bomb.Com;231369]
                            but it never occurs to me that friends wouldn't realise that this is your livelihood...

                            I agree with this, I feel like some people just see this as a hobby and do not realise the financial implications...
                            La Boutique de Bea
                            Handmade and Custom Designed Jewellery

                            www.boutiquedebea.co.uk
                            [email protected]

                            http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/p...8621077?ref=ts

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                            • #15
                              Well the last email I sent to her must have worked as a cheque was waiting for me when I arrive in France!

                              Thank you all for your tips and support - I will not do that mistake again!!

                              Beax
                              La Boutique de Bea
                              Handmade and Custom Designed Jewellery

                              www.boutiquedebea.co.uk
                              [email protected]

                              http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/p...8621077?ref=ts

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