ED Magedson – Founder
Joseph Chinnock, WordSmiths36992 Boulder Canyon Drive, Suite 4 B Boulder, Colorado United States of America
Joseph approached us with a compelling pitch: we will improve the copywriting on your site to make it more engaging to your users. We obtained a quote and were about to move forward when Joseph Chinnock not only demanded payment upfront, but insisted that we overnight a check to him. This raised some red flags.
When we explained that we do not pay in advance for services, Joseph became hostile. When asked for references, none were offered.
Here is an email transcript:
From:Joseph Chinnock <email@example.com>
Date:January 25, 2011 12:52:09 PM EST
Subject:Re: WordSmiths ProposalThanks for wasting my time you redneck. We were just hired by one of your competitors and we will make sure to target your bullshit little site.
On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 10:43 AM, Joseph Chinnock<firstname.lastname@example.org>wrote:
My writers are indepdent contractors and don't get started until they are paid half. If I don't pay them then they don't work. Once they get paid they take it on good faith that they will get paid the other half but they have gotten burned too. we quoted pretty low to get this done quickly and also structured it to get it done in two weeks without a rush fee. It's a $725 check. Is this an issue?
On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 10:34 AM,[Anonymous]wrote:
I have to admit I am a bit concerned by the urgency of payment needing to be made? We have to go through our accounting process. I would say you would probably not see a check for at least 10-14 business days after we get the required paperwork.We usually work on net 30 with our Developers and writers.
Please do not take this personally, and I am in no way trying to insinuate that your company would do this, but the last time we saw this type of urgency from a designer, he tried to stick us for $40K! We eventually recovered our loss through legal, but we need to cover ourselves. We are not desperate to get this work done although it would be nice.
Do you have any recent business references that we can contact?
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