Report: #1473413

Complaint Review: Affordable-Electric - Brooklyn Park Minnesota

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  • Reported By: Deborah — Burnsville Minnesota United States
  • Affordable-Electric 7524 Brooklyn Park Drive, Brooklyn Park, MN Brooklyn Park, Minnesota United States

Affordable-Electric Overcharged $3800 ; charged me over $6300 for service other electrician charges $2500 for Brooklyn Park Minnesota

*Consumer Comment: No Legal Recourse

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I tried to amicably work out a pricing dispute with Nick (owner) at Affordable Electric. I will be pursuing this matter legally.I have also complained to the Better Business Bureau and our State Attorney General.

While I do know that is is not illegal to use SEO (search engine optimization)  it should be illegal to charge 2 to 3 times more than other electricians charge for the same services.

I have lived at the same address for more than 40 years, but they demanded $3330 up front before beginning the work of installing a new main power panel. Then when they were finished they demanded another $3000. When I said I don't have that much in my checking account, they disputed post-dating a check to allow me to make a savngs to checking transfer.

The entire transaction made me uncomfortable, the workers, the discussion regarding billing and payment, everything.

I am doubtful that my electric panel was inadequate to handle my new furnace installed 5 weeks earlier, as I was told.

I shared that I did an internet search on what their services typically cost and I got excuses like "but thats not for this area"  and "the prices for the electric panel vary greatly, one day the panels are $1000 and the next day they are $3000."  

Another electrician came to my home a few days later to correct electrical furnace connection that Affordable Electric refused to correct. That electrician confirmed what I had found in internet research, the work done by Affordable Electric should have been no more than $2000, and as he said $2500 at the most.

I sought legal advice, was advised to first present an opportunity for Affordable Electric to make corrections to charges, I did that. I told Nick at Affordable Electric that I would be posting negative on BBB and legally pursuing a $3800 refund. He said "go ahead." 

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#1 Consumer Comment

No Legal Recourse

AUTHOR: coast - (United States)

POSTED: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

“it should be illegal to charge 2 to 3 times more than other electricians charge for the same services.”

You are absolutely incorrect. If that were illegal it would undermine the basic principles of a free enterprise economy. In eighth grade civics you learned that price controls result in shortages due to higher demands. An economy without price controls promotes competition.

It is not unlawful for a merchant to charge an amount above market value for their goods and services. We do not have price controls in this country; therefore, you have no legal recourse.

Did you request an estimate prior to approving the service? If you were charged an amount greater than the estimate then you may have a valid complaint.

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