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Old 05-30-2011, 06:07 PM
 
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Just bought some furniture from sleepy's, and I am wondering if I should tip the delivery guys when they come. If so, what would be a reasonable amount? My two delivery orders are in the amount of $500 and $1100, respectively, and the delivery fee was an additional $80 for both orders. Does the 10% rule still apply?

Thanks much.
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:17 PM
 
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If delivery men are careful with both the merchandise that they are delivering and the walls in my house, and if they are respectful, my general rule of thumb is to tip them anywhere from $10-$20 each.

If the merchandise is very heavy, then $20 each is my usual tip.
If the merchandise is fairly light, then only $10 each.

Remember that--unlike waiters and waitresses who earn far less per hour than the minimum wage--delivery men are paid at least minimum wage, and usually more than minimum wage. Hence, a 10%-15% tip is not called for, in my opinion.
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:32 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I don't go over $20 unless we are talking about a lot of stuff. Or if it is very difficult to move it.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Ocean County
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I had a 500 couch delivered last week and gave the 2 guys 20 bucks each. I know I'm cheap.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:51 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I have never even thought of tipping furniture delivery men. Unless they somehow really went out of their way for you then maybe I could see tipping. But if you are paying an additional delivery fee then I definitely would not tip.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Weehawken, NJ
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Now I feel awful, I haven't tipped any of my furniture delivery people.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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I had a single bed (no mattress) and a bookshelf delivered from IKEA last week. They just had to bring three boxes into the house and set them down. I gave them ten bucks to split.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:14 AM
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I think it depends on how much stuff and how hard it was and whether or not they had to assemble anything. When we bought our current house I had a large bedroom set and 8 seat table and buffet delivered and assembled. I tipped each of the guys $20. We later had a new mattress delivered and we gave each guy $10. We've also had times when they just dropped off a box in the foyer and we didn't tip for that.

I don't think there's a hard and fast rule on this, just do what you think is appropriate.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:15 AM
 
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A bed delivery that takes all of five minutes, I've skipped the tip. Bigger more annoying things that might take a half hour total, maybe 10 each.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:12 AM
 
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I don't tip furniture delivery people unless it's an unusually difficult delivery (of which we have had several). Since I have to pay extra for delivery, that's what I'm paying for. Only when the delivery guys truly go above and beyond will I tip them too.
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