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View Poll Results: do you tip movers?
Yes 21 72.41%
No 8 27.59%
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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whats up with people today who tip bartenders and waiters but cant tip a guy who moves all your heavy crap and breaks his back over the years doing it and no tip. and many movers make between 10 and 13 bucks an hour.
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:02 PM
 
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I guess we figure we've paid for the service, it doesn't occur to us to pay again!

However, I usually try to have some cold drinks, cokes, snacks, etc on hand, and iif its a day-long affair I spring for lunch, last time I got BBQ from a local restaurant, they seemed quite pleased. After all, a happy worker is a better worker, one who doesn't drop and break your precious china, etc.
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:48 PM
 
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What's up with people demanding tips for anything and everything? Tips are optional. They should not be expected or demanded.

The proper etiquette as written by Emily Post, which is what I follow, is that tipping should be based on the type of payment terms. If the cost of the move is determined by weight or distance, then the movers should not be tipped, because the quality of service they provide is not influenced by the potential for receiving a tip. If however the movers are paid on an hourly basis, then they should be tipped, because the service then will be affected by the potential for a tip. Water or other beverage is always a nice courtesy.

Compared to most jobs that require no special training or knowledge, a $13/hr wage is pretty good.

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Old 07-12-2010, 06:03 AM
 
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I tipped my 2 movers 25 bucks each. They were very happy.
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I've moved to a different state on 5 occasions. I've found $50 per crew (of 3) or $20 a head works well. Enough to buy them lunch. I also provide a couple gatorades for them. Small price to pay to keep the crew happy, and help your goods stay dent free.
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:33 AM
 
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I just helped my sister move in NYC and her movers did a phenomenal job. She tipped them handsomely. Had they done shoddy work it would have been a different story.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I guess we figure we've paid for the service, it doesn't occur to us to pay again!
You pay for the service, yes, but when you get movers who have good attitudes and do more than simply move your stuff because they actually want to work, when they make your moving experience better than it might otherwise have been, that's worth a tip.

When they move slow and are unfreindly, it can make moving miserable. I figure if you pay the minimum, you get the minimum. (Plus, I've worked as a mover, so I empathize.)
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:25 AM
 
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I tried tipping my movers, but they wouldn't take it--company policy. So I bought them lunch and snacks. They seemed happy...
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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I tried tipping my movers, but they wouldn't take it--company policy. So I bought them lunch and snacks. They seemed happy...
Was it a national moving company or a local one? I would be tempted to use them for my next move.
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Spring, TX
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I guess we figure we've paid for the service, it doesn't occur to us to pay again!

However, I usually try to have some cold drinks, cokes, snacks, etc on hand, and iif its a day-long affair I spring for lunch, last time I got BBQ from a local restaurant, they seemed quite pleased. After all, a happy worker is a better worker, one who doesn't drop and break your precious china, etc.
Bingo. I'm on my third cross country move and I always do this. I tell them when they get there in there morning where the cooler is and to decide what they'd like for lunch that I can either have delivered or is close by.

They are usually most grateful and do a little extra to make sure my stuff is well packed and loaded/unloaded.
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