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Pampered Chef: Returned checks

  1. pamperedkay

    pamperedkay Novice Member

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    Does anyone have a problem with a hosts' check being returned? This is my 2nd one in the 3 1/2 years of doing this. THe problem is they have their products but I'm stuck holding the bag. I don't keep that much in my account to cover things. No the past host won't answer my calls and I can't send anything via PP until this is cleared. I have to send anything in by money order. Which when the end of the month of coming its so much more difficult. The last time this happened I still after 2 years have not recooped it all. Any suggestions?? :confused: :confused:
     
    Aug 10, 2005
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  2. chefbilyeu

    chefbilyeu Member

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    I am not sure what the best advice here would be, but I'm curious...are you having the host give you one check for the entire show?

    I always thought that was risky, and so I have each customer write the checks to me. Also, except on rare occasions when I have a repeat host or know the host well, I will not submit a show until I have all money in hand. It's just too risky, and like you, I don't keep much of a buffer in the account to cover any unpaid orders.
     
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  3. pamperedkay

    pamperedkay Novice Member

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    I usually do have the host give me one check just because alot of their outside orders write their checks to them. I have started on hosts that I'm not real sure about having each guest write their checks to me. That way if one bounces its only a small bit. I guess I'll have to start doing that on all. Its so discouraging!! :(
     
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  4. chefbilyeu

    chefbilyeu Member

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    Kay,
    I give this flyer to each of my hosts, kitchen or catalog, to help with outside orders. Maybe this will help!
     

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  5. D_Patel

    D_Patel Member

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    Rebecca , i love the tips flyer ! Iam going to use that if you dont mind !! It is great !! Thank you ! :)
     
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  6. pamperedkay

    pamperedkay Novice Member

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    Thanks Rebecca. I'll try using that. I'm ready to try anything or just give up. I don't want to do that because I love the businesstoo much. I'm ready for any suggestions. :rolleyes:
     
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  7. janel kelly

    janel kelly Advanced Member

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    Is it a bounced check? Did they stick you with extra fees? I would think if that was the case then you would have to get the money from the host- its the host's check right? Can you go to her house and talk to her? Maybe you can send her a letter explaining the situation and show her how much money she owes you now. If she's not willing to pay for it I've heard of consultants taking some kind of legal action but I'm not exactly sure how to go about doing that. Normally I think hosts are embarassed and very willing to make amends. I know if it were me I would be bugging the host every day, yes bugging because I can't afford to take a big loss because of a dead beat hostess. I wouldn't be mean or rude or anything like that but I would definately make sure they know I'm not going to stop approaching them about it until they pay. I hope everything works out for you. I know that must be very frustrating.
     
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  8. gmosullivan

    gmosullivan Member

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    I had one check come back and called the bank on the check and they had the money in so I ran to the bank to get it cashed. It was the only one in almost 4 years (knock on wood), but I do have the orders in checks made payable to me. The check I had was a customer so I also used the host to check up and get it resolved. Call the bank of were the check is drawn and ask them to see if there is enough funds in it to cover the check you have and want to cash. Then give them the info and they will say yes or not at this time. It can't hurt. (was in banking 20 years, Past life). Good Luck. ;)
     
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  9. letscook04

    letscook04 Senior Member Gold Member

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    bounced check

    Do you have the returned check from the bank? If so, look to see what bank is on her check and go to her bank and cash it. That happend to me with a guest bounced a check on me. I got stuck with a $10.00 fee from my bank but at least I received my money back. GOOD LUCK!
     
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  10. Debunny

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    I just had the same thing happen to me and it took about a month to finally get it cleared up. My advice is to have them make it to you and then go to their bank and cash it before you even submit their show. That is what I decided to do because once they have their stuff you really have nothing to hold back until they pay unless you decide to go after them legally; which IS an option. If I had not gotten my money, and I had ALOT, her order was $93 and my bank fees were $95 because her check bouncing caused three of mine to bounce, that is what i was going to do. I called her bank every day or two and as soon as they said funds were available I jumped in the car and ran to the bank and cashed her check. I was so mad because I felt like she was avoiding me. But if your bank has her check I would get it and call her bank daily until the money is there. They WILL tell you over the phone if she has the available funds. That way you arent wasting your gas running there every day or so. HTH
     
    Aug 11, 2005
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  11. Sk8Mom209

    Sk8Mom209 Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Hasn't happened yet

    But I always have each guest make their check payable to me, not the host. And I always let guests know that I prefer payment via credit card - it's just to easy - nothing for me to do!

    Good luck with your deadbeat host!
     
    Aug 15, 2005
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