He left and 5 minutes later I got a bill for $257. Two hundred and fifty fucking seven dollars???!!!! For 20 minutes of work and $5 worth of materials.
Totally my fault. I didn't ask. I could have hired Amy the Handy(wo)man. She'd have done it 2 weeks ago for $97. I could have done it myself - total bill $5.
Man, live and fucking learn. I did send an email reply to the billing explaining that I thought half that was expensive but the full amount was not even reasonable for the task. I assured them I would pay but asked for a reduction.
Since I'm never doing business with them again, I don't really give a shit what they think and the worst they can do is say no.
That was NOT my smartest move by a long freakin shot. I'm going to pay them via Google Wallet - at least they will have to work a little (setting it up) to get their hands on the cash.
I'm very annoyed with me.
EDIT: I got a very quick email back saying they would revise the bill to $165 and explaining that there were also charges for gas and procurement of parts in addition to their minimum which, the billing person explicitly said that Walker apologized for not explaining to me ahead of time.
I feel better. Next time I will 1) get the freaking part myself and 2) ask ahead of time... but, I really do feel better.
And I paid them via Gmail which really is a great feature. I know they will, eventually, slap a fee on it so I'm playing heavy while it's free.
EDIT again: Turns out the total bill is $212 (they only discounted the hour minimum) and I got an email "send paper check, we do not accept google payment".
So... you are fine with electronic invoicing but not with electronic payment?????
I'm pissed again but I'm going to let it go. I don't have to deal with them any more and I won't. I have the money so it's not like they are stealing food off my kids' plates but...
I send them a reply that they need to hit the 'return money' button before I will pay them. I will get a refund on June 5th if they don't and I'll pay them then. I am going to deduct the cost of a stamp, envelope, prep and mailing from the bill - $1.50 works for me. Cost of doing business the luddite way.