Originally Posted by BILLPHOTO
Guys, I donít know Stan. I have heard good things about him BUT how can you defend the behavior? Almost everyone has said the same: Heís an artist, He gets it done on HIS schedule, it always takes longer than promised, heís not a customer service guyÖand so on. Well Iím an artist too, and I can assure you I cannot get by with that and make a living. Money is too tight and there are too many people fighting for the dollar to put up with that crap. If youíre OK with rude behavior, lack of communication and failure to deliver as promised, then more power to you, and him. The rest of us can choose not to and have every right to ďpost itĒ when you fail to deliver. I donít have a dog in the hunt but after hearing all this, I think Iíll send any future builds somewhere else.
This is the core issue. Either he is an artist and this is a hobby and people can wait for his art, or it's a business and he actually needs to answer to his customers and be honest. His guns are nice, but not at the "art nice" level.
He took on too many builds because he is making over 60.00 an hour on RPD's and the money looked good. However he screwed his customers because he was greedy. Let's face it, at $875 a pop he stood to gross $39,000 just off of the RPD builds. His overhead as a one man shop is very low. I know, I run a one man shop in the evening.
Hopefully he can lower the number of builds he is taking in, make his lead time more reasonable and be honest about it, and be successful. As a pro-second amendment person, I would like to see more and more people with FFL's, but we don't need more that make promises they can't keep which is unfortunately quite common among people who go from a hobby to a business. When he reduces his lead time, he'll have a more stable cash flow (instead of nothing for months then one giant lump sum), and business will be much less stressful for him.