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Tipping cabinet delivery guys? How much?

Posted by khallock (My Page) on
Wed, May 8, 13 at 8:31

Do I tip them? I am thinking yes. How much? I assume there will be 2. Cabinets are being delivered from Kraftmaid.


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RE: Tipping cabinet delivery guys? How much?

Hmmmm...I never would have thought to tip for that service.


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RE: Tipping cabinet delivery guys? How much?

It wouldn't occur to me to tip unless they do something above and beyond the basics of the job.

When my Kraftmaid bathroom cabinets were delivered, they gave me a delivery window and then showed up about 30 minutes before the start of the window. Instead of waiting, they put the boxes on my back patio and left. Because, you know, it never rains in NY and wooden cabinets in cardboard boxes are a brilliant thing to leave outdoors.

I called Kraftmaid and Had Words and they sent someone back to move the boxes into the garage, where they belonged and where I would have had them put them if they had delivered while I was home.

No one got a tip.


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RE: Tipping cabinet delivery guys? How much?

It wouldn't occur to me to tip, either. I guess I think of it along the lines of the UPS guy... Uh-oh, should I be tipping the UPS guy??


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Good question! When my cabinets came, it was a third party that the cabinet place contracts with. My guess is since they don't have a showroom, they probably don't have a warehouse. I -think- this company probably receives their cabinet orders from the manufacturers, holds them for a short time while delivery is arranged, then delivers them. The cabinet place tipped them, probably because they were the "customer" there.

I'm not sure I'd tip for a few cabinets, but maybe a whole kitchen. I guess it depends on the situation, and if they handled things properly.


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Who else do you guys tip during the kitchen remodel?


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Ok. I figured a tip was expected. But maybe not.


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I asked our contractor and he recommended $20 per guy, so that's what we did. There were 38 boxes!!!

For appliances, we did $20 per delivery (three deliveries of MW/range, hood/DW, and fridge). We're in Northern NJ and it's pretty standard to tip something for a major delivery like that.


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We had Kraftmaid kitchen cabs delivered last year and it never occured to me to tip. All appliances were delivered, also, and no tip. I don't know anyone that has tipped for something like that in our area. Maybe it's a regional thing?


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Our whole-kitchen cabinets were delivered at noon on a day the temperature was about 95 degrees. I delivered lots of cold water to drink. They asked if they could use the set tub to wash their faces (of course!). I thanked them. Cash money? Never occurred to me. Same for the guy who delivered 13 boxes of bamboo flooring.


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As a dealer I tip em all the time, how much depends on size of order, work involved and how much I have on me as some days I don't remember to get cash :)

From what I can tell it is not "expected" ("you know you don't have to..", but they do appreciate it.

I do this in part as insurance; for the day the client can't take a delivery and we have to reroute or I am late getting to the site and they can start without me so it's business. I also tip the UPS and Fedex guys at the holidays.

OTOH- My dad taught me to tip, a signature of his sometimes with cash, sometimes with an apple turnover- a cheap and easy way to spread a little joy.


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Cold or warm beverages (season appropriate) and a snack is always appreciated. They've usually been on the road for several days, unless you are really close to the factory and are their first stop. And they get tired of truck stop food and cranky people. You'd be surprised at how some people treat the delivery guys---like they're afraid they're going to contaminate their home. Just saying "thank you" and being nice to them also goes along way as well.


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We did tip and offered cold drinks. Two delivery guys where very accommodating and put the cabinets where we wanted them to. I think about $20 each. They where polite the whole time. If they had not been as accommodating and only placed them in the garage we would not have tipped.


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I didn't even think to tip them. Or the counter installers. Now I feel guilty......


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Any deliveries I've had lately the guys are done and gone very fast. I have never tipped but if I can catch them as they run out the door, I will offer a drink.


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It's probably regional. I live in the NYC metro area and we tip for deliveries that require some serious effort (cabinets, appliances, furniture). However, I grew up in MI and we did not tip for deliveries.


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"-like they're afraid they're going to contaminate their home. "

More like afraid they are going to break, smash or tromp dirt or mud all over the floors. Things they seem to enjoy! lol I'd be willing to let them use the bathroom, if necessary, but since they do their business all over the toilet and floor, that's history. You have to draw the line somewhere!

I tipped the counter guys for some reason. Even though they were impatient and kind of rude. Heard them laughing afterwards, I think because it was too low so they thought it was funny. So, never again. Sorry I did.

I don't really think it's appropriate. If it's a sweltering day or long hard hours, a beverage is a nice enough gesture, imo. Lots of people have difficult or tiring jobs, no tips involved.

This post was edited by snookums2 on Wed, May 8, 13 at 22:17


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Well I didnt tip. They filled my dining room to the hilt with cabinet boxes. It took about 15 minutes. They did their job and left. They were not especially friendly, but not rude either. I kept out of their way.


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My late husband was a generous tipper, esp. delivery people. I don't tip the FedEx or UPS person, but do consider it when people bring large things into my home that require installation time and know-how. I tipped the fridge guys, even though it went quickly and smoothly, maybe because of that. I tipped the Crate & Barrel guy when he delivered my heavy (and completely unassembled) media center. He even said, you don't have to do that, but he did keep the money. I keep it ready, just in case. If someone is rude or surly, to myself I justify not tipping.


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