Jag Electric Corp. Complaint - overcharge/used materials

Review by dpirsq2 on 2003-08-05
COMMACK, NEW YORK -- I called Jag Electric because of a sizzling noise in the circuit breaker panel. A man was dispatched to my home. He took off the cover and tested the breakers and determined the problem. He replaced the breaker. The original bill was $300!!!! Besides labor and a $50 material fee, he added a $95 service charge. To me, this is double billing. You get one or the other.There was a great debate and I was leaving the next day and had to have this repaired. The bill was adjusted to $235. I've had 2 other electicians here for estimates for another job. The first one said I overpaid and the breaker was a USED one!!! The second one said I overpaid but was unsure of the breaker's status. The breaker costs $14 at Home Depot!!
Comments:1 Replies - Latest reply on 2004-01-13
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-01-13:
Unfortunatly this is how some companies make money, prey on unsuspecting customers that will pay whatever they say without question, and unfortunatly, most will. It is common for some companies to use used materials that they take out of other jobs for one reason or another, and charge for new. As a contractor, I have seen it many times, and those are the contractors that give the honest ones a bad name. And the average person doesn't know what parts cost, they rely on the fact that the person they hire will be honest, but as you have found out... A 300 to 400 percent markup on most materials is not uncommon these days. Add the service call and the hourly rate, and a simple repair can really cost a bundle to an unsuspecting person.

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