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post #1 of 55 Old 12-13-2012, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Where is my hay?

I am so ticked off! I have payed for hay twice now and haven't got any. The first time I payed a guy that my husband used to work with $360 for 6 round bales. We went to get them and he sold them to somebody else and won't give us our money back. Yesterday I payed a guy $50 for a round bale and he keeps coming up with excuses why he hasn't delivered. We payed extra for the delivery. So now I am completely out of hay and my husband had to borrow money from a coworker to get 4 square bales today for $11 a piece at a feed store. I am livid! It is my own fault for paying these people before they brought the hay but my horses are the ones paying the price. I need to find somebody that is reliable and will get me hay when I need it.
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post #2 of 55 Old 12-13-2012, 06:19 PM
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Till you get To know the people you're getting hay from
Don't pay till they bring it.

I know my hay guy so well I only pay him 1x a month (the full amount)
And he trusts me enough that we can do that and not pay every time we take some.
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post #3 of 55 Old 12-13-2012, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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If I can't find somebody soon to get hay from on a regular basis I am afraid I am going to have to find new homes for my horses. And the sad thing is, I can afford the hay but with everybody taking advantage of me I am going broke FAST.
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post #4 of 55 Old 12-13-2012, 07:08 PM
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You should never pay for hay or anything that needs to be delivered to you until it's on your property and unloaded.
I got my hay from an ad on CraigsList, I paid the guy after he unloaded all my hay and stacked it in my barn for me. I would never think of paying him before I have what I am buying.

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post #5 of 55 Old 12-13-2012, 07:30 PM
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I agree, do not pay for the hay until it is delivered to you (or, if the company will not agree to this, offer to cover the delivery costs but nothing more).

Is there a feed store or produce store that you could purchase hay from in your local area that is known? Talk to people around you, the public responses will help you find a quality and reliable company.
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post #6 of 55 Old 12-13-2012, 07:42 PM
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My new hay guy is wonderful, but even so I wouldn't be paying him before the hay was on my property! It's just too expensive and things happen. I'm paying nearly $90/round bale and $16/square so I have deliveries at regular intervals. This is the first year I've bought hay from this guy and he said that if I let him know how much hay I need for next season he'll make sure to seed more than that and put aside what I have reserved. He gets 25000 alfalfa squares off his land, plus the oat hay he cut.

I pay before my hay is unloaded but after I've got my eyes on it and made sure it's the right quantities of the right things. Works out well for both of us - hay guy is happy because he knows he's got the money before he unloads, and I'm happy because if people turn up with the goods on their truck they're generally not going to just clear off!

If it was me I would be tempted to tell both the hay suppliers who have taken payment and not delivered that if they don't a] pay you back your money or b] come up with the goods, you're going to take them to small claims court. Even bluffing can work brilliantly! Sometimes just the thought of litigation will haul people back onto the straight and narrow. You don't necessarily have to even mean it, but you do have to make them THINK you mean it.

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post #7 of 55 Old 12-14-2012, 09:52 AM
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Seriously $360 is a lot. I would be knocking on someones door with a gun or the police. That's not ok for all of that. And if you could of gotten the first one your self I would just frankly go get the one you paid for.
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post #8 of 55 Old 12-14-2012, 09:57 AM
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I would be looking to get my $360 back. That is a decent chunk of change to just give away to someone.
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post #9 of 55 Old 12-14-2012, 10:12 AM
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I have never had a farmer rip me off like that. That is bad. I would call him and give him one chance to make it good. If he does not, I would for sure take him to small claims court, and I would make sure that everybody around knows that he did this. I would put up a giant sign stating "so and so stole $360 from me".

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post #10 of 55 Old 12-14-2012, 10:23 AM
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If you wrote a check, you can take him to small claims court w the return check as your evidence. It was a verbal contract. I'd want my money back.
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