I'm a farmhouse table builder and have an Etsy page (where these people found me) that I advertise my tables on. I met with them in Oct. 2016 to discuss an order. They ultimately placed the order with me. We filled out the order form, which is itemized and they signed it. The order total was about $10k, which consisted of a table, some extras with the table, and 22 different types of chairs. I originally attempted delivery the day before Thanksgiving. Some straps broke in the truck and damage was done to the table and chairs. He accepted the bench I made and I took everything else back to repair. They came down in Dec. to see how it was coming and had no objections to anything. I attempted delivery again on 2/5. 2 of the 22 chairs at the end of the truck rolled and got some small scuff marks and dents. He looked at these 2 chairs and refused them and refused to even look at the 20 others. He accepted the table. When I got home and took everything off the truck, I saw that all other chairs were in perfect condition. I have tried to work with him, and told him I will repair the other 2, but he still refuses. I'm still owed about $5k. Should I sue him?
It will be a complicated case and there will be proof problems. It may not be cost effective. Good luck.
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What do you have to lose if you sue him in small claims court without an attorney? The filing of the suit by itself may prompt a resolution that is acceptable to you.
File suit, roll the dice, and see what happens. There's enough money there to pursue, just gather as much evidence as you can, file suit and ask the court to assist. Good luck to you.
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