Not my responsibility

Every now and then, I get asked to build a computer for someone. I would give them a rough quote and if they like it, I would go out, buy the parts and assemble the computer. On average, the price of a new computer including a monitor is approximately $700. That’s a pretty reasonable price for a new machine and a flat panel monitor. And if the computer ever breaks down, I’ll fix it for them and not charge them anything. But I hate it when they buy a computer from someone else and expect me to fix any problem that comes up. Just because I’m the computer guy doesn’t mean that I’m the one that has to fix their problems. And what’s worse is that they don’t pay me anything after I’ve fixed the problem. It’s gotten to the point where I just take my time and not fix it for a long time.

Recently, my aunt and uncle wanted a new computer because their computer was fried. That computer was purchased at a store without my assistant but when it broke down, I was always asked to fix it. I could have easily said “No” but it’s hard to say “No” when it comes to family. And because it’s family, I can’t charge them for my service. So what do I do? Give up all of my free time and attend to their computer problems? Or do I take my time and fix it when I feel like it.

Of course, I’m going to take my time. I don’t have much time to do anything else and my time is valuable. If they’re willing to pay me to work on their computer then I’ll work on it right away since they are paying for it. But when they ask me to fix their computer and forget to mention that there’s money involve, then I take my jolly good time. Why should I drop everything just because they asked? I didn’t assemble that computer. Why not ask the person that assembled it to help you? It’s not my responsibility.

When my aunt and uncle wanted a new computer, I gave them a quote of $700 but they said that they’ll get back to me. So for the pass week I’ve been waiting for them to call me back to let me know if they want me to get them a computer or not. I was starting to think that maybe they didn’t want a computer but yesterday, I get a call from my aunt asking me to install a program for them. I was a bit confused because as far as I know, there’s no point in installing a program to their current computer because they’ll be buying a new one. That’s why my aunt told me that they had already bought a new computer. I started to get a little pissed off when I heard that.

I asked her when she purchased a computer and she told me to call my cousin. I got off the phone with her and called my cousin at their house. He told me that he was on his way out to go get a computer. I was under the impression that I was going to put together a computer but my cousin informed me that they’ll be buying it from a store that’s located down the street. Then he asked if I was going to install any programs for them, to which I answer “No” because it’s not my responsibility. I told him to ask the store to install those programs because I don’t want any part in it. If they bought the computer through me, I would have helped them out but since they didn’t, I’m not helping them. They can bring the computer back to the store when it breaks down.