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    Working with a shaper

    Hey guys, I am currently working with a local shaper right now and I was wonder what the proper etiquette was when you receive the surfboard. Do you tip? A six pack of beer? Any type of insight would be great.

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    I guess if you really like the board after you try it a tip or some sort of present would be really nice. But I suppose if the board surfed worse than a closet door you'd regret tipping them.

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    Absoutely

    A 12 pack of Heineken.Who doesn't like a Heineken.I just bought a bike off this dude and threw some in with the purchase.

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    Tips are not expected, but appreciated. Most people don't tip, but those who do can expect to be remembered. Cash tips are best... but good beer is never a mistake. If you pick up your board, and it's what you ordered, and the shaper did a pro job, a tip is a nice gesture in an industry where everybody wants a bro deal.
    Last edited by LBCrew; Jun 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    Tips are not expected, but appreciated. Most people don't tip, but those who do can expect to be remembered. Cash tips are best... but good beer is never a mistake. If you pick up your board, and it's what you ordered, and the shaper did a pro job, a tip is a nice gesture in an industry where everybody wants a bro deal.
    I appreciate the advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    Tips are not expected, but appreciated. Most people don't tip, but those who do can expect to be remembered. Cash tips are best... but good beer is never a mistake. If you pick up your board, and it's what you ordered, and the shaper did a pro job, a tip is a nice gesture in an industry where everybody wants a bro deal.
    If I had a six pack for every time a complete stranger asked for a bro deal, I could throw a raging kegger.

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    If someone does something nice you should thank them.

    If someone does something nice you should thank them. If someone goes out of their way and does something awesome for you a tip would be a great way to tell em you're super grateful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBCrew View Post
    Tips are not expected, but appreciated. Most people don't tip, but those who do can expect to be remembered. Cash tips are best... but good beer is never a mistake. If you pick up your board, and it's what you ordered, and the shaper did a pro job, a tip is a nice gesture in an industry where everybody wants a bro deal.
    So spot on! beer is never a bad thing, but some gas money never hurts either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gansett09 View Post
    Hey guys, I am currently working with a local shaper right now and I was wonder what the proper etiquette was when you receive the surfboard. Do you tip? A six pack of beer? Any type of insight would be great.
    I would personally wait until i rode it a few times to see if it actually met my expectations. I don't tip a waiter the minute they set the food in front of me, i actually want it to taste good before i start getting too excited!

    I would ride it a few times, and if i was stoked on the board then I'd go back and give the shaper some actual feedback and slip them $20 or a 12 pack, thank them for their work and let them know i like the board, and why.

    Last edited by mitchell; Jun 2, 2012 at 12:44 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchell View Post
    I would personally wait until i rode it a few times to see if it actually met my expectations. I don't tip a waiter the minute they set the food in front of me, i actually want it to taste good before i start getting too excited!

    I would ride it a few times, and if i was stoked on the board then I'd go back and give them shaper some actual feedback and slip them $20 or a 12 pack, thank them for their work and let them know i like the board, and why.

    Great analogy and solid point! I'd say follow this advice...its easy to be a bit star struck about a new board.