That's great, Mike!

I was chiding Larry because I know all too well that people will often ask 
trusted resources like Gary for information and then go off and find the items 
they're looking for elsewhere.

As a former owner and employee of a service and parts business, I was often 
quite taken aback when people would do this.  If someone comes to me to ask 
questions of me as a subject matter expert only to take that information and 
use it to patronize another supplier I would not help them again.

Some might consider this not a nice thing to do, but for those who would, think 
about this the next time you do it:

I spent years of my time and thousands of dollars to acquire the knowledge I 
have in specific areas. If I choose to share that information, I should receive 
something in kind in exchange. That might be shared knowledge of another 
discipline or even something tangible in some cases. It might be shared with 
the expectation of return business, for example.

When I share that knowledge with someone and they use it elsewhere when I could 
potentially benefit from it, and they know this, I view it as stealing.

Maybe that's harsh, and I would agree that it is to some extent.  However, when 
someone does this they're affecting my livelihood.

When I find a supplier or business who values me as a customer and willingly 
assists me, I'll honor that commitment by patronizing their establishment.

Gary is a good example of this. My local MB dealer is the same way. Both of 
them will tell me if they think I can get a part elsewhere for less, for 
example.  As a result of this, I have no problem paying what might be a 
slightly higher price for the "right" part.

Gary will regularly tell me about a part that I can get from the dealer at the 
same aggregate price he could sell it to me. Brake discs are a good example of 
this.

My local dealer will do the same.

<stepping off soapbox>

Sorry for the rant, and this is not a defense of Gary specifically.  Because I 
have experienced similar situations in my former business life I'm really 
sensitive about it. When you're one of the people responsible for the well 
being of your livelihood and that of your employees, you get defensive about 
anything that takes money out of your pockets....

Dan

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> On Jul 24, 2014, at 8:12 AM, Mike Esh <michael...@mac.com> wrote:
> 
> I just ordered new parts for my 1985 300D from Gary.  He is very helpful in 
> making sure I get the right part and the right quality of the part.  I just 
> recieved new Lemforder Tie Rod Assemblies, a drag link and a Bilstien 
> steering shock.  I communicate with him and place my orders via email.  His 
> service and shipping are always top notch.
> 
> Mike 
> Michael E. Esh
> me...@horizonenv.com
> michael...@mac.com
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> 
>> On Jul 23, 2014, at 01:27 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes 
>> <mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Ordering them from our "Emperor of Parts", I assume?
>> 
>> After all, he has been of assistance with identifying proper vendors and 
>> sorting out part numbers, right?
>> 
>> It's important that you "pay it back", so to speak. At least it's the right 
>> thing to do, of course.
>> 
>> Dan
>> 
>> Sent from my iPad
>> 
>>         > On Jul 23, 2014, at 12:12 PM, LarryT via Mercedes 
>> <mercedes@okiebenz.com        > wrote:
>>         > 
>>         > FYI -
>>         > In case anyone is interested. I gave up any thought of doing it 
>> myself...
>>         > 
>>         > Here's the cost comparison of installing complete LCA's Vs BJ's & 
>> Bushings:
>>         > *R&R LCAs -*
>>         > Labor - R&R LCAs $240 (L&R)
>>         > Parts - 2 LCA's & Bolts- $194 ea = $402
>>         > Total = *$642*
>>         > 
>>         > *R&R BJs, Bushings & Bolts:*
>>         > Labor = $300 (L&R)
>>         > parts = $230
>>         > Total = *$530.*
>>         > 
>>         > so I'll save ~ $100 by just replacing the BJs and related hardware.
>>         > 
>>         > I plan to order the BJ's and hardware shortly. It's been great 
>> getting your help!
>>         > 
>>         > LarryT
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