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Do you tip piano movers/delivery persons #2916980 11/27/19 10:59 AM
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Do you (would you) tip piano delivery people? Please let me know in which country you live when responding, so I can put your answer into context. I know there are differences from region to region. Thank you!


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Re: Do you tip piano movers/delivery persons [Re: WeakLeftHand] #2916985 11/27/19 11:12 AM
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I delivered many, many pianos over the years. Tipping was very common and appreciated, though I know the customer experience can very significantly. Because of that variation in quality, it's hard to say tipping piano movers is conventional and expected.

I recall training some of our movers and helping on difficult moves as needed. Our movers noticed how often they got tipped when I was with them. I told them to look and learn and earn. They are now frequently complimented and frequently tipped.

If the movers take pride in their work, care with your instrument and your property, and leave you with a good experience, then a tip makes sense. While we did have some particularly generous tippers over the years, I always felt a tip was good if it was enough to buy each mover needed, a decent lunch.


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Re: Do you tip piano movers/delivery persons [Re: PianoWorksATL] #2916991 11/27/19 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by PianoWorksATL
I delivered many, many pianos over the years. Tipping was very common and appreciated, though I know the customer experience can very significantly. Because of that variation in quality, it's hard to say tipping piano movers is conventional and expected.

I recall training some of our movers and helping on difficult moves as needed. Our movers noticed how often they got tipped when I was with them. I told them to look and learn and earn. They are now frequently complimented and frequently tipped.

If the movers take pride in their work, care with your instrument and your property, and leave you with a good experience, then a tip makes sense. While we did have some particularly generous tippers over the years, I always felt a tip was good if it was enough to buy each mover needed, a decent lunch.


That is helpful. Thank you!


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Re: Do you tip piano movers/delivery persons [Re: WeakLeftHand] #2917014 11/27/19 01:03 PM
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When I had my piano delivered about 8 years ago I tipped £10 between the two guys. I don't know if that was reasonable or not, but they seemed to appreciate it.

UK obviously, as the currency should indicate.


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Re: Do you tip piano movers/delivery persons [Re: WeakLeftHand] #2917020 11/27/19 01:15 PM
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I live in the US.

I've told this story before, but...

When my piano arrived, I was prepared to tip, but they left so fast that I wasn't able to, literally, like there was a cloud of dust and they were gone, cartoon like. They left so fast that one guy left his rather expensive looking heavy leather gloves.

TBH, I wonder if they were worried that they'd broken the piano. The fallboard would not go down. They messed around with it for a while, took the action out, poked and prodded. Then they vanished. Ironically, I just jiggled it a little, it went down, and has never been a problem since.

I had offered them something to drink when they arrived. One accepted a can of soda. I thought they did a great job. They asked me where I wanted it, brought it in, moved it a couple of times for small adjustments, put the castor cups under the legs, etc. Made it look easy. But I always wonder about the fall board thing, because that's when they vanished.

I think 2 of the 3 went out to the truck--probably had the engine running--while the one tried to fix it. Then the last guy gave up and bolted out while I was looking at it, and they vamoosed in the blink of an eye! In the time it took me to jiggle it a bit--and it was definitely stuck initially--for it to fall, and for me to raise and lower it a few times, they vanished! I turned around and the room was empty! I looked into the garage, through which they'd come (and gone), and it was empty. I walked out on the driveway and their truck was gone!

So, I didn't tip. Not that I wouldn't have, but I couldn't! wink



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Re: Do you tip piano movers/delivery persons [Re: Retsacnal] #2917022 11/27/19 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Retsacnal
[...] They left so fast that one guy left his rather expensive looking heavy leather gloves.

[...] I looked into the garage, through which they'd come (and gone), and it was empty. I walked out on the driveway and their truck was gone!

So, I didn't tip. Not that I wouldn't have, but I couldn't! wink


... and the gloves?


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Originally Posted by BruceD
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[...] They left so fast that one guy left his rather expensive looking heavy leather gloves.

[...] I looked into the garage, through which they'd come (and gone), and it was empty. I walked out on the driveway and their truck was gone!

So, I didn't tip. Not that I wouldn't have, but I couldn't! wink


... and the gloves?


You know, I was thinking about the gloves while I typed that up. I found them in the family room, near the piano. I don't recall disposing of them, so they must be in my garage or basement.

Funny thing, there was no sign of the coke can, so they didn't forget that! thumb



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Re: Do you tip piano movers/delivery persons [Re: WeakLeftHand] #2917051 11/27/19 02:15 PM
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I pretty much always tip large item delivery folks. I also offer them a drink and our bathroom. I worked my way through college doing odd delivery and construction jobs so I probably feel guilty as I know how tough it is. Regardless, it doesn't hurt to be nice and if you can afford it, a tip is a pretty nice gesture. I like Sam's advice "I always felt a tip was good if it was enough to buy each mover needed, a decent lunch." That's a great rule of thumb.


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Yes. United States. Simple gesture that demonstrates respect for their work.

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My piano movers would not accept a tip, but would accept some cold root beer.



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When I bought my grand, I arranged for the delivery. I used two guys who specialize in moving pianos, they are in business for themselves.

Getting the piano out of the seller's house and into the truck was a nightmare. I was there, supposedly watching but mostly I was standing facing a corner because I couldn't bear to watch, and even then I almost had a heart attack about a hundred times. The piano was right by an outside door, but that was the easy part. They took off the legs and put the piano onto a special grand dolly. Once outside, the movers had to get it over a bumpy irregular stone walkway, then do a very sharp turn, more stones, some steps, another turn, more steps, and then up a steep driveway. There were two of them, but they really needed a third person. I don't think any of us thought it was going to be as bad as it was. But it had rained the night before, and the stone walkway and the area on either side of the stones was slippery and the whole thing was a nightmare.

When they got to my house, it was off the truck and in my living room before I could even blink! I commented on how fast they were, and they said "this is what we do" implying that the sellers house was not!

Anyway, they had it all set up, nary a scratch, and nary a word of complaint about the first half. They did an excellent job and I felt they were very conscientious. I paid and gave each of them a $25 tip in addition. Oh, I'm in the US. I also offered them cold beverages, which they accepted (it was August!)

Then just a few weeks ago, I had them back out here because I decided I wanted to have the piano turned 90 degrees to change the piano's position and the layout of the room. They took one leg off, used the dolly, moved the piano out about 7 feet, then me and Mr. SK rotated the rug, and then they turned the piano and moved it back into position. Off of the dolly and back onto three legs. Then there was some minor adjusting after that. But the whole thing barely took 20 minutes. I paid but did not tip. I think that was ok. I sure hope so because I might need their services again sometime!

If they had been employees of someone else, I would have tipped the second time. I actually had a thread about that here IIRC, and the point was made that if it's someone in business for him/herself, tipping is not expected.


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USA here. I always tip movers, pianos or furniture or whole households. Usually $20 each...somewhat dependent on the quality of the move. The movers on my last piano move were highly professional. They first removed my old grand and loaded on their truck for delivery to my sister in Denver. Then they brought in my 7-footer, steered it gently through 2 doorways, set it up exactly where I wanted on the caster cups, then one of them improvised on the piano for about a minute. He was pretty good! Perfect double move. I gave the 3 movers $20 each for dinner on their return trip to Denver.


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Thanks folks! I’ll keep all your thoughts and stories in mind. I’m expecting my piano soon, maybe next week!


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Australia. No tipping culture here, so no tip.

Having said that I was working on fixed quote from the guy who owns the business, drives the truck and wheels the piano in all on his own. So not an employee as such.

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Yes - since the deliveries have all been successful, most of the deliveries involved two pianos coming and going so it seemed appropriate. The one move where we moved the C3 from out of town to in town, I locked the piano and took the key to newer home 20 miles away, Duh. Although neither home had steps they struggled with the steep driveway successfully so I certainly tipped them when my C3 was safely moved. The movers are an independent company and most often the owner does the work with one or two assistants. He’ll tell me a tip isn’t necessary but I tell him he can just pass it on to his crew, or buy themselves some lunch (fast food or sandwiches). They are usually on a time table so they do the work very quickly and don’t take any offered refreshments.

I’m in the US.


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I tip the pizza delivery guy and how much does a pizza weigh? So tipping the guys who delivered my nearly 900 pound piano seems like a no brainer to me.


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Originally Posted by John305
I tip the pizza delivery guy and how much does a pizza weigh? So tipping the guys who delivered my nearly 900 pound piano seems like a no brainer to me.


I’m a New Yorker, I tip everybody, including the piano delivery guys.


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Originally Posted by John305
I tip the pizza delivery guy and how much does a pizza weigh? So tipping the guys who delivered my nearly 900 pound piano seems like a no brainer to me.


It’s a no brainer if you live in the US. Tipping isn’t really a thing in many parts of the world, although I think that’s changing somewhat due to US influence of course. smile


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I haven't, but that was because they mentioned that their moving company pays them more for moving pianos, and the move was paid for by the military. Not sure if that's taboo or not!

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