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I had taken a deposit from a client who wanted me to photograph

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I had taken a deposit from a client who wanted me to photograph their wedding. They backed out and want their $1300 deposit back. I do not have a signed contract. My literature states that the deposit is non refundable unless I can re-book the date. Do they get their deposit back?

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Answer: Most likely, if they sue you in Small Claims Court, you'll win. However, life is never that certain. You may want to offer them 25% back if they sign a settlement agreement, and then negotiate it down to 50%.


If you're only out the cost of this question (a business deduction) and say, two hours of time, settling for 50% gets you the equivalent of $325/hr for no work. Think of it that way.


The other thing is - if you can work out a "win win" the couple is more likely to say nice things about you then if they have to sue you - the bad "word of mouth" could hurt your business.


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