Last night I had cause to shop around t’Internet for a new washing machine.  It’s amazing the range of deals available, but of course the nature of a washing machine means that it needs replaced immediately, making a 10 day delivery wait unfeasible (there’s a lot of washing done in our house).  It put me in mind of a story my dad told me when I was young.

Joe the plumber has damaged the back door on his Transit van.  Being short of cash, he visits his local scrapyards to see if they have a replacement at a good price.  He’s in luck.  The scrapyard boss says they do.

“How much?” says Joe.

“£75” says the scrappy.

“But the scrapyard across the road only charges £50 for the same part.” replies Joe

“And do they have any in stock?”

“No.”

“Well, when we don’t have them in stock, our price is £50 too.”

Recruiters, candidates and employers need to make similar decisions every day, when presented with seemingly great offers, which have strings and conditions attached.

I’ll write another post soon on my opinions on Rebate Terms offered by recruiters.