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Why do people think it's ok to ask for computer help for free?

#11PraetorXynPosted 11/15/2013 6:00:53 PM
Next time save yourself some trouble and format the HD/re-install Windows.
Takes a lot less time to do that and just re-install everything, which will make the machine run faster to boot.
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#12reincarnator07Posted 11/15/2013 6:01:33 PM
It depends what the problem is, how close we are and how much time it takes to sort it. I had no problem building and setting up a new rig for one friend, but I've told my family I'm no longer sorting out simple problems for free if it's something I've shown them multiple times how to fix on their own.
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#13VIP86Posted 11/15/2013 6:16:31 PM
I usually help friends and family with computer problems all the time. They ask me if I want something like lunch or whatever, but I always decline. I like the fact that they appreciate my time and want to return the favor. That's all I really care about.
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#14WerdnAndreWPosted 11/15/2013 6:25:11 PM
I don't mind helping my family out. I do it on my free time.
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#15_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 11/15/2013 8:28:59 PM
It depends really. If it is family and friends, of course it is ok (imho). Same thing would apply if I were a car mechanic. Now, if people you otherwise hardly speak to look you up specifically, that is a problem.
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#16ToastyOnePosted 11/15/2013 8:30:24 PM
I have no problem helping with my family's tech problems. What I do object to is when they volunteer *me* to fix other people's computer problems.
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#17KamenRiderBladePosted 11/15/2013 8:32:35 PM
ToastyOne posted...
I have no problem helping with my family's tech problems. What I do object to is when they volunteer *me* to fix other people's computer problems.


I'm the same way.

I hate it when my family volunteers me to fix other peoples problems, I HATE that.
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#18phantasyPosted 11/15/2013 9:10:25 PM
If they are family or good friends, I think its ok to help out each other for free. You never know when you might need help. Its just good to know that if you need something, someone will be there to jump in.

But for acquaintances, screw that charge them.
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#19lkhlkhPosted 11/15/2013 9:16:17 PM
KamenRiderBlade posted...
ToastyOne posted...
I have no problem helping with my family's tech problems. What I do object to is when they volunteer *me* to fix other people's computer problems.


I'm the same way.

I hate it when my family volunteers me to fix other peoples problems, I HATE that.


my dad asked me for his fix and updates on phone after i done that the next day he bring 4-5 phones asking to help his friends..what the crap load of F
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#20OreoBoy206Posted 11/15/2013 9:24:08 PM
xanthan1 posted...
JKatarn posted...
DerPancake posted...
Loyalty to your family. This is the reason the Mafia gets stronger everyday, because dysfunctional families don't have loyalty to each other.


Fixed that for you.


No, even normal ones can have the same problem. There's a difference between having their back and providing whatever service you do for a job for free.



Really depends on your definition of a "normal family". Everyone is brought up differently, so one persons normal family habits might be strange to another person. Culture can also play into this too..