Various things that may be of interest
A potential customer declined to do business with me because my CB Shop phone number is a Google phone number.
Immediately below this paragraph is what the individual messaged me after calling:
"Sorry I don’t deal with people who has google voice fake numbers buddy have a a good night
It’s hard to make any contact other than the internet phone numbers sorry bets are over no offense"
I DID immediately provide my cell number, 503-877-7887, and let him know I stepped outside to await his call. He did not call or respond.
Having a Google phone number provides me with the ability to make and receive phone calls while in my shop, as the shop structure is a metal building and as such, has terrible cellular reception inside it. I do have WIFI in my shop, so an internet phone number, in this case a Google phone number, makes sense. I was about to engage in a business transaction with a potential client in Florida. He had agreed to make a deal with me, and I asked him to call me. He did call, however when he heard the Google voice greeting, he decided to not leave a message and responded to the Facebook Messenger that he would not do business with anyone using a Google number as that is a sign of a scammer. I had no idea...... The below is my response to that customer, and I thought I would provide it here.
I was somewhat surprised by your response insinuating because I have a Google number for my shop, that I may be dishonest. I suppose in this world today I should not be surprised. I am honest and have not ever taken advantage of anyone, though I know that many CB shops have bad reputations as "fly by night" operations. I am not one of them. I got into CB in the mid 90's when I drove for MD transport. I knew enough about electronics in general to know the claims made by many CB shops had to be false. Indeed they are, and quite frankly I found the stereotype to be more true than not. I got into working on CB as a hobby, then ended up opening a shop at exit 44 on I-10 in Loxley Alabama, where I was living at the time. I was then and remain now a reputable shop and individual. You can say I get my jollies by being honest and showing my customers what their radio equipment is truly doing, and do not use a "Dr. Feelgood" meter. I'll be happy to make a video of the amp in question being tested if you like. Anyway, it bothered me enough that you might think I was trying to scam you that I edited my website saying my phone number is a Google number, and the reason why I changed it from my cell number; for no other reason that my shop is a metal building with terrible cell reception inside. I have never had anyone question my integrity in the past, and as I said, it bothered me that you did. I understand why you feel the way you do. I can assure you I am in no way dishonest. Thank you for your honesty regarding this, because I had no idea a Google phone number would be seen as a scamming resource. Tim, owner of Tiny's CB Shop.