Tips for dealing with cash-only businesses

Tread carefully when dealing with a cash-only business. If something goes wrong, there’s little recourse other than small claims court, which is a gamble.
 
Mike Calandra and his wife found themselves in such a situation while updating their master bedroom set with a darker finish.
 
The project led them to a Pasco County business that specialized in furniture repair and refinishing. The business required 50 percent down and a $600 deposit.
 
Mike Calandra said about a month into the project, the business said it could not do the work. Their furniture was returned but not the money.
 
The couple made numerous calls but said they got no response. That’s when they called ABC Action News. We contacted the business twice. After the second, we got results.
 
An employee actually showed up at the Calandra’s door and handed the couple $600 cash. It was an unconventional but very welcome refund.
 
The business explained to the couple that they had run into financial trouble.
 
It's not unusual for small businesses to accept cash or check only. But in those cases, check out references and contact the county you live in to see if they have an occupational license. That will give you an idea how long they have been in business.
 
Otherwise use a credit card for purchase protection.

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