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#19293 - 09/21/04 04:07 AM Tipping *****
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Is it customary to tip your electrologist? If so, how much do customers usually tip for a one hour session? Does it make a difference if the electrolysis is performed in a spa or a doctor's office?I have had electrolysis from the same practitioner both in the doctor's office and in a spa where she works part time. I do tip at the spa. But it seems out of place to tip in a doctor's office.RJC2001

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#19294 - 09/21/04 09:42 PM Re: Tipping
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I had the same question when I started, and everyone on the board said not to tip.

Though I've been soooooooooooooooo thrilled with the results so far and since I'll still be at this in december, I'm thinking of a giving a nice hefty xmas tip.

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#19295 - 09/23/04 01:53 AM Re: Tipping
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For more on Tipping, see this link.

Gratuity

It is not a hard and fast rule that you don't or can't tip your electrologist, you just have to discuss this with your electrologist. Those who work for others might be more receptive than those who work for themselves for obvious reasons.
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#19296 - 09/24/04 03:18 AM Re: Tipping
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Thanks for the input everyone. I get the idea there is no hard and fast rule about tipping. My practitioner is now working exclusively in a doctor's office so I will discuss tipping with her and make sure there is no policy against it in the office.RJC2001

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#19297 - 09/24/04 04:36 AM Re: Tipping
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Well, I don't really tip my electrologist. I buy her breakfast every time I visit. And sometimes, she buys me lunch after the treatment, if time is allowed.
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#19298 - 09/25/04 01:32 PM Re: Tipping
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You are correct. The only hard and fast rule on gratuities and electrolysis is that you will need to carefully and politly discuss it with your electrologist. You will also need to understand that while most will simply tell you their stand on the subject, (mine is that I would not dishonor a birthday present by refusing to accept it, and you don't have to give me one of those come October 7th either, but I still have room in my closet for more number 7 sports jerseys if you want to get me one ;\) ) and some electrologists actually get offended that any one WANTS to tip them, because they associate tipping with "menial jobs" like waitressing.

I do find that for many people, the option of treating the electrologist to a meal is popular, however, for a busy electrologist like myself, it is not frequently practical unless the person is bringing something into the office, and I get to eat it prior to their appointment, which is not practical either for anything other than a light snack. Luckily, many electrologists do have the time to visit an eatery with you and relax.

Just read the previous post-string provided in the link, and maybe add your own take on the subject to that string. I do want the electrologists to understand why clients want to do this, and just how the client comes up with how much they wish to give. It can go a long way to settling everyone's stomach on this issue even if it doesn't settle the issue of should you tip YOUR SPECIFIC electrologist. It will provide you with all the tools to get that question answered between the two of you.

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#19299 - 01/18/05 01:21 AM Help The Practitioners To Understand
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Let's try this again.

Practitioners need your help in understanding YOUR side of this question.

People here are always asking about how to tip, and what to tip, but when electrologists talk about this, the argument is should one even accept a tip.

I have not had much luck in getting the readers of this forum to post why they tip when they tip, and what it means to them when they do. Please do us a favor and take some time to post something on this subject. YOU are the expert here. I can't tell practitioners how you feel, only you can.

If you have never posted to the forum, here is the perfect place for a first post.
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#19300 - 01/18/05 03:26 AM Re: Help The Practitioners To Understand
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I decided to tip my practitioner for a job very well done, $10 per session. It just seemed like the right thing to do. I had just never thought of it until the past year.

RJC2001

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#19301 - 01/18/05 11:52 AM Re: Help The Practitioners To Understand
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I personally NEVER accept a tip. I see myself as a professional offering a professional service. I also own my business and have no other employees. My compensation is seeing great results and hearing people tell me what a difference I've made in their life.
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#19302 - 01/18/05 01:21 PM Re: Help The Practitioners To Understand
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I started my treatments in a Beauty Salon. After several sessions, where I didn't tip, I found out that other customers were tipping for things like facials and so on.

That made me feel awkward, so instead of tipping, I started putting all the money that I would have tipped into a pot at home, and gave it as a Christmas bonus at the end of the year.

It made me feel a bit better, anyway.


The next electrolysists I had specialised in electrolysis only. They ran their own businesses. Two of them politely told me that they didn't expect to be tipped when I offered it. So I didn't offer agin, and I don't feel bad about it. The third one accepted my tip, so I tip her all the time.


If I ever went somewhere else, I think I'd offer a tip and if it's accepted, I'd be happy to continue tipping. If it's declined, I'd thank them very much, and just not offer it again.

A good electrolysist will really appreciate how much you value your sessions without you giving tips.
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