‘Cow­boys’ rip peo­ple off

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS -


‘‘Cow­boy’’ wood sup­pli­ers out to make a quick buck are sell­ing wet wood and charging ‘‘ridicu­lous’’ prices.

Cen­tral Otago-based wood sup­plier Tony Wadsworth is warn­ing peo­ple to ask for wood to be mois­ture tested upon de­liv­ery af­ter hear­ing sev­eral hor­ror sto­ries in re­cent weeks.

‘‘We are get­ting over­whelm­ing re­quests for fire­wood and with this we have heard of some pretty bad deal­ings go­ing on. One woman last week was of­fered semi-sea­soned pine for $120 a cu­bic me­tre. It’s ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing. There is no way the client would get that dry. He should not be sell­ing it. There are peo­ple out there just try­ing to rip peo­ple off and make quick cash.’’

Queen­stown lawyer Graeme Todd said he or­dered three cu­bic me­tres of dry blue gum about a fort­night ago. How­ever, a load of wet pine was left dumped on his drive­way.

‘‘It’s soaked through. For­tu­nately, I hadn’t paid. I asked the guy to pick it up and af­ter two weeks he still hasn’t done it ... It’s highly an­noy­ing. You don’t buy some­thing and get some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent, es­pe­cially when it is of no use to you.’’

Fire­wood is in hot de­mand.

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