It wasn't much, but it was in the way. The first place I called quoted a price that I could live with, and said they could schedule the pickup Thursday.
The second place just had a recording, asked for my number and brief description, and promised to call back automatically. Never did.
The third place was 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, an outfit with a slick, amusing TV commercial (not always a positive, in my opinion). Their number answered with a slightly distorted jingle followed by a brief spiel from the founder, and I thought, "Oh, boy, here we go." But it handed me over to a call-center operator who took the particulars in a businesslike manner, promptly gave me a quote about seventy-five percent of the first junk-remover's price, and then said, "But let me put you on hold and check with our local guys. Since this is small and already at the curb, we can probably give you a better deal."
I was happy to hold. Before very long, the operator came back and said, "If you will be home between four and six this afternoon, we can do the job for fifty dollars." Less than half of the first quote!
It was 3:30 p.m. I assured her I would most certainly be home, she confirmed my address and we said goodbye.
The big, brightly-painted truck stopped by around 5:00 p.m. and with no fuss and bother, picked up the junk and we did an arms-length credit-card transaction for payment.
Easiest professional trash removal I ever had, and the least expensive one this century. They will be my first call next time.
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