A few last comments then I'll give the OP the last word which he seems to want anyway.
"I ended up paying the $1200 and felt violated...."
You agreed to the $1200.00 to begin with, now you feel "violated". Give me a break!!! What probably happened was you stood around micro-managing the whole job and when you saw how easy the work was you realized how inadequate you had been and didn't want to loosen your grip on your money.
Then you said: "so is this normal procedure for you guys to over charge customers on marterial?"
I'm the one that should be offended my friend. You came here attempting to paint all contractors with your broad brush of accusations that we don't deserve.
Then you also said: "Let me ask you, do you pick on all the newb's that post here or should I feel honored"
Who "picked" first? If some dummy comes here slamming a contractor and his own words don't seem to warrant the slamming then I'll certainly defend the contractor. Your words and tone started off offensive and now I'm the bad guy??? You're goofy!
And again you offered:
"I can tell already the kind of person you are, It's pretty sad when someone comes here with all good intentions to get info, and then gets taken apart and judged by others that have no idea what they are talking about."
Whaa whaa whaa! You are kidding...right?
And you still weren't finished when you said:
"Now I'll give you some advice,, don't try to make a living in the customer service industry, you won't last a day."
Being self employed does require a lot of "Customer Service" and I guess we'll have to see if you are correct. I've already been successfully self-employed in this business for thirty-five years. so I guess we'll have to see what the next thirty-five years brings. But, maybe you should try to take over Dr. Phil's job with your advice.
I'm surprised you can find anyone to work for you with your requirements.
Your problem here is that you ran in to someone that just isn't interested in your BS and sees right through your thin vail of "Oh woe is me, Oh woe is me.":laughing:
Now I have to go and beg to get my position back on the Welcome Wagon Committee thanks to you.