If you’re dealing with a handyman, you’re dealing with someone who has only his own reputation to maintain. If you’re dealing with a company, there are many reputations at stake. But sometimes the job you want done is too small for a company. Then you have to find an honest man.
You bargain with a single product of Western Civilization, which is better than other parts of the world, but not dependable enough to risk more than a few hundred dollars. So you lose. You try another handyman.