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Posted on Got the old "R U crazy $600 for a bookcase I can buy one for that"

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Aaron Taylor

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 05:34 PM

Todd,

I think your price is a little low as well. I have found that my prices end up being around what someone could get the same “type”of furniture from Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel, and I know that my product is better and will last longer. Now living in New Mexico I find that what clients will pay in my part of the country is different from what they will pay somewhere else (fewer people to buy anything). I have also found that providing a detailed bid breakdown helps people understand what it actually costs to build something. My contract includes a page that has a list the price of what I am paying for – sheet goods, solid goods, hardware, materials. Also on that page I list my hourly wage and how long it is estimated to take me (this of course is almost always way under what it will actually take me). After all of this if someone still thinks they can get the same thing for 1/6th of the price then I really don’t have a problem letting them go. I can’t say I like it when someone thinks I am trying to rip them off, but if you have been honest then what someone thinks of you really doesn’t matter.

Keep your chin up.

Aaron

-- "Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops."--Cary Grant from the movie Arsenic and Old Lace


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