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« : August 31, 2012, 04:37:57 PM »

This afternonn inwayster 2 1/2 hourz on housecalls.
 
Last week i had 3 call and got 3 jobs. Today i got a call and was out there in an hour as most shops dont  even anwser the call im told. 
So a guy had a hurricane deckboat bimini frame but no canvas
So a 9'+ length. Zippered  pockets. Patterned and installed on a boat lift i quoted $640 sunbrella.
I get "why so much" id have to come ou tot the boat pattern the top sew it plus zippered pockets
Sven if i could do it all in less then a day. Say 6 hours plus materials.
Now the owner had a great spot on a river with an addition being built to the home.
Why so much.  Insaid it the costs and shipping is much more. Call me if you want to procedde and have a nice day.   Never mind my time and gas waysted. And another after was looking for anpow cost after buying his own fabric :( loke that would make some cushions cheap to build.

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« #1 : August 31, 2012, 07:47:00 PM »

I won't do boat cushions when they bring me the material, unless it is a material I know/trust....there is nothing worse than doing a job then getting blamed for a vinyl failure when it was because they brought you cheap $5/yd vinyl...I tell my customers that especially in upholstery...you get what you pay for....

with boats you get the people who look online for a bimini top and see they can buy one for 3-400 bucks...but it is not a custom fit and will not work for their boat. they come to us expecting universal prices on custom work...go figure!
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« #2 : August 31, 2012, 07:55:02 PM »

This was a fabric for the cushions Jd.
He top was canvas only  the frames he had. BUt lost  the can as in The trash  heck with the framework  stainless
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Ask around 1400
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« #3 : September 01, 2012, 12:14:46 PM »

I dont fhink 6 was out of line for a 10' bimini canvas with zippered pockets done onsite ?

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« #4 : September 01, 2012, 02:39:57 PM »

I don't that is out of line, good work is worth the price!
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« #5 : September 01, 2012, 05:55:06 PM »

Not an unreasonable price at all.  There's no magic in producing boat canvas.  People seem to think you just push a button and an hour later it's ready to install. 

I quoted a cockpit upholstery job just last week - $1200 for 12 individual pieces - most small, soft backs, one larger, 3 needing new foam.  And he wants to know if the $1200 includes sales tax.  Like "No".  And yes, I do collect and pay tax.  I get the "I'll have to discuss with the wife".  I actually hope he doesn't call.  I was probably $400 too cheap. 

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« #6 : September 01, 2012, 07:49:46 PM »

I learned that collecting taxes on services was required...so I had to pay 6 months worth of jobs that I had already done...when I got serious about making this work, I hired a CPA to set me on the right path, and learned a lot about taxes....basically had to take the old jobs and "back" the taxes in, so if i did a 1200 dollar jobs I had to call it an 1111 dollar job and pay 89 in taxes...at least now I am on the right path...I sometimes forget to estimate the taxes and get some serious wtf when they get their invoice and the 1200 dollar job became 1296!
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« #7 : September 01, 2012, 08:05:29 PM »

Ya that sound a little low to me also june if he doese call back you can be booked up
I had a wuote i did  at least 2 years ago i think it was  tualy 3. Noe he called me back to to a complete cront a d rear camper on a searay. This fime inwas a 1000 more he went for it withkiut thinking   Im ready to finnish the install probly tomorow

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« #8 : September 01, 2012, 08:10:27 PM »

Mike...I think the price is in line. When I get the "that much" I ask how much they think it should be. When they tell me....I have to stop myself from laughing.

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« #9 : September 04, 2012, 03:32:35 PM »

Give them what they ask for , trivantage sells those ready made cheapo bimini tops !!
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« #10 : September 04, 2012, 03:51:05 PM »

I expect someong to be looking cor a chesp price if its an old guy retired not a fancy house ect. And had his top tears from rot and they this a coulle hundred to replace he k overtons had the top frame and sll for less then 300  even today inhad a guy stop me and ask befor lea inf my lunch spot thst has a lot of old retirees. He wasnted to know if i could replace the csnvas top on a lawn swing. I didnt want to wayste my time on a bouse call to shock him. But this guy why so much had a nice house on the waterfront. Having a addition built to the house a nice boAt and new dock foing to add a dock awning cover who gave him my number. Niw the do k lift cover guy get like 5k for a metal frame and some canvAs  but 600 is too much for a 9' bimini canvas zippered pocket  :'(

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« #11 : September 04, 2012, 08:26:14 PM »

It seems to me the 'poor' guy will pay the price, knowing work is effort. The 'rich' guy will nickle and dime you to death.

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« #12 : September 05, 2012, 08:26:18 AM »

The working man is my  best customer . He knows he works hard for his money and so do I !! Some wealthy people don't mind paying for service , those are my customers too. The guy who wants it cheaper or nickel and dimes me aren't my customer. I have a small yellow pages ad. Let the guy with the half page ad get all the " how much " calls.

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« #13 : September 06, 2012, 07:25:10 AM »

Here in Charleston that price would be low. I saw one much smaller top recently the owner had paid $850 for with zips and sunbrella. Wait till he calls you back after getting more quotes.If he gets any lower ones(doubtful) I bet it won't come near the quality of your work. 
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« #14 : September 07, 2012, 05:06:39 AM »

Here in Charleston that price would be low. I saw one much smaller top recently the owner had paid $850 for with zips and sunbrella. Wait till he calls you back after getting more quotes.If he gets any lower ones(doubtful) I bet it won't come near the quality of your work. 
Just for the canvas work i wasnt talking thebstsinless frames. They were  intact.

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