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General Discussion / Re: cleaning blood off fabric
October 14, 2012, 10:14:11 pm
Use your own spit just make sure you get all the coffee out first!
Natuzzi has been making their stuff that way for years and now the rest are catching on. We don`t  get the repairs anymore as its cheaper to throw it in the garbage can than the 2 or 3 hundred it costs to fix. We tried to cheapen the labour to keep the work coming in but that was a loose loose so now I just give the price and forget about it. I replaced a seat about six months ago, it was a six inch cushion and it had about forty pieces of foam glued together to make the cushions. This past week I went out to replace a torn dustcover and discovered a 4 x 8 inch cylinder of cement inside the bottom of the sofa. Why ?, no idea but it was there. The furniture business has changed drastically in the last few years, we hardly get any residential any more its mostly commercial stuff and with the economy the way it is and the new gov. rules on impaired driving going from .08 to .05 the restaurant industry is reeling and so am I.Don`t get me wrong I beleive there should be no tolerance for DUI. I just layed of my service tech, 11 years service great guy single dad and now unemployed. I`m thankful I moved back home last year and got rid of the shop but theres not much left to get rid of now, to get a solid weeks worth of work is a dream. If i sound discouraged I am.
I got my increase letter for both suppliers for 18% one of whom has pled quilty to price fixing and the other is the one who went into the competition bureau and admitted they were price fixing before the bureau even knew there was a problem ----great
Try googling foam price fixing and see what you find.
The Business Of Upholstery / Re: therapy
March 05, 2012, 04:30:35 am
At 57 I have started working out every morning at 430. Mon Wed Fri I do 45 minutes of weights and the other three I do 20 minutes of cardio and Sunday is a rest day. We are eating right taking the appropriate vitamins and especially glucosamine condroitin. The later is good for the arthritic joints and I can say with all the changes we have made including once a month visit to the Chiropractor I feel alot better.I have lost 16 pounds in 6 weeks which is always good for the knees and the old pump. It is hard to get going and keep the routine going but once its established it just becomes another routine in your daily life. The other side bonus is there are 42 people in this challenge each one throwing in 30 bucks winner takes all, I`m going to win and take my long suffering wife on a holiday. 8)
The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Standard Labor Hours
November 28, 2010, 04:02:07 am
Shop rate is 85 an hour here and thats low compared to other shops and I charge 100% on fabric most others are charging 150 or more. My rates are going up.
The Business Of Upholstery / Re: Retirement
August 24, 2010, 03:52:40 am
Jeez freedom 95 is looking less likely all the time thanks for the downer you guys.
General Discussion / Re: The Competition From China
August 24, 2010, 03:42:35 am
I don`t even sell memory foam anymore because costco sells it for less than I can buy it for in bulk. Just wait till the Chinese have this all nailed down then the subsities will come off over there and the prices will rise but us in North America who have lost all the ability to make anything will not be able to react because all our manufacturing has gone over there. Communist or not they ain`t going to work for ten cents an hour forever. We are so stupid it infuriates me.
I do repairs for a number of manufactuers and my policy is a faxed or emailed work order with a work order number which is referred to on the invoice, no paper work no work done. Its tough to get deposits out of the manufactuers but having told them your policy before hand I say screw em let them get somebody else. If you are busy enough why even condsider it, it took me a long time to weed out the bad payers 45 90 days etc. and keep the good ones. Oh and if you wind up doing the work remember to add an agravation tax.
Funny thing about pricing, we use to charge$50.00 for a in home service call for a non contract customer and had nothing but grief about price  from prospective customers when F________ -edic arrived and started charging $65.00 we kind of frowned and waited to see how it went. After a short time he had conditioned the paying customers now we charge more than him and get all the work.