I hope I don't open up a can of worms on this but I'd like everyone elses opinions about something that could affect quality taxidermy and justified prices as we know them. As I was looking through my latest BPS catalog I saw that they are selling pheasants ready mounted for around $100.00 . How are we supposed to give justification to our own work and rates when " John Q. Public " can just call up ol' Johnny Morris and buy a mount at significantly lower prices? Has anyone personally seen one of these catalog mounts or know who has one? Do they do our industry justice? If the sale price is only a buck -how much /per are their taxidermists getting?
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I've seen those ads, and although I haven't seen one of these mounts personally, I wouldn't worry about it. I personally dont believe they will sell many. Most hunters want the opportunity to brag that they "got the one" on display and everytime they look at it they will remember the hunting trip they got it on. They wont feel that way about a purchased mount and it could end up in the trash. Additionally, most of these mounts will be sold most likely to women who are looking for a gift for their hunting husband/boyfriends who will only accept it to keep from hurting the little womans feelings.
It's always been a belief of mine, that everyone fills a niche...There are consumers that don't care what it looks like, just that it's cheap. And thankfully, there are consumers that know what quality is, and are willing to spend the money for it. The beautiful thing is, everyone wins! For every consumer there is an appropriate source for taxidermy, according to his or her desires...
Don't lose sleep over it my friend - no one is losing any business!
they bad birds and u dont want customers that are cheap
If you want to purchase a generic mounted bird or fish, call Bass Pro. If you want YOUR bass or pheasant professionally mounted, call a taxidermist. Trust me, the consumer knows the difference. Those mounts a modest, but no show stoppers...
I mounted a pheasant the other day, I thought was a show stopper. then I stopped in Pat Rummans shop, and realised that Bass Pro probably wouldnt want my bird. there is art, there are stuffed critters, yea, I guess something for everyone.
I will agree that the cheap catalog mounts are a little anoying but not any more than the guy down the road that undercuts your prices. If a customer were to bring it up, I would say they are just trying to use the fact for leverage. Don't budge.I would just grin, shake my head and say, "I don't know HOW they do them for that price! I HAVE to charge x-amount when I mount one!" Some folks do want mounts just for decor but I believe there are many more who want something they "took" themselves. I doubt that mass produced taxidermy will extend itself much further than small, pretty upland birds or even cute small mammals. (Or beer-drinking armadillos!)LOL Also, catalog orders have shipping charges attached too!
OK, I realize that some people are just buying to decorate .I guess the point I was trying to make was that in mass produced mounts ,some or all of the quality is left out.I wasn't losing sleep on losing business to them either.I just wanted to know how you all saw the BPS as a competitor .Is there anyone out there that does the taxidermy for them? Are you paid justifiably(?)for your time. I'm just taking a little poll-thats all.Thanks all that respond.
IF THE SPORTSMAN ONLY KNEW THAT B.P. SUB-CONTRACTES ALL THERE MOUNTS THEY WOULD UNDER STAND THE POOR WORKMAN SHIP. THEY BARTER FOUR THE LOWEST PRICE AMONG LOCAL TAXIDERMIST IN RETURN GET SUBSTANDERED TAXIDERMIST AND CHARGE INFLATED PRICES WAKE UP SPORTSMEN.
Thanks ,Larry,I guess thats what I wanted to hear.I feel better now.
I need a stuffed armadillo. Anyone have one?