Geoge, i can see why you are making a mountain out of a mole hill with Ron`s statement. good for you cause thats all you can do is get off the subject. LMAO. Capitalism works but theres loopholes in it when you have illegal mexicans coming to the states and being paid cash under the table for doing jobs cheap and undercutting the competition. Jobs going over seas nothing being manufactured in the states as it is cheaper thus undercutting the competition. And we have SOME not all -Taxidermists that have other sources of income enable them to undercut the competition to get in work. This is what screws up the whole system, as if they had no additional income along with their taxidermy work they would be out of business because they would a) not be able to pay their bills or b) get a bad reputation in that people would not bring them work because it would take years to get their mount back or the quality has suffered. Now we have guys starting out ok yes everyone starts somewhere as they progress in their business they will find out that they will have to charge more for their work each year or as necessary to stay in business -see the thread that kurt rojeman is a good example of this. that would be a natural progression of things. Yet we have a regression of prices. i dont care where you live in the US, deerheads should not still be under $300? I`m sorry especially when you got guys in the area that are over $450-at least where i`m at... you guys have no idea how many damn customers i have to educate that come in here that don`t know dick about taxidermy, the general public doesnt know anything some do and most don`t. There`s also alot of taxidermists out there with poor business practices cause they didnt charge what they were worth and guess what went out of business, but if they had that additional income they would still be doing it.