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I know this is an on going topic every year/ month

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by JSeiler, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. bobcat071

    bobcat071 Just hangn with buds!!

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    Oh I see,we are ,as taxidermists,in the same class of over priced car sales,sporting goods etc.My bad....not
     
  2. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    Who decides if something is overpriced? You? Welcome to free enterprise. Perhaps you would be more comfortable in Socialist China, or maybe Cuba?
     

  3. bmdakk

    bmdakk Report to moderator


    ??????
     
  4. psycho

    psycho 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONS!

    Yeah you got it. We are in the same class, working class and we have bills to pay.... Your bad isn't even the beginning of it....

    You have to be smart enough to know when to run and be able to own up to your mistakes even if you make a mistake of assuming..... You know what assumes mean right? There may be no help for you. Hopefully if you hang around here long enough you'll learn something... Good Luck

    I have to borrow this phrase from one of the elders here, hopefully he won't mind.... "Stupid should hurt" :)
     
  5. bobcat071

    bobcat071 Just hangn with buds!!

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    All I'm saying is set your price to cover yourself,keeping customer happy and coming back but the way this economy is people in certain areas sometimes how to be flexible in their pricing to be able to continue in keeping their business going weather it be part time or full time..never accused anyone over pricing.
     
  6. redwolf

    redwolf Active Member

    Dan, trust me, he shouldn't be giving advice on money.
     
  7. bmdakk

    bmdakk Report to moderator

    probably one of those $10 hour hacksadermists who would rather do 100 deer heads for $250 than do 50 for $500.
     
  8. antlerman

    antlerman NTA Life Member #0118

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    I recently found out that I am way under priced at 425.00 When Psycho can get 450.00, I must raise my price to 475.00 which will push him to 500.00, then me to 525.00

    See how easy that is to give yourself a 100.00 raise?

    There aren't enough quality taxidermists between us to stop us from doing it. Lets see, he said just the other day that he has around 20 within 20 miles, and I'm close to the same. From where I'm sitting that means only he and I are competing for the top spot in our area. Now, before I go and pizz off one of my neighbors, let me explain. If you don't have the attitude that your stuff is better than your competitions, then how in the hell is your customer gonna think he came to the right place?

    Plus, once you do that, perhaps paying ones child support can be done so that the state, i.e. higher priced taxidermist, doesn't have to feed your kids. ;)
     
  9. psycho

    psycho 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONS!

    Tim I'm at $525! Just got one in today from Nebraska and got 3 more coming.... LOL
     
  10. bobcat071

    bobcat071 Just hangn with buds!!

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    actually I get $375
     
  11. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

    Wow, that's pretty cheap. You must be really fast.
     
  12. redwolf

    redwolf Active Member

    LMAO I had a customer come in and he looked at some of my mounts and he asked me how much I charge. I told him $450. He said "Hell, that's not bad", I looked at my wife and said "My price just went up to $500".
     
  13. psycho

    psycho 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONS!

    I bet he can mount 1 deer every hour.....


    I'm already looking forward to the Missouri Show...... ;)
     
  14. Re: I know this is an on going topic every year/ month

    Economy my butt, taxidermy work is not a necessity. These guys spend countless dollars each year on equipment, leases, trips, ect without going broke, but somehow there is this idea out there that the taxidermy industry should be cutting breaks because times are "tough". No one forced the guy to get a nice deer and no one is forcing him to have it mounted....it's a freakin luxury(kind of like over priced cars, sporting goods, ect) The taxidermist should be paid well for a job well done and leave the welfare taxidermy for the hacks that can't maintain customers based on the quality of their work.
     
  15. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

     
  16. c70mach1

    c70mach1 Let em grow.......

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    Economy my butt, taxidermy work is not a necessity. These guys spend countless dollars each year on equipment, leases, trips, etc without going broke, but somehow there is this idea out there that the taxidermy industry should be cutting breaks because times are "tough". No one forced the guy to get a nice deer and no one is forcing him to have it mounted....it's a freakin luxury(kind of like over priced cars, sporting goods, etc) The taxidermist should be paid well for a job well done and leave the welfare taxidermy for the hacks that can't maintain customers based on the quality of their work.
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    Totally agree timbertrophies
     
  17. JSeiler

    JSeiler Active Member

    This is more like the forums I know of ha ha ha ha ha. I have a regular 40 hour a week job and do this on the side but hope to work it into full time one of these days. I have only been in the commercial side of this business for 2 years. Right now I am thinking about setting my price around 325 - 345 witch is were my biggest competitor is now (the guy in Bluffton) who has 37 years experience over my 4. I have already been told from one of repeating customers that after he hung the head I did for him last year next to one of his old mounts done buy the guy in Bluffton, he wanted to throw the other one in the garbage :) That makes you feel really good about your work. One of these days I hope to be one of Carol Augsburgers competitors who's shop is located just a few miles from mine. But I have a little ways to go before I am in her rear view window ha ha ha.
     
  18. JSeiler, I don't think it will be as long as you think before you are in her mirror! Goodluck and see ya at the Ohio show.
     
  19. Bill Dishman

    Bill Dishman Well-Known Member

    Another bonehead comment. Some just never get it.
    If you were half as smart as you think you are, you'd take advantage of what some of these guys that have been in this business for years are telling you. If you do good quality work and cant make a living at it, your targeting the wrong customers.... the walmart shoppers... taxidermy for the masses. Price is the only consideration to this group. you've already doomed your business to failure.
    Refine your customer base.
    Face it, whether your charging 300, or 400 or 600, its because thats what your product is worth. period.
     
  20. My experience is, the higher my prices get, the better customer base I get.
    I dont have mounts sitting around for months, right now, I dont have any.
    You can get at least $400+
    Pricing cheap will cause you problems,
    If I had a full time 40 hour week job, my wt prices would sky rocket,