Well, everybody else has a McKenzie, low baller post so I did not want to feel left out But seriously, I've wanted to put down in words for some time a few strong feelings I have about this whole entire McKenzie & lowballer conspiracy/situation and these last couple of posts and responses have kind of been the straw that broke the camels back. This may be long, but it needs to be said and heard. First of all, do some of you even think before you type....are you impaired??? What's the effing deal?! There are a bunch of people on here ranting and raving about all the NEW Taxidermists popping up around them...ummm excuse me, what were half of you 1-2-3-4-6 years ago?? A NEW TAXIDERMIST IN TOWN! Where is this sense of entitlement coming from that nobody else should try this art? Many of you are members of your state association, you should be promoting this art, not stabbing people wanting to try it. So many gripe about the low ballers. I'm going to tell you a secret, please do not share it......YOU ARE NOT LOSING BUSINESS TO LOW BALLERS, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE BROUGHT IT TO YOU ANYWAYS, THEY CAN'T AFFORD YOU!!!! I'm going to tell you another little secret and this one is a biggie!!! Seriously, keep this one under your hat. If you are a professional Taxidermist as many promote themselves to be, the $250 new guy is not a threat to your business....a threat to losing business is a new guy coming in, doing average to above average work, setting up a nice, clean full time business and charging $400-$500 dollars starting out for a simple shoulder mount. This guy/gal has confidence, skill & apparently a little business sense and while you've got your eye on that little guy you've been complaining about charging $200-$300 for a deer head to clients who obviously don't give a damn about quality, only price, the other guy is taking in work you could have had if you stayed focused. I'm going to give you a sound piece of advice......THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT THE OTHER GUY, YOU CAN ONLY CONTROL YOUR OWN BUSINESS! Concentrate on that. I am not a big shop, I am a small shop. i do not want to be a big shop. Yes we are adding on out of necessity.....but I can promise you I will never be a big hitter. You see I still think a well managed small studio can make as much profit as a large studio that has too much overhead....maybe I'm wrong, but I'm quite sure I am not In this business you can have a small studio managed correctly and make a good living or you can have a huge studio and make a great living with major stress....I choose the first. But whether you run a large or small studio, you must carry the large studio attitude........and that is not to give a crap what the 'other' guy is doing outside your studio. Now of course if somebody local is stealing your advertising, slandering your business or otherwise then you deal with it.....but what they charge, promise or mount is none of your concern and should not even be addressed or thought of. Same with new Taxidermists. What were most of you on this site 2-3-4-5-6 years ago? You were new Taxidermists. Now many of you are criticizing those who are following the same dream you were just a short few years ago. Ask yourself, what makes you so special? Why are you welcome into this industry and they are not? I read on facebook and here how you shouldn't trust anybody, let newbies into your shop and yada, yada, yada.........is this how you want to be treated? and if this is how you were treated, how did it make you feel? I'm going to share another secret with you. If you are rolling along, started doing good in taxidermy and have some local kid come into your shop.....treat him good. You don't have to show him your magical ear wizard or share with him that Krowtann is like magic in a bottle......you don't even have to tell him 555 or 111 is better than epoxy, but don't treat him like a scab. You treat him like a scab, you're only going to motivate him to be bigger, better and higher priced than you out of spite.....if you are kind and have a professional courtesy to him, you may just wind up with somebody to shoot the taxidermy BS with and as a peer he may look to raise his prices closer to yours simply out of respect. When I travel I sometime get off the interstate and go into these little towns looking for Taxidermy shops. I did that today and saw something amusing. i saw a homemade spray painted business sign that without stating it, you could tell was a jab at another newer taxidermy shop so being an enquiry mind, I wanted to know.....so I went to the first shop and looked and then set out to find what I knew was another taxidermy business in town....I found it and it was PACKED with people checking in mounts, the first one I saw with the homemade sign was also open but not much going on. People, potential clients will RUN from a small business that promotes themselves by disparaging others. I have always felt that logic was true and saw it first hand today. Seriously fellow Taxidermists, have you ever heard an auto mechanic say he thought NAPA auto supply was getting too big or was carrying too many parts??? Think about that for a second, I'll say it again..."have you ever heard an auto mechanic say he thought NAPA auto supply was getting too big or was carrying too many parts??? " NO! And you never will! Most businesses love the consolidation of supplies...EXCEPT TAXIDERMISTS! Here you have a Taxidermy company that was started in a garage (just like yours!), went to show after show after show, kept up with market wants and needs and came out bigger than the rest and what does the McKenzie company get from some of its peers? Condemnation! Even from companies who are only a few years old!! LMAO So here's the deal, in Taxidermy you achieve the American dream and you are the devil to your peers. Wow, do you teach your children also to only be half as good as they can be?? People react with bitterness to McKenzies so called 'snap together' parts. Question, did you ever stop to think that it was a Taxidermist JUST LIKE YOU who created those items and now makes a commission off of them??? Once again I will repeat 'did you ever stop to think that it was a Taxidermist JUST LIKE YOU who created those items and now makes a commission off of them???' Yep, it was somebody just like you who loved working in this industry who created those parts and now you, the taxidermist are giving them crap for using their God given talent and striving to do more for this industry. YOU BITCH BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE DO NOT SHARE ALL THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND THEN WHEN THEY DO YOU BITCH THAT THEY ARE MAKING IT TOO EASY FOR OTHERS! Are every damn one of you complaining about this bipolar? Are you pissed that technology passed you by?? We have an industry that is finally being looked at in a more respectable way, we have an industry that has advanced to where most mounts will not embarrass us as bad as they use to and we bitch! People gripe about a $50 form. you are going to bitch about the main structural product that cost less that 20% of the gross product to be finished. Have any of you ever ran a real business??? Our profit to cost margin is one of the best of any industry and yet you bitch! You bitch that "Taxidermy is too easy to get in to" well let me ask you, where the hell did you come from (if you've started Taxidermy since 1985-if you came up before the 80's you would not say this ) You cry that Taxidermy is the only business where anybody can order supplies wholesale..........tell that to plumbers, carpenters and electricians who see potential clients walking into Home Depot and Lowes to buy products so they can fix their own leaky toilets, build their own sheds, install their own windows, paint their own houses and install their own flooring.....and most contractors pay MORE for their supplies than WE DO! Most have to order from smaller lumber yards who specialize in more builders products but have to charge a higher price because they do not have the volume buying power as Depot or Lowes. We have a lumber yard here in La Grange where the owner buys his 2x4's at home depot and resells them at his yard with a mark up because his lumber wholesaler cannot beat Home Depots price. ALSO, how many beginners do you know that are going to order a $1,000's worth and get a 12% discount? Also, if ANYBODY thinks the discount stops at 12% then you are crazy!! Do you honestly think that the shops ordering $100,000 worth of supplies are paying the same price as we are??? Heck no....and before one of you say 'well that's not fair, all Taxidermists should get the same discount'.....bu;ll $h!t!! risk everything you have, open up a $1,000,000 plus studio, order $10,000- $20,000 worth of supplies at a time and then tell me that everybody DESERVES to get the same deal. Everybody harps on McKenzie, even some supply companies still growing, but I see where one supply just signed on 2 new sculptors from other companies and are expanding their product line......but just a couple of months ago an employee of this supply company was on here lambasting McKenzies for getting too big. Why is it OK for one supply company to try and grow but they criticize another for doing it??? Seriously, answer that question. Why is it fine for a company like the one who smartly contracted 2 new sculptors try and grow and get where McKenzie is.....but McKenzie is the devil because they are where the other is trying to be?????????????????????????????????????????????????/ We have people stating that McKenzie wants to put Taxidermist's out of business with their price increases. Well you may feel that way (for good reason) if you're charging under $350 for a deer head. You will NOT make a living! But seriously, where do some of you come up with this crap?????????????????? I here how some Taxidermists local economy will not support a living wage cost on a deer head.....well then find a different profession or MOVE! If you cannot make a living wage get the hell out! I have 2 friends who have lost their job in the computer industry and they are perfect examples of PEOPLE. One could not find a white collar job like he had, lost his house, wife and self esteem (I believe over it) and applies for jobs every week, but otherwise bitches about how their are no jobs out there. The other friend who also lost his white collar job traded in his dockers for a jumpsuit and is climbing drilling rigs out in West Texas....he kept his house, his family and is making it the best way he can. All this crap about McKenzie being the only supply company... the Antelope I just mounted with Manny Chavez is on a Jet smith form, I just got a bunch of awesome whitetail forms from Fosters Taxidermy Supply, I'm ordering muledeer and antelope from Jonas in 2 weeks, in January I am ordering 9 bobcats from Research.....and on and on and on!! I love y'all....but shut up!! LOL you are condemning ingenuity, entrepreneurialism, capitalism, innovation and success all while trying to use your ingenuity to be an entrepreneur so you can have more capital to expand your innovations and be a success.....think about that please. PS Please find out who they are and support your smaller supply companies with orders indstead of sitting on here and bitching that there is none left.....you are not helping their cause by complaining, you only help them by buying.