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Disposal Fee

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by duckfeathers, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. duckfeathers

    duckfeathers New Member

    Hello . Well the warmer weather is here now and hunting seasons are mostly over for now... But I am still getting frozen game in that was taken last season. Seems like customers are procrastinating, probably for financial reasons, in bringing their mounts in... AND it is an extra effort to dispose of carcases in the warmer weather. Actually I have ran a freezer the last two years to keep things from smelling until they can be disposed of.. So for the extra effort and freezer costs, " I AM NOW Adding a $10 DISPOSAL FEE to anything from prior seasons brought in AFTER MARCH 15th" ..............Times change. I change with them......
  2. Frog

    Frog New Member

    why does it cost more to dispose of it in warmer weather than cold weather, it cost me the same year round. my $47 a month is the best money i spend every month.

  3. EA

    EA Well-Known Member

    Sounds like the perfect time to jack them for $10 more. ;)
  4. HAPP

    HAPP Active Member

    I'm withFrog in a way, but I feel when I set my price at doing a mount.....That 'disposal fee' is already part of the cost. So I'm not slapping the customer with a fee.
  5. Heath Cline

    Heath Cline Active Member

    To each his on how you wan to run your business.
    But I do not want to start adding on little charges here & there.
    All our scraps go straight to the dumpster each & every day, winter or summer. I do not care what my dumpster smells like, its a dumpster, its supposed to smell. And the dumpster is far enough from the shop in the parking lot & downwind so that clients do not get affended by it. So actually the only time someone smells it is when they go to put more trash in the dumpster.
    Now if you live in the city & only have a little trash can out there to be picked up, I could see freezing your scraps but I still would not charge the clients.
    Look at it this way. We have the shipping of supplies for each mount already figured into the mount price. Now when UPS delivers my supplies and my bill has a UPS surcharge for rising fuel cost. There is no way we can call our clients and tell them they owe "x" amount of dollars for the UPS surcharge for rising fuel cost. If we did that , I think we would lose clients. So just like the "disposal fee", these both should already be figured into the mount price, IMO.
  6. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    This ain't.....

    This ain't the airlines.

    I don't charge people to fart.


  7. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    Keep nickel and dimIng your customer and your competition will love you :)
  8. duxdown

    duxdown New Member

    Thank God I live were I do. You know coyotes have to eat too.
  9. mjvaden

    mjvaden New Member

    That is quite possibly one of the dumbest things i have ever heard!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!

    Good luck with that! LOL
  10. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    You should be figuring the cost into your mounts and giving the customer one price. I sold tires in my teens and learned quickly that if I broke it down and itemized the estimate with tires Plus valve stems Plus balancing plus Federal Excise Tax Plus Sales tax Plus disposal fees Plus Recycling fees.... they left and I lost sales. When I was taught to give a Grand Total price "Installed" or "Out the Door" price, I sold a lot more tires!
  11. One thing that really bugs a customer is getting dollared to death. Figure the cost of freezing trash in with your average gross hourly overhead, and incorporate it into every mount all year long.
  12. Figure Every piece as a "Worst Case" Where you have to dispose of a carcass, That way there are no suprises and you have a bit of a buffer when you have to dispose of a carcass and a rotten cape from an inexperienced customer.

    NO ONE likes to be Dimed to death.
  13. ANDY

    ANDY Active Member

    Disposal is part of overall cost of business, they don't charge you at a restaurant to throw away your
    garbage after your done eating. If your going to do this do you give a discount for animal's that are
    allready skinned when they come in the door?
  14. Frog

    Frog New Member

    Alot of chicken farmers are keeping alligators to get rid of dead chickens, anyone useing them with there taxidermy shops? I know you couldn't use them in the north without heated tanks which would be to much cost, but maybe in the south.
  15. mdupertuis

    mdupertuis Active Member

    Don't like the idea at all. Along with what others already said, this comes across as negative and penalizing people for not being able to afford your services earlier? I'd be glad they are still bringing stuff in and not all at once.