I probably should let this go but, as well written as what you said Mr. Yox, there are some flaws along the way. Certain costs are not the same. Not even accounting for the house costs - Multiple things are different priced. The cost of water and sewage is probably MUCH higher in California than rural Louisiana where a person has their own well and perk field. Real estate taxes in New Jersey probably average $6000 where on average that is 1/4 of the years income in some places. If a house is appraised at $40,000, which might be average for and area, the real estate taxes on an average house in Connecticut which may be $300,000 would probably be 6 times the cost. Even something like gas - ours currently is around $2.40 a gallon - 35 miles away in Ohio it is $2.05. There are dozens of other variances. On top of that is the true cost to mount a deer. You can buy $20 eyes and $5.00 eyes. If you use dry preserve and adhesives from Home depot, it is cheaper than sending it out for $70.00 to get a good tan job. Not everyone uses nasal septum's, or re-builds nose pads, etc. The forms are probably fairly evenly priced, but that may be all. The other flaw is that taxidermy is both a hobby and a vocation. As a hobby, it has people willing to just do something for the enjoyment. Someone who works in a factory or mine or refinery may enjoy mounting specimens as a hobby and do it for fun in there spare time. They may not need the money but still strive to do excellent jobs. I mentioned years ago about the craft ladies who make afghans or quilts. They love doing them, keeping their hands busy, but after doing 10 quilts what do you do with them. The big cities have professional quilters who might charge $1000 or more for a quilt, but backwoods West Virginia can't even have a profitable business at the local flea market. As a hobby, and with a paid job, a budding taxidermist can afford to do deer heads for a net profit of only $100.00, and so they can charge $300 total or perhaps $350. They can only mount up their deer and their friends deer, etc., but if they really like doing deer, they may branch out and start a side business. Because taxidermy is a hobby, a professional who charges $800 and moves to an area with low costs will have to develop a clientele who is willing to pay the price. This is not easy by any stretch, especially when 15 taxidermists in an area do almost as good a job for $350. Profits on ten deer heads at $800 certainly is better than ten deer heads at $350, but the latter may do it as a hobby/side job and not have to rely on it as an income. The hobby taxidermist will definitely garner business away for the sole income taxidermist. People at the upper end look down at others who charge lower. Some of the best taxidermists are part-timers. If Boarhunter lost his job, could he actually replace his income with taxidermy entirely?? The perks of a full time job are way more than they were 20 years ago. Health care for a family of four is probably now about $16,000, whereas, that number 20 years ago was probably $6000. Even with inflation that is much more than double. The companies cover the difference, but a taxidermist has to make up for more than inflation. College costs, cable, electricity, heck even phone costs have gone up phenomenally more than inflation. Commercial taxidermists have a hard row to hoe. I am surprised at the number still trying to eek out a living at it as their sole income. I sure am glad I am not one. Maybe if buckfever can't find a job at the BMW dealership, he can open a franchise for Jarods diamonds.