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Discounts on multiple pieces?

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Libitina, May 31, 2017.

  1. Thank you all for so much input!! I really appreciate it!

    I let the customer know I don't offer discounts but I wouldn't mind pay for the priority shipping (since it'll be cheap). I haven't heard back yet, guess we'll see.

    I never agreed with asking for discounts on anything handmade or from a small business, such as a taxidermist. I guess you can't blame someone for asking, questions don't hurt. But I personally would never do it. You all brought up some really great points though and definitely put it into perspective for me. I'm going to keep this info in mind for the future when I start doing larger mounts for customers.

    Thanks for the support and advice!!!
  2. Jerry Huffaker

    Jerry Huffaker Well-Known Member

    I never give discounts to anyone. I'm in this to provide for my family , why would I want to take money away from them. 32 yrs full time this fall, still a year behind and have never given a discount.


    TIMBUCK Active Member

    And there you have it folks.^^^^^^^
  4. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    Tell them it's not retail!
  5. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    The only time I give a discount is for a child's first deer...fish...bird. I don't discount the animal, but I give them the panel or piece of driftwood,etc.....and I charge it up to advertising.They always come back.
  6. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    I could see that. You can tell them, "In celebration of your first mount I will give you the panel" (or whatever). Advertising, good will, however you want to look at it! They will feel like they are getting something for nothing.
  7. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Only taxidermist could rationalize this. I go to Firestone looking at tires for my Yukon. He says I have Michelin for $325 each. I say, "If I buy 4, would you give me a discount?" He says he's sorry, but that's the sale price and that doesnt inclue the $6 per tire to digitally balance them. I go to McDonald's and a Quarter Pounder with cheese meal is $6. I ask how much discount I get if I buy 5? He says that will be $30 please. I do sometimes give discounts to client who've supported me over the years but I decide who and when, not the client.
  8. JerseyJays

    JerseyJays Well-Known Member

    I normally feel the customer out..

    For instance:
    I had a guy bring me a deer head this fall... (mounted 1 about 3 years ago for him as well)
    He's a working man, and has a family to support. He signs papers for full price no questions asked.

    All of a sudden, a month later he scores on his 1st bear. Drives over 1 hour (past several taxidermist) to use me, one of the most expensive in my area..
    He shows up, and wants open mouth but the $250 extra was tough to swallow.

    Here's where I make my decision..

    Play hard ball. If he's willing to give it up, he really doesn't have the money, at that point I'll offer it to him discounted because I see he's financially tapped out, and this will go a long way.
    I offered him the "best I could do" at $80 off the open mouth if he really wants it. (Figure it doesn't cost me any mo really time to glue the lips to the plastic as it would to tuck them in a form.. as long as he covers the difference for the cast lip it goes a long way.
    I lose nothing and he is greatful.

    You gotta pick you free-bees...and never let the client push you around.

    I also "throw in" the driftwood on a mount if guy brings me a few birds...
    Or habitat on a half life size (but I charge very well for my work, so a chunk of plywood , some glue , dort, leaves, and 1-2 hours labor isn't the end of the world..

    Better off raising your prices and "discounting" here and there..you will end up better off. (My opinion)

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  9. Bill Yox

    Bill Yox Well-Known Member

    some of you mean well, but are as usual in these discussions, comparing retail sales to artistic services.
  10. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Nice try Bill but you need to stop being in denial. That "artistic" crap doesn't pay the rent, making a living (and most of us would include "honest" as a prefix to "living") is necessary in order for an "artist" to participate in the "retail sales". Does your "artistic supplier" give you a big discount? ONLY IF YOU SPEND "X" AMOUNT OF MONEY TO BEGIN WITH! Most art supply companies give you nothing, nada, zip when buying from them. If you want to be an artist, fine, but if you want to succeed in business, you'd damned well better learn and follow good business practices.
  11. JerseyJays

    JerseyJays Well-Known Member

    When I shop at other places I prefer to go to the friendly places rather than the shrude businessman. I go spend 2900 on a bow set up with case, arrows, broadheads, accessories etc. And they rung me up... then as I'm walking out they said "oh we forgot the 12 target tips" and billed me $5 for them..

    Is it their right? Yes.
    If it were my store letting that go would have been way better because now I go to the other place that gives me 10% off anything I ever buy for no reason but good "Public Relations"

    PR goes a long way when you have local competition. Guys want to support people they consider "friends" so I try and be a friend to all of my clients. But in my shop "friends" pay full price unless I owe them one for something they've helped me with. .

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  12. JerseyJays

    JerseyJays Well-Known Member

    For instance, I had someone bring me a hooded mergsnser last fall.. feet were shot up, and artificial ones are $30... I said "don't worry about it I'll take care if it" (but I charged him $35 for the driftwood-now he gets a small piece instead of a large one to make up half the difference and he's happy as a pig in sh*t and wouldn't know otherwise...) and I don't need to mess around with injecting so I save time :)

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  13. DL

    DL Well-Known Member

    Get yur Senior discount at McDonald's George.