I don't post just so I can see my name "in lights", I assure you. I just enjoy coming on Taxinet. That's it. Anyway, here goes my thread. After all these years, you think folks would have learned a valuable lesson, but this still comes up sometimes. Folks shopping for a tanner, and being worried about location? You can't possibly be serious! We are talking about your customers skins here. The one most important part of your trade, and it all comes down to usually less than $10-25 dollars? Seriously what's your time worth? Unless your a hack, mounting deer for $250 a head, there can't possibly a good reason for tannery shopping, unless turnaround times are the problem? I have news for you there. That is one problem that can NEVER be fixed, long term. If a tannery is doing a consistent " good job", no matter what they do, turnaround times are going to suffer. The Tanner knows your problem trying to keep your delivery estimates, even though sometimes you might think they don't care. Most of the issue(not all) is training shavers. That simply CANT BE DONE overnight. Someone with what amounts to a spinning razor has to be monitored constantly, not to mention, that job isn't for everyone ! Unless you have stood behind a shaving machine for 8-12 hours a day, you can't even begin to understand the difficulty's and challenges these men endure. The cuts in salty water, aching back, arms you can barely lift, or your hands staying "awake" all night long from nerve and tendon swelling.... The list goes on. Learning the individual requirements of all species from multiple continents.... So, I guess you get the shaver picture. It takes a long time to train one, and weed out all the candidates that can't handle the job! I didn't even get into the equipment required to do large volume, not to mention other employees needed. Every time a tannery expands, while turning out a "good product" at the same time, guess what? Before they know it, it's time to expand again, or they will jack their prices through the roof, to weed out the little shops. I have seen a few company's doing that recently. Anyway, what's your opinion on " tannery shopping " to save on shipping charges? I am constantly reading of someone " looking for a good tannery in southern Wisconsin " , or something of that kind.