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Raise Your Prices

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by George, Sep 9, 2021.

  1. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Regardless of the Einsteins here who'll make a smart assed comment ot those who "can't get that much in your area", you need to raise your prices significantly.
    Most of you are already seeing monumental increases in supplies and shipping WHEN YOU CAN ACTUALLY GET THOSE SUPPLIES.

    The current administration is Hell bent to bankrupt the country and inflation is killing us. Bidementia is pushing that "green" agenda on has, since inauguration, tried to destroy this country. He is pushing this $309,000,000,000 budget bill under the guise of infrastructure. In a harebrained ruse of off-setting this spending, he has always looked at multiplying the taxes on anything using carbon or methane in the production. Today it was announced that he is "actively pursuing adding PLASTIC to that excess taxing package.
    Now I know it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that nearly everything in taxidermy either directly uses one of those 3 item or it's passively used in the manufacturing process.

    If you posted a pricelist before Sep.1, you should immediately revise it. You should then post a PSA that those prices are subject to change without notice due to conditions outside your control. You should also include a warning that your ",one year turn around" may be adversely effected by the difficulty of acquiring supplies and tannery turnarounds.

    And stop feeling guilty about good business decisions. Raising prices means you get paid for all the work involved. It also immediately eliminates the pain-in-the-ass clients or at least makes dealing with them more palatable.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2021
  2. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    I read something on that 20% plastic tax today on I think FR. looking for the article now. In the 1970s I visited the Dick Idol Studio in Rougemont ,NC. He said then all Taxidermists’s need to double their prices , everything will stay relative, we all will get the same volume of work only we all make more money ! He also said “high prices are also a automatic arse hole eliminator “ ! A man before his times !

  3. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    we still have a guy here just north of the twin cities that mounts deer for 375….big sign on the freeway, flyers in all the stores in his competitors areas , has some kind of a mold to make one size , straight , any turn or add on for size is extra… work is av to below av comercial work and his people skills are entirely absent…yet he gets a lot of buisness prob half is new customers each year . good buisness blueprint huh
    George likes this.
  4. sterling

    sterling My son and my 2011 Moose

    George you are 100% Correct! Richard C. has been telling the Taxidermists here in Maine to raise our prices for years. I am so busy, I was contemplating to not take any work this Fall, Richard told me not to do that, but raise your prise.

    I recently had my Furnace cleaned. $175 and the guy was here for maybe 20 minutes, with very few supplies. A lot of money, but guess what every other burner tech in the area is getting that. He told me he is going up in price because he can't keep up.

    I listened to Richard C., I take what he and Frank T. say to heart. I listened and raised my prices significantly. It has turned some people away, but plenty of others are still willing to pay the increase. Great advice George!!
  5. Dark Man

    Dark Man Well-Known Member

    10% increase this year for me,and I probably should have went more
  6. Mudbat

    Mudbat Well-Known Member

    This year alone my fish went from 30,35, to 40 per inch
    Richard C likes this.
  7. NMJagdHunter

    NMJagdHunter Ted Wenner

    Just looking at Roman pro 555 (5 gal prices) after an almost 50 dollar increase from. $145 to $190 at my local supplier this month, on Amazon today $269.00, some other online places saw it as high as $293, did see it on Matuska for $162 but I wouldn't expect that to last long. . . keep your prices moving on up
  8. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Don’t trust Amazon, I’ve seen prices on there that were ridiculously high and yet you can buy it at the hardware store still at just a few bucks . Things are going up in price , just be careful . We’re you get it
    Tax 590 MI likes this.
  9. Crittrstuffr

    Crittrstuffr Well-Known Member

    Just went from $525 to $595 for deer shoulder mounts
    J.N.L likes this.
  10. Dave York

    Dave York Well-Known Member

    I was at the grocery store and mayonnaise was up $1. a jar
  11. Rick Carter

    Rick Carter Administrator

    I took your advice, George. I went from $800 to $900 for WT Deer. I'm still getting more to do than I want. I've temporarily stopped taking in work and will resume new work in February. I should have gone to $1,200.
  12. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    I here you ... I've raised my price for a standard shoulder mount to $850.00 and it hasn't slowed most folks down. If they want the work done badly enough, they will pay your fee. At first I felt odd asking for that amount in this area, but to hell with it ... I have expenses.
    J.N.L, wa, socalmountainman and 3 others like this.
  13. grumpa

    grumpa Active Member

    So many folks say "I raised my prices $25 this year" Or "I raise my prices once a year." The Gas station raises them almost DAILY. The grocer does it every time he stocks the shelves. WAKE UP!!!!!
  14. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    My bronze casting foundry just added 5 percent surcharge to all my EXSISTING orders. How many taxidermists will even consider that? Why or why not?
    Clew and joeym like this.
  15. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    This is why I don’t have a price sheet of any kind, as people ask for a price on the phone and you give and when they come in they want to change the mount up , adding habitat and such then say you told me $$$$$ . But not having said price sheet allows me to change my base price and add ons accordingly , like if they piss me off . I have nothing locked in . I went from $825. To $885 this year , I’m probably the highest in the state , and don’t care . I do loose a few mounts , but at my price and overhead I can afford to loose 1/3 of my quotes before it even comes close to effecting me .
  16. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    Price determined by customer attitude and mine depending on the day. I like it.

    11PYBOWHUNTER Active Member

    I charge a 100 fee if the cape is split all the way up the back on shoulder mounts. I call it an A-hole fee. Only had one this year that hunted out west with a lazy ass outfitter/guide. That’s a lot less than last year.
  18. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I think that the long seam comes from old school guidance published on how to cape a deer.

    You are lucky that you don't experience more of this. Most hunters around my area and a lot of others out west, hike into a wilderness area 3 to 10 miles in, hunting canyons that are near vertical hundreds of yards, if not a thousand or more deep, killing an animal down in the bottom with very little to hold onto, while ropes are needed to hold the animal in place for boning it out for the hike out. Once you experience how a lot of westerners hunt, you would see how a long seam is the only way to get out of the canyon in a timely manor.

    Most of my deer and elk hunts are like this. There is no way tubing out a deer head is possible in those situations.
  19. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

  20. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    I've been full time at taxidermy since 1970 (52 years) and part time before that and Ive only seen maybe three short incision capes in my life. I've personally never skinned any game that way and I've hunted globally.. You must be of little experience.