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Old 03-06-2013, 09:25 PM   #21
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"Man, those guys were professional, but they were a bit expensive."
"Man, those guys were a nightmare, but at least they were cheap"

Those are the two extremes, I think you need to come in somewhere in between the two leaving the customer feeling satisfied while signing the check.

"Man, those guys sure know what they are doing. Who knew there were so many steps involved in painting a house? I can see why their price was what it was.."

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We've been trying to be more expensive than the first one....

We're aiming for, "They were staggering expensive, but did a great job. They're certainly worth waiting for."
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:34 PM   #22
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We've been trying to be more expensive than the first one....

We're aiming for, "They were staggering expensive, but did a great job. They're certainly worth waiting for."
I agree that you should be, but the taste left in the mouth must be what your second part of the quote stated

"but did a great job. They're certainly worth waiting for"

In order for a customer (or client) to feel satisfied, they need to obviously see the value in the service they pay for. They need to see past the "hourly rate" and see the convenience, quality, and craftmanship. Faaaaaaar to many guys in my area can offer a decent paint job, at a low price that would make a lot of people happy if they were walking into a house for the first time, not knowing the process the paint job consisted of. Unfortunately those are the guys who hit the bar right after work, show up when they please, spend most of the day on smoke breaks, and would and could not be trusted in ones house alone, while they owners are at work.

These guys stay busy, but are working for wages less than I pay employees. They will always grind it out, and they will never become successful.

People will pay more for peace of mind, convenience, quality, and pride.
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What kind of low price is guaranteed? If one prices to be the lowest there is little guarantee that their phone number will be good in two years. jmo
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What kind of low price is guaranteed? If one prices to be the lowest there is little guarantee that their phone number will be good in two years. jmo
A price only payable in CASH.
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A price only payable in CASH.
I trade my paint jobs for mortgage payment. Barter baby.
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It's still cheaper to hire a lowballer and complain about the quality once the job is complete, than to hire the company priced higher who will offer the best finish.
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It's still cheaper to hire a lowballer and complain about the quality once the job is complete, than to hire the company priced higher who will offer the best finish.
I agree. I have a friend who is a designer/painter, and she had a friend who is married to a surgeon making a 4 million yearly salary - and she shopped the living bejesus for a painter. We're talking 2 million McMansion home, and she got 3 estimates for some interior work.....$2,500 - $3,500 - $4,500. The $3,500 guy is known to be the 'cheap' guy with immigrant painting crew - although has a professional company. The $4,500 guys is the one giving the god's honest true worth of the job and does quality work. The $2,500 were these backwoods townie hicks. They're the ones that got the job.

Of course she didn't even ask my friend to quote the work. When my friend saw the work - she told her friend{wife of surgeon} that the quality wasn't that great. The woman's response was, it was good enough and it was CHEAP!
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NC is flooded with lowballers.
Simply because the GC needs to squeeze dimes out of the contract.

If you are tired of lowballer hacks, get into HVAC, or plumbing, or be an electrician.
Skilled trades with a set standard.
Oh sure they got hacks and lowballers...but if they get caught...yikes.

This is painting, lowest form of life in the food chain.
Fighting for the leftovers paid to the skilled trades.

Of course stepping outside painting and seeing it for what it really is sux.
Reality sux.
Those trades also have to pull permits and have inspections of their work by a third party

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Those trades also have to pull permits and have inspections of their work by a third party
Darts is to the sports world, what Painting is to the Skilled trades world.
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Darts is to the sports world, what Painting is to the Skilled trades world.
Curling fits better, they use brushes too
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Curling fits better, they use brushes too
Well said, curling is about the 8th best sport played on ice.
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Well said, curling is about the 8th best sport played on ice.
I am also not sure what number 2-7 are.. but I am sure there are 6 sports that fall in between hockey and curling.
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Well said, curling is about the 8th best sport played on ice.
the first seven being distilled grains, right ?

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I personally rank it 2nd, it looks stupid on its face but it's pretty cool once you start watching.
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If only Steve were here to see this derail... He'd be proud
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Back to the OP. I always sell on low quality and high prices, that way my clients have low expectation and are never disapointed!!!!
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Back to the OP. I always sell on low quality and high prices, that way my clients have low expectation and are never disapointed!!!!
Kinda like attending a Flyers game
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It's still cheaper to hire a lowballer and complain about the quality once the job is complete, than to hire the company priced higher who will offer the best finish.
Dear Ol' Timer. Please realize that if ONLY 1 thread were made for each topic... That would constitute of maybe 3-500 threads only. This would be the death of this site because most of those have already been discussed
So everybody log off and only use the search feature. No discussions here.
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If only Steve were here to see this derail... He'd be proud
Sorry I was late. Now that I'm here...I have to say I'm unimpressed.

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