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  1. #1
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    Not AHB, but impressive in size.

    Sadly, the owners called a pest control company
    rather than a beekeeper, so the colony was
    not saved, nor was the estimated 450 lbs of honey
    salvaged. A complete waste.

    They also charged they homeowners $2000.00,
    not including the cost of repairing the wall
    sections removed when removing the colony.

    Story and video here:
    http://www.click2houston.com/news/46...l.html?th=ssl4

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    <Literally,Honey was driping down where they was eating breakfast,"Griffin said
    Well now why didn't he just slid his plate over where the honey would drip on his toast?They would be the only house in the U.S. with a built in honey fountain.
    I removed some this spring & had to cut a brick wall out,Felt bad about charging them $650.00,But $2000.00?>>>>Mark

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    Was it just me, or were some of the faces "blurred out"? Identities obscured to protect the guilty?
    My Mom's other kids are smarter than me, but i'm not nearly as nice.

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    woa $2000 and no repair to the damage, something tell me I am in the wrong business.

  5. #5
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    May'be I'm missing something, but if all they did was remove some paneling from the wall and scrape the comb out and kill the bees, what justifies $2000?
    David Landers

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    > what justifies $2000?

    Unlike 99.99999% of beekeepers, those guys knew
    what their services were WORTH. If a pipe was
    leaking, filling their basement with water,
    how much would they pay to have it fixed TODAY?
    If their heating went out in the middle of
    winter, how much would they pay to have it fixed?

    Heck, I just spent about $1000 to paint the roof
    of my house (tin roof, circa 1920). Just paint,
    and a high-tech undercoating. The good news is
    that I will not have to get up on the roof again
    in this lifetime, so the stuff is worth the money.

    Here's an Oooold story...

    An optician is teaching his son the business.
    He says this about pricing:

    "So, when they ask "how much?", you say "$100".
    If they don't wince, you add "per lens".
    If they still don't wince, you add "and the
    frames are another $100".

    A friend sent me an interesting approach to
    pricing any consulting or contracting service
    that is impressive in its simplicity:

    a) Tell the client your fees for the project.
    b) Poke the client in the eye.

    If the client was more shocked, offended,
    horrified, hurt, saddened, outraged, or
    wounded by the poke in the eye, then you
    are STILL pricing yourself too low.

    The "poke in the eye" approach is not a joke.
    It is an excellent metric for how one must
    price one's services. Of course, one must
    deliver excellence, which means more than
    simply walking up to a swarm with a cardboard
    box and a Saws-All.

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    Dave, I think what Jim is saying is,"Who are you to say your time and skills aren't worth $25 an hour?"

    Kinda cool, huh?

    Hawk
    KC0YXI

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    My charges depend a lot on what is parked in the drive way
    Ed, KA9CTT profanity is IGNORANCE made audible
    you can`t fix stupid not even with duct tape

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    You know HM, you're kind of a quiet skulker on here until you see a way to suddenly make a difficult question easy, then you come out with a comment like this. that says it all, amen.

    Hawk
    KC0YXI

  10. #10
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    My mechanic charges $75 an hour. His skills don't change if I drive in, in a Rolls or a VW bug. (NOw a museum piece). $100 dollars an hour on the job site, plus expenses, would seem about right. My propane co wants $95 an hour for someone with a specific skill set. You shoud quote it before you see whats in the drive. Knock off what you want for hardship cases.

    MHO,

    Dickm

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