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|06-18-2014 06:37 AM|
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|06-15-2014 08:16 PM|
I don't think many will argue with you that it isn't just unions or licensed tradespeople. The health care industry might be the worst of the worst. Hospitals make dealership service departments look like they are run by saints.
|06-15-2014 06:55 PM|
If you don't like it, do it yourself or find a cheaper price. There's always someone cheaper. There's always a reason too.
I recently was quoted on a transmission front seal change for $1100 from two reputable shops. The part is $22, ships free. $1080 in labor, and it takes AT MOST 2 hours with power tools. One hour if they know what they're doing.
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|06-14-2014 03:18 PM|
We once had an HVAC outfit charge us $90 for a motor capacitor (that probably cost them $10) on top of labor and a service call fee. I think the total to get that capacitor replaced (10 minute job) was around $200.
We had another HVAC contractor (one-man operation) replace a 2.5-ton condenser and evaporator coil. He charged nearly $3K. He used the cheapest generic units he could find, and the job took 2-3 hours. Looking online, you can get a generic 2.5-ton condenser shipped to your door for around $700 and a coil for around $300. Maybe he spent a total of 5 or 6 hours on the job if you also consider his initial visit to estimate the job, picking up the new units, and hauling away the old units. And being generous, maybe it cost him another $250 in supplies and overhead (fittings, refrigerant, screws, tape, brazing rod & gas, gasoline, insurance, equipment amortization, and so forth). Anyway, that works out to a take-home pay before taxes of $1,750 for the job or $292 per hour.
I hope I can one day make that kind of money.
You're exactly right about unions. As far as I'm concerned unions are essentially legalized organized crime operations. They even screw their own members. I've heard horror stories of huge unions dues and abysmally low benefits. It makes you wonder if they do anything good with the dues.
The utility company in my area has been upgrading its old meters with smart meters. One huge benefit of smart meters is the elimination of the need to have meter readers visit every customer's property every month. The local chapter of the IBEW resorted to loathsome scare tactics to get people to reject the meters. They mailed out pamphlets stating all sorts of outlandish and inaccurate claims about smart meters, including that smart meters will triple your bill and burn your house down. I almost couldn't believe my eyes when I saw one of their pamphlets.
|06-14-2014 02:47 PM|
|bestdeal2222||The price seems to pretty steep what's so special about these?|
|06-14-2014 01:45 PM|
the reason it means nothing is because there is no followup and cost to being wrong.
some would consider this IS half price, if you based on the original msrp. these devices have been out for around 2 years, and have already fallen in price. same story for zwave devices.
regardless, you making an empty statement, yes eventually this will probably be cheaper, much like all embedded electronics. but, these wont be $15/each in two months, if you really believe that, you might be high.
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