Labor Charges

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Topspin101, Apr 25, 2014.

  1. Topspin101

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    What is a fair labor charge to string customer supplied Kirschbaum Super Smash Orange 123/17? It is like wire and not easy to work with......
     
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  2. lwto

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    thats the breaks..
    take the good and the bad, your next one will be a PD with syn gut.

    just don't sell yourself short.
    I'm protesting all these Craiglist stringers who will string for 9 or 10 dollars.. sheeezus.
     
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  3. Topspin101

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    Problem is he dropped off a spool of 660' and wants me to ldo all his rackets. He is a teaching pro/player that pops strings on 2 rackets per week. He went to Nick B's academy for 8 years. I do every 3rd string job on me. We have a 2 year relationship so he is happy with my work. I just think stringing this wire is worth more than $20......
     
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  4. bluegrass_stringer

    bluegrass_stringer Semi-Pro

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    per racquet, in a home stringing environment or pro shop, you are looking at anywhere from $10 -$15 dollars per racket. At ATP and WTA tour events, you are looking at $20-$30 per racquet for labor. Every third racquet for free seems to me a little too much. Maybe after every 5th racquet. If people want to charge $8-$10 per racquet and they do a good job, more power to them. I feel comfortable charging $12 - $15 labor in a non professional tournament environment, no matter what type of string it is.
     
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  5. KaiserW

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    Yup I think 12-15 is spot on. ***** charges 12 if you supply the string.
     
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  6. osutennis24

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    heh, our resort charges 20 of they supply their own string
     
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  7. zapvor

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    dude 20 is great. give me the reel i will string for him lol
     
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  8. Irvin

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    What's fair? That would depend on the equipment, experience, stringing method, and whether or not the stringer is licensed or not. String is string some are harder than others to string. Rackets are rackets but some are much harder than others to string. If you want to charge a flat price for all strings and rackets that's fine and if you feel you need to charge more for certain strings or rackets that's fine too.
     
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  9. gmatheis

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    At $20 per job and every 3rd job free you're really only charging about $13 per job.

    That's not a whole lot but I kind of like the model because it encourages repeat business but pays you a premium for that person that just stops by once.

    I don't think you should charge any more for anything other than natural gut. And that's only because you have to take the time to manually pre-stretch the stuff and string a bit slower/more cautiously.

    Especially when you don't charge less for something like a 16x18 syngut job.
     
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  10. Topspin101

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    Thanks all. I'll stay at $20. I forgot to mention he sends his students my way too.
     
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  11. Fuji

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    My pro shop does 15$ for labor no matter the string, whether it's nasty 1st gen poly or premium gut. :razz:

    -Fuji
     
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  12. GlenK

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    I was charging $15 on all but went to $10 on Multi's and $15 on anything else. Multi's are just so easy to string I thought I'd try this.
     
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  13. Racquet-Priority

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    At the most intl. tournaments we use $20,75 (15 euro) labor fee.
    For a regular stringer, I think around $16 (12 euro) is normal.
     
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  14. struggle

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    Fifteen dollars.
     
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  15. jim e

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    Bottom line, charge what your time is worth to you, as you can only determine that.
     
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