New Grommets

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Topspin101, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Topspin101

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    What is a fair labor charge for a new grommet install? Customer has an old Prince Spectrum that is in sorry shape but he can't seem to part ways with. He is a teaching pro with 8 years @ Nick B's academy in Fla. Thanks.
     
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  2. Irvin

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    Where do you plan to get the grommets?
     
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  3. MAX PLY

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    Assuming you can get a new strip, cost of grommets plus $10.
     
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  4. diredesire

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    You can charge by time, or by how much of a pain in the butt it is to put in. I find grommet strips relatively easy, and they don't take too long. Some struggle a lot with them, and it takes them 15-30 minutes to do a single strip.

    I charge $5+ strip, and if I feel nice, I'm putting it in at cost of bumper with string job. I don't rely on stringing money for a living, though. (take it fwiw)
     
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  5. COPEY

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    First time I installed one a few years ago it was definitely more difficult than I anticipated (wasn't aware of some of the little tricks of the trade at the time). After the job was complete, I called two local pro shops to ask how much they charged for labor to install bumper/grommet sets. Needless to say I was shocked to learn it was a mere $5.00

    Once you've done a few it's a lot easier, but boy, it just doesn't seem to lineup with the $20 fee for labor to string a racquet.
     
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  6. anubis

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    I'd charge $10 + the cost of the grommet. They aren't too difficult when they are brand new grommets, but it definitely takes some trial and error.
     
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  7. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

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    It is all a mute point if you can't find the grommets that has been out of production for 20 years. The OP never said if the racket is an O3 Hybrid Spectrum or an old Sprectum Comp.
     
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  8. diredesire

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    I don't think it's out of the question to discuss pricing if it's the first question in the thread. Can be useful for others :):oops:
     
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  9. struggle

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    POG grommets might fit, pending the model?
     
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  10. Irvin

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    You're right but I would not quote someone a price for replacing grommets unless I was sure I could get the grommets. Depending on the racket and who I was swapping the grommets out for I could charge differently. If I had to order and pay shipping I would also include that is the price of replacement. I just think there is a lot more to consider than just taking out the old and replacing with new. I have had people ask me to replace grommets when I could stick my finger in the frame.

    Good idea same patterns in both the OS and 90 models.
     
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  11. john hempel

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    I charge $10 for the install of grommets furnished by the racquet owner.
     
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