what do you charge...?

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  1. consistency wins

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    Medium sized town and something like OG Sheep Micro 16 as your basic synthetic gut. What do most of you stringers out there charge for stringing a stick with that string factored into the price? I live in a town of about 22,000 and am charging $10 for the last three years with that string just to off-set my cost of buying my own strings. Time for me to increase prices?
     
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  2. Deano

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    I charge $15 for that setup. I try to charge $12 labor + the cost of the string.
     
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  3. jim e

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    Back in the late 60's-early 70's , I use to charge $10.00 labor + price of strings(back then strings were cheaper and I did have a dealership with a major co. back then so string prices were low, as compared to now, as I started stringing again since last Dec. after a good long break).My prices now are string price + labor, as I know what my time is worth, but for friends, I only charge string price only. (seems like I have more friends now!)

    You just have to figure what your time is worth, I know others here string very fast, I like not to be rushed, take my time, and check everything over carefully. When I get a racquet, I check the frames integrety for cracks, cut out the strings, check grommets, mount racquet, measure out string, and I have not even started stringing yet. All this time adds up, and should be figured into your price. Just 2 weeks ago, I got a racquet from someone that I hit with, I paid especial attention to this one as When I played against him before he threw his racquet, and then kicked it into the fence. Needless to say there was a small crack in the frame. Had I not seen it, I most likely would have broke when I would have started to string. I avoided the whole situation by checking it carefully, which should be done on all frames you recieve. If I broke that one, and only charge $10.00 / racquet I would need to string a good # more just to break even.

    In other words keep a # of factors in mind as to your time and expenses, as to what to charge. When I last went to midas muffler, their labor charges were $98.00 / hour , and almost anyone can do minor auto work, but do you want anyone to string your racquet?
     
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  4. Max Winther

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    I charge 7 bucks plus string, and 5 bucks to my friends. I'm going pretty low just to get some business going. Once I've got a clientele, I can start to bump up string cost 2-3 dollars maybe.
     
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  5. aussie

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    I charge $15 all up for syn gut jobs which is what most of my friends want. Sometimes I'll hybrid CF or Wilson Enduro Mono with syn gut but still charge $15. Considering most pro shops charge $30+ for basic syn gut jobs, they snap up my $15 offers. I also offer to restring their racquets for nothing if they aren't happy with my jobs, but so far no one has been unhappy!
     
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  6. nickb

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    £10 for Gosen OG Micro (UK).

    Nick
     
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  7. LPShanet

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    Wow...you guys are all bargains. I would charge at least $15 + string, and probably $20 - $25 + cost of string.
     
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  8. Eric4

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    The shop i work at charges 15 for labor and then the cost of the string. our string prices are quite high because we have so many types of string you dont make as much as you would off a few reels.
     
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  9. Coach Carter

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    String for my college players for free...for kids at camps, lessons, etc...I charge about $15-20 for syn gut type strings and then a little more for something else...still about $15 if they provide strings.
     
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  10. WBF

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    $15 + $string. I would consider $10 + $string for close friends, $string for family.
     
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  11. SonRK

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    $10 for free stringing with Gosen.

    Wanting to up it for a while, but labor costs will always remain $10
     
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  12. vndesu

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    10 with their own string
    15-20 with my strings (mostly poly and syn gut)
     
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  13. smarion2

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    $12 labor.. $15 for OG sheep micro. I dont really mark my the price of the strings. Pretty much charge what you would be paying if you bought the string from a store. Sometimes if a customer is scared about trying a more expensive string i'll go half labor to let them try it. except for natural gut that is
     
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  14. aussie

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    Do you get many takers at those prices? Seems to be fairly close to pro shop prices and give a choice between a pro shop and a home stringer, most would prefer the pro shop. I guess if you really don't want a lot of buddies hassling you for string jobs and want to discourage them, its the way to go.

    Personally, I enjoy stringing as a hobby and feel that many pro shops rip off customers with their prices for sometimes questionable string jobs, so I feel that offering friends reasonably priced jobs is the right thing to do.
     
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  15. Fumoffu

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    Really? Thats all your pro shops charge? I had to buy my own stringer because the pro shop here charged 30 for a basic PSGD and labor fee. Thats like 20+ for labor.
     
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  16. davidahenry

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    Considering PSGD can be purchased for under $4 on TW, your pro shop was certainly earning a high margin!

    I don't see anything wrong with high-quality stringers charging $15 to $20 for labor - as long as they sell the string at their cost. I think it is reasonable for someone to pay $19 to $24 for a high-quality PSGD string job.
     
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  17. LPShanet

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    It also depends on location. In New York, it's pretty common for even the cheapest strings to go for $30 installed.
     
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  18. aussie

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    I'm reading that smarion2 charges $12 labor and $15 for Gosen OG Sheep = $27 for the job. Pro shop basic syn gut job in Brisbane is $30 which is pretty similar in price and most people would choose the pro shop job over the home stringer given those prices.
     
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  19. Fumoffu

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    I see, I was seeing "I charge 12 for labor, so I charge 15 for a Gosen OG Sheep job as its around 3 dollars a set". Slight misunderstanding. Yeah, if a private stringer asked me to pay him 27 for a basic synthetic, I'd ask for his certification :)
     
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  20. Deano

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    I am pretty sure that he is saying he charges $15 total for Gosen including the string and labor as he said he doesn't mark up the price of the string.
     
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  21. smarion2

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    haha yeah sorry for the misunderstanding. I charge $15 total for most basic syn gut jobs. I do work at a tennis facility with a proshop so i'm not a home stringer. This is pretty much the standard fee in Tampa. Probably like 2 or 3 other shops you can go to but alot of people come to me because we have such a large public club. we also just opend up about 3 months ago so I'm only doing about 10 racquets a week which lets me finnish their racquet while they finnish playing.
     
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  22. Fatkat

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    You guys are nice. I work at a tennis facility and the cheapest stringing job cost is $18.00.
     
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  23. cpmoran

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    My cheapest is Gosen og, and spiral flex @$16, maybe $17 soon, I got a lot of money invested in my machine and my string collection. Time to start making some of it back ;-)
     
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  24. aussie

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    Apologies smarion2 for my misunderstanding. $15 is a fair price for your stringing and seems to be about the average most of us charge. I settled on that amount because it represented around 50% of what pro shops charge and most people are happy to pay that amount. It's a fair charge for a fair job type of thing.
     
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  25. smarion2

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    its alright and yeah i think its pretty fair as well. I mean I enjoy stringing myself but im sure most people cant stand it. Alot of people dont really have the time or want to be bothered with learning how to do it properly and would be more then happy to pay someone else 12 bucks to do it.
     
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  26. socrates2007

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    When I was working at a pro shop we charged $11.50 for labor + plus price of the string (string prices were very inflated, PSGD was $10). When I strung someone's racquet on my own I generally charged about $7-10 for labor depending on the racquet (some racquets are a pain to string so I charged more for them). When I strung racquets for my teammates in college I generally charged them a beer and a good conversation while I strung the racquet.
     
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  27. crazytennis

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    I charge 10 bucks + price of string (which is like 2bucks for syn guts like Gosen and all). My friends and hitting partners, I do for free.
     
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