How much do you typically pay for a string job with your own string?

eah123

Semi-Pro
A good gauge of how much stringing labor should cost in your area is how much it costs to have a men’s haircut, including tip.
 

abhi_trip

Rookie
I live in Sunnyvale, California i.e. the South bay area. The labour cost varies from shop to shop. Major chains like Spo*** Base**** charge 25$ for a turnaround time of 2 days. I believe Di*** sp***ing G**ds charge 15$, but the turnaround time is quite long. There are some other lesser known local shops that charge as low as 14$ for a 4hr turnaround time and 10$ for a 24 hr turnaround time.
 

FlamingCheeto

Professional
was $10 from 2010 to 2019 now $15 is standard and lowest you'll find, however sometimes you can find a really good stringer with great strings for $25 string included
 
Where are you located? I’ll drop off about 8 frames! I’ll even give you a raise..$10. Deal?
Fine by me. Pick up and drop off at your expense.
Located in Durban, South Africa.

Been told I'm really cheap. But dont string for that many people and got into it as a way to save my own stringing costs and ended up stringing for a few friends along the way
 

AceyMan

Semi-Pro
Local stringer replying ,

String install is $17USD, with a 6 sticks for $80 "bulk discount¹."

I only ask market cost for the twine.

/Acey

I'm in West LA, adjacent Santa Monica, fyi, for comparative pricing computations :cool: .

¹–limited time offer, and so forth.
 
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joohan

Guest
Around 6€ in eastern parts of Central Europe. These kind of services haven’t caught up with the “western” world since the Velvet Revolution (more than 30 years ago). But salaries haven’t either :p
 

ryushen21

Legend
There's a local guy here who is part of Wilson's stringing team. He charges $20 with a 24hr turnaround. Keep in mind he has a full professional setup: Baiardo Machine, RDC, etc.

Everyone else charges $15. And often they can't guarantee a return time.

This is why I bought a machine for our team. I didn't want my players worrying about cost of stringing and wait times. I string for them for free with next day return.
 

SteveI

Legend
I only charge $10 but I only string for friends and friends of friends. If you don’t bring it to me at my convenience, I don’t answer your calls or texts. You can go pay more elsewhere.

I should charge more but I’m not doing it for income. This is just gas money.
I hear ya!!!

In the old days... they would have called it "pin money". Any money I make from stringing just goes into a box.. used for all sorts of items at home. Of course to buy more string, grips and overgrips.
 

FatHead250

Professional
4$. I make 7$/hour, so it's a bit too much. 40 minutes of my time for some strings on my racket? No thanks. But what can you do.
 
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steve d

Rookie
Like Steve Huff and dak95_00, I am still at $10. Although I do charge $13 for a full poly job. If there were more stringbreakers around here I would probably bump it up a little. But I don't get so busy that doing it becomes a nuisance.
 

MRfStop

Hall of Fame
I charge $10...a lot of people are baffled by how cheap it is. but I dont get enough business (from people not getting their racquets strung except once a year) to increase the price for the demand. There is a well known stringer in my area that charges $7. A lot of people go to him but most of those people dont care what string is in their racquet and usually just take what he gives them which is mostly Gamma products.
 

MRfStop

Hall of Fame
My friend charges $10. The local tennis shop thinks they’re something and charges $25 for labor only.
This is the same for the Parks and Rec department (City funded) ran tennis club where I am at. If you buy the $20 pack of Luxilon poly from them it is going to be $40 total minimum
 

PrinceYonex

Rookie
I live in Sunnyvale, California i.e. the South bay area. The labour cost varies from shop to shop. Major chains like Spo*** Base**** charge 25$ for a turnaround time of 2 days. I believe Di*** sp***ing G**ds charge 15$, but the turnaround time is quite long. There are some other lesser known local shops that charge as low as 14$ for a 4hr turnaround time and 10$ for a 24 hr turnaround time.
Actual tennis shops in the South Bay (not the big box stores) charge between $20-25 for labor.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
$0 but I charge $20 and I only string for friends and team mates. It doesn't even make good financial sense to charge $20 to be honest. That's only $40 an hour max.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
4$. I make 7$/hour, so it's a bit too much. 40 minutes of my time for some strings on my racket? No thanks. But what can you do.
Yikes, time to quit that job. Buy a stringing machine and teach yourself to string. You can charge $20 per job and with some practice 2 jobs per hour should be easily doable. Then you can thank me for increasing your hourly income by a factor of 7.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
I charge $12 for the same day (24 hours) turn in the Dallas area
Way too little! Most places charge 10-15 just to expedite the job within a day or two. If I was dealing with the general public AND I did it in 24 hours I'd probably have to charge like 50 bucks to even bother with it.
 

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
$18, recently raised to $20 at my shop. i don't mind since tennis shops in the past in my area have not lasted, despite there being a lot of tennis players around.
 

blablavla

G.O.A.T.
$15 is a gift from the stringer. That's a pretty low hourly rate for a skilled service.
depends where you live
in some countries the income level, in absolute terms, in USD / EUR is way below than in other countries

so, while 15 USD might be a bargain in New York, it might be a lot of money in Serbia or in Egypt
 
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