i'm not surpised by the london prices though, friend of mine works in an evans store as assistant manager, we have arguments all the time about labour prices, trade problems etc and we never seem to agree but wheelbuilding is an art that you have to practise and spoke sizes are very important. we decide to keep our prices lower on wheelbuilds to compete with mail order wheelsets but if the parts are brought to us blatently from mail order we do charge 25 for the build per wheel, if your not making a bit on the parts, as a business you have to make more than normal on the labour. but if you find a builder your happy with, stick with him and pay his price, and try not to throw to much mail order at them, they won't appreciate it unless it's the "unobtainium" parts we're all after otherwise it always seems like someones rubbing you face in the mailorder pages of a magazine.
besides, i quoted a guy 30 quid (labour) for a service on his marin and he thought this was expensive, i asked him how much he charges per hour for his job, he said 120! he is a computer programmer or something and he gets 120 an hour! and he moans about 30 to the shop! he has a huge amount of knowledge for his job but i have been in this trade longer than he has in his, does that mean i know more about my job than he does about his? and all my guys are qualified cytec etc, it's just unfortunate that most people don't see our job as worth the money, but yet he couldn't do it himself or couldn't be bothered.
didn't mean to moan but i just had to sit through the most shit film at the cinema and it's put me in a poo mood.
. . . vince vaughn xmas bollox. just don't do it, even if she tries to make you . . . be strong!!
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