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post #1 of 11
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So I call my local ski shop yesterday and ask for the price to mount bindings to mine and my wifes new skis.  The guy tells me $35 apiece, I found this very reasonable.  So I go in today to drop them off and he tells me the price is $75 apiece.....I asked why the price hike from yesterday ?  He said that since I didn't purchase my equipment from them, the outside mounting price is $75 per set of skis.  I found this very high and offered to pay $50 per set of skis, he pretty much told me I could take my skis and leave if I didn't like his price.  Since they're the only ski shop within 75 miles of me and I was already there, I just said ok and left the skis to be done.  This shop is very reputable and does fine work but my friend who used to work there said I got overcharged because of the very slow season here on the east coast.  He said they have 2 pricing lists for everything, a business is doing good list and a you're gonna pay retail because we're slow list.  Everyone I've talked to said I got robbed blind.  What do you guys think about the price I was charged ?

post #2 of 11

In Utah, if you purchase skis and bindings, the mounting is typically complimentary.  If you bring your own skis and bindings, my experience is $35 total.  $75 is high, unless they include a tuning/wax.

post #3 of 11
Free if you get the skis and bindings at the store, $35 if you buy the one of them at the store and $90 if you just bring in your outside purchaced skis and bindings. At the shop I go too though.
post #4 of 11

concur for California. Free for the shop's skis. 35 to 45 if not accompanied by the purchase of skis.

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

I guess it all depends on the area/ski shop.  I'll gladly pay $150 for peace of mind knowing me and my wife will have our stuff done by professionals.  They do have an excellent reputation as stated earlier for their work.  Thanks for the replies guys.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Fasttimez View Post

I guess it all depends on the area/ski shop.  I'll gladly pay $150 for peace of mind knowing me and my wife will have our stuff done by professionals.  They do have an excellent reputation as stated earlier for their work.  Thanks for the replies guys.



Sounds to me like they will soon have a reputation for something else....

 

post #7 of 11

I know the shops in my area do the same thing.  One price if you bought your equipment there, though for us it only needs to be one piece. 

post #8 of 11

We charge $40, which can be on the cheap side. Plenty of shops charge $50.  If it is a non-template drill, it can easily take an hour or more. Don't forget the function test.  Even an "easy" mount and function test take 45 minutes to do correctly. Plus, the function test equipment isn't cheap at all!  $2500 for a manual torque wrench?   Those guys in Vermont must have bribed someone to corner the market.  Of course, it is complimentary if you purchased your skis from us. 

post #9 of 11

$75 is becoming standard for mounting and testing.   Testing can take 50% of the time especially with rossignol or look heels.  Not bad products, just temperamental.

Every local shop used to just look at mounting as the cost of a ski.  Take away the selling part and shops have no choice but to look at the cost of mounting.

Here is a simple snap shot of what is involved in the mounting and testing process.  

Mounting jigs $100- $250. We have about 40

A computerized Wintersteiger or Huber tester $10,000 - $15,000.  Recertified and repaired each year  $500 -$2000

Tools $$$

Certifying a tech (mechanic) with every binding company.  ($20-$50 x the number of Techs) x the number of binding companies

Liability insurance  $$$$$$.....

And the list goes on and on.  

$75 is cheap for quality work.  

 

So let me summarize the reasons we hear that we (I'm a Tech) and the shop should loose money and do the work for $30

1. Lower the price and you will get a customer...   You bought the skis from someone else.  They get any profit and we get all of the liability and warranties.   No thanks

2. You could go to a shop that will slap the bindings on the skis and hand tests.  I find that those are the same shops that tune skis and boards with a grinder from the 80's.  I'm not a sob about other stores, I'm just proud of the work that we do and the quality equipment that we use.    "Boss bought us a new $50,000 Wintersteiger this year,   Thanks"

3. And this is just for me "Don't bring me a six pack and bro it up with me or my guys and expect to get a deal.  You look like a jerk.  Want to be a good guy, buy me a beer later when I'm not working"

4. Buy the skis from us and we mount them for FREE. 

Ps the shop down the street $30   Today, one family of 4 skis,  2 pair visibly off center and one backwards.  A fight and alot of bad language.

 


Edited by retodd - 1/1/12 at 8:23pm
post #10 of 11

Much as I hate to spend money, I am surprised it isn't $75 everywhere.  Seems to me I remember it being $30 or 40 back in the 1980's.

post #11 of 11

Well i payed $75 for a mount..    but that is at the same shop that tried to charge me $5 for one stick on P-Tex last week lol   

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