Originally Posted by Garrett
That post goes well with your location. Shop was doing great when I left, thanks for asking. Lots of snow and happy skiers.
You seem to assume mounting bindings with a jig would take longer than the couple minutes you assume it would take someone competent to mount a ski with rails. This would be another pair of ignorant assumptions on your part...don't let me stop you while you're on a roll.
BTW, I prefer careful to slow. Whatever floats your iceberg.
Since you are in the business, I will accept your contention that it wouldn't take any longer for an experienced worker with the proper tools to install drilled bindings than it would take for him/her to assemble a railed binding system.
But, the key phrase here is "the proper tools"...jigs, drills or drill presses, and bits that I don't have. My integrated bindings were assembled with a grand total of one screwdriver. A job that requires special tools and a certain amount of labor will always cost more than one that requires the same amount of labor and a common tool that requires no skill to use.
Since you're an insider, I'll forsake my share of the excrement tossing and ask you some serious questions.
How much does your shop charge to mount bindings with a jig? How long does a typical installation take? Exactly what tools do you use, and what do they cost?
How much for integrated bindings? Railflex 2, for example. What's the labor time? Tools?
If you sell skis and bindings, do you charge less to mount equipment purchased in your store?
How much to test bindings, and how long does that usually take? What equipment is involved?
What do you say to a customer who politely says, "No, thanks," to your prices?
How do you handle things if the job gets botched?