Join Date: Feb 2002
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Rant: Whining Cheap Bastards!
After reading quite a few posts this morning about vendors overcharging for parts or shipping, I thought I would write this to help others understand:
I can tell most of you are not self-employed. How do you think you employer pays your wages? When I work on a client's vehicle, I have to charge $1.08 per minute or $65 per hour and work for free while invoicing or billing(no charge for paperwork!).
Things like computers, paper, packing supplies, software, electricity, rent, tools, insurance, advertising/web sites, EPA licensing, taxes, and employee's wages(vacation, holiday pay, and health insurance) cost money. They are all needed to opperate a business(costs of doing business). It is only after all of these are paid that the owner gets paid.
If I spend 1 hour driving to the post office and waiting in line to ship something out, I loose money because I could have made another $65 in that time! Not only did I loose $65, I loose the little profit I would have made on the product. I have to sell at a low price or loose the sale all together. This is why UPS picks up at my shop!
I don't mean to rant, but this is a soft spot for me right now because I just finished my year-end analysis. I got to keep less than %30 of my gross sales. Then I have to pay income taxes on that!
Can someone remind me why I started a business?
Just think about this when you buy quality products from our Suzuki specific vendors or anyone for that matter. If they don't at least make a few bucks after the bills are paid, there won't be any products to buy sooner or later!
If you want or need my service, you must pay for it.
Most of us can't work for free!
So, the next time you guys bitch about the shipping or what a product costs, think about how much time it would take to drive there and get it or make it yourself!