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just wondering for you guys who have these machines, 

I am getting lots more people coming into my shop to do trade stitching and even customers who have had there shoes repaired elsewhere when the repairer hasn't stitched the soles on

we charge £5 each pair, and for customer's we charge £9-99.   i'm thinking of putting the prices up, or am I just being greedy?

 

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6 minutes ago, Count Muppet said:

I’d add a fiver to each at least, maybe even £10. But that’s because I hate doing it

thing is normal sole stitching easy peasy but I seem to get the triple soling jobs and often wonder that the price should be more?

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Your prices are the same as mine,£5 is fair,only one moaned when I put it up 2 years ago.

had a customer in a while ago who brought his shoes in and said the person who repaired them said if I brought them into you you’d stitch them,didn’t even know the repairer???? Still charged them

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if they charge a premium price for there

repair ie  35.00 half sole  45-50.00 full sole

stitching is 80% of the finish

trade 8.00 h/s  11.00 f/s

please remember average stitcher/blake costs  2.000-3000

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I would charge trade a tenner a pair, a customer £15. It's the investment I've made on my machines to do the job correctly. If my competitor doesn't like my prices they can invest in their business.  I would also hope that the customer would come & use myself in the future to get the job done right. Might sound a bit harsh but i'm not a fan of finishing off other peoples jobs.

 

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it was always said at timpsons  don't trade stitch ( they were right)  you don't know what lies underneath ? think how much an awl and needle   costs is it worth having to set it up again because of someone elses work 

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A couple of rules I used to apply whenever I stitched for the Trade were:

 

I will stitch your shoes, no one uses my machine!

I will groove your shoes as I know my groover is set to my machine (very important)

Lastly, you will pay me to do it (£5 per pair back in 2002 when I finished shoe repairing)

 

Never had a problem with Trade stitching :-)

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