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If a customer brings in a pair of traditional goodyear welted shoes in for Sole and Heel, and on inspection you notice the welts are in poor condition, do you decline the job, or quote for re-welting.

I had a pair in today with just that problem...Quoted £95 and told the Customer at least 2 weeks and took his number to call him when they are ready.

Is re-welting becoming a job that younger Repairers are declining these days or is it still an exceptable job that we all still take on.

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I would offer it, BUt we don't get that type of work all we see are cheap plastic shoes from shoe zone. :evil:

 

If we do see a good pair of leathers and we quote a price, Our customers turn there nose up and say i'm not paying that.

 

So is it worth doing a £95 repair job on a pair of shoes worth £10. ](*,)

 

I think you are lucky Mark that you are in an area which has these types of shoes. I have friends who do nothing but leathers all day long, I also have friends who never see them.

 

I think it depends on your market and what part of the country you are in.

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I would offer it, BUt we don't get that type of work all we see are cheap plastic shoes from shoe zone. :evil:

 

I except some get more leathers than others, but I don't believe you don't get any Dan, in any of your 3 shops :^o

 

If we do see a good pair of leathers and we quote a price, Our customers turn there nose up and say i'm not paying that.

 

:-({|= :-({|= :-({|= If they buy good expensive shoes then they must except that they have to pay for a Quality repair. Sounds like you need to educate your customers.

 

So is it worth doing a £95 repair job on a pair of shoes worth £10. ](*,)

 

For Starters £10 shoes aren't welted, so you wouldn't be quoting £95 for through soles and re-welting ](*,) ](*,)

 

I think you are lucky Mark

 

Theres a saying "The busier I get, the luckier I become" My first shop was in one of the roughest places in the country but I did more welting in that shop than anywere else I've been.

You need to be able to sell yourself, not blame your customers or the area. (just my thoughts)

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Why... I can get 2 pairs of real leather goodyear welted for half that price from Samuel Windsors. :D

£95 quid... that's more pension than I get in a week :shock:

Must stop buying any food except baked beans at 9p a tin, it will take me 12 months to save up to get my SW shoes repaired, either that or I'll have to give up my months holiday in the Maldives :D

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Why... I can get 2 pairs of real leather goodyear welted for half that price from Samuel Windsors. :D

 

I actually did a pair of JR through soles on a pair of Sammys a couple of months ago, after telling the customer that the leather was not of a good quality, and if he wanted them to last Jr was the best option, He paid £55 after I had quoted him.

I could have said "they're not worth doing" ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)

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I do about 10 pairs of full rewelts a year, and probably have the same amount where the customer says no thats to much. When I do a re-welt I make sure I am in full view of the passing public so they can see a craftsman at work :-k :wink: this creates a lot of interest and who knows an extra pair or two. =D>

 

So do I minit :D

 

And not all my customers have the re-welting done, but I always offer it..

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so hugh if you came into my shop and i said to you there not worth repairing becouse it will cost £95 pound and you could probaly get 2 pair of samual windsers forthat price you would be happy with that

 

If you told me that they would cost £950 I would be happy to leave them in the hands of a true crafts person elfman. Would have to put the wife on the streets to raise the cash of course :D

 

You are different elfman but your customers are in the main, unaware of your capabilities.

My shoes by the way are Churches and £95 would be a cheap option as oposed to £300 to replace them...get out of that all you not worth repairing guys!!!!!!!

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you could well be right hugh some of my customers are quite happy to pay the price i quote while others say its not worth it but i will not drop the price just to get the work becouse it then becomes not worth it to me hence my orignal post (by the way someone who does know me has just dropped of another £2500 worth of work )

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