Well today it wasn’t that. It was just knowing your not going to pull the trigger but asking nine million questions and then just saying yup now I know what it cost thanks. I hate it when people just don’t say upfront hey I’m window shopping here. I have to stop what I’m doing for a paying client to answer questions to someone who knows before contacting me they are not going to commit. Frustrating. It’s why I rarely come to this forum anymore.
It's not giving quotes that's part of the business. But its having someone get so specific and how does this change the price...and this and this and this and this and what about this. That gets annoying. Its one thing to get a ballpark it's another to nitpick a quote and then have no intention of doing anything.
Top it all off I have Autism I am not a social person so its tough.
I think its fair prices for built and painted models, I painted Deago Falcon for a month at least trying to match every color shade and every weathering effect from the original studio model. That is not you can do in a couple of days.
akumazeto, thank you for posting those photos of your work. Beautiful! Given the time commitment, materials, and years of experience to attain that level, your commission prices are very fair. Your SS models are really works of art. Well done, sir.
There is an old story of an engineer. He was asked to take a look at an engine on a large ship tat had stopped working and the owner was looking at a very costly rip the engine out and replace. The Engineer walked around the motor checked a few things spending about 1/2 an hour examining the motor before pulling a large sledge hammer out and taking one good whack on the side. He then went to the control panel and started the motor.
A week later the owner got the bill for the repair. $30,000.00 and was shocked - you only spent half an hour on it... the Engineer replied - but I spent 30 years learning where I needed to swing the hammer...
in short - you're not just paying for the paint and build. Your paying for knowing how to do it properly.
I am just sick of people thinking they can just pay whenever. Waste my time etc have me send an invoice and then just feel you can get to it when you can get to it. I just perma ban from working these people. I make a list I share the list with like-minded builders etc. Might be harsh to some but I have plenty of clients who can comply and those that cant...well they are still looking at pictures of others completed pieces.
I don't tolerate time-wasting and well it is what it is I guess. Like I said the serious people are the people who are ready to drop coin now not tomorrow or when I get paid don't contact someone unless you have cash in hand, not down the line etc.
Some of these people make it seem like they are doing me the favor.