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reflective pricing?

Discussion in 'Sales, Marketing, Pricing Etc.' started by TXFB.INS, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. TXFB.INS

    TXFB.INS Very Active Member

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    a customer approached and asked to quote

    Material: Aluminum Alloy mill finish
    Thickness: 1/8” 8ga (.125)
    Corners: 3/8" rounded
    Size: 4'8” x 9'7”
    Background Color: Engineer Grade Prismatic Reflective Sheeting White
    Color(s): Engineer Grade Prismatic Reflective Sheeting Red Font
    Wording: text only no designs
    QTY: 2

    they then called back and are claiming that they can get the above mentioned completed back to them for $203 per sign

    there is no way that is the case.

    what would you quote signs like this for?

    thanks,
     
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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    like $1000+ i dont even want to do the math, but a 5x10 sheet of .125 alum will cost around $200 alone
     
  3. TXFB.INS

    TXFB.INS Very Active Member

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    I have priced from 3 different supplies best I got was 245 per sheet

    the quote that we sent was for 1193 per sign
     
  4. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    yup I was going off memory - other company MUST not be making them to spec
     
  5. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    Don't waste another minute with these people. They are out-right lying to you.

    First of all, the measurements [and specs] are all goofy.
    Next, the materials will cost you more than they claim they got for another quote.
    Last, why take on a project, where the customer is lying.

    No sense wasting a 1/2 hour justifying things and then loosing it in the end, once you give them a realistic price.
     
  6. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    Offer to buy a couple of extras from him at that price since as Jhill mentioned, you cannot even buy the aluminum for that. A full sheet of aluminum that thick already fully covered in prismatic/diamond grade reflective, I'd be happy to buy it for $200! I've also never personally heard of prismatic and/or diamond grade reflective also being called engineer grade. Engineer grade is engineer grade, prismatic/diamond grade is prismatic/diamond grade.

    Essentially I think your customer is an idiot that has no idea what he is talking about and/or he thinks you are an idiot that has no clue what you are talking about.
     
  7. TXFB.INS

    TXFB.INS Very Active Member

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    only thing the we can come up

    thanks, boss was wanting to make sure it was priced competitively
     
  8. john1

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    $236.05 here for 1/8" 5x10' sheet of alloy mill finish, not including having it cut down and corners rounded or any reflective.

    Call him back, laugh in his ear and tell him to pack sand. Stupid liars
     
  9. Desert_Signs

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    I just always ask for the name of the company they're getting them from, as I'd like to buy a dozen or so of whatever it is. I've yet to have them tell me a name.
     
  10. ProWraps

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    reflective 680c would cost more than what they are quoting.

    with that said, i have no doubt some dipsh*t could actually be selling them to this company for the price they said.

    we see it all the time. the lowballer does it thinking they will get a new client. in the end, they say hell with it we are losing money and the client is left having to start all over with another vendor. it never ends. we have lots of clients that this has happened to and now tell us to make sure we are making money on the job/s because they dont want to go through it again.
     
  11. john1

    john1 Guest

    :thumb:

    Guess they think they will gain the client with low balling and then be their vendor for everything else in the future. Worst way of thinking IMO.
     
  12. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    let the bastards go! that alone would go for almost $1k let them go ahead and get it from their "cheap source"....or better yet tell them thats one hell of a deal I would jump on that and never NEVER take another call from them again! Timewasters
     
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