Tell me again why your boards start at $700

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by grainofsand, Jun 21, 2018.

  1. grainofsand

    grainofsand Well-Known Member

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    Jun 26, 2014
    Read a lot of the comments. More power to you brick and mortar guys. It's not easy to make a buck selling the surfing lifestyle when granny can buy Billabong, Volcom, RVCA outfits at Dillard's and Macy's. Totally get it. The higher priced boards would be worth it if they held value, that means, better glassing schedule, more durability, longer life. Ofcoarse you can pay what you want. Opinion: At the end of the day tho, you got sold. Kinda how you got suckered in to paying extra for a set of stock fins that "didn't" come with your new board (that's where all this crap started). Never said bro deal. Bro deal is like "hey, thanks for buying this board from us, here's a bar of wax to enjoy." Something tangible that increases repeat business but has little impact on the seller's bottom line. There's plenty of ways to make a good living doing what you love while taking care of you customer base. Lost, CI, JS, are enterprises or companies that stopped needed your dime many years ago, so why let them set the price for the entire market sector?
     
  2. Ghetto

    Ghetto Well-Known Member

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    Aug 21, 2014
    Support local business.
     

  3. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    That's insane, a tip? Have my own business. I rent out the things I make with my own hands. If a customer ever offers me a tip (virtually never happens) Its embarrassing and I refuse. If you are priced correctly and feel fairly compensated, no need for anything more.
     
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  4. soulrider

    soulrider Well-Known Member

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    Jul 19, 2010
    Yeah feels weird. I Essentially has the last two guys tip me on boards I made. And they wouldn’t not give it to me. One of the guys gave a good amount more so I told him If I was gonna keep it he had to let me do ding repairs on one of his older boards.
     
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  5. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Some guys but not all, but some who mock guys who have a good relationship with their shaper ride nothing but fun shape and LB POP OUTS off the rack and have no clue what they are talking about.

    #SurfboartEnvy
     
  6. headhigh

    headhigh Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    We could have a whole thread on tipping. I look at it as a compliment: politely accept it, thank them, and move on.

    The worst thing you can do when giving or receiving a tip is to bring attention to it.

    Edit: Not to say that you were wrong to offer him the ding repair. I have been tipped many, many times, and I'm a generous tipper myself. Just my opinion.
     
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  7. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    I don't know about your line of work Zip, and maybe "TIP" is the wrong word or way of looking at it. I almost always style out the shaper when I get a new stick. Usually a case of modelo or something....even a extra $20 spot. I let him know I appreciate him and I know it is hard work. I personally feel like it is an act of kindness and respect to say "hey, here is an extra $20 for lunch or something". I don't ever recall it being uncomfortable. I have done this with two different shapers over the years.
     
  8. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Nothing wrong with it if done tastefully and not awkwardly. If you appreciate someone, nothing wrong with letting them know. If that’s your way then that’s cool. Some may just say thank you, and that’s cool too. They don’t expect it I’m guessing so anything extra is a bonus.
     
  9. Zippy

    Zippy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    Yeah, I see that. But for me it always feels like an subtle hierarchical play. Like a way of saying "you work for me, remember that" . I know that it is seen by most people as an act of appreciation, but it feels different to me. It feels like I'm being payed for a future favor, as if giving me $20 is gonna get them priority treatment later or will make me feel obligated to bend to a future request. Once you start down that path your life becomes more complicated as you juggle all of these complex dynamics. I like it simple, I do this for you at this price. I will do it to the best of my ability. Once it's complete and the service is done the contract is closed. You owe me nothing and I owe you nothing until the next agreement.
     
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  10. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I didn’t tip for my LB, I didn’t tip for my last SB, but my first custom SB I tipped an extra $10 by accident, I didn’t have exact change and neither did he. I didn’t want to stop to get change because I was almost late and I hate being late, so I elected to just let him have the extra $10, and I told him to keep the fins he was going to give me with my boart because I knew I wouldn’t use them since I had bought better fins already.
     
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  11. ChavezyChavez

    ChavezyChavez Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    'Cough up a buck like the rest of us, you cheap bastard."
    -Reservoir Dogs
     
  12. soulrider

    soulrider Well-Known Member

    360
    Jul 19, 2010
    Yeah but the guy gave me an extra $50 lol. It felt excessive
     
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  13. jaklsurfs

    jaklsurfs Well-Known Member

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    Apr 26, 2015
    Im still on the part about the blunt afterwards
     
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  14. jaklsurfs

    jaklsurfs Well-Known Member

    473
    Apr 26, 2015
    I drilled a hole in a respirator one time so i could put a joint in it and keep on workin
     
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  15. jaklsurfs

    jaklsurfs Well-Known Member

    473
    Apr 26, 2015
    If thats any encouragement
     
  16. jaklsurfs

    jaklsurfs Well-Known Member

    473
    Apr 26, 2015
    if your firewire suffers some damage ,how easy is it to get it fixed? Does it have some kind of warranty .would have you send it to the factory or do you have a list of authorized repair experts , like maybe a local shaper
     
  17. Kyle

    Kyle Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    Awesome

    I do my own repair on my FW's except the Timbertek. The one time I dinged it, took it local repair guy, $50, all good.
     
  18. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    People ask the same thing about repairing a Coil, I do mine myself with epoxy resin.
     
  19. jaklsurfs

    jaklsurfs Well-Known Member

    473
    Apr 26, 2015
    Well i was wondering how the kooks get theirs fixed
     
  20. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    They call you of course!