If these are your customers, charging extra(over charging) makes you a rip-off.
Originally Posted by anacdoctor
If these are your bosses customers, that you want to charge that's not ethical
An honest business man would not justify his ability to like this
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Originally Posted by John Markl
What exactly is over charging? I always hear that from some people but don't know what they mean. In the town I am in, there are many contractors, some going back to the late 1800's. Everyone charges a little different than the competition. Some charge more, some charge less. Some charge flat rate, some charge time and material. If I looked at their books, I would probably find about a 10-25% gross profit margin. After taxes, equipment replacement(how old is that truck you are driving?), new tool purchases, there generally is not much left.
Originally Posted by keviekev70
So if I have a skill set, a license, or a tool that my competition does not have, and I can charge more than the other guy, the customer is aware of this and pays the bill, who did I steal from? Since the relationship between the customer and myself is mutual, how am I ripping someone off? If you think I am charging too much, if you think that one person is too few to have that skill or tool, you can get that skill, tool and compete for that same customer. In capitalism, the market does not tolerate a vacuum. So when people come up with new ideas, they usually charge more for that product. As soon as everbody sees that, more people will start selling or making that product or service and the price has no where to go but down. The question is, were the first customers ripped off? Were they over charged? The big screen tv, personal computer, and cell phone minutes comes to mind.
If what we are charging is what the market will bear, we are charging correctly.
The three importante words are, "intelligent, informed, and honest."
Originally Posted by ironpit
The unfortuate truth is that many people, when placed in a poistion where their families livelihood is at stake, will skip that last word, or a word like it, such as "ethical."
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