Originally Posted by BritOverseas
For your information, yes I do expect value for money and a good job, would you not? Just because I CAN afford to spend that $1000, should I be ripped off? Remember, a fool and his money are soon parted.
My unbelief is at the rates charged by non qualified hobbyists that decide that this "niche market" is ripe for exploitation.
The "recommended technician" (NOT the cheapest by far) that eventually did my old house overcharged my Wife (I was away on business and he took advantage of the fact that she knows little about it), did a particularly crappy job, stole the good cable I provided along with the expensive LF cable that was attached to my sub, installed the cabling wrong and left large plates/holes in my walls that were not necessary. We are only talking about running 5 cables through 2 walls, in the same room to the same point, why on earth should that cost over $1000?? This is why I ensured that I got it pre-wired for 2 rooms in my new house, with very good cable, my builder charged me $250 a room (not my "negotiated" price, just their listed price), so where is the disparity in those figures? We all know that builders are supposed to be on the high side of prices.
The quality of most of the jobs that I have unfortunately HAD to get somebody to do on any of my houses due to my work constraints has been shoddy at best and yes, sorry to burst your bubble, most of the people that spend 100K on a system do not NEED to do so and in MY experience, all of my "Wealthy" friends, for the most part, "Jones" each other constantly. The wives with expensive cars and jewelry (and botox/plastic surgery dependant on their age), the husbands with electronics, cars and bizarre golf accessories, not to mention the ridiculous houses that these empty nesters buy to outdo each other. I have 4000 sq/ft, more than enough for me and 2 kids, why would I need 10000 sq/ft for me and my Wife? It is just an ostentatious display of wealth, same as a 100k system (almost 75% of the cost of an average house in the US).
And, also for your info, the rates that I charge to my customers ensures that not only am I warrantying my work for the near future, at ANY time in the future, if they have a problem with their system, a "BEng Hons, Engineer" (minimum, more than half of my guys are PHD's) will sort it out, for free, anywhere in the world. THAT is what they pay the high rates for, not to mention that most of the plants that we do systems for lose MILLIONS per hour/day if they don't work, not the ability to watch a movie or listen to music for a couple of days. So, in answer to your question, yes, my guys' and my time (20 years experience, BEng hons Instrumentation/Electronics with a healthy dose of software thrown in) is certainly more valuable than the average AV installers is, yet, according to your rational, it is of equal value because "They might actually expect to get paid for their lowly skill level", myself, I don't see it.