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On the Half Shell 11-02-2019 10:44 AM

sticker shock on non-boating things
 
Some things are just so ridiculas I don't see how they stay in business. I'm sure everyone has been blindsided at one time or another but this happened to me yesterday....

My wife wants to replace our window blinds with something more in style so she had a local company that does window treatments come by and give us an estimate on new fabric roller shades, drapes, and a couple of valances to hide the hardware. After "discounts", 16 windows total and the quote was $11,300! If I didn't go with motoraized (w/ remote) shades the bill would still be over $10,000.

I figured $3500 but $11,300? The drapes and valances for 5 windows alone were over $6,000.

The guy even admitted it has no return on investmet as only plantation shutters have some return. Fortunately the wife sees this as absurd too.


wezie 11-02-2019 02:06 PM

Inflation.

rbhankins001 11-02-2019 02:08 PM

you ever bought any faa approved stuff?

aviation grade makes marine grade seam cheap

ToothDoc1114 11-02-2019 02:15 PM

My wife is working with an interior designer to furnish our 3600 sq ft home...every time we get a bill it’s an argument. Lady wanted 5500 to have a wooden banquet built in a plain craftsman style. I built the same thing on a Saturday for about 700 in lumber and even added in some hidden drawer storage as a bonus. Felt good about myself until she then spent 2k on the cushions for it....next spring is going to be expensive at the tackle shop ��

bjm9818 11-02-2019 02:47 PM


Originally Posted by ToothDoc1114 (Post 13074599)
My wife is working with an interior designer to furnish our 3600 sq ft home...every time we get a bill it’s an argument. Lady wanted 5500 to have a wooden banquet built in a plain craftsman style. I built the same thing on a Saturday for about 700 in lumber and even added in some hidden drawer storage as a bonus. Felt good about myself until she then spent 2k on the cushions for it....next spring is going to be expensive at the tackle shop ��

A few years after my younger brother moved out and they were empty nesters, my mom started redecorating the entire house. I was home one holiday and flipped through the Ethan Allen catalogs they had laying around. In it they had listed expect to budget up to $75/ft2 to furnish an entire house. This was late 90’s.

OP
We have a modern house with casement windows so got away with simple roll down blinds from the shade store and they ran almost $400/window. Obviously Much nicer than a $30 Home Depot roll up shade but still crazy money.

Vitamin_Sea 11-02-2019 03:36 PM

My tax bill always gets me. And all the "hidden" taxes in everyday things. Ever stay at a hotel? Some of them have 5 lines of taxes added. I just recently rented a car in Chicago and they charged 21% tax. WTF???

Socialism is coming one way or another. It's not just in the form of income tax.

bigfoot2 11-02-2019 03:47 PM

Have you looked at the new medicines? An eye treatment at $800,000 per eye. Other drugs $40-50,000 per month. Even if your insurance pays 80% it stll adds up

wiscoarborist 11-02-2019 04:12 PM

I needed a simple cable to interface between my ipod and my motorcycle's stereo. I was prepared to spend double what a comparable cable would be since it only fit that brand bike...When - at the dealership -I was told the price would be $135 the word "Shit!" involuntarily slipped out of my mouth. The owner of the store heard and asked me to leave. His words (besides "get out!") were " If you're so cheap that you worry about $100,go somewhere else. We don't want customers like you." ...I bought one off ebay for $30.

Since then I've spent 10's of thousands of "motorcycle-related" dollars elsewhere.

loverofshells 11-02-2019 04:16 PM

I'm waiting for someone to create a program that blocks Pinterest & Houzz

I'd buy it :)

saltyreefer 11-02-2019 04:24 PM

I have a pair of redwing boots and decided to replace the cushion insole thing (not sure the proper name)
They wanted $70 for them! wtf there was nothing special about them....

scottdd1 11-02-2019 04:25 PM

Kitchen. Recently redid kitchen after 20 years. 50K+.

Total, down to stud remodel of 3500 sq ft farmhouse was 125K 20 years back. That was everything, including 2, 3 ton groundwater heat pumps.

Bob1957 11-02-2019 04:48 PM

I rarely do fast food but I went thru Jack in the box the other day, mainly
due to poor planning on my part. $9 bucks for chicken strips and fries!
Then I went to ACE and got a small package of steel wool, $6 bucks!
I quit rebuilding boats, everything got too expensive, , turn key is cheaper now days .

Mckee4Me 11-02-2019 04:55 PM

I disagree. Things are too cheap. Just think about what goes into producing these things.....

Gallon of has under $3.
Milk under $4
Pound of chicken $2.
Dozen eggs under $2.
We get clothes for the kids under $5.
Some good quality wines for under $9.

saltyreefer 11-02-2019 05:33 PM


Originally Posted by Mckee4Me (Post 13074883)
I disagree. Things are too cheap. Just think about what goes into producing these things.....

Gallon of has under $3.
Milk under $4
Pound of chicken $2.
Dozen eggs under $2.
We get clothes for the kids under $5.
Some good quality wines for under $9.

Then there's this lol

bjm9818 11-02-2019 05:36 PM


Originally Posted by Mckee4Me (Post 13074883)
I disagree. Things are too cheap. Just think about what goes into producing these things.....

Gallon of has under $3.
Milk under $4
Pound of chicken $2.
Dozen eggs under $2.
We get clothes for the kids under $5.
Some good quality wines for under $9.

Pound of chicken for $2? Is it still walking around with feathers?

Mak232 11-02-2019 06:11 PM


Originally Posted by Mckee4Me (Post 13074883)
I disagree. Things are too cheap. Just think about what goes into producing these things.....

Gallon of has under $3.
Milk under $4
Pound of chicken $2.
Dozen eggs under $2.
We get clothes for the kids under $5.
Some good quality wines for under $9.

I laugh when people complain or get upset over a $250 or higher electric bill and when you break it down is about $8-$8.50 a day for refrigerator , ac and heat, lights, TV , computer, water heater and stove if electric, microwave, coffee maker etc...... have the power go out for a couple hrs even days or a week or more and see how much would pay to have the convenience of electricity ....... have heard people complain about electric bill over $100 a month or roughly $3.33 a day but in reality is really cheap for that convenience we all can’t seem to do without

ericinmich 11-02-2019 06:29 PM


Originally Posted by bigfoot2 (Post 13074755)
Have you looked at the new medicines? An eye treatment at $800,000 per eye. Other drugs $40-50,000 per month. Even if your insurance pays 80% it stll adds up

What eye treatment is 800k per eye?

Mak232 11-02-2019 06:40 PM


Originally Posted by ericinmich (Post 13075114)
What eye treatment is 800k per eye?

maybe for Steve Austin.......lol

https://money.cnn.com/galleries/2008...n_pop_culture/

that was for an arm, (2) legs and an eye....

Double tyme 11-02-2019 06:40 PM


Originally Posted by ericinmich (Post 13075114)
What eye treatment is 800k per eye?

i get diamond, caviar, and freeman dust treatments every month in both eyes. Rectal ones every other month. Worth every penny.

mmccombs 11-02-2019 08:08 PM

The $800k is per eye...

It is a gene therapy medication which arrests the progression of a congenital condition ending in blindness. One of the reasons for extremely high price is so few people are impacted. Similar technology has resulted in a treatment for spinal muscular atrophy. In severe cases SMA kills children before the age of 10. This treatment is over $2m. Once again, very small patient pool. Very exciting technology, but until they come up with a treatment for something impacting a larger patient population the unit costs are going to be startling.

HDRyder999 11-02-2019 08:39 PM

I'm currently involved in a home automation project to control new motorized shades in a customers house. The shades are around $250,000. The automation is extra.

wiscoarborist 11-02-2019 09:19 PM


Originally Posted by bjm9818 (Post 13074970)


Pound of chicken for $2? Is it still walking around with feathers?

I can get a 10lb bag of leg quarters for $6. I lose a pound or so trimming fat and excess skin but they're usually pretty meaty pieces.

I don't think eggs have increased in price since I've been an adult and I'm 56.

starbright55 11-02-2019 10:16 PM

My wife and I are finally looking at houses with some space (haven't bought anything yet)....I want to build a 35' x 40' shop/boat garage with ~500 SF. upstairs in half of it for the inlaws when the visit. I'd love to buy a metal building but that won't fly in this neighborhood - gotta be approved (visually attractive too). Met with a local architect to see what he thinks he could get approved and he said budget $375/sf. for living space and $225/SF for garage space...quick math and I my jaw dropped.

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On the Half Shell 11-02-2019 10:22 PM


Originally Posted by HDRyder999 (Post 13075379)
I'm currently involved in a home automation project to control new motorized shades in a customers house. The shades are around $250,000. The automation is extra.

Crazy


Originally Posted by starbright55 (Post 13075470)
My wife and I are finally looking at houses with some space (haven't bought anything yet)....I want to build a 35' x 40' shop/boat garage with ~500 SF. upstairs in half of it for the inlaws when the visit. I'd love to buy a metal building but that won't fly in this neighborhood - gotta be approved (visually attractive too). Met with a local architect to see what he thinks he could get approved and he said budget $375/sf. for living space and $225/SF for garage space...quick math and I my jaw dropped. ​​​​​

More crazy

LI Sound Grunt 11-03-2019 02:08 AM

$7 for a draft beer is common.

Baldilox01 11-03-2019 02:15 AM


Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt (Post 13075546)
$7 for a draft beer is common.

And the WHOLE keg is only $50 at retail $! But hey, they have to pay that electric bill for keeping the suds cold.

Mak232 11-03-2019 02:41 AM


Originally Posted by HDRyder999 (Post 13075379)
I'm currently involved in a home automation project to control new motorized shades in a customers house. The shades are around $250,000. The automation is extra.

i did a residential service call on an ice machine in a house “local” around here.

House was 33,000 sf + or - , 13 Bedrooms and 15 bathrooms
And everything in this house was a $$$$ is no issue just make it happen. They had a Scotsman under counter ice machine in their kitchen and their complaint was could hear it running when sitting at center island /bar 6’ away and it annoyed them.....;? This house had (6) ice machines scattered thru the house on different floors and rooms

some people are capable of this kinda lifestyle

OldPete 11-03-2019 04:39 AM

If you look at almost everything. Middlemen are the infusion of excess cost.

Mfg>Dist>Dealer>You

What you want to try and do is get as close to the source as you can.

autobaun70 11-03-2019 04:55 AM


Originally Posted by Baldilox01 (Post 13075550)

And the WHOLE keg is only $50 at retail $! But hey, they have to pay that electric bill for keeping the suds cold.

price checked that lately. Way more than it was even 10 years ago.

also, restaurants typically pay more for beer from the distributor than they can buy the same thing for at retail.

Burgmane 11-03-2019 11:50 AM

Artwork. Sonos. Hunting rifles. Rare wines.

FishnDive 11-03-2019 12:13 PM

A can of American blue crab meat, not the pelagic asian blue crab

oneoverpar 11-03-2019 12:49 PM

Everything is expensive these days. My last Rolex was $20,000 in stainless steel. I am going to buy a new spotting scope tomorrow and it will be over $6000!

Lorne Greene 11-03-2019 12:51 PM

The property tax bill on my cars always gets me. A $33,000 car gets a $425 tax bill, it’s crazy.

Prices of new cars if you want something besides a Camry are through the roof. I see $100K cars and SUVs everywhere. Prices of new trucks are stupid high and prices of used Diesel trucks always get me.

As someone mentioned above Sonos prices are stupid high and I’ll put Apple products in that category too.

Jus Teasin 11-03-2019 12:56 PM


Originally Posted by On the Half Shell (Post 13074279)
Some things are just so ridiculas I don't see how they stay in business. I'm sure everyone has been blindsided at one time or another but this happened to me yesterday....

My wife wants to replace our window blinds with something more in style so she had a local company that does window treatments come by and give us an estimate on new fabric roller shades, drapes, and a couple of valances to hide the hardware. After "discounts", 16 windows total and the quote was $11,300! If I didn't go with motoraized (w/ remote) shades the bill would still be over $10,000.

I figured $3500 but $11,300? The drapes and valances for 5 windows alone were over $6,000.

The guy even admitted it has no return on investmet as only plantation shutters have some return. Fortunately the wife sees this as absurd too.

Business license, warehouse rent, insurance, tools, truck and insurance, Knowledge & Experience, free time up front dealing with clients all equals $$$ .Then there's that pesky "profit" so the guy can pay his mortgage, insurance, light bill, and put food on his family's table...;.

....Or YOU could take all the measurements, go to Lowes, or Home Depot and buy the shades and valances. Then take more measurements and take them to an upholstery shop to have them make the drapery. Then go pick up everything, bring it home, and install it yourself while saving a ton of money!
Easy Peasy!! :thumbsup:

HS2300 11-03-2019 01:10 PM

Muffin and a cup of coffee...$8

HS2300 11-03-2019 01:12 PM


Originally Posted by On the Half Shell (Post 13074279)
Some things are just so ridiculas I don't see how they stay in business. I'm sure everyone has been blindsided at one time or another but this happened to me yesterday....

My wife wants to replace our window blinds with something more in style so she had a local company that does window treatments come by and give us an estimate on new fabric roller shades, drapes, and a couple of valances to hide the hardware. After "discounts", 16 windows total and the quote was $11,300! If I didn't go with motoraized (w/ remote) shades the bill would still be over $10,000.

I figured $3500 but $11,300? The drapes and valances for 5 windows alone were over $6,000.

The guy even admitted it has no return on investmet as only plantation shutters have some return. Fortunately the wife sees this as absurd too.

Try Blinds-to-Go or Budget-Blinds..

Liveactionfishing 11-03-2019 01:28 PM

I recently priced a new set of impact windows, 14 openings nothing larger than about 36 x 60, half dozen were very small openings. $70K, but if I bought today there's a 25% discount.

Needless to say the shutters will continue to go up

TorFed 11-03-2019 01:32 PM

Good furniture is asininely expensive.

Blinds are insane too. When I tell clients to consider it a $10k cost difference between houses they laugh and act like I am kidding.

Rjh1960 11-03-2019 03:20 PM

I ordered my window “treatments” from Sears online for $12.

Open them they let the sun in,close them they block the sun,if we are going to discuss real world problems has anybody else seen the price of a new Rolls Royce?

I usually buy a new one with cash every year but now I have to stick with the old last years model because of the price increase.

On the Half Shell 11-03-2019 05:42 PM


Originally Posted by Jus Teasin (Post 13076630)
Business license, warehouse rent, insurance, tools, truck and insurance, Knowledge & Experience, free time up front dealing with clients all equals $$$ .Then there's that pesky "profit" so the guy can pay his mortgage, insurance, light bill, and put food on his family's table...;.

....Or YOU could take all the measurements, go to Lowes, or Home Depot and buy the shades and valances. Then take more measurements and take them to an upholstery shop to have them make the drapery. Then go pick up everything, bring it home, and install it yourself while saving a ton of money!
Easy Peasy!! :thumbsup:

Well he's not staying in business off of me. I took all the measurements and have all the tools. I will be building the valances myself. Wife will have to find drapes. I haven't figured out where else to get the shades though, these are not Lowes / HD stuff.


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