Some parts of the States are absolutely flooded with people that call themselves "Taxidermists". The problem with a flooded market, is that you have to either lower your price to compete for a market-share, or you keep your prices where they should be, and take in less work. I'll say it again, you get what you pay for, and that is usually true. Now that doesn't mean that you pay $350 for a mount, but you should be paying the taxidermist for the work performed. You wouldn't expect to pay the plumber $55 for a house call even if it took him only a half hour to unplug your drain, why would you expect to pay a taxidermist $55 dollars to do many hours of work, that quite frankly takes more skill than a plumber. (Please no feedback from the local plumbers union :toofunny:)
The average price in my particular area (which happens to have quite a few taxidermists) is around $200 per duck, in any pose.
Now whoever is charging $55 for a duck. Please send me a PM so I can give you some advice on how to do less work and make more money. Or can you tell me how you are making any money at all? I'm not here to insult you, I just don't get it. I'm no speed Demon, and don't do taxidermy for anyone other than myself, but I spend 2 hours alone on skinning, fleshing and washing. another hour running wires, and attaching the artificial head (which I'm sure you're not using due to cost). another hour or two sewing, caulking, shingling feathers, and taping and carding the feathers into place. Here comes the kicker; the cost of materials: Artificial head $7, glass eyes $2 to $5, foam body $5 to $7, wire, caulk, etc. $2. Materials alone run around $15 to $20 not to mention the labor which is 5 to 7 hours to make it look adequate. I don't know about you, but I get paid $30 an hour at my job. Is that above average? maybe, but even at $20 an hour your still looking at $100 to $140 in labor alone. Lastly, you need to charge something due to product demand. Not everyone can mount a duck. I'm not saying that you can't learn, but you will pay for that as well if you're looking at a reputable taxidermist with award-winning credentials.
So my summary is:
$350 = Too much!
$55 = Too little. AKA slave labor! If you raised your prices and did good work, you'll bring in less work, but make up for it in higher cost. Not to mention that if you raised your prices, then your competitors would as well, then the guy who outperforms the other will end up with the greater market share. Not everyone price shops. Alot may, but there are people willing to pay for quality.....Even in Missouri! :laughing: