This commercial built-in project at a senior center is just one of the great projects in the 2012 CabinetMakerFDM Pricing Survey.
During the depths of the recent recession it was no surprise that pricing competition became pretty cutthroat. Shops were undercutting each other all over the country, fighting to gain an edge for a reduced number of jobs. Now, with the economy slowly coming back, what does that mean for pricing?
We will explore that issue in detail with the 2012 Pricing Survey, which is soon to be ready for bidding. Long the only industry vehicle to study pricing for custom work, the survey has been tracking how shops price their work for more than a dozen years.
How it works
Participation by shops all across the country is what makes the survey work. A handful of shops submit real projects they have completed and share the bidding specifications. Then shops all across North America are invited to bid on those projects as if they were real jobs in their shops. The itemized results are printed in the October issue of CabinetMakerFDM so the entire industry can compare and study.
“The more shops that participate, the better the results,” says William Sampson, editor of CabinetMakerFDM and creator of the survey in 1997. “During the recession, there was a notable drop-off in participation for the survey, but we saw a strong comeback last year, and we want that to continue.”
How to participate
It’s easy to join the survey. Once bid packages are complete sometime around July 1, they will be posted in the Pricing Survey section at www.cabinetmakerfdm.com. You can download the survey bid package and follow the simple instructions for bidding and returning the survey. Or if you would rather, we are happy to mail you a hard copy of the bid package. Email or call now, and we will make sure a bid package is on its way to you as soon as they are ready. To participate or ask questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 203-270-0025 or fax 203-426-4718.
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