$4/gallon? I'm going to drive over there to fill up! We're at $5.15 in Oregon. I've raised my mileage rate. I don't charge for a 10-mile radius, but I'm thinking of changing that too. I used to have a zone rate-this much for this city, etc. but distances within cities can vary widely.Perception of fees is an interesting topic not only because it varies so much but because most of the time we probably never really know what people are thinking. They're generally too polite to say one way or another.
I had a guy come to fix my rattling screen door-he charged $115 just to show up. Plus more to "fix it," which he didn't really do. I just smiled and forked it over, but made a mental note not to call him again. I suspect most people are like that.I'll bet many pianos get trapped in a continuous pitch raise/poor regulation condition: the owner gets it tuned infrequently, each time getting a price shock as fees rise. Then another decade goes by. Repeat.if someone were to complain about a basic tuning fee (they haven't), that actually makes my life easier because I won't chase them down next year. Reminder card and postage stamp saved.
I recently raised my rates after 5 years at the same rate. It's not gas, only. It's everything else has gone up a lot as well. With Diesel prices going through the roof, everything will continue to add to inflation, not just our driving needs. Again, Steinway massively increased their parts recently. I'm not going to eat that either.
It's a nasty upward spiral that shows no signs of stopping.
There again, what were your tuning prices 25 years ago?? Who can afford to live on $50-75 prices? Weren't tuning prices about $25 in the '50"s?
It's just life. It's not great.
If we ever had a huge DE-flation (LOLOLOL) would you lower your current rates accordingly?