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Offline AJ

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Appliance Blue Book - Job Rate Guide?
« on: August 03, 2012, 10:26:26 AM »

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Re: Appliance Blue Book - Job Rate Guide?
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2012, 06:40:17 PM »
Tried it for about a year. Bought enough books for all my techs to have one. Everybody hated it. The rates were way too high for our semi rural area.
My wife, the bookkeeper, didn't like it because the flat rate didn't separate the taxes or the price of the parts. It also didn't seem right to charge the full flat rate on a second appliance. Any way we never could get comfortable using it.

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Re: Appliance Blue Book - Job Rate Guide?
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2012, 10:24:06 PM »
agree,  rates in book are way too high for my area.   Probably good for New york, LA,  Boston,  big money markets.   
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Re: Appliance Blue Book - Job Rate Guide?
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2012, 10:40:00 PM »
My old boss come back from a show in las vegas a few years ago all excited about this flat rate pricing book. Not sure if it was the same one as this or not. He was going to get the book and the company was going to make so much more money and then he could afford to give me a nice pay raise, bla, bla, bla...

Four years later, no flat rate book, no change in service rates, no raise, AJ quits his job and goes to work for himself. :)

I still service the same area as I did working for my old boss except I charge more. Funny people still call me, lol...

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Re: Appliance Blue Book - Job Rate Guide?
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2012, 01:29:01 AM »
I use this book.  It works great for me.

You never charge full rate for the second job.  The rates in this  book include the 79.95 service free.  The book explains this in the front.  They say you can drop you're trip fee portion of the 79.95, and just charge the diagnosis fee, or drop the whole 7995  o. the second job.

The book also says you can adjust your rates up or down 5%, 10%, or even 20% depending inn you're area.

This is all explained in the front of the book.

« Last Edit: August 04, 2012, 01:29:59 AM by ApplianceGuru »
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Re: Appliance Blue Book - Job Rate Guide?
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2012, 05:01:10 AM »
we tried it but found our area would not bear those prices.have heard dean landers give the presentation on this several years back when we tried to use it he says your losing money if you are not using it ,have heard others say your losing customers if you are. i think it depends on the area if you can get those prices. on that note we have developed a flat rate pricing system that works for the company i represent. also remember at those prices sears,ge, samsung whatever big boys or factory service in your area becomes competetive on price, but would hope you can still win that competition even with pricing being equal.

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Re: Appliance Blue Book - Job Rate Guide?
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2012, 07:32:11 AM »
Anyone have a old copy of the book they could send me so I could check it out?

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Re: Appliance Blue Book - Job Rate Guide?
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2013, 07:10:04 AM »
For you guys that use the blue book, do they print a new one every year with updated rates?
How often do you purchase a new book?

I contacted them through their website last summer after I started this topic and invited them to join us on our forum, but their reply to me was our site was for DIY'er and they only work with repair businesses or something along them lines.

I replied back that our site was both for the diyer and professionals to please take another look, but I never heard anything more from them after that including any answer to questions I had about their products.

They did not make a very good first impression with me.

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Re: Appliance Blue Book - Job Rate Guide?
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2013, 07:24:18 AM »
btw: If someone has a blue book they no longer use I'm still looking for a copy. I would be happy to share rate information from it on our site with you guys.


If you don't want to donate your blue book to our site I would consider paying a little something for it too.








Offline Bailey

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Re: Appliance Blue Book - Job Rate Guide?
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2013, 09:36:17 AM »
The books I had would have been about 8 years old now. Can't find one so must have tossed them when I changed my business.

 

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