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    Default How much do you guys charge?

    Just curious, I've made a few bucks here and there doing laser shows for private parties and such. But now that my laser is going to be legal, I will be doing profesional events.

    The question is....how much do I charge? Is there a standard rate I have to be charging?

    Personally, I would rather charge less than others in industry (competion in a free market right?) but at the same time I heard people can get pretty pissed off if you lower the prices so much that you start taking away customers from other laserists. But then again, it is a free market right??

    As a reference, I have a 300mW white/full color projector with wideangle 30K scanners.

    How much should I be charging per gig???

    thanks,

    -MO-

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    In the past, we rang around, and found out what the other companies were charging. Then priced ourselves accordingly.

    It really depends on the type of show tho. We have charged a couple of thousand dollars for a 150mw green projecting corporate logos over a number of days, whereas we could never charge that sort of money for the same equipment at a dance party as in my experence promoters want to spend as little as possable.
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    Just make sure you factor in labour, and don't discount your labour. If you come up against a cheap prick who wants a discount, and you're happy to give him one, leave him with the impression that you've discounted the GEAR, but not the labour.

    It makes your clients respect you a lot more when they realise they are paying for you to be there...
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    If people only knew all the things that are done to get a show for them to see .......... it's hard for me to charge friends for a hobby I enjoy. I would expect good $'rs for a customer show or logo display. It also would depend on the time to actually do the show or display. I figure charges would be somewhat as to the nature and duration? Not many in the hobby so.....I would be interested as what would be a starting range.
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    my first show I did on a private party (that friends of mine did arrange) !
    I told them that I do it for free
    As it was actually more fun for me to do the show on a new bigger room than just my small apartment

    But the "party" and the show+music was so perfect, and ppl just ceep on coming.. ( it was like 300ppl there )
    And they did get more money than expected, so I was payed 200$ almost And that is not so bad i think...
    I`m glad I did get my laser there at the first place anyway ..

    But next time, when THEY want to rent me to do show.
    I will tell them a minimum price for one night !

    A common price here in Norway is like 1000$ for a 1W RGB laser at one night !!!

    But you can also rent a Stand alone 20-100mW green dpss for 50-90$


    So If i`m lucky I hope to get some money on my 700mW RGB + 1W green dpss :twisted:


    EDIT: It`s late and my english writing skills are sleeping.. so plz ignore them ops:

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    I rent my green lasers for $1 per mW

    so 30mW auto lasers $30 bucks
    150mW $150

    red for .50 per mW

    its a rate for rental that works well with the rave market in vancouver for me

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    you should factor in a labor cost.

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