From: Nicolle (22.214.171.124)
In Reply to: Re: Price Too High for BKT posted by LISA on August 25, 2007 at 12:39 pm:
I'm not sure it has to do with supply and demand. To me, when less were doing it, the costs were cheaper.
Actually, in reality, it seems like the more who do it, the price increases, like with TR. When TR started and few salons were doing it, average cost was $400 or $500 for iStraight or Liscio. Now, the average in Chicago is about $650 to $800 but in the suburbs where very few do Japanese TR is less than 1/2 that..averaging about $350 or so...
How about gasoline? There are about 4 gas stations for every block and they charge 40cents more a gallon than do gas stations in areas where there are less gas stations to compete with.
Sometimes supply and demand doesn't have a thing to do with costs. It's 2007 now and people will charge what they charge as long as people pay for it, right? Homes went up in cost 79% here since the year 2000 BUT income per household actually went down. More homes being built here than ever before and causing costs to skyrocket.
The way it really works is that as long as people pay for it, people will keep charging it and jacking rates until people stop and then the cost goes down.
We all want to earn a good living.. not just hairdressers, right? But I know attorneys who are struggling and I'm gone 12 hours a day at work and I can't jack up my rates so.. We all work hard.
I personally think it is unethical to charge an obnoxious cost more than cost just because you can. Again, WE ALL work hard. I work hard every day. I get a raise once a year and not many people get more than 2% no matter how hard they work. Some none at all.
What hairdressers who set price at max forget is people like me who would do it several times a year if it was more reasonable will do it less often now and just make due. I have a friend whose been overdue for months but cannot afford it. However, when the salon was reasonable she'd go every couple of months or so. In the long run, the salon made more money off her than they do now. It's cheaper for working people to pay less and go more often than to pay more and go twice a year. Most true working people cannot justify paying that.
I think it would be easier if salons would allow you to go on a payment plan of $100 a month and you could do your BKT every 3 months or something. then the average would be the same but it would be more reasonable than expecting us with all our bills to just come up with a lump of money.
Kind of like the utility monthly payment plan for gas and electricity. it's just more manageable.