Ok, I'll just say it cause I know people will still hit me up from time to time cause they don't want to pay $1,100 before labor like the current guy I'm doing an install on.
Basically, one of my main selling points was that I let people watch and learn as I'm tearing the panels off and installing things. I get at least a few questions from most people. The more they ask, the more I can tell they want to learn for themselves. If they don't ask much, they just want to watch what I'm doing, which is fine. I wouldn't trust some random dude on CL either.
I was going to update how I listed everything and focus more on the letting them watch aspect.
All shops I have been to have frowned upon or got mad when I so much as walked into viewing distance of the installer doing the work. The very first one in fact (**** you car audio express in san jose, such a shitty shop). If I had watched them working, I would have seen them run the thin 8awg wire AROUND the damn grommet in the firewall, which was nearly cut by the time I went to upgrade it to 4awg wire. And they charged me $80 for that. It's ridiculous.
I do it to make side cash, help people save money because I was in that position, and to take business away from some shops because most of them seem to operate like this. It's a fun hobby for me and it seems like most shops take the fun out of it for most un-informed people and just try to get as much money as they can out of people and I can't stand that.
Anyways, my main concern was that shops would notice how neat I had worded my CL post, and directly copy it or make a similar copy onto their website/white page listing, etc and take that "letting you watch and learn" aspect away from the side-job guys like me - making them seem more trustworthy at the same time.
I guess this was more of a rant since it got me thinking about how much I hate car audio shops....lol
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