I have an interesting relationship with a local jeweler. He lets me
use his laser and in exchange I do some consulting and small projects
with my old world equipment. Lately I’ve been getting the better deal
so I offered to pay him for laser time. My question is, how much
should I offer to pay?
I usually use it for less than an hour a month, though this month
I’ll probably use it for more like 2 or 3 hours as I have a big
production job. The easiest thing would be to pay him by the hour
each month I use it, but I’ve thought about paying him a monthly fee
for a set amount of usage, but I don’t use it that regularly.
I don’t need any help setting the machine up, I do all that myself.
I only use the machine after hours or before the store opens so I
don’t occupy the machine when his goldsmith may need it. Also this is
a machine he owns, not a lease, if that makes a difference.
He told me that he doesn’t care how much I pay him, as long as I
feel it’s fair. But I do want it to be equitable. He’s really a great
guy and I don’t want him to feel shortchanged.