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Setting fee choice

Hi all, Nice to join you all again after a little break away from the
pc. So, i had the job to set a ring with a rubover centre (diamond.
10pts) with 18 tiny diamonds (0. 01) pave set on each side. Ok, nice
little job :>). Trouble was i had 10 of these rings to be done within
2 days! Now, there is no way this can be done by one person if they
followed the rules of pave setting and did their very best setting
work. So, when i had raised (or risen)?! all the required beads,
instead of taking a few hours to “cut-up” all the beads, i just put
in more and more until it appeared cut-up. Then burnished lightly ALL
the beads at once, instead of each individually (text book stuff).
The result was a not bad looking effort (considering the corner
cutting), and allowed me to complete the mission in time (just).
“whats your charge per piece”? i was asked. Well i thought about it a
while, then considered that i’d give a price ‘range’ of =A3$…
$=A3. The lower being my speedy version and the higher my text book
setting price. Bearing in mind, we can’t do multiple “top of the
range” setting at hyper-speed, nor can we get much done (all the
other work) if we spend hours on one job!This is where the
production/one-off debate rears it’s ugly head again ;>) Well thats
how i play it, and i don’t want him thinking thats my best setting
(but it was given the time frame). P. S customer was well pleased
with the work & the fact i got them done quick. (wait till he seesa
BEST version).

Chris Mead

This is where the production/one-off debate rears it's ugly head
again 

Generally I use the ‘prime motivator’ as a guide. In the case you
illustrate it would be speed.

Now, there is no way this can be done by one person if they
followed the rules of pave setting and did their very best setting
work. So, when i had raised (or risen)?! all the required beads, 

There is a good, “joke” poster relating to this that I’m putting
justt for fun, though of course you (guys) could actually use it----

In fairness to our Customers, we have instituted the “You Get What
You Pay For” system of pricing. It’s a very simple system, just
choose any TWO of the options below:

FAST
CHEAP
RIGHT