Auto Parts Price Gouging??
This is related to another thread, but is presented here in a summary conclusion/question form.
I recently had an exhause part price represented to me by a "trusted" local mechanic (on a first name basis) at $270. He charges $65 per hour labor (lower than the car dealer and Midas I think). In his/all pricing I assumed a parts price mark-up, you know handling and the like, of 15-20%, some of which would come from a price discount the mechanic gets from the parts house, that is I'd pay more than he if I went to the counter and purchased the part myself.
I didn't like the sounds of the part's price so I checked on the web (earlier RockAuto thread) and found I could get the part delivered to my home for $130. I then went to the parts house from which my mechanic quoted the parts price and they'd sell it to me for $170. I then called Midas, the place I have had exhasue work done for years, they said the part would be $300. Clearly with the volume Midas does they could beat the $130 price I got. Midas charges a stiff labor charge too.
My conclusion: parts are marked-up by as much as 100%, maybe more in some cases, by the mechanic or his shop.
This is a clear case of GOUGING in my mind and I hope this "press" gets some people thinking. After about 30 years of not doing exhaust work, I can afford to have someone else do it, I'm back doing my own exhaust work.
Are there any other examples of sales/service to the public that gouge, as a normal aspect of business, as is shown in my example above? For comparison, if you hire someone to put up a fence for you and you look at the cost of the materials, they are similar to what you'd pay if you put the fence up yourself.