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Re: Hiring Contractors - Are component/part prices typically higher than online?
Of course contractors can be negotiable, like everyone else. the question is not what he's charging you for a gizmo, but what his overall cost to you will be. The guy who charges you $100 an hour may be cheaper than they guy who charges $75, but bills for 50% more hours.
If I run into a client who is beating me up on my rate I have been known to tell them I would be happy to work for $50 an hour instead of $100 if it would be OK if I just made a tiny little change.
They said sure what do you have it mind. I say the hour is going to be 30 minutes long.
I think it is a very clever solution, somehow they don't agree.
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.