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    Quote Originally Posted by visioN View Post
    £550?! He might as well just put a bit of extra money in and buy a new PC!
    I'd probably ask what the normal guy charges... I'm guessing around £200 for that.
    Sorry but thats completely justified. Setting up a RAID, fair enough, but which configuration did they want it in, did they know, did they need advice on it? Then there is the testing to ensure it works properly.
    Fixing watercooling, well if that gets fudged, good bye computer system. Takes a bit of delicate work and care to do that properly.

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    Should also add I had the cheek (kind of) of another girl who works there needing help with her emails not working, hah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    As it was an Alienware machine not really and it's not about the cost of purchasing a new machine as that would still need setting up.

    £20 - £30 an hour is reasonable you have tax and national insurance to pay.

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    I knew someone would come in with it being an Alienware!
    You can't justify saying £550 for those works in my eyes.

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    It is what I would have charged, baring in mind, PC world and other pc shops and IT companies in the area (for me) would have charged much more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visioN View Post
    I knew someone would come in with it being an Alienware!
    You can't justify saying £550 for those works in my eyes.
    Well yes because you said they could have bought a new pc however it's quite obvious that they wouldn't be able to buy a like for like machine for £550 and it would still need setting up, consultants are like cowboys without the spurs it's daylight robbery but hey if you can get that sort of gig go for it

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Well yes because you said they could have bought a new pc however it's quite obvious that they wouldn't be able to buy a like for like machine for £550 and it would still need setting up, consultants are like cowboys without the spurs it's daylight robbery but hey if you can get that sort of gig go for it

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    I said put some extra in and buy a new PC! I think you missed my sarcastic reply basically meaning that the price was so high there is no point getting it sorted.
    This "consultant" or a big company might be able to get away with charging that much, but me, ethically, would not charge that amount.
    If you're not declaring this to Mr HMRC (you should) then a cheaper quote is acceptable, if you have insurance, NI, over heads etc yes you'll need to charge more

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    Any private work I do, gets put in my ledger, receipts (fuel, tools etc) and duplicates (my receipts to customers) kept. All declared to HMRC, NI Stamps paid, tax paid as applicable.

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    So, because it's an Alienware (Dell), you'd charge more? Riiiiiight.....
    £250 for setting up RAID.....

    If I went near anyone with those figures and ideals, I'd expect a punch in the face, and rightly so. Couple of hundred maximum but there's no context here as to why you're picking up someone else's personal workload, if it's a favour, if this person is their friend etc etc so it's not really fair for anyone to just quote numbers at you IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    So, because it's an Alienware (Dell), you'd charge more? Riiiiiight.....
    £250 for setting up RAID.....

    Who said anything about charging extra as it was an Alienware?

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    I never said I'd charge more because it is alienware. I'd charge the same regardless....and off the top of my head, 2 companies local to me, charge £499 for setting up RAID on a server...PC World (Luton Branch) and Koios IT (A Bedfordshire company). Charging HALF of their costs is reasonable.

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    PC Worlds default price for anything on a server or network is £499, regardless if they are there for an hour or for the whole day.
    Last edited by nephilim; 14th August 2014 at 03:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    I never said I'd charge more because it is alienware. I'd charge the same regardless....and off the top of my head, 2 companies local to me, charge £499 for setting up RAID on a server...PC World (Luton Branch) and Koios IT (A Bedfordshire company). Charging HALF of their costs is reasonable.

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    PC Worlds default price for anything on a server or network is £499, regardless if they are there for an hour or for the whole day.
    This isn't a server, it's a desktop

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    Since it was all pretty much end user stuff, so no network / server work I would go in at between £20 - £25 an hour.

    If it was for a business and was sever / Networking type stuff then pretty much double it.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by visioN View Post
    This isn't a server, it's a desktop
    OHHHH That changes it then LOL. Half my RAID cost then in that case

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    OHHHH That changes it then LOL. Half my RAID cost then in that case
    That sounds more reasonable.

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    So around £250 is reasonable here?

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