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Topic: Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

1.  Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

Posted 9 days ago
Edited by Aaron Simmons 9 days ago
Our average order for pickup/delivery and drop off was at about $38 per order and now it is up to $45.  I know the month isn't quite over yet, however I just wanted to share the results of raising prices by $.10 / lb. Our customers did not flinch at the price change and the results have been a bit of a surprise to me.  I suppose I could have done the math before hand :)  I'm sharing this just to encourage people to not be afraid to raise prices and that it is worth doing.

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Aaron Simmons
Laundromat Owner
Wash & Fold Software Consultant
www.CurbsideLaundries.com
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2.  RE: Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

Posted 9 days ago
Thanks for sharing your results.

I am going from 1.25 to 1.45 as soon as I muster the courage and your results are heartening.

David

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David Keith
Store Owner/ Employee
san diego CA
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3.  RE: Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

Posted 9 days ago
I went from $1 to $1.25 on April 1, 2017. A few grumbles but that was it.

I didn't advertise the change or even tell the customers when they dropped off. I told the attendants that if someone had a concern to give them a deal at $1 for that load.

Anything that had been dropped off prior to April 1st still got the $1 rate. From my rough review it appears that some of the smaller loads may have dropped off but no impact to the larger, 35#+ orders.

And of course anyone new doesn't know the difference.

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Ken Barrett
Washin Oxford Coin Laundry
LaundromatHowTo.com
Ken@washincoinlaundry.com
Pell City AL
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4.  RE: Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

Posted 9 days ago
I'm glad to help.  With you being in San Diego, you should not have to worry about raising to $1.45.

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Aaron Simmons
Laundromat Owner
Wash & Fold Software Consultant
www.CurbsideLaundries.com
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5.  RE: Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

Posted 9 days ago
Edited by Michael B 9 days ago
​What other industry flinches over raising prices 10 cents much less a 25 cent raise.
I was in the Pest Control business for a long time & most operator's raised prices by $1.00-$3.00 & when the gas prices jumped would tack on a fuel surcharge.
I decided that small of an increase was not the way I was going to run my Co with the Excellent Service I provided.
I decided to raise prices $5.00 per account without a fuel surcharge, because I knew as soon as fuel prices dropped they were going to squabble. I had not One complaint.

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Mike B
Multi Store Owner
Sunny Palm Harbor Florida
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6.  RE: Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

Posted 9 days ago
Smart thinking Mike!
I decided to raise prices $5.00 per account without a fuel surcharge, because I knew as soon as fuel prices dropped they were going to squabble. I had not One complaint.
Michael B,  06-16-2017 12:03


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Paulie B
Store Owner/ Employee
Mr Machine
New York City NY
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7.  RE: Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

Posted 9 days ago
Edited by John M 9 days ago

How many products or services are you buying today that are not going up in price?  It has become normal to expect price increases.  I have recurring purchases online for supplies.  They are always creeping up. Restaurants in CA are adding surcharges to the bill for minimum wages increases.  Utilities have gone up 4%.  Food prices going up.  Hard to think of what is not going up in prices now.

I think there are plenty of justifications for the increase and the majority of the reasonable customers would understand as they are seeing it everywhere else.  If your customer is minimum wage, they will be getting raises over the next few years in certain states. My 17 year old daughter works at a restaurant. She recently got a 2 or 3 dollar raise.  On a busy day, they have about 15-20 people on staff.  That is a big number to absorb as an owner and it was to be made up somewhere. Do I like paying more?  No.  is it justified?  Absolutely.  Granted, my opinion is one of a business owner.

While I was at the clean show watching the sheet big folding machines in action I observed that each machine had people loading the sheets.  I thought, how long before a robot replaces those people too?  I'm sure it's already on the roadmap.

Sorry for going off on a tangent.




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John
Store Owner/ Employee
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8.  RE: Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

Posted 9 days ago
Seeing all the automatic folding equipment at the show is encouraging.  I believe in the near future we'll have a legitimate solution to reduce the expense of a very labor intensive service we offer.

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Aaron Simmons
Laundromat Owner
Wash & Fold Software Consultant
www.CurbsideLaundries.com
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9.  RE: Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

Posted 7 days ago
Aaron:  The issue of minimum wage and maximum robotics will continue to headline both the manufacturing and service industry.  I hear the Govt. will eventually have to start taxing robotics that continue to replace the labor force because the loss of the income from the labor force taxes at all levels will cripple the govt's cash flow.  And we all know the govt. can't work within the confines of a reasonable budget that does not allow for waste, fraud, and abuse of tax payers funds.  How many of those minimum wage employees will end up on the govt. roll by necessity....and where is the money going to come from.  Maybe taxing robotics will become a thing.

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Les Monthei
Potential Investor
Redding CA
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10.  RE: Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

Posted 6 days ago
I've been reading about that. Elon Musk is talking about the need for a living wage to support people who do not have jobs due to industries being operated in most part by robotics.  That way I'm sure people will use their free time and money to pursue education and the arts to further enlighten society.  We can all dream right?

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Aaron Simmons
Laundromat Owner
Wash & Fold Software Consultant
www.CurbsideLaundries.com
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11.  RE: Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

Posted 6 days ago
I found out a laundromat near me is charging $2.10/lb.  That seems like a reasonable price to be at don't you think?

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Richard Heighington
Store owner
Spotless Laundromats
Prince George, B.C. Canada
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12.  RE: Results of raising WDF price by $.10 / lb

Posted 6 days ago
I see prices in Southern California range from $.95 / lb to $2.85 / lb and higher for same day or next day service from some laundries.  A local dry cleaners advertises $2.50/lb of wash and fold and they have business.  Not as much as us...but people still pay it.

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Aaron Simmons
Laundromat Owner
Wash & Fold Software Consultant
www.CurbsideLaundries.com
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