The installers of the $189.00 Window:
The $189.00 window companies claim they are going to change the window industry. They say they are modeling themselves after the likes of Wal-mar?. In Order to do this they have to knuckle down cost. Everything from labor cost to what they pay for their products, has to be brought down as low as possible.
The way they do this is by using their leverage buying power from the amount of volume they do.
As far as realistically modeling a window company after the like's of Wal-mar? the reality is, this cannot be done and maintain quality.
Any of the $189.00 window owners or their subordinates need to come to this reality as soon as possible.
I will explain why:
The building trades industry has its own standardized pricing in each community.
All professional contractors and professional subs know what I mean.
Again the theory the $189.00 window companies hold to is the Wal-mar? volume = discount theory.
While this may seem to work in the retailed goods/unskilled labor force arena. (Ask a Wal-mar? worker about their pay & benefits)
But trying to incorporate this wholesale concept into a skilled trades sub-contractual work force can't be done. Cutting subs wages down by up to 75% just by offering him a steady work flow, is a bad business move for all parties concerned.(Except the business owner) Industry wide the standard base price to install 1 window is between $50.00 & $100.00 per window. Ask any professional window installer how wise it would be to take $25.00 per window, no matter how many window units they get a week! Any intelligent skilled tradesman would direct you to the local tavern to find your new revolving door converts. I know the brain trust sitting at their desk's in temperature and dust controlled environs at w world and w depot may think they can change our industry by selling $189.00 energy hog windows installed by their underpaid work force. There will never be a shortage of in-experienced & un-qualified, pretender carpenters out there. When it comes to properly install windows there really is no new shortcuts under heaven. Each window job requires the same amount of time & attention (it always has and always will) to deliver, remove the old, inspect and prepare the opening, properly set the new window, insulate, seal and clean up the job, all while protecting a customers home from collateral damage. As The $189.00 window business grows so do their BBB and online complaints. Do your own research before doing business with theses companies. Take a look at the individual W World & W Depot BBB complaints per city location. Also Google each company name along with the word rip off, nightmare or scammed, etc. You will see what I mean! These companies don't care about our environment, your home, nor the skilled work force. It is obvious they care only about enriching their bottom line. I predict if the $189.00 window companies stick around .The professional companies and their skilled tradesman along with the BBB are going to be very busy cleaning up the mess! So will a-lot of class action lawyers.