I found Mike to be a tremendously annoying little cockney wide boy. Edd
came across as the very down to earth capable one. What did annoy me,
was that the fixing up costs at the end, were completely unrealistic.
No labour costs were included, any outsourced work was often at bargain
basement rates and the parts were just so easy to source.
*bangs head against wall*
Am I the only person who 'got' the whole fecking concept?
Labour wasn't included because it was a show about the kind of fettling
you could potentially do at home. Hence why Edd would sometimes say 'you
can do this at home, but if you paid for it to be done it would cost up
It depends if I'm doing it because it amuses me and I'm enjoying myself. In
which case I don't cost my time at all. OTOH, if something is a PITA, I
cost it at my consultancy rate from when I was working.
Today is Boomtime, the 7th day of Chaos in the YOLD 3184
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
Well, I fix my things up for my own benefit and use, often for the
entertainment and learning value. The object is never to resell them
because there would (usually) be no profit in doing that, once my
labour is taken into account. At the end of the shows, they cost
everything up, then call the difference between buying + parts and
selling, the profit margin. They never mention the very expensive cost
They make it not appear to be a hobby, but rather a commercial
enterprise - an expert operating in an expensive well equipped workshop
working long hours on a project.
The unmentioned overheads, going to USA to buy a car, hotels, car hire,
meals, bringing the car back etc, etc and a lot of etc were reasons why I
took the show with a pinch of salt. But it was a SHOW.
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