Originally Posted by Tankdude
If someone is going to charge you money for putting a spring in your gun your getting ripped big time.
There is nothing complicated about these airsoft guns, just the hype on every thread is "take it to a doctor". But if your dumb enough to mess up a stock gun with upgrades then maybe your dumb enough to pay somebody to fix it for you.
I'll add something else, if someone offers you $$ to do a simple job then take it.
I charge $25-35 dollars for the labour of a general spring-and-bushing upgrade, but I also spend time with the customer and they watch every step of the process, asking questions and getting answers. I completely clean the mechbox and inspect all the parts by hand. I also stand behind my work. If I fuck something up (let's say shim a mechbox too loose and the piston ends up locking up and stripping a few weeks down the line, for example), I pay for the replacement parts out of pocket and the extra labor is gratis.
I don't think the money I charge for my time and knowledge leaves any of my customers feeling like they've been "getting ripped". I average about 2 hours for a simple M4 mechbox upgrade, and a lot of that is spent cleaning, inspecting parts, and answering questions. The time I spend on other people's guns is less time I can spend with my family, and I should be compensated for it. Like Brian, I don't work for free, but sometimes when a buddy needs something done ASAP and I have free time I'll do it for nothing.