Greetings fellow Creekers.
I'm currently in the market for a laser and have been pricing laser systems through Trotec, Epilog, and ULS. This post is a factual narrative about my experience thus far with Trotec regarding pricing. The purpose of this post is to discuss laser pricing using the Sawmill Creek discount vs. Trade Show pricing. I intend not to impart my opinion on the pricing, nor will I discuss any pricing that I have specifically been asked not to share.
I asked Keith Outten via PM if posting pricing information would be ok. He said it would be fine as long as the information was factual and as long as I would not be sharing any confidential information.
I contacted Amie McGee (Sawmill Creek rep) via voice mail on 9/20/2012. As she was at the PA trade show, she was unable to return my call until the morning of 9/26. She took my information and delivered it to my local sales rep for a price quote.
The Sawmill Creek price quote I received is below:
Sawmill Creek Price
Speedy 300 with 60 watt tube: $25,950
80 watt tube upgrade: $2,000
Honeycomb Cutting Table: $500
Air Assist: $795
PA Trade Show Price
Speedy 300 with 80 watt tube: $22,900
80 watt tube upgrade: Included
Honeycomb Cutting Table: Included
Air Assist: Included
While I don't have a physical copy of the pricing offered at the PA show, I have confirmed through multiple sources the pricing that was offered and accepted by Trotec.
Difference: $6295 in favor of pricing at a trade show.
Here is the initial Speedy 300 price quote I received with Sawmill Creek pricing:
Trotec Speedy 300 Pricing.jpg
Here is the initial Speedy 100 price quote I received with Sawmill Creek pricing:
Trotec Speedy 100 Pricing.jpg
I contacted Amie a second time about pricing out a Rayjet 300, but she did not return the call and instead had my local rep call me back. The Sawmill Creek pricing of the Rayjet 300 @ 60 watts was exactly the same as the Speedy 100 @ 40 watts.
I've been working with my local sales rep on the pricing of a Speedy 100. Although the price point I'm currently at is better than the initial price quote (I've been asked not to publish the revised quote), it appears I may have to stop the negotiations and attend a trade show to receive the best pricing.
Does anyone have any advice to help me get the best price? I'm starting this out as a hobby with hopes of turning this into a business in the future.