Originally Posted by Cornerstone Technologies
I disagree that certifications somehow equal experience or knowledge. I have interviewed people that had certs and have put them on the bench with skill tests only to find they have no idea what they are doing. Conversely, I have interviewed 18 year old kids that are absolutely brilliant and who's skills are impressive. Which one do you think I hire?
This too is subjective. My average job is in the range of $100-$150. If I paid what the customer thought was 'fair', I would be quickly out of business and giving handjobs at the train station to get by. While I believe in charging what I think is fair for both my client and me and will adjust if I feel uncomfortable with it, doubtful that big box stores would even flinch. I make my money in service and my ability to empathize and relate to my clients.
What professional even does these things? For the vast majority on this board, I would imagine what you are referencing is far more rampant for pizza techs.
I am not sure where you are headed with this, but I have never represented something used as new. I have, however, reused cases with all new components. I offer a full 2 year warranty on the hardware, like I would any other custom build. Some might not like it, but I have done this for ten years with decommissioned shop machines. My stuff isnt abused or beat about, and usually high end Antec or Lian Li cases that are still sold as new. I doubt my strategy is an effect negatively reflected onto other technical professionals.
You stuck on this idea of certification equaling skills. Typically, the only time I get this question is from competitors checking on how they stack up. As a business and a professional, I decide what certifications are important to me and my clients. I have found over the years that they have become prohibitively expensive to maintain at times. They are nothing for than a profit center for companies. I do not loose sleep about not being up to date on certs.
Luckily, or unfortunately in the United States, we have few regulatory bodies concerned with IT professionals. I tend to believe that people vote with their wallets. If I do a ****** job at a particular project and the client isnt happy, he will seek someone else. If he isn't happy with my pricing, he is perfectly capable and permitted to find someone cheaper.
I'm lost as to what or who you are blaming techs for. There are unscrupulous actors in this profession, but I think they are weeded out fairly well. I think what nesrinamb is suggesting, what I feel is the real problem which is something you are trying to hammer home, are the pizza techs performing a terrible job at $20. The actors that have a basic understanding of computers give computer techs a bad name since we have to be the bad guy when it costs more to fix pizza techs screw ups.
I have made A long comment to your reply friend but unfortunetly at the end page refreshed by it self and all goone
but I figured out shorter way to make my points
go to you tube here and type
Computer repair fraud
Computer repair scum
Selling used computer as new
Also google it for true certified technician vs paper certified tech also.
By the way problem with customers INTERNET explorer and all you need to do is reseting INTERNET EXPLORER. would you really charge $100-$150? I am sure your answer will be no... and that's what I meant.
Reading most of the comments here I realized and good to know that all others talking about the point Iv made, Pizza tech, authorities need it ETC.
Thanks for the comment bye the way.