Taxidermy cost differences?
Before I begin I just want to say that I'm in no way shape or form trying to start anything or claim people are ripping off others. Just looking for enlightenment. But my question is simple. Why does it cost so much more to have your mounts done in the States than in RSA? Obviously in RSA the taxidermists do a high volume but some of the price differences that I've seen I just don't get. For example lets take a baboon mount. I've seen the difference for a shoulder mount around $250-$300, o.k. I can see that, but then if I look at a baboon full body mount I have seen such a difference in cost that I could get almost 3 full body mounts done in RSA to 1 in the States. (over $1500.00) That, I don't get. And it it's the same with other animals, shoulder mounts hundreds of dollars more, and full body mounts thousand(s) more. And that's not even getting into pedestals. Does it cost that much more to get forms in the US? I know staff in Africa aren't paid as well and doing african species in the States is more specialized. Is that what causes the cost difference? Like I said not trying to start a pissing contest, just hoping someone in the business can give me some answers.