I followed this post and glad to hear the original poster found what he was looking for. What caught my attention was how much attention the "price" issue gets.
My question to those that posted is. Do you shop your doctor, lawyer or similar professionals? Should a family doctor charge the same as a spe******t? Why does gas cost less in one state and more in another? Same goes for groceries and just about anything we purchase as consumers.
Plumber rates are dictated by one thing. The cost to operate your business while making a profit. Hourly rates are not what he is putting into his pocket. Been to the gas station, paid workmans comp, sales tax or insurance premimums lately?
For consumers to think that the price in California is the same or should be the same as the price in NY is fooling themselves. I'm glad the poster found someone who was affordable to him.