When it comes to pricing, the hourly basis method is great, but often it can be difficult to get an idea of how many parts you can laser engrave or laser mark in the span of an hour. Thus, you need to do a time test for this pricing technique to work properly. This delays your ability to offer your client a price for the services required. The quantity pricing method allows you to provide a price to your client immediately, but you can often underprice or overprice the cost using this method.
When it comes to larger projects, we extend an hourly rate instead of a quantity-based price. We offer this for projects that are deemed to take more than four hours to laser.
—Richard Korbyl, Columbia Awards