Originally Posted by Chris J
Tiger, I agree with that statement with only one exception. You will not find quality LV landscape lighting fixtures or LED components for LV systems in the big box store. It simply isn't gonna happen.
I get that. In high end interior lighting the same situation exists where there is very expensive lighting and the material markup is a substantial part of the overhead and profit.
I think it is Michael Stone in "Markup & Profit A Contractor's Guide" who promotes covering business costs without markup. The advantage to his model is that if the client supplies the fixtures, you haven't lost anything.
My business in residential service is different in that materials are only 10-15% of the job quote. Conduit is pretty cheap.