Tango wrote:So it seems that the variation in price seems to be due to the different installation costs from the contractors.
Am i not understanding how this works properly?
Contractor cost is certainly a variable, but I do not believe it is the major cost. My "standard installation" (just the installation line item) came to almost $1,300. I called a different contractor, and he gave me an estimate of $500. Even with whatever AV is charging for their extended warranty, I seriously doubt that most of that $1,300 is coming from the local contractor. I would imagine that AV is taking at least 1/2 of that installation charge as pure profit, if not more. Heck, I'm not even completely sure that the contractor got most (or any!) of that initial $100 we gave AV.
Admittedly, this is all speculation. I do not believe that we've heard directly (or even second-hand) from a contractor on what they are charging AV vs what AV is charging us.