Volume 35, Number 4, April 2000

Industry Outlook

 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Where are the Fairest Prices of All?

Bathroom mirrors—there’s at least one in everyone’s home, and sometimes, like everything else, they need to be replaced. Interested in how your mirror installation prices compare to others across the country? USGlass can help. We randomly called glass shops in Atlanta, Dallas and Columbia, S.C., to find out how much it would cost to replace a 42-by-32 bathroom mirror, with either polished or beveled edges.

Each store seemed more than happy to provide the requested prices. When asked for the price of beveled edges, more than half of the shops commented that the price would be considerably more. In reference to the price for beveling, one shop in Atlanta (#4) explained, “That’s just a guess, I don’t do the beveling.” All listed prices include installation unless otherwise noted.

 

ATLANTA

 Shop                          Polished Price                          Beveled Price

                                                                    Shop #1                                  $61.79*                                  $185.85*

                                                                    Shop #2                                  $154                                       $225

                                                                    Shop #3                                  $260                                        $330

                                                                    Shop #4                                  $130                                        $165

                                                                    Shop #5                                  $150                                        $20

 

DALLAS

Shop                                    Polished Price                           Beveled Price

                                    Shop #1                                     $205                                          $820

                                                                Shop #2                                      $117.81                                      $320

                                                                Shop #3                                      $115                                           $203

                                                                Shop #4                                      $129.98                                      $240

                                                                Shop #5                                      $117.83                                      $270

                                                               Mean                                          $137.12                                      $370.60

                                                                Median                                      $117.83                                      $270

 

COLUMBIA

 Shop                              Polished Price                 Beveled Price

                                                                        Shop #1                                  $117                                      $171

                                                                        Shop                                       $210

                                                                        Shop #3                                  $42*                                       $96*

                                                                        Shop #4                                  $114.51                                  $163.35

                                                                        Shop #5                                  $105                                        $157

                                                                       Mean                                      $95.70                                      $159.47

                                                                        Median                                   $105                                          $163.35

 

* does not include installation
The mean is an intermediate figure between two extremes, and the median represents the middle number in a series arranged in order of size.

 

Privately Owned Housing Units Started

Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, Thousands of Units

MONTH          ’98 TOTAL          ’99 TOTAL         '00 TOTAL

January            1,545                      1,820                     1,775

February          1,644                      1,752                     1,644

March              1,583                      1,751

April                 1,542                      1,574

May                   1,541                      1,665

June                 1,626                      1,571

July                 1,719                      1,661

August             1,615                      1,676

September         1,576                      1,618

October            1,698                      1,628

November         1,654                      1,600

December          1,750                      1,712

Average relative standard error three percent • (p=preliminary)

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

 

Monthly Construction Contract Value
Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, In Millions

FEB ’00              JAN ’00                  % CHANGE

Nonresidential Bldg. $170,335 $150,245 +13

Residential Bldg. $196,061 $209,873 -7

Nonbuilding Const. $076,078 $079,168 -4

TOTAL CONST. $442,474 $439,286 +1

 

 

YEAR-To-DATE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT VALUE

Unadjusted Totals, In Millions

2 MOS ’00 2 MOS ’99 % CHANGE

Nonresidential Bldg. $21,422 $23,966 -11

Residential Bldg. $26,885 $26,059 +3

Nonbuilding Const. $10,199 $10,778 -5

TOTAL CONST. $58,506 $60,803 -4


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