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Christmas 2022 May Have a Severe Santa Claus Labor Shortage


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19 minutes ago, Santa Johnny Boy said:

One actually told a client,  "Well, how much do you pay him, I'll do it for less!"

I'm glad I've built up years of loyal clients! :santa_grin:

I have that happen to me a couple of times, extremely irritating, fortunately the customers have declined, and let me know

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19 minutes ago, Santa Johnny Boy said:

I don't think there's a Santa shortage because every time a Santa School lets out, I get people calling my clients trying to get my gigs.

Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry, John. The nerve of some people! Folks who just graduated from a Santa school should know better. Santa portrayal starts in the heart (whether one charges or not).

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2 minutes ago, Rob Thompson said:

fortunately the customers have declined, and let me know

Good on them! Customers who (I guess you’d say) stand up for a Santa are wonderful to see. It shows they think really highly of us. It’s a blessing when we can be their Santa for so many Christmases. Here’s looking forward to Christmas 2022!

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22 minutes ago, Sundblom Santa said:

fortunately the customers have declined, and let me know

 

22 minutes ago, Sundblom Santa said:

Good on them! Customers who (I guess you’d say) stand up for a Santa are wonderful to see. It shows they think really highly of us. It’s a blessing when we can be their Santa for so many Christmases. Here’s looking forward to Christmas 2022!

In addition to these examples, I've experienced the opposite as well. I've had colleagues tell me someone attempted to hire them to replace me without my knowledge, and the colleague saw the attempted recruitment for what it was , and refused.  I can't wait for the start of my season, Nov. 26th.

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14 minutes ago, Santa Craig Maxwell said:

 

In addition to these examples, I've experienced the opposite as well. I've had colleagues tell me someone attempted to hire them to replace me without my knowledge, and the colleague saw the attempted recruitment for what it was , and refused.  I can't wait for the start of my season, Nov. 26th.

Now that is a chap with a social conscience, we need more people like, that not just in the world of Santa :)  

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3 hours ago, Santa Johnny Boy said:

I don't think there's a Santa shortage because every time a Santa School lets out, I get people calling my clients trying to get my gigs.

One actually told a client,  "Well, how much do you pay him, I'll do it for less!"

I'm glad I've built up years of loyal clients! :santa_grin:

Slimy, man. Just slimy

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5 hours ago, Black Hills Santa said:

Slimy, man. Just slimy

Exactly what I thought. “Santa’s” acting so unlike St. Nicholas and practically backstabbing other Santa’s. That’s disgusting!

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I recently had a discussion with my portrait studio photographer (who has always paid me very well) about raising my prices a little for home visits and corporate appearances in 2023.  I think my prices are very reasonable and they haven't changed in over 10 years.  

I do have a client whose Santa cancelled on him at the last minute and he was in a huge pickle with family coming in from out of town.  The story I got was that the Santa cancelled to make more money at a different venue (how could you live with yourself!).  

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30 minutes ago, SantaDon said:

I recently had a discussion with my portrait studio photographer (who has always paid me very well) about raising my prices a little for home visits and corporate appearances in 2023.  I think my prices are very reasonable and they haven't changed in over 10 years.  

I do have a client whose Santa cancelled on him at the last minute and he was in a huge pickle with family coming in from out of town.  The story I got was that the Santa cancelled to make more money at a different venue (how could you live with yourself!).  

I know of a Santa that does that, however, I'm aware that his reputation is becoming well known and as a result lots of customers turned elsewhere rather than be let down. Having said that, he is still in business and most likely letting others down

For me, once you accept a booking thats it,, we should not be chasing the money as it were at the expense of customers or the recipients, the children. We for the most part, set our fee and that should be it.  

Those folk have integrity, its disgusting.

Sorry for the mini rant :) 

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On 10/2/2022 at 10:02 AM, SantaDon said:

I recently had a discussion with my portrait studio photographer (who has always paid me very well) about raising my prices a little for home visits and corporate appearances in 2023.  I think my prices are very reasonable and they haven't changed in over 10 years.  

I do have a client whose Santa cancelled on him at the last minute and he was in a huge pickle with family coming in from out of town.  The story I got was that the Santa cancelled to make more money at a different venue (how could you live with yourself!).  

I had a few of those type last year and now the families have booked with me instead.

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I started being Santa as a favor to a friend, he was moving out of state and had a client that he didn't want to dissapoint. That was 5 years ago. Since then I have built up as many clients as i wish to have. And I still have people asking me to do more. If I took on all the offers that I get, I wouldn't have time for my family or to celebrate Christmas the way I want. 

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5 hours ago, Grandpa Gus said:

If I took on all the offers that I get, I wouldn't have time for my family or to celebrate Christmas the way I want. 

I think most of us are in a similar position, it would be really easy to let the bookings take over at the expense of your own family and your own Christmas, and whilst portraying Santa is a large part of my Christmas, my family are the priority, so i manage my bookings accordingly, Ive actually trimmed back the bookings this year, well Im trying too !  :) 

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