Depending on what size wire you're up against, it might pay to buy in bulk at a negotiated price now, weather or not you get the job. If you don't, price the next job that can afford it at those prices, You'll use it at some point anyway....
Mark Heller "Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
In our area, as of Monday, #1 bare copper is over $2 per pound. Today, quite a few people from other trades are asking for any scrap we have. They are taking 6" pieces of #12 THHN stranded. Anything they can get.
Wow! The increases hit hard here today. Last Thursday (Apr 20) a 150 meter roll of 14/2 loomex (romex) was $91.01. This morning I bought a few rolls for $99.40 each. At 3:00pm this afternoon I got two more.....for $109.20 each. They're predicting more increases tomorrow.
"Will it be cheaper if I drill the holes for you?"
66, I don't have any big commercial jobs looming, and for once I am thankful. We have been covered up in resi for the last several months.
I have had to increase my drop price twice in the last two months by about 15%. But now I will add a copper surcharge to all new rough-ins. I bought 30K ft of 12/2 last week at $216 per thousand, today it would have cost $296 in my area.
This weeks roughs will be billed at drop price plus $30 per role of 12/2 and I will apply charges to all copper wire. Even the CAT5. Been considering a $25 per invoice fee for fuel too.