I have not raised my prices since November 2005. Well today was the day. I went up $200 on my water heater installs. I'm paying $425 plus tax for a 50 gal gas water heater and every brand is within $10 of each other. I bought a 50 gallon Ruud water heater, (1) 20' stick of 3/4" L copper, and (1) 2 gallon thermal expansion tank, ... $570.00 . Installed it this morning. With the price increase I am now at $1241.00 for a 50 ng basic install no extras.