More than the cost of a whole jar of Renovateur.
Well, you can always call Nick at B Nelson in NYC - and ask him about all of his international customers who box up their shoes and boots and mail it to him. There are lots of very good shops in the country who service customers by UPS and the mails.
The $25 shine I mentioned in a previous post is the exception and not the rule - mostly a restoration with mirror shine. The same shine store starts at $7-$10 per shine (which is higher than the $2.50 shine at Nordstroms) - but after watching how much effort they put into any shine makes you wonder what can't you take the time, buy the products, and do it yourself. I guess the answer is that time for many folks is . . . money.
To ge a taste of how I found one such shop - watch a local TV News program with Mike Rowe (before he got his big start with the Discovery Channel) in the following news video: