No, not photographic competition, REAL competition, you know, other photographers?
I read blogs. I read websites. I read forums. I even read Facebook..... sometimes. I hear the griping, the moaning, the whining. It's nearly unbearable. I hear how this one lost a customer over price or that one did, or how low priced this phtographer is or that one. I hear the words, "true professional" thrown around a lot too.
Here's what I hear: Entitlement
On both sides.
I hate to break it to you folks, but this is the United States. Anyone can own a business and price their services however they see fit, so long as they don't break any laws. While you might think another is too high, or too low, the reality is, they might think the opposite of you! And guess what? It's ok to think that, but keep it to yourself since neither of you are wrong.
We have a little thing in this country called Capitalism.
Definition of CAPITALISM
: an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market.
It means the customers drive our industry, and all industries. It means the people decide where to spend their money. It means the companies can either please the people or go out of business. It also means that you have as much right to charge YOUR price as that guy down the street who you think is undercharging.