The elephant in the room here is that he found someone to do it for $20.
The real task is stopping people from taking these deals.
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As the only person in your band with a job, how would you feel if you lost your job because someone else said they'd do it for pennies compared to what you currently make? My guess is you probably wouldn't be too stoked.
Being passionate about your art and selling yourself short (and devaluing your entire field) are two very different things. I hope your band is one day successful enough to learn the difference.
Oh no you didn't....but if someone wants to practice and get a little promotion this could be for you
Hey, I'm in need of a band to play at my house for the night. I can't pay you but if you want to practice and get a little promotion this could be for you.
Entrepreneurial Business 101 you have to know your market, be competitive with pricing, and hopefully offer up something unique to your clientele. This is the most basic way of doing things. Of course there are other ways like offering specialized services at inflated prices to appear to have greater value (kind of like the difference between a t shirt for $10 compared to a high fashion t shirt for $300, they are both just cotton shirts but one claims to have more value because of a brand name). It's as simple as supply and demand. In this case I was looking for the $20 shirt. Where is the harm in that?
Funny how people don't even consider offering a grocery store $20 and "a little promotion" in return for a week's worth of groceries....BECAUSE THE GROCERY STORE'S NOT STUPID ENOUGH TO ACTUALLY DO IT.