The targeted preys: Newbies, Wannabes, Start outs.
The Magic words to use: Wedding, Pre-Wedding, Overseas, Portfolio Building, Exposure, Referrals, On A Budget, "Bad Experience from Professionals", "Kindness of your heart"
Almost like a formula, you just find a newbie and just trying forming a sentence with a few of the above suggested keywords. Works every time right? That said, isn't those words are the very red flags to watch out for?
I just read a rant thread on another forum about this Craiglist post:
I am getting married on June 9th in Quincy, MA. I am looking for someone just starting out in the florist business. In exchange for 2 bouquets and fresh cut flowers for my centerpieces ( at little or no cost to me) I can have my photographer provide professional photos of the event/flowers. I will write reviews of your service on all of the major wedding blogs/websites and facebook. I can also serve as a great reference for your future brides.
Please contact me if interested.
The world of cheapskates knows no bounds; first they aimed at photographers and videographers, now even florists are targeted and yet they are making use of the photographer to do that low act. Very soon, they will start to find startup bridal studios, the catering and food, and the venue, restaurants and hotels if they can, they will. This phenomenal is spreading like a disease. The whole wedding industry needs to protect itself, or else there won't be a sustainable market left.
I know some smart S is going to post that lame 'supply and demand' or 'free market' reply here. I think Hart and Jason addressed that a few times in several other posts. While we cannot stop or eradicate such happenings, doesn't mean we should allow it to crawl all over us. The only necessary thing for evil to triumph is for good men to say nothing. While saying such behavior is evil is too far fetched, but the principle is the same, this is our market, we don't at least say or do something, very soon there is no market left.