let say when you work for a company, don't you think you and you company is having a same goal?
don't you want your company making profit and grow healthily?
don't you work hard and anticipate your company reward you for what you have contribution?
if you are not, maybe is time to look for a new job, or else you have to work miserably in this company.
actually, it is very simply.
just stop taking up such jobs.
let me tell you a story,
the tap and hose of my kitchen basin spoiled, I bought the parts and try to fix it myself, but it only works for a little while, and start leaking again.
in the end, I have to look for a plumber,
so I call a company two days ago, and they say the will send a plumber the next day between 12 to 3pm, OK, that is fine.
yesterday I waited till 2.30 pm, no sign of plumber, I call the company up, they say they will contact him again,
the plumber shows up at 2.45 pm, he work very fast, 10mins later he already replaced the tap and it working fine.
I paid him the labour cost, and he left before 3pm.
than suddenly I realise that he is make more money than most of us here,
he don't need 10k worth of camera gears, 5k worth of computer hardware and software, working so many hours just to make a few hundreds dollars.
not forgetting we also need constantly upgrade ourself by attending workshop, seminars, and networking.
the tools box and the tools he has won't cost more than $200 (I'm a DIY man btw),
how come there is no free and cheap plumbers?
let me use another example;
one of you good friend own a camera store,
one day a customer came in ask ask for a Canon 5DMKIII kit,
your friend told out the camera and show him,
he loves the camera but start asking for discount,
say he has tight budget and can only offer $999.00.
your friend refuse his offer and think it is crazy,
but this customer start telling all his grandmother story,
budget tight lar, money not enough lar, very hard to earn money lar ..... blar blar blar.
this customer keep pestering your friend his story over and over again,
after two hours your friend can not tahan any more and sell the Canon 5DMKIII kit to him at $999.00.
the customer very happy and say your friend store is the best store in town,
he will recommend everyone he knows to your friend's camera store,
later that night your friend jio you for beer,
than he tell you about this customer he had during the day;
your friend keep drinking beer and KPKB none stop;
What is your respond to your friend?
#1, there are many people can only afford that much for a camera, so your friend will have to accept the change.
#2, you should sell more cameras to make up the lost.
#3, you stupid fool! who ask you to sell camera at this price? than now come and KPKB now for what??
But seriously bro, I'm not taking sides here, I'm not even into photography business. It is just hilarious to see ppl trying to defend an industry. I've heard lots of success stories even from some members here either by hard work or smart work but I have never heard ppl gets their success by defending an industry... The only way out is to innovate and improvise and prob some other way that you guys prob know better than me....
But there is no way you guys can get success by defending an industry... THAT I KNOW FOR SURE, cause economics force will determine whether an industry will die or rise not you or any other clubsnap members here
Last edited by Maykind; 2nd August 2013 at 02:24 PM.
You cant tell ppl what to do with their life.
About the plumber, it is only expensive in Sg, try other countries like Indonesia or Vietnam... Their service is dirt cheap bro... WHY? demand and supply. Supply of plumber here is a lot less than supply of plumbers in Indonesia/Vietnam. It is not about tools but it is about basic economic force.
That's why I keep saying there is no use of defending what you guys can not defend in the first place, It is bigger than you think it is!!!
After that all the friends from that Happy Customer will come and want to buy 5DmkIII at $999.00. Or Since 5DmkIII @$999, so 700D maybe at $333.00?
The seller will refused, then will say how come my friend can get that price I can't?
Then bo pian either keep selling at $999.00, lose money in end close down with debt still need to clear from the lost.
Or insist can't sell at $999.00 anymore, the unhappy customer's friend go around complain and spreading words the shop is lousy, bad customer service, price very high etc.
I dont see a connection here... Working hard got nothing to do with market force going up or down. If by working hard a stock never goes down and only goes up everyday, I also want to invest in that stock
Bread in Singapore is no longer that cheap.
Yes it his right to charge how much, no law to stop him/her if he can live with that for life and happy with it.
But if you or the rest, if dun want to protect the industry, at least dun damage it even further. Also can't stop those who depend it for living to continue protecting it.
Else maybe in future, like many industry that had slowly disappear in Singapore over here..
The industry is bigger than you, nothing you say here can change it. If there is market for 200 photo session, Nothing you say here can change that. Do you understand what I am saying? Industry and market is govern by economics force, supply and demand, so stop defending it, it is useless
Due to the perpetual existence of low-ballers and people who undercut the market, clients will almost always manage to find someone cheaper and better in today's world. Of course some will be unlucky and find a cheap and sucky photographer, but don't tell me you pay high price you confirm will get a good one, this is also not true lah. This is not really wrong or a problem, but nature at work. Thus rates will be marginalized to some extent or another, sooner or later.
However, one thing I know for sure, you wont survive by telling other ppl what price to accept and what price not to accept.