Yes, that is a truth that many photographers starting out small, cheap, and desperate, I also one of them, and not ashamed to letting people know.
but the debate here is can anyone survive and last long enough with this strategy if decide to take this route?
everybody looking forward to pay increment, rank promotion, no exception to photographers as well, why you all can make noise when your bonus being cut or not getting enough, why can't photographers expect the same thing too?
everyone (customers) seem to enjoy cheap and good things, Ok, that is fine, as long ones able to find that and get it in a legitimate way.
But when the cheap and good things won't last long, why KPKB? just go and find the next sucker offering cheap and good things lor!! never mind what? for every one is downed two will come up, you will have endless supply of cheap photographs..
anyway, have seem enough people tried and failed to be a photographers over all these years, and there are many reasons for the cause of failing, but for sure that offer cheap or free services just make it much sooner to come.