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Actually I thought that is what the oil companies did!!

Seriously, thanks to everyone for this great insight.

Lee Cooper
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> From: Steven D. Hales <hales@xxxxxxxxxx>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: pricing
> Date: Tuesday, April 29, 1997 4:00 PM
>
> I'm a little puzzled by some of the attitudes expressed in this thread
> about pricing. Those who make a profession of binding, as opposed to
those
> of us who, like Peter, moonlight, seem to feel that they alone have a
right
> to bind for profit. Part-timers and moonlighters immorally steal their
> business through low rates.
>
> I cannot see any decent moral argument to be made for these conclusions.
In
> the first place, there is no reason to suppose that anyone has a right to
> clients. Put in reverse, it is false that all in need of binding services
> are morally obligated to take their business to only full-time
> professionals who charge top dollar. Moreover, we generally think that
> informed and consenting adults are free to enter into whatever
> (non-harmful) contracts they wish. Just because one is an amateur or
> part-timer does not abrogate this right to form contracts.
>
> Indeed, it seems to me that if anything is immoral here, it is the
> suggestion that we binders collude to fix prices at a high level.
Consider
> if oil companies all got together and agreed to double the retail price
of
> crude oil. And why not? They all deserve decent salaries, etc. etc. The
> consumer public would go ballistic at this. No bookbinder, professional
or
> otherwise, has an ethical expectation of any sort of income or salary at
> all.
>
> Steve
>
>
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