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You’re right, seth.  I think those who hire a faux simply don’t care.

There are exceptions of course but for the most part, those that hire a faux have low standards (and are cheap).  They’ve bought into the “I don’t rip you off with high prices…you only pay for the pics not my overhead…the pics SHOULD belong to you…” and various other b.s. lines fauxs have thought up over the years to convince people they should “hire” them (so they can make a few bucks on a weekend) as opposed to hiring someone who knows what they are doing.  For the most part, I’m fine with that.  These are people I don’t want as customers.  If you can’t appreciate the difference between the shot I’ve taken with my equipment (with my expertise behind it) and the pp-ing I do versus some hack with their basic dslr/kit lens pp-ing to death with some hack program, then I don’t want you as a customer.  I’m also not interested in someone who wants to hire me solely on price.  I love to adapt to any reasonable budget and custom make a package but I don’t match my local faux’s prices.  You want faux prices, hire the faux.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to say that to people (in a nice way of course).  And “cash is king” is something that makes me laugh too.  I’ve actually had people not hire me because I wouldn’t take cash.  Well, I will, because I don’t really want to be paid in chickens, but if the intent of the customer (which it is sometimes) is that they then won’t have to pay the tax because they’re giving me cash, well, the door is ready for you to use it.

In any case, the people just don’t care because only a moron doesn’t think that the tv being sold in one store for $400 while the one in the other for $3000 doesn’t have something fishy about it.  Prices and abilities vary, always have and always will.  Drastic variation in ability and price normally gets your consumer esp working overtime.  For some reason, these days, when it comes to “pro photographers”, consumer’s good sense has gone out the window.  Sadly, you get what you pay for and even more pathetic, they seem to be happy with it.  Or they’re lying.