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  •  "Too stupid"?? Or maybe, with worse information (1+ / 0-)
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    What you seem to fail to grasp is that someone doing a task for another person might only take them ten minutes, but can reap several dollars in return - for ten minutes work!
    What you seem to fail to grasp is that in many businesses, it's not so easy for a casual person to figure out what the right price is.  The Free Market Fairy doesn't whisper the the appropriate price in your ear.  It's actually hard to know in many kinds of activity.  And the people who buy the services often have a much better knowledge of pricing, especially in the kind of arrangements described here.

    This seems to be news to you.  It shouldn't be -- there have been several recent Nobel Prizes in economics over the last couple of decades who have studied exactly this problem.

    Don't assume that the people you're ragging on are the ignorant ones.  Walk down the hall and try the mirror.

    Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

    by mbayrob on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 12:08:50 AM PST

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    •  "right price"? (1+ / 0-)
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      What you seem to fail to grasp is that in many businesses, it's not so easy for a casual person to figure out what the right price is.  The Free Market Fairy doesn't whisper the the appropriate price in your ear.  It's actually hard to know in many kinds of activity.
      There is no "right price"!  Whatever the person feels is fair, is fair!

      You would have babysitters unionized, for cripes sakes.

      A person's "extra" time is theirs.  They can read a book, sit reading blogs, or go out and make a few bucks helping another, busier person get their stuff done.  The whole point of these entrepreneurial endeavors is that both sides agree to what's fair.  That's freedom, pure and simple.  And, that is the spirit this country was founded on.

      •  Hard to take this point of view serviously (0+ / 0-)

        Don't know how much life experience you have.  You can read a book, looks like.  Ayn Rand, maybe.  .  

        But I can't imagine anybody who's tried to make a living the way you're suggesting for more than a couple of years talking that way.  Or expecting folks not to laugh at him if he did.

        Freedom is about a lot of things.  Like they say:  you're free to sleep under a bridge in the cold.  But if you lack the economic means to get a roof over your head, it probably won't feel like freedom for you at the time.

        That's what this is about.

        Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

        by mbayrob on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 01:51:41 PM PST

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        •  Never read Ayn Rand (0+ / 0-)

          always looked to long and boring..

          Ummm.. life experiences.. I'm in my 60's.. you?

          I've held at least one job every day since I was 9 yrs old (paper route)..  In addition, as a kid and teenager, I did all kinds of day jobs delivering pamphlets, etc. etc.

          In my young adulthood, I took extra jobs at Christmas season during the weekends.

          I've been a paid musician most of my adult life, and I negotiate my own pay.  And I paid for my first guitar at 14 with cash I saved from those part-time jobs while pulling A's in school.

          I have been a consultant, doing programming and IT jobs on the side most of my adult life, again setting my own hourly wage.  And ya know what?  I sometimes under cut my usual hourly wage just to get the job knowing there would be more work in the future.

          So, please.. I know whereof I speak.

          Now..

          But I can't imagine anybody who's tried to make a living the way you're suggesting for more than a couple of years talking that way.  Or expecting folks not to laugh at him if he did.
          Who the hell said anything about someone making a living?  Most of these bid jobs are done by someone who already has another income.  No one in their right mind would try to make a living off of this stuff - unless they were really good at a specific task and could ask premium wages.

          You don't really seem to have a lot of real world experience dealing with work and selling yourself.. get out there and do it!

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