Eloquently said, Jeremy, pricing is the type of
dialogue that needs to be addressed at some point in
our careers, and the listserver seems to me to be the
perfect forum for discussions such as this.
The listserver is our common ground where we can step
in to guide one another in what is a difficult and
challenging career, and to add fodder for thought, so
--- Jeremy Stoller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> For what it's worth, nothing I've ever seen on this
> listserv, or at any GNSI meeting for that mater, has
> ever looked remotely like collusion. The pricing
> discussions we've had (and which I personally
> appreciate immensely) are more like group therapy
> sessions. Something along the lines of: "yes, it's
> OK for you to make enough money to live on. I know
> you enjoy your work, but that doesn't mean you have
> to do it for free. What you do does have value.
> True, you are an artist, but you don't really have
> to starve yourself. Self inflicted suffering is not
> actually a professional requirement."
> Jeremy Stoller
> Senior Graphic Artist
> California Science Center
> (213) 744-2532
> [log in to unmask]
> > ----------
> > From: SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural
> Science Illustration- on behalf of Clara R. Simpson
> > Reply To: SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural
> Science Illustration-
> > Sent: Wednesday, May 5, 2004 9:12 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: Pricing Question
> > Dear All-
> > As your President, and keeper of legalities, I am
> hoping that we can
> > all <be sensible> and be aware in our discussion
> that collusion is
> > not either taking place or looking-like taking
> place. Take it
> > off-list if need be.
> > Gail points out that prices vary all over the
> > I like the statement Frank quoted below from
> Roberta's posting (and
> > it reflects on why we like to meet in
> one-restaurant towns!).
> > Just be sensible, otherwise there really will be
> rules and a
> > rule-keeper. The Guild cannot afford to pay for a
> rule-keeper, and
> > Lana doesn't have time to be one. She is too busy
> helping Jaynie with
> > Williamsburg.
> > Why not take up this informal info-sharing in
> actual time, over a
> > beer, the week of 3 July (...if we can agree on a
> restaurant...) Much
> > safer.
> > -Clara
> > >They know artists couldnít collude to go to a
> restaurant." He
> > >knows his subject.
> > >
> > >-frank
> > >
> > >According to U.S. anti-trust law, a group of
> competitors can't get together
> > >and "collude" to set standard prices. Since most
> of us are independent
> > >contractors (as far as our freelance work is
> concerned), we all essentially
> > >compete with one another.
> > >
> > >As I understand it, it's OK for two people to get
> together informally and
> > >discuss pricing. But it's not OK for an
> organization to facilitate
> > >widespread price fixing. This is considered
> collusion. The only exception
> > >is a trade union where members can set standard
> prices and engage in
> > >collective bargaining.
> > >
> > >You could make the argument that the GNSI is
> facilitating price fixing by
> > >allowing people to use this listserv to collude
> on prices. This could get
> > >the GNSI in hot water with the FTC. The AMI
> listserv prohibits discussion
> > >of prices and price strategies specifically for
> this reason. I'm not aware
> > >of any GNSI policy about this, but it's something
> to think about.
> > >
> > >The Graphic Artists Guild, on the other hand, can
> get away with publishing
> > >"standard" prices (in their Handbook of Pricing
> and Ethical Guidelines)
> > >because they are organized as a trade union. At
> least, that's what I heard
> > >recently.
> > >
> > >Jim
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