I've had a few people try to haggle with me, usually for less than I can afford to DJ for them, so I haven't given in. Depending upon the situation, I'm willing to make a deal as long as I am still making money on it. For example, I had someone call up a couple of weeks ago, saying that I was highly recommended and that she would like a price. I quoted her my price. Then, she wanted to know if I could DJ her wedding, for less than the band she was going to hire. The band was playing for less than my limit, so the answer was no.
I really think that haggling will only affect those who let it affect them. I also think it depends upon what area you are in, what your market/economy is like, etc. I do receive the occasional request for a $250 DJ from people who are on a very tight budget. As much as I hate telling people 'no', I have to do that to avoid losing money.
To discount or not discount, like to be or not to be, is the question. In a flaky economy like today's discounting may be the key to survival.
As a part-timer I can depend on my salary and probably fold up my DJ tent and not look back; however, my wife and I do like to use the residual income for some nice things from time to time, plus there is that charitable giving that we are into and, honestly, I do enjoy DJing. So, yes, I can stand my ground, be as rigid as the old oak, and take fewer events.
But, we still come back to the fact that I enjoy DJing and that is my dilemma. So, I guess I'll just have to discount and fill those dates, won't I? So, I make less profit and put less in the basket on Sunday.
Did I tell the boards about the discovery I made when I called around to the halls and photographers in YOUR area posing as a groom to find out if you were recognized as a "someone" in the DJ community?
One and a half years ago, Ron and I had a wee bit of an exchange...
I chose to contact 6 or 7 halls and 6 or 7 photographers in and around the Milford MA area. That made 12 to 14 quick phonecalls. I stated I was an out of town groom and was looking for references on a "Mr Ron Aujour or Augger" because I was considering using him as a DJ.
None of the people I spoke with had even heard of the name or had seen him perform.
Ron, you asked.
Now, I still have a question posed to Joe.
I could just take the "grammar-police" response as the all the answer we need.
But I think by he telling everyone where he "freshly discovered it" to use in this thread, would expose he still has wounds he wants to leave open.