Thanks for your words of wisdom. Like you, I just refuse to play Hobbyist Limbo (love that!). I too would rather hae a few good clients than install a revolving door.
Kat (Paramour) made one on 06/07/2012 @ 11:56 pm
I couldn't agree more!
This is exactly what happened here in Indianapolis. Like Hobby Limbo - how low will the rates go? I've seen as low as $75 and then I just stopped looking.
I have been a provider for 8 years and when I started I set my rate with what was standard in my local area. Now I seem to be one of the very few ladies remaining at that rate level. I just can't bring myself to lower it.
Maybe it's a pride thing but honestly I would much rather spend myy time with a select few gentlemen as opposed to installing a revolving door for the masses just to meet the bills. It was difficult for a while. Bang for the buck is hard to dismiss but most worthy clients will eventually return for the quality of the service.
Keep your chin up babygirl, I promise it does get better!
Luscious Lynne made one on 06/06/2012 @ 09:06 am
Ahh Chief Redbeard, you would love the journey with the Lynne Caddy! Thank you.
Ladies, I greatly appreciate your input. I personally wouldn't shed a tear if BP were to be closed down.
chief-redbeard made one on 06/05/2012 @ 05:44 am
While the economy ispartof the problem, it is only a small part. The real issue is supply and demand. BP and Craig's List before greatly increased the supply. Yes, many of the BP girls are Yogos compared to the Lynn Caddy, but many younger men are only looking for a quick drive. Me? I want the Caddy, but I've learnt that the trip, and ride is as important as getting there.
Busty Blonde made one on 06/05/2012 @ 03:17 am
I don't think you are being unreasonable at all.
You seem to be a sexy and intelligent woman.
Kudos for you to not caving to BP prices - St Louis has ladies advertising 60 and 80 bucks all the time and some even two girls for 100.
It's absolutely ridiculous. Guys go to them even though they have some of the worst reviews and wonder why they get ripped off. *SMH*
Darla made one on 06/04/2012 @ 08:54 pm
You will get 1200 from Gerry this week for 1 date for a few hours and this woman has to go with 12 men to get that. Plus your having a nice time with someone you already know. Low self esteem, hard times thats why some gals go so cheap like the crazy lady were both rid of finally. The cheap comes out expensive as its usually rush service in and out. You get what you pay for.
When I first began in this business I had no problem getting my rate and stayed as busy as I wished to be. Oh, for the good old days!
I have not revised that amount and I don't find it to be unreasonable at all; however, at least judging from my email responses and phone calls, I am waaaaay out of the price range of most of the guys who contact me. In fact, I have run a few specials, discounting an hour of my time by $50.00 and the respondents are STILL complaining that they can't afford it.
This issue seems to be unique to a certain advertising venue that seems to have been taken over by 20-somethings with awful cell phone pics and even worse text. Okay, I understand that. More bang for the buck, so to speak. I understand hobbyists wishing to stretch their entertainment dollars as much as possible in these dreadful economic times. I also get it that comparing myself to a 20-something is like comparing apples to oranges so I'm not doing that. It's fruitless (ha, ha!). I cannot (and have no desire) to compete with the youngsters.
What bothers me is when a fellow mature provider in my area complains vociferously about the low-ball rates and how such low-ball rates are ruining business for everyone else, yet turns around and discounts her one-hour session to $100.
I believe that the more established mature ladies should stick to their guns. There aren't as many of us and we are sort of a niche market. I have lost both clients I have seen before and potential clients to this person because of price.
Maybe I'm just being stubborn but I refuse to lower my rates to $80-100 an hour. I believe I (and what I have to offer) am worth more than that.
If anyone out there has any suggestions, I would love to hear them. Additionally, if I'm being unreasonable or unrealistic, please feel free to tell me so.