Now, let me preface that without the intent on it becoming so; this post may wind up being a little long. I will attempt to convey my thoughts here as succinct as possible, however.. I feel this is something we all should take into some serious consideration as we travel down this road to perceived riches.
I've never been embarassed to say where I come from. As a matter of fact, my Nana always told me it was vitally important to my manhood to remember my cultural origins; (rest her soul). I grew up watching; (and interacting with); drug dealers, pimps, gangsters... you get the point. All of whom would reply to the question, "Why are you doing this?" with the answer, "Its a bidness..."
Now, Nana never used profanity but would always tell me, "Boy; remember that Karma is a female dog with the memory of an elephant. Be careful what you do and how you treat people." I'm sure there's a Nana in everyone's life that has conveyed this wisdom to them, as well.
How does this apply to marketing, tecHead?!
Well, (hang with me here), I just finished reading another pitch, out of curiosity. I won't go into any details about who's pitch it was; as its irrelevant to the point I'm attempting to make, here. Anyway, skimming through the pitch I got to the price; yeah, the price.
The first thing that pops into my head is, "How can this person; in good faith; say they're wanting to "help" people with this close to $2K price tag?? I mean, my Accounting 101 and 102 classes combined didn't cost me 2 grand!" Granted, I didn't go to an Ivy League school; but, with an Ivy League education I'm not only accredited with internationally reknown and recognized credentials.. but, I am on the top of the list for any position in my field. I also have the knowledge to start and run any business. Coincidently, even without that Ivy League degree, I am equipped with the business knowledge needed to formulate, build, run and maintain a profitable business, as well.
Now, for the past month all over the headlines we see "Economy downfall" and "Lehman Brothers fails!" and "Bailout Plans Needed"... even the President found it necessary to give a State of the Union address just about the current economy and what needs to happen or else.
At the same time, I've seen and heard Internet Marketers talk about the release of said product for $2K, $3K and even $5K. Some at $197 a month and a couple at $397 a month.
Now, I don't know about you or how you think; (and probably why I'm writing this -- to find out); but, this doesn't seem like these people are taking responsibility for the status they've been given by their buying public. And yes; as any type of businessperson you do have a responsibility to those who purchase from you.
Now, I'm sure there will be those that will read this thread and think; (and even voice); that its not their responsibility to look after these people, (the buyers). OR they'll say, "Its all about the perceived value". Yet, to me... that's nothing more than the personification of the above mentioned drug dealer, pimp and gangster who said, "Its a bidness. If they don't buy it from me; they'll buy it from somebody else."
Where do we as IMers draw the line? When do we as IMers take responsibility and actually help guide those people away from spending their rent money to get that fix?
Don't get this post wrong; I am NOT jealous or possessing any type of envy towards those that spit out these (IMHO) outrageous prices. Nor am I upset that they actually have people shelling out these amounts in hopes of attaining some special unique knowledge that can not be otherwise obtained. I wish these individuals; (just like I wish anyone); success in everything they choose to do. Do what thou wilt; as long as it hurt no one.
And that, to me, is the key.... as long as it hurt no one.
I'm gonna stop here before I start rambling. I just wanted to put this out into the Universe and see what it attracts through this particular medium and gathering place. Perhaps I'm making enemies; perhaps not. Yet, those that find my words here offensive wouldn't be those that I'd want to interact with, anyway.
Peace, Love & Prosperity (to all)