Originally Posted by shreddersymphony
but an opinion is never wrong.
Sorry, but that is factually wrong and can be proven quite easily. If a doctor gives you an opinion to have your skin cancer treated a certain way and I tell you to cover yourself in baby oil and spend more time in the sun, then regardless of what you think of the doctor's opinion, my opinion is wrong because I'm uninformed
. Uninformed opinions are very wrong. I'm not educated in medicine enough to offer a valid opinion on that subject. Now before you say that's not an apples apples comparison to what you're describing, I would say that it is because you don't seem to have experience with some basic business concepts. If you did, you would understand market principles enough to know that if it were overpriced, people wouldn't buy it and it would cease to exist. Just because you don't place a particular value on it doesn't make it overpriced. Overpriced would be when NOBODY buys it. I have no problem with your opinion that it isn't worth it for you. My problem is when you look at something like that through your own prism of what is too much and then judge people (DT in this case) as money grubbing.
I tend to defend business like this because I'm in my own small business and know what certain things cost and why you have to set pricepoints. It costs $45 a hour to sit and have lesson with me. However, I'm a nobody in the guitar world. Is that a money grab when you can get lessons for half that price elsewhere? For what we offer, I would say no and we are jammed with students right now. We charge a lot because of massive overhead that most people would overlook. They don't see all the leases, insurances, property taxes, sales taxes, repairs, upgrades, and other hidden costs that go into bringing them a quality lesson in a very nice environment. So I don't think twice about our rates.
I can guarantee you that DT doesn't get the money you think they are getting. They are salaried employees and it's a business. Portnoy went into a lengthy explanation as to why management came to them with the idea of the packages etc., but that isn't needed to explain it. The money goes to the BUSINESS and not only pays all of those people's salaries, but all of the crazy expenses that a band that size has. It's not like they divide up the VIP package money at the end of the night. But if over the course of the year the VIP packages helped DT's business meet its financial obligations where they only had to play 74 shows instead of 75, then they've grown as a business and made some smart decisions. I'm not saying it works exactly like that, but businesses are in business to make money. Not to lower the cost so every single person can afford whatever product they offer. They are selling art, not life's necessities.
I'm sure some of DT's biggest fans are not in the position to pay 250 bucks to meet them.
That has absolutely nothing to do with anything. Nobody has a right to meet DT or any other band. This is a LUXURY item being offered to DT fans who can afford it. I'm not in the position to buy a BMW even though I'm a fan of those cars. It's a car with 4 wheels much like the one I drive that was half the price. Should I lose respect for BMW because their name puts a lot of extra doe on the pricetag? No offense intended, but your arguments as to why it's a money grab are old class warfare arguments. "I can't afford it, therefore DT are money grubbing for charging so much for it".
I am no expert on all things business, that I can assure you. But the last 6 years have opened my eyes beyond belief as to why businesses have to make certain choices or they cease to exist. It's also made me understand not to be envious of other's income because it's not always what it seems on the surface. I intend no flaming here either, and I don't mean any of this in a disrespectful way. When you're heading up your own law firm, I think you're going to learn some very cool things. Especially when we come to you and pay you big bucks for your advice.