This has been discussed on the Html Writers Guild. Here is a link to their FAQ on the subject. Didn't read it all since I am not a for hire programmer, but figured some of you might find it interesting. http://www.hwg.org/resources/faqs/priceFAQ.html Enjoy Chris At 02:39 PM 3/18/2001, you wrote: > >> This fallacy keeps cropping up and I keep wondering why as its total > >> rubbish. Please check your facts before you continue to propagate this > >> type of nonsense. > > > > have you got anything to say, definitively, that this is not the case? > > i ask for two reasons... 1) i'd love to discuss some rates and 2) i've > > never seen anyone prove this assertion isn't true, but i've had a > > couple lawyers tell me that i can't discuss it in forums like this... > >No URLs on hand but I have read in other lists that this type of reasoning >isn't valid. This thing borders on being an urban myth (net version) . > >I would suggest that the best way to prove that this is true is to come up >with an FTC case against a developer or producer who discussed prices on a >public mailing list and was then charged with price fixing by the FTC. > >Flying monkeys will pop out of my butt with an air of shocked awe if you >find any such case. > > >The main points against it are > >1) discussing standard, or suitable, rates is not the same as fixing prices > >2) Many people on this list aren't even Americans or even live in the US >(what the FTC would be able to do to me is highly debatable) > >3) There is a dramatic difference between, say, all the web developers in >Minnesota getting together and setting (or fixing) prices and people in a >public list from different communities discussing pricing for clients. That >should be fairly obvious > >4) This sort of reasoning would prohibit the publication of pricing >guidelines of the sort published by the graphic design industry for years. > > >-- > >Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as >the earth! > >Henry David Thoreau > > >email: zac at pixelgeek.com >web: http://www.pixelgeek.com/ > > >--------------------------------------- >For unsubscribe and other options, including >the Tip Harvester and archive of TheList go to: >http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !