Today, 03:24 PM
I think you get what you pay for, but, there are two sides to that.
You can get something that is truly high quality, and that will cost more because of quality materials and workmanship. The trouble is that this often encourages the competition to charge more so people think they are getting a quality product when they are not. In the latter case, you end up paying for overpriced crap.
I dont think it is any different than what a Free Market would charge for Labor. And I believe Todd Evans and many others can definitely attest to this. What they get to charge is based on their skill and experience. That experience has taught them what materials are high quality and which ones to avoid. For example, a material used in pluming called Qwest. Basically, it is a very cheap PVC pipe. It is so cheap that a class action lawsuit was brought against the company due to damages caused by ruptured pipes. A plummer would know that Quest Pipe should be avoided at all costs, and if it is present in a home, should be replaced immediately. An unskilled laborer who has only been taught to fit pipes together would not have this experience. This is when trade experience creates a quality product. And those with said skills are right to charge for that. Same thing with a Mechanic, Electrician, etc.
When I worked at the TV station, one of the concepts I tried to promote as a valid reason that the job should not go fully automated is that any idiot can do what we do when things work as expected. That isnt the point. The reason they paid us is because we had experience for when things go wrong. An idiot, inexperienced worker, or a machine will not know what to do when things go wrong.
Sadly, I think a lot of people are taken advantage of by many employers, such as Wal Mart. Wal Mart wants to charge a bit less than what an experienced mechanic charges. But they only pay their mechanics like $10 or $12 bucks an hour, thus, those profits go in their pockets. Lots of things factored in, but by offering the cheapest services, they can put the skilled mechanics out of business. Those mechanics may end up having to work for Wal Mart, and getting paid $10 - $12 bucks an hour for the utilization of their knowledge and experience. And that is the foundation of why Unions are important. They are intended (doesnt always happen, Unions can have corruption as well) to prevent exploitation of the skilled laborers by corporations like Wal Marx.