I own an Emmy award winning video production company that does high-end video. Our other revenue stream is an ad agency who acts as a client. We feed the ad agency with video and creative copy for them to place.
Client: We want to shoot 2 commercials a month. We don’t want to pay $2500/spot that’s too much.
Me: Well that is our minimum charge for commercials.
Client: well I want to pay $750/spot. I’ve been to your office and you have a country club type of work ethic going on there and I don’t think it is fair for you to overcharge me because you overpay them.
Me: That is ridiculous. We’ve been extremely accommodating – we built a sound booth specifically for you because you want your voice over guy to yell as loud as he can. We charge what we charge.
Client: Well I’m just asking for a favor. It’s just business. We can go have a beer after this if you want.
Client: You’re getting defensive. I think you are forgetting who the client is.
Me: (head explodes)