Some interesting comments from both sides of the fence.
“I need to charge £100 an hour because I don’t like to see more than 2 clients a day and I could not afford to live on less than that” I wonder how many hard working punters would like to work for only 2 hours a day ….
I remember one WG told me that her hairdresser charged £65 an hour so she should get more than that – I pointed out that her hairdresser had staff, premises, insurances, rates etc and probably needed to make £40 an hour to cover her overheads….
Another argued the point that they need to charge high rates because they took risks to their health as they might catch something off a punter – I reminded her that punters also shared that risk seeing WG’s so the risk is equal….
Personally, I have always found the “part time” girls that do it for a bit of extra income as a boost to their normal job are much more flexible than a full time WG.
WG’s will charge whatever rate they can get away with and for a skilled professional maybe the rate is worth it. The problem is that newcomers come along, see the rates on AW and automatically think they are worth it (or sometimes even more), no matter what their level of service is.
In my view, one of the easiest ways to get rates down is by using the Reverse Booking system. If everyone put bookings on at reduced rates then maybe it would be a start. The “default” search on AW is set to £75 per hour for WG’s to look at RB’s from Punters. You will get some dross using RB’s and you have to sift through the bids carefully but I have had some really good success with brilliant girls for less than the default level on a longer booking - and with repeats at the same price. If they aren’t busy then the rates come down surprisingly. These are rarely WG’s with phone numbers that might get a booking at any minute though - they are less inclined to deal. Oh, and these are all British girls too!
It is a "supply and demand" industry but when the demand slows it's surprising how the "supply" price drops - like any other industry. In proper industry and commerce, we deal all the time - sometimes very close to cost to keep the wheels turning - ask any businessman how far down they will go to get the deal.