I would like to be appreciated as the professional I have and always will be, but this will only happen if we as a group can reach insurance companies who are looking for this type of elite service...
They all WANT elite service and most think they're entitled to it, they're just not willing to pay for it.
I would hope we could collectively agree not to work for certain companies unless they paid fairly for our services
different ICs pay different rates and these fluctuate from time to time. It would take a dedicated staff to stay on top of them.
That's about the only way it could work, if it was done collectively. I see what Stickler's saying but the whole reason we have the situation we have is because there isn't (and has never been) a united front, PCs nor examiners. I think price setting is exactly what we'd want to achieve. Set pricing would eliminate all these variables and obviate the need for a huge staff to keep on top of it. Why should pricing fluctuate in the first place? It'd be one thing if they fluctuated because of changing fuel prices or changes in kit fees, but that isn't the case. So what is the reason? I think it's because ICs know they can find PCs willing to undercut the others even more. What other reason adequately explains why AIG had 2 cuts in pricing which occured within a month or two of one another earlier this year?
If I get $85 from an Aviva para, bl/HOS and only $57 from Lincoln National, so be it - for now
Why should anyone, PCs or examiners, think this disparity in pricing is reasonable or acceptable? Is an Aviva exam more work than a Lincoln National? Is a Lincoln National exam not worth as much because they don't ask as many questions? We all know the answer is no so why does it happen? Because there are PCs undercutting one another. If examiners said they were going to act collectively and refuse doing LN's exams until they matched Aviva's price, but then some of them took the $57, they'd be cheating their peers and the end result would be the same as what we have now. Frankly I don't understand why anyone in our business would be opposed to price fixing. If everyone pays the same amount for each service the playing field is level and the PCs have to compete on the quality of their work and the quality and skills of the examiners they hire. Experienced examiners would become more valuable to them and newbies less, as it should be.
I would hate worse to have my rates dictated to me
What do you think has been happening all along? This is the way it's always been and will always be unless examiners
find a way to change it. If I understood it correctly the $57 you mentioned was dictated to you, you didn't set that price. We are all having prices dictated to us, whether we're directs or subcontractors.
Price setting is already happening, they're just being set by the consumers instead of the providers.