These days, I can't believe the lower fees. I'm especially surprised to see $2.00 offered for phone calls. It's been a long time since I did any phone shops and at that amount, there's no way. I feel sorry for the people that rely on phone shops. I suppose it's easier for me to turn my back on them since years ago, I did telephone research and I hate using the phone.
Someone else brought up a good point. I hadn't thought about it this way before, but schedulers generally have a set pool for bonuses. If Jane and John shop 90/100 at the base rate, that leaves a LOT more for me to shop with a bonus. Considering that I made more in two days of cleanup last week than I had y-t-d, I'm thinking that when it's not cheaper across the board, low pay can be a good thing -- for those of us willing to drive to Egypt and back.
“Great empires are not maintained by timidity.” Tacitus