Re: hypothetical question

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Posted by Maureen on October 4, 2002 at 04:00:42:

In reply to: hypothetical question posted by Gwyn Thomas on October 3, 2002 at 20:41:22:

Hi Gwyn,

I guess I see the inevitability of each situation. Personally I see
it as very clever business for Visa to allow people to use the Visa
and make charges for a while and then turn around and charge a huge
fee for what had previously been free. That is sort of how pushers
get junkies hooked. I am always cautions when there is not a fee up
front. You can bet it is coming down the pike. That is capitalism
at work.

I also have no doubt that if henna gains enough attention and appears
lucrative, it will be observed for awhile...all sorts of
opportunities will be available...lots and lots of support for henna
artist to get in business will be there...AND, then there will be a
license or some sort of fee.

The only thing that would concern me would be what I get for my
money. It has got to be more than the opportunity to do what I am
already doing. Would the license regulate in someway who could
operated as a henna artist? Does the license get me in some doors
when not having a license would keep me locked out? Does the license
in someway protect and upgrade the status of the henna artist? If it
is just a piece of paper meaning nothing, then I know that it is just
a backdoor way of taxing me. And I would pay it but I would raise a
lot of questions concerning what my paying this money was going to do
for me. Even if one does not have it one month but there is some
benefit that comes with the fee, then there would always be another

The way I see it, if you are not making $500 or don't see how your
are going to make the $500 plus as a henna artist, then there is no
need to pay the money. Why have a license to do something that you
are making no money at. But if you are making money and good money,
pay the license or fee and keep on going. Pass the additional
expense on or write it off. That is the way of the capitalist.

With Visa, it is a company having the right to charge a fee for its
service. In the case of a henna artist license, I am assuming it
will go to some governmental agency and support something. I guess I
see these both as the cost of doing business.



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