[ic] Taking a Poll
Tue, 17 Apr 2001 13:36:44 -0400
Doug Alcorn wrote:
> David Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > We have also thought about making the process of hiring a consultant
> > to do more complicated work more accessible, by putting together
> > some kind of flat-rate pricing table for various tasks, like they
> > have for auto repair. These prices could be for work performed by
> > Red Hat or by certified developers (meaning we would put some kind
> > of referral program together).
> I'm not sure what you're talking about here. I know Midas and
> Jiffy-Lube don't charge the same rates for the same work. Granted,
> every Midas charges the same rate. And local, non-national, shops
> certainly have their own rates. The point is that not every mechanic
> is created equal and they don't charge like it either.
> I would be opposed to RedHat trying to set flat-rate fees for tasks.
> They have a large amount of influence in this particular niche. If RH
> wants to setup and say, "Here's our flat rates for us doing it,"
> that's one thing. But to say, "We're setting up an open market for
> getting contract work done and here's the per job cost," is another.
> I think RedHat setting prices for tasks would be more like GM or Ford
> coming out and saying that an oil change should cost $10 retail or
> even a clutch $500.
> There's a fine line here somewhere. Honestly, I'm not sure where it
> is. But equally honestly, I'm a little nervous about RH stepping over
The way I read it, is that RedHat would publish their set prices and would
have RedHat personel and/or non-RedHat personel, RedHat Certified
Consultants that join the program do the work.