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    Posted: 08 October 2009 at 9:31am
There was an article posted in the WSJ that has me concerned.  Yes it has some nice hype, but it say their is a list of entertainers who are not to be used?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125486684529168887.html

Did the hole balloon industry miss it.... WSJ claims their is a "HATE" List - IF their is one - Who's compiling it? Who's name are on it? How do you get your name on this list or off?

"Twister Dave Bigelow of Fullerton, Calif., says he was put on an unofficial "hated twisters list" because he charges $50 an hour, which the part-timer says is below the market price for his area."

Could the argument be made that Jonathan working for $150 is undercutting the industry if Don is making $2,500?  Just what I put together for the article.

 I think that comment about "hate twisters list" makes the balloon industry look bad?

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  Quote CharlesDolbel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 October 2009 at 12:41pm
Dale, this is not something to stress about.  The comment was about an internal issue within the balloon twisting world, that about mostly entry level twisters charging less than what other twisters feel they should.
 
I'd say the journalist needed to find some windows of negativity to 'round off' the article, and as there isn't that much in the twisting community, this was mentioned. by an outsider, who didn't really know what was being said.
 
However, it's easy for us to get caught up in what someone else says, but our customers won't.  It's only balloon entertainers who pore over every word in an article about us, not customers.
 
Do a good job, run a good business, and earn your customers and colleagues respect, and your reputation will never be affected by a few words on a webpage somewhere...
 
And relax, life is good!   A friend texted me yesterday realising what a gift balloon twisting was, the response was yes it is a gift, to ourselves, and from ourselves to others. 
 
Karma LOVES balloon twisters!
Charles Dolbel
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http://www.CharlesDolbel.BalloonHQ.com
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  Quote Dale Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 October 2009 at 12:53pm
I did have Holly do some research and she did talk to Dave who would not release any names, but said "he received an email from a prominent CA twister" after attending a balloon jam/conference and was being discouraged from attending, because of his pricing.  That's what I found out.  I was just more concerned that somebody would take the time and effort to make a list.
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