This is a topic I want to throw out there for comments and discussion as I've never seen it addressed anywhere.
At this past weekend's conference, most of the presenters had some of their wares for sale. There were 3 main presenters, 2 of which are wheel thrown artists and very well known in the pottery world. Their work fetches a good price and as far as I could tell, was not discounted for the conference. Others were there offering various workshops on a particular technique. I couldn't tell if the other folks discounted any, except for one who had fairly low prices. I asked him about this and he said he was offering his work wholesale to his fellow potters since he didn't have to pay his distributor, gallery fee, whatever. I told him this was very nice of him, thanked him, and bought a piece.
This got me thinking. In my other life, I was a professional. If I went to someone in the same profession, it is pretty much the norm to offer a professional courtesy discount. (Usually about 10%) I would do the same if someone in my profession came to me for services. I think it would be great if potters did the same thing. Maybe not in regular sales, but for something like the conference.
What do you all think?