I had a buyer order something in bulk from me a few times - before the order, he refused to accept my custom offer, because he couldn’t afford it. So we negotiated and I met him at his price.
While working on the projects, they asked me to recreate the songs, instead of using the instrumentals. I notified it would cost more - they could not afford more, so to keep the buyer happy (bulk work) I agreed to do it at the current rate.
Then at the second project (bulk) they asked me to rewrite the lyrics and add more instruments - at this point I told them that I would need to get another musician in and pay him - so I need to increase my fee… they came back saying that how can I increase my fee if they promise more bulk work.
I tried explaining over and over again, but they keep getting aggressive and bullying: saying that they’re not forcing me to work with them… so I don’t have to.
To keep the bulk work, I agreed to rewrite the lyrics and add more instruments - I paid a musician friend half of my earnings to help me out with other instruments.
Then I get another bulk order, but now I’m asked to add a “jingle” for their channel at the end. I sent a custom offer, once off fee… but was told that it’s not extra work and it’s just a case of recording a voice over and again: how can I want to charge more if it’s bulk work.
I’m getting so tired of this… if I wasn’t hard up for the work, I’d boot it.
How does everyone else deal with this?