I certainly agree with your point, I prefer an old comic strip where someone got a tv repairman in who fixed the set by smacking it, the conversatoin went "I guess you won't be charging much for just thumping it with a screwdriver," "No just 2 quid... and another fifty for knowing where to thump it!"There was an anecdote retold on TWIT a few weeks back that went something like this...
A man saw Salvador Dali, approached him, and asked him if he would create a quick sketch. Dali took a napkin, sketched out a quick, yet artful rendition, and handed it to the man.
"That will be $1 million," Dali said.
"What!?", the man exclaimed. "It only took you 30 seconds to draw that!"
Dali responded, "Yes, 30 seconds to create the sketch, but a lifetime to learn how to draw like that."
I'm not saying that the complexity of programing a remote warrants the charge, I'm saying that the programmer has knowledge that the client does not, can put that knowledge into practice, and has every right to charge for the practice of that knowledge whatever the market will support. There is no moral imperative to charge less.
If you want to save a little money, see if Monet will work for less, or if you are willing, save a lot by learning to paint yourself.
I'm ok with that, except that the individuals I'm talking about were openly admitting they themselves thought they were gouging and taking advantage of their customers...
i find attitudes like that disgusting. But that's another thread.