3 thoughts on “It’s Time for Singles to Stop Subsidizing Couples: Guest Post by Joan DelFattore

  • January 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    pretty simple economics at play here actually; reducing fees for people who bring more business guarantees bigger crowds and more capital up front. it sets up a mutually beneficial transaction.

    if you’re going alone, you’re not subsidizing people who brought friends or partners; you’re paying the normal fee. people who brought more business receive a discounted rate because they brought in more money than you did; it’s like buying candy bars wholesale vs. an individual bar.

    this doesn’t bother me at all when i fly solo, just like buying a single candy bar at $1.50 per unit doesn’t bother me even though i know some people out there are buying 20 of them at $0.60 per unit.

    • January 22, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Hi Travis,

      I agree with the main point you made, and actually had a paragraph to that effect in the original draft. If a hotel room costs $200 a night, I don’t expect to get it for $100 because a couple would pay $100 each to share the room. And I wouldn’t object if the pricing said something like one ticket for $25, two to five tickets for $20 each, 6 or more tickets for $18.50 each. But when it’s phrased specifically as couples — and I know from experience with this organization that they mean a COUPLE, not two neighbors who came in the same car — it also has overtones of favoritism toward the socially dominant lifestyle. The two things — marketing considerations and singlist discrimination — aren’t mutually exclusive.

      • January 22, 2017 at 6:38 pm

        I would have done things differently. I would have written a much shorter letter saying that I found the event’s policies discriminatory. Then I would have written a check for $20 for one ticket and told them they could either accept the $20 for the single ticket or reject the offer.


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