Or, have you ever been in a line at the grocery store and the total came to more than you happen to have in your pocket. Do you ask the clerk if you can't get a break?
Or you go to the lumber store and think there must be some sort of mistake because it can't cost that much to make those 2x4s and you'll pay them half?
Or your car breaks down and the mechanic repairs it for you. The job is done and you are presented with a bill. Your response is, "Well, you didn't pay that much for the part."
The shopkeeper gives you a deal and after paying for the part, paying his help and his overhead he goes home going backwards for the day.
The businesses all have a certain mark-up percentage from their warehouse cost from which they set their prices. They have to pay medical insurance for their employees, business taxes, wages, utilities, etc. They would also have to pay to have the product trucked to their place of business.
If the police have to have your car towed for any reason and they have had to call a state approved tow truck, the cost is not figured by the operator of the tow truck or by any percentages of the operators cost. The State Patrol and our duly elected legislators, according to the cost of fuel, insurance cost, plus a lot of other factors, figure the rate. Every year or two they re-negotiate the cost The last negotiations resulted in a rate loss of $3 per hour. Would you be willing to take a cut in your wages? State tow truck operators have to abide by the rates set for them.
Auto body repair shops also have someone telling them how much they can earn - insurance companies. They keep wanting deeper and deeper discounts on parts and will pay only X amount of dollars an hour depending on where you live. In our area, where we have to pay to have parts shipped into the shop, the owner often times "eats" the cost.
I don't know how rates are set for newspaper publishers, but I'm sure they must have someone regulating them as well.
The next time you ask a business owner to cut a deal or ask if they can't do better than that or I'm not going to pay that, they just might not be able to pay their light bill, or mortgage, or phone bill...you get the picture.
All of us have our wages set by someone else. How much of a cut in pay would you be willing to take?