On the money, just think of it as a Wal-Mart Style Volume Discount. If electrolysis practitioners either had all their client/patients pre-paid, or never had any no show appointments, and filled the treatment hours they wanted to work all of the time, we could charge less for everyone.
What we do know at the beginning of every year, and month is what our fixed costs are, no matter if we see clients/patients or not. If a certain loyal core of clients were to pre-pay, they could get better prices (assuming the practitioner would offer such) and the practitioner could go ahead and either put that money in an investment, and or pay up those fixed costs, leaving the regular retail customers to show, or not show without it effecting the bottom line on the essentials.
Barbers have a saying, “You eat off the men, and snack off the women.” That is to say, there would be no business without the men, as they are the core customers who provide the barber with the money to make the business viable. Women, on he other hand, are infrequent and unreliable barbershop customers (it is the reverse for actual salons) and provide extra income that can’t really be counted on, but is a great bonus over the usual male based business.
As far as technique goes, I don’t know what your practitioner’s goals are, nor what theory of treatment is being employed. I would be worried if you had large hairs in large follicles, and the practitioner were using size 2 probes, but I really can’t tell what is going on here.
I just would not be so quick to think it was a ploy to work slow. Knowing the volume of work that you are looking to do, if you were my client, I might have made a similar offer to you just because I know you are going to be doing this for a while, and I would assume that you were planning to do it all with me.
Now, on the other hand. I must admit to being a bit of a “Pollyanna” and I believe the best in people until they prove me wrong about them. You are correct, if one were evil, this would be a great way to get a good chunk of money up front, and ride the bycicle for the rest of the year. I personally think it is better for people to say that they saw me for as short a time as possible, and got finished with what they were having done. I think it is a better advertisement for getting business that my people actually FINISH. If anyone works with me for 5 years, I want them to be talking about how we started with one part, and then moved to the next, and that went so well, they added another, and so on.
Thanks for the kind words, and by the way, it is good to have you back. You disappeared there for a while. Your input (and web pages) were missed.