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what do you think about expensive teachers? What do you think of the teachers who charge very dearly for their classes, but they don't have regularly students?
Please don't make wrong, I know that there are good teachers who knows their value
And they can charge whatever that want
But, my question is if some of them don't have much classes, why they are so expensive? I know it's not the same 80 dollars in England than 80 dollars in Chile, here in my country that is a huge cuantity of money for one class. I don't know if you understand my concern. But if you have an opinion about this I want to hear it. 
Feb 14, 2018 1:15 PM
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February 14, 2018
$80? The only way I would pay $80 for a lesson is if I had some very, very particular need that only a minuscule number of teachers could help me with. And then I'd take one or two lessons (in order to get the answers that I needed) and move on. 
February 14, 2018

Yes, but only a fraction of that money actually goes to the plumber. And how often do you need a plumber anyway? Certainly not once a week or anything like that. 

Anyway, I'm not passing any sort of moral judgment. If a teacher wants to charge $80/hr, that's fine, but it's way out of my budget. Only a tiny number of people (even in rich countries) could pay $80/hr on a regular basis, and of those who could pay, only a few are actually interested in languages, and of those who are, only a few would choose to take private lessons. So, the market simply isn't there. But hey, if you have something very special to offer and are happy getting only a few hours of work per month on Italki, then sure, go ahead and charge $80/hr. But it's highly unlikely you'll get any regular students that way. 
February 15, 2018

I am also shocked when I see teachers asking $40 a lesson or more, regardless of country...and I'm a language teacher myself!  There are wealthy people in the world, but how many of us can afford THOSE types of prices, even in so-called 'rich countries'?

It's the same problem a person has if they open a business. Do I sell luxury items to only a few people -- and charge A LOT for each item? Or do I sell discount items to a lot of people -- and charge little for each item? What will make me more profit in the long run?

Answer: it depends entirely on how much cash you already have, and how much you want to work (= how many students you actually want to have).

February 14, 2018

I am a bit surprised that Italki members living in developed countries find shocking that a teacher asks 40 or 80 dollars for a lesson. But language teacher are not volunteers in a non profit organization. They are professionals that usually have at least a bachelor degree from college, some have even PhD.

Why should they earn less then a skilled labourer? Here an example of the fees of a plumber in the States:

The average cost per hour for a plumber ranges from $45 to $150 per hour depending on the job, timing and location. 

That said, I appreciate to be able to have many lessons at a competitive price here on Italki. I couldn’t pay 80 dollar for each lesson. But I do not feel shocked if somebody asks this price, he surely has good reason and Italki is not a charity organization.

February 15, 2018
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