I finally caved. I got tired of hearing every single mom and bride emailing me asking 'Do I get the disc.' The flooded market changed potential clients expectations and if I can't find a way to make them happy without breaking my income, I lose them as customers. I came up with something that might be working . . . promise them a copy of all unedited photos on disc, then the shots that go online and are available for print are those that have finished through PP and have the style that made them consider me in the first place.
To be honest, I absolutely hate this. I hate that customers cannot understand a quality product and where it comes from (not the camera and memory card), but every time I explain to a client in my best sales pitch they do not get the disc, they go running to someone that has already sold out. I do have to admit, after explaining it all to one customer, about making a living, etc., she carried on to then ask if she would get a disc of the edited ones too . . . .
I've said before, I'll say again, I'm not a starving artist, regardless of how much I love what I do.