I am not a good business person, but I'm working hard at it and will be one day soon. Help! Here's my story this time: A friend of Randy (my guitarist) recently opened a coffee shop in our neighborhood. He also sells books and a few CDs. Randy asked if he'd carry ours and he suggested we come in to talk about it. We did. He had a simple agreement he wanted us to sign saying we split any sales 50/50. I thought that was a lot and didn't want to do it but he convinced me that he had very little shelf space in his store, and that it couldn't really hurt. Randy is also doing an acoustic gig there (promoting The Nerve!) next week. He'll be playing at a book signing of some really poplular author who just released a book about Joe Strummer. It's supposed to be well attended. I said, out loud, "Well, hopefully you can sell a bunch at the book signing - and that'll make up for the money we're not making on the cds in the store." Randy's friend then said, "No." He was letting Randy play at the book signing so that he could promote the sale of the CD at his coffee shop. In other words - Randy is going to play this place for no pay, and this guy is going to get half the money for any CDs we sell. I got really pissed and said no way. Mind you the owner of this place is musician, knows what it's like to be in our shoes, and puts on the air of being one of those all loving, liberal, I only create community and love kind of people. He's good at it all too. Between him and Randy they convinced I was being really uptight about it - and once again, I agreed. Now I'm losing sleep and want to make my feelings known. Questions: What percentage does a store usually get when selling a cd? Would you not let it bother you that this guy was taking half and consider it a good opportunity to promote your band? Would you firmly say, sorry we don't do business that way - it's unethical. I believe as long as we accept treatment like this it will continue to happen. Once we start saying it's unacceptable we create the room for bigger and better things. Your thoughts please. Thanks.