Design Contests - An Insult to Professional Artists who do ArtWORK

I decided to not participate in a recent design contest open to employees of the company for whom I deliver pizza (I’m an artist, so naturally I deliver pizza to try and make ends meet). The reason, as laid out in terms that they would understand, is as follows.

I decide I want a large pizza. I call every place in town that makes and delivers pizza, and I order one from each. When they all arrive (there are at least 20 places where I live that one can buy a pizza), I take a bite out of each, and then I decide which one I like the most. Then I only pay for that one that I liked the most, sending the other 19 drivers back empty handed.

With all the righteous indignation one can muster, each of the pizza places would demand payment under threat of police involvement, and refuse me as a customer going forward.

Seems a little hostile and one sided given that they are doing the exact same thing under the guise of ‘contest’.

If you want a new t-shirt design, find a designer who’s work and experience speaks to you, negotiate a reasonable rate, and then pay for the work you are asking to be done. Just like they would want from a person who orders a pizza.

Can you name another profession where the professional is asked regularly to do work for free in the hopes that they win a contest among other like professionals in order to get paid?

Plumber?
Mechanic?
Pizza Delivery Driver?
Anything?

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