Why People Should Pay For Things

People should pay for things.  Just in general, nobody appreciates things that they get for free.  Case in point, on my daily rotation is to check landmen.net every morning.  It’s not because I need a job, I just like to see who is hiring.  I think it’s interesting.  It’s also very interesting to see what, and how, people post jobs.  There are some people that I really want to email and just tell them (Pulp Fiction style)

“You stop posting today, right now.  And when you stop, you stay stopped, or you be stopped.  You lost all your job posting privileges. Deal?”


Job Description: We are currently looking for qualified individuals that may have relationships with oil and gas firms directly and may assist in attaining a land services contract with our firm. We will pay a generous finders fee for the life of the contract if successfully landed.

Now explain to me, in what world, am I going to go get this guy some business for a finder’s fee?  If I know someone who will give me some work, I’m going to sub the work out myself.  He’s wasting my time, his time, and your time by posting this stuff.


Job Title: Commission Based – $50/acre
Job Description: Looking for commission based buyers throughout Ohio to purchase mineral rights. All mineral packages will be considered. Forward land info.

First off, the problem is that this guy decides to regularly post like 10 of these ads in a row.  One for Ohio, one for Texas, one for Pennsylvania, you get the idea.  Now why he think it’s not sufficient to make one posting and list all the states is beyond me.  He’s wasting not only my time, but also space, because I’ve got to scroll through 15 of the ads.  I really want to visit this guy on a dark alley when he posts.  That’s without mentioning the fact the he thinks someone who knows what they are doing (i.e. they are productive) will actually work for $50/nma.  The fact that he wants people to work for almost nothing further solidifies my point that he is wasting time and space.

These aren’t the only examples, you can just scroll through the jobs to see irritating stuff like this all day long.  I won’t even get into the companies that post jobs that they know will never materialize.  I just don’t understand the concept of collecting resumes to show to potential clients when you don’t even have a solid chance of getting the work.  Crazy people.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I don’t have much respect for job boards for field landmen.  Most of my field jobs came from personal contacts or referrals.  In today’s market, if you need to advertise to fill your field landman positions, it’s because nobody wants to work for you.  Probably because you slow pay, no pay, or treat your contractors like they are employees.  What’s my point?  I despise people who post stupid things on job boards.   How do you fix it?  You make them PAY FOR IT.  I bet they wouldn’t post 15 irrelevant ads, or repeatedly post ads that nobody is going to answer if they had to pay for it.  It doesn’t have to be a lot, $10 would deter some of these folks.  If you really have positions to fill, $10 isn’t going to deter you either.

The bottom line?  People don’t appreciate things that they are given, you have to make them pay for it.  This holds true in all facets of life.  I bet you have some other landman examples of this, go ahead and share them in the comments.

Randy Young

Randy Young

Randy is a land consultant with experience in field and in-house land work, land administration, and software consulting with systems used in the land management business. He is an active member of the AAPL, HAPL, and NHAPL and is a regular attendee of industry functions.

Randy’s latest projects have included land data systems integrations, with a focus on Quorum Land System.

  • Natalie Johns says:

    I just stumbled across your blog through LinkedIn and I am loving it! I feel like you took the words right out of my mouth with this post.

  • I couldnt agree more with Natalie, I wish I had known about this earlier! Really great stuff!

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