A constant stream of work that pays far below what you are worth is not a good thing. Its like a four star chef flipping burgers full time at McDonalds. (probably not going to happen) You get what you pay for.
Its like the CEO's of America suddenly deciding to work for minimum wage. Of course given the track record of the last ten years thats all a lot of those bozo's are worth anyway.
My knowledge and labor is worth far more than what these cookie cutter box stores are willing to pay. In fact, if a person has had a full apprenticeship and 5 years experience as an apprentice he should be ashamed to accept what these places want to pay. And if I am a homeowner I want the person in charge of any work on my most important financial investment to be an experienced journeyman.
Many of the box store installers around here are the barflys, laggards and druggies the better contractors have dismissed and refused to hire again. There may be a few really good installers out there who are waiting for a break to get into the trades but they are not the rule. At least not around here. To the few good men who are stuck there I offer my condolences.
The disasters I have had to remedy due to some of these incompetent installers from box stores like Lowes, Home Depot and Sears are many. Some of the work has been so bad that I think the people should have gone to jail, particularly when it involves the elderly who are too embarrassed to go to the authorities.
Work hard, Play hard, Sleep easy.