Holy shit, read this:
Thinking of quitting -- No name, 23:14:05 06/25/08 Wed 
I am considering pulling dd out of pageants. I just read someone paid $30 a picture and entered 75 extra picture. I can't do that. I spent $60,000 on pageants last year and dd won some good titles but nothing like what I spent. I dont think I can do this anymore and I can't keep up with the people who are still spending $100,000 a year and more now.
Pageants are weeding out everyone that cant spend over $100K a year. That is the only way you win the big titles. I'm sort of sad because I thought we did ok keeping up with what we had to have, but it gets worse every weekend. More to buy and I've had enough.