It seems to occurring more and more, probably as s result of people buying equipment when they have no market for it, or client base. When I started in the mid 1990's it was a smaller pool of skilled operators and we looked out for each other.
We agreed not to undercut one another and if we were offered jobs we asked each other if we received the same call etc.
If you buy equipment and invest money in something you have no market for, it will not work. You need to have a current client base or a local high demand for whatever you are buying.
Many job calls I am receiving now are comparison calls. Producers, UPM's pitching a steadicam job and asking how much I am willing to give up to replace, compete against another operator who is traveling themselves, putting themselves up and working as a local. I give my usual rates and let it marinate. No job is worth giving up what is standard operating procedure. I have lost several projects to operators who worked both coasts and are willing to give up a lot to work a particular job or event.
Guys if you live somewhere and are traveling to work outside of the area you live, you are not local. Don't accept the job, let your work, or reputation stand on it's own merit. Producers claiming to be your friend, or promising more work are not telling the truth. They are business people trying to get the cheapest rate they can. You are short changing yourself and impacting the business negatively. If you are not working where you live with your gear, move or sell it.