Why are you still paying production mark-ups to your agency?

Agency production mark-ups - man with taped mouth

With all of the recent controversy about secret media commissions, kick backs and the like, it is no wonder that many advertisers are overlooking the same behaviour happening with agency production mark-ups. Just the other day I read a publication from a reputed local industry ‘finance guru’ who was justifying the practice of charging production mark-ups on external supplier arrangements. Yet this practice should have gone the way of the media commission.