Our group does investigate paid sites, along with private locations. We will not pay $1,000 to stay the night at a haunted location (Waverly Hills) but we will check out reasonably priced destinations to supplement our other cases. My thought is I would rather be investigating than sitting at home wishing someone would call us about their paranormal happenings. The more we investigate, the more experience we get.
That brings us to the fact some haunted places are charging astronomical rates for investigators to overnight, or sometimes stay only part of the night, with the local ghosts. The most expensive we've come across in the Midwest is Waverly Hills. No doubt we would love to investigate this awesome haunted asylum but no way will we cough up that much cash. $1,000 will get you a lot of paranormal equipment, fund a Bigfoot expedition, or pay for a Haunted Road Trip. There are many ideas for spending that kind of money which is why we limit the amount we do spend. (Update: I've come across an even more expensive place. Ohio State Reformatory charges a whopping 2,400 bucks a night!)
Yes, these people are a business out to make money and if I owned an old run down hospital I would do the same. Some even use the money to restore the building to its former glory. Good can come with an operation like this but the more we check into places to investigate, the more I think people are taking advantage of paranormal investigators by setting their rates through the roof.
You might pay $20 a person all the way up to $2,400 a night. I have noticed the price going up quite a bit at some places, even tripling the amount we paid in the past. Here are some of the more reasonable places we have or will be investigating and can recommend:
The Roads Hotel, Indiana
Bartonville Insane Asylum, Illinois
Farrar School, Iowa
What are you willing to pay? Have you paid a large sum for an investigation? Did you think it was worth it? Do you avoid these places at all costs? We want to know your opinion.