This has been a common one over the last couple of years. I've got a regular set of these idiots that call me up every few weeks:
Client: Can you give me a quote on a website with a (insert service) and (insert another service) and a comprehensive backend system that controls the lot?
Designer: Absolutely, but I'll need more details before being able to quote properly. As a ballpark though I'd say somewhere between £5000 and £8000.
Client: Oh thats a bit more than I was hoping. Let me go away and think about it and I'll call you back.
-- A MONTH LATER --
Client: Hi I've been thinking about our last conversation and I've decided to cut the (insert service) to save some cash. I can always add it on later right?
Designer: Sure, no problem...that will be somewhere in the region of £4000-6000.
Client: Ok great, let me have a think and I'll call you back.
-- ANOTHER MONTH LATER --
Client: Right I've had a serious think about this and I don't have the sort of money that you're talking, so how about if we cut (insert service)...will *that* reduce the cost?
Designer: Well of course, because it will take less time to build. I'd say you're now looking at about a £2000-3000 cost. A considerable reduction.
Client: What about if we simplify the back end system?
Client: Lose the back end system?
Client: I've got £150, what can you do for that?
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