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interesting read about design prices

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Not so much the linked article, but the comments that follow.

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I think I'll show that to all my future clients that want to low-ball me.

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yeah that was a good article that kinda helps put weight behind a cost argument. i did disagree with some of the comments regarding people who do it for a cheaper price are damaging other people, etc. i'm charging a rate that personally i'm happy with, but is much less than the "standard" (relating the article to coding here, not design). however, it feeds my kids, pays the bills and i get repeat work, and leaves me feeling satisfied, not cheated - so i'm not all that arsed. i did like one comment though:

"There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. After serving his company loyally for over 30 years, he happily retired. Several years later the company contacted him regarding a seemingly impossible problem they were having with one of their multi-million dollar machines.

They had tried everything and everyone else to get the machine to work but to no avail. In desperation, they called on the retired engineer who has solved so many of their problems in the past.

The engineer reluctantly took the challenge. He spent a day studying the huge machine. At the end of the day, he marked a small "x" in chalk on a particular component of the machine and stated, "This is where your problem is". The part was replaced and the machine worked perfectly again. The company received a bill for $50,000 from the engineer for this service. They demanded an itemized accounting of his charges.

The engineer responded briefly:

* One chalk mark $1
* Knowing where to put it $49,999"

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