Client: Your company is exceptionally slow compared to others in your field, but we're willing to give you one last chance. We have a project that other companies can turn around in [number] weeks. What can you offer us in terms of timelines?
Me: We're literally the only company in the world that offers the services you need on this scale, so I'm pretty sure nobody has offered you a [number]-week timeline. We can't match it by any stretch considering the gargantuan scope of work, but hey, you're free to go to these "other companies" you've mentioned. We wish you the best of luck.
Client: Oh, no, the companies are most certainly real. But... uh... hypothetically speaking, what kind of timeline would it be if we stuck with you?
We'd be working around the clock and weekends just to make double that timeline. You better believe the expedite fees aren't getting waived. Some part of me genuinely wants them to attempt getting quotes from other companies and getting the door slammed in their faces when they explain what they want and how soon they want it.