I had a meeting with a prospective client about creating their website.
I created a sample preliminary proposal containing some designs and an offer to create their (small) site for $XXX. I didn’t hear from the Client for a while, then contacted them to follow up on the proposal.
Client: Hey, we really liked your design. But we decided to go with an agency. They’ll do it for $XXXX
Me: Oh, I see. My quote was $XXX for the same job
Client: Yeah, you are just by yourself and they are a bunch of people.
I check and their new site is all dark text on magenta background with yellow accents and the text is presented in gif images.
Funny thing, the Client also ran a business solo.