In my spare time, I create custom clothing and costumes for clients. This exchange just happened verbatim, but I swear I have a version of it at least once a month.
Client: I really want you to make [this] and I need it in 2 months. Can you do it?
Me: Let’s review the specifications and see if we can make it work. If you could fill out this form so we can determine budget and materials, I’d appreciate it!
Client: Well I can only spend $50 and it’s gotta be really shiny!
Me: Unfortunately, I don’t charge for less than $100 on custom pieces. I have to factor in cost of materials as well as my time to create and execute the garment.
Client: What? But you’re just going to make it with cheap stuff. It shouldn’t be that expensive. I can get [this] for $50 in China. You can’t charge more than that.
Me: $50 rarely covers the cost of materials. I can’t promise you a quality garment. A number of those oversea vendors have workshops and distribution centers to allow for faster, cheaper pieces. But it doesn’t result in good quality. So if you do buy one from them, you risk getting a cheap product.
Client: Screw you. I’m going to buy the other one and tell everyone you’re ripping people off!
1-2 months later.
Client: So that dress I bought fell apart when I first put it on. Can you make me one? I need it in 2 weeks. Is $50 still okay?