Originally Posted by muddywater
Either way its a rip off. I would rather make more profit, or discount the job to get it. Maybe paying $300 for a piece of plastic makes you feel more professional? It makes me feel like a sucker!
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When I use manufactured components, it is done so because I know that a considerable amount of research and engineering have gone into the development of that product with the result being that I am confident that the product will generally meet the needs for which it is designed. That is not to say that I will not improvise on occasion.
The idea of using less than ideal materials for a project in order to increase the profit margin is unquestionably UN-professional and results in the customer being made as the sucker for paying for something of lower quality than they had bargained for.