Okay, I've ran into this situation only a couple of times. A prospective or current customer, let's say an on-site manager of an apartment complex, knows your service and wants to use you. Due to the structure of their larger management company, they are required to use the old "three-bid" procedure, which will result of course in the low bidder (or likely the low-baller) getting the work. The on-site manager knows that they will only get too deal with more of the same poor quality (like not showing up for nine inches of snow) if they are forced to replace one crappy vendor with another in the same price range. So, the manager asks if you know of anyone who they could get two more bids from (wink, wink, nod, nod). Of course you have networked enough to have a couple of guys who will bid to make you look good. The question is "If the customer wants your service and is willing to work the system to get it, are you shady for following through with it". Personally, I don't think so if this is the buyer's request. I know of a few instances of local companies using dba's in order to be all three bids without the buyer's knowledge... now that is much more questionable. Your opinions please!