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FlatKing
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It’s a lot easier with web design as people that know nothing about websites don’t know what they need so it’s a lot easier to charge.

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CodingJack
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people that know nothing about websites don’t know what they need so it’s a lot easier to charge.

Good point. In the U.S. we recently paid around $174 million for a new government website that doesn’t actually work :D

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FlatKing
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Good point. In the U.S. we recently paid around $174 million for a new government website that doesn’t actually work :D

Damn should’ve sent them an affiliate link to TF ahah

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glutenfree4u
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Maybe it’s just easier to scam people with technology because most people don’t understand it.

+1. The Advertisers know this, and won’t hesitate to use it.

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doru
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Good point. In the U.S. we recently paid around $174 million for a new government website that doesn’t actually work :D

actually that’s just a method for politicians to get the money from citizen into their pockets and is used in many areas. Nothing new there, just that the majority of the people don’t know the scam.

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mcc_
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The whole themeforest with 40$ themes and lifetime support perpetuates the idea that web design is easy and worth nothing.

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Typps
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There’s a popular ad running in my area for a large web company offering “Free Custom Web Design”, as long as you sign up for their “maintenance” package (which you find out costs $115 a month when you visit the site). It reminded me of another widely advertised company here called offering free credit reports which is essentially running the same scam.

Just want to point out that this is not bait-and-switch which is a form of fraud. In the examples you cited, you are receiving the advertised goods. You still get your free website, after singing up for the maintenance plan. This business model in it’s various forms is quite rampant nowadays. While it annoys me greatly and leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth, I blame myself for not looking through the service with extra scrutiny before signing up.

As for the perception that web development/design is cheap, mcc_ makes good point. Though the rise of Microstock markets is really in response to market demand. There’s still room to cater towards clients with more specific needs who don’t mind the extra costs.

I’m pretty certain that people in general are aware that there’s no such thing as a free lunch and if it’s too good to be true, then it must be false, avoiding the goods/services offered all together. Kind of reminds me of the quote “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” :P

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ianizaguirre
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The whole themeforest with 40$ themes and lifetime support perpetuates the idea that web design is easy and worth nothing.

So your saying using pre-made themes is bad ? Even though the designer will add customizations and content etc, so they put in the work but use a pre-made theme to start ?

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