Every single time I see a new review or website popping up about cheap design services it makes me angry. I’m sorry to have to rant about websites like 99Designs, Fiverr, DesignCrowd, and other types of “bottom feeder” creative service providers who hock their crap for a dollar, but these offerings truly benefit no one.
Cheap Pricing Sucks for Everyone
It is asinine to believe that charging a cheap price for professional services would help the designer or the actual client. If a creative person really enjoys eating Ramen Noodles everyday while living in mom and dad’s basement rent free so they can be a designer, then they have that right. Enjoy your hippy loving commune and the ability to never make a dime. But seriously, this mindset degrades the value of the trade and our work as a whole. I’ve written about this before.
And for the clients looking for cheap work …. do you really think someone who cranks out your projects for a few dollars really cares about you or your business brand? Absolutely not!
I can completely understand that budgets are tight and times may be hard, but you are only shooting yourself in the foot by hiring creative agencies or designers who don’t value their work or your real needs. Throw a bunch of crap at the wall and hope that it sticks. This will hurt your brand and it could cost you way more down the road than you realize. I’ve seen the aftermath of this approach for business owners and how they have had to pay to have creative work redone over and over, resulting in spending more money and time than if they would have done it right the first time. You get what you pay for.
Feel free to share your viewpoints. Do you think cheap services are beneficial or do they suck for everyone?