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Experienced used-car shoppers know to look for rusty areas repaired with Bondo and painted over. The car may look great but is really rotten and rusting to pieces. I've seen unscrupulous sellers do things like mix iron filings into the Bondo to subvert buyers checking with a magnet. I've even seen a rust hole patched with an ingeniously superficial application of duct-tape, Bondo and paint.

I am very glad my new job starts tomorrow, because the freelance web work I am doing has descended to the web equivalent of painting over duct-tape and Bondo. Beyond the shiny new paint, the vehicles are spectacularly decrepit. I wish I could say this is a unique problem with a particular client, but it is, in fact, epidemic and the unifying theme of just about all the work I have done for the past three years. 

I'm done with clients who point to $50,000 websites and say "I want that, but I only have $500." You don't get a brand new car for $500. For $500 you get duct-tape and Bondo. I'm done with duct-tape and Bondo.

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mediavictim
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
Why doesnt the video I gave you $100 for look like the Latest MTV Gwen Stefani video.


yup - I know it all too well.
skinjob007
Jan. 16th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
Hey, Congrats! Fingers crossed, Best of Luck, Break a Leg, etc,

Pass the duct-tape and Bondo, plz!
nocturnalmuse
Jan. 16th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
I know exactly how you feel about the web industry, and I was very glad when I was finally able to escape it. The worst part is when you are perfectly capable of building someone the website they want, but you are forced to build them the website they want to pay for. I'm sure you know how unsatisfying that work is.
littlemissrisk
Jan. 16th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Kudos. You get what you pay for, and I wanted to say congrats on the new job. :) It's well deserved.
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