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Amen brother.

To me, the key is right here: "My hunch is that the people who quoted much lower estimates and timeframes were shooting for the development work."

Firms/individuals/groups that quote dirt cheap prices are probably either a) desperate for the work (which makes ya wonder why) and/or b) not caring about the work they do at all (therefore producing a sub par final product).

A big mission of my new startup matchist (http://matchist.com/talent) is to filter out these clients for freelance developers, so they only deal with those who aren't looking for 30 lbs in 30 days.

We're not 100% there yet but we're working damn hard at it.

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