So, I received the same inquiry from 4 different buyers a few months ago. I ended with one order placed by the Buyer no. 1, who asked me to cancel one day after because he found another freelance with lower prices. It was a medium size order so I was already working on it and I invested my time and skills for nothing.
In the same afternoon the Buyer no. 2 wanted to place an order and I asked if his client approved the quotation (same price) since the past situation. He said yes. The day after it happened the exactly same thing. He told me that he found another freelance with lower prices and he was unnable to continue with the order with me since his client didn’t wanted to work at my prices anymore and it was not his fault. I canceled. After all that, I ended with my order completion rate lower and I was not earning any money.
The day after the Buyer No. 3 sent me a message asking a custom offer for the very same job. I explained what happened before and I told him that I was not interested.
Today I received a similar request from a few buyers. Same thing, different script. But people are getting very creative because this time most of them were communicating with me using Google Translate (I detected lots of mistakes and the sentences were not making very sense, so I asked) and they were unable to tell me exactly what they wanted after a few messages (they were just asking a quotation), so I had to gave up on that and I told them that I cannot make business with someone who is unable to communicate with me.
I’m just posting this because I believe that is important to every freelance to establish rules for his business and learn with every experience. Even if we all need money and want to sell our GIGs, it’s really important to discuss everything with a client before accepting to work at a large order. Most of the people that I know would send an custom offer immediatly, and that is a mistake (in my opinion). Large orders require a healthy discussion about the project, so the things can work fine during the process, otherwise freelancers may end living a strange situation like this or give a quotation that is not the most accurate for the troubles that they may get.
Lots of sales to all of you.