I am constantly surprised by the number of prospective buyers who contact me requesting a quote and then are shocked when I go back with a price that is much higher than what they had guessed it would be.
The reason this is surprising is because all my prices are shown in my gigs! I provide exactly the same pricing methodology in communications as I would to anyone ordering from me. I know my prices are high, but two minutes spent looking at my profile and gig would tell my buyer if I was the right seller.
I am also a little tired of being asked for discounts, so much so that I am actually adding an FAQ to every gig:
What is your availability and do you provide discounts?
I do get booked up quickly due to high demand for my services, so I recommend contacting me quickly. Because of demand, I am not able to offer discounts. My pricing represents the professionalism, research, skill, and experience I bring to writing your content.
I get that my services are not for all buyers and budgets, but honestly, both they and I could save a considerable amount of time by doing a little research ahead of time. I hope that’s not too much to ask…
Incidentally, whenever a buyer does not go ahead, I always do a search on their behalf for similar content without Pro gigs shown first, and send them the link. At least that way they have something useful from me…