Unfortunately this is one of the most frequent dialogues a freelancer has with a potential client. It´s hilarious to see it applied to other contexts, isn´t it? Still, it´s so sad to think that some professions are just not well treated and their work is not given its real value.
I believe that designers are, at least in part, responsible for this situation. I know that this is arguable, but there is always someone who agrees to cut his or her pay to get a job. Sometimes by sheer ignorance, sometimes by necessity, but they´re certainly not helping themselves in the long-haul, nor helping the design community.
What´s your take on the subject?