Wanted: Web designer to build 7-page website. All designs are finalized, just need someone to create site from PSD files. Need work done within 7 days for between $250 and $750.
Then there were all the bids from the various freelancers who wanted to work on the job. There were some bids to finish in 7 days for $750. Most bids were 2-3 days for around $350-$500. But there were 2 bids for 1 day turnaround and $250.
As a client, unless I could see some obvious reason not to hire them (like really bad ratings or no experience or I knew them and didn't like their work), I would go with the 1-day $250 bid. That's a no-brainer for most people.
But as a freelancer, how do you compete with something like that? What are the techniques that you use to compete with these low-ball bidders? Personally, I made a choice many years ago to not get business from those types of sites. My bids would never be in the lowest price-range and chances are I'd never get hired anyway, so I decided not to use them. And I've done alright. But how do you handle it?