LARGE AGENCIES ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO OFFER FREE CONSULTING
And only to projects with a considerable budget (read +$5,000).
In (99.99%) of cases you will not get a free consultation. What you get instead is a kind of light scan of the project and an assessment of your portfolio from the company/independent professional/agency that receives “Free Quote”.
The truth is that websites don’t fall so easily into one category or the other, it’s not a ready-made product that you can buy “off the shelf”.
For ordinary people, it is not so obvious the difference between the sites, even more so if you are over 50 years old and do not use the Internet for a long time.
But you will think you made a good deal actually throwing money out the window (that $200). If you are lucky and the so-called “web design” company did such a bad job that it appears in Google, it will not hurt too much image organization.
Like any mini trick on the Internet, those who most often fall into the trap are those looking for low prices, in our case sites as cheap as possible.