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#1 posted 07-01-2010 03:44 PM

it is a tough one!

when people subcontract the design process to a 3rd party, the design costs money, so in a way, has to be calculated into the final cost. this is where ‘custom’ pieces play a part- since it’s a brand new customized item – and that costs money since you can’t walk into your local furniture dealer and pick one up.

I would factor this into the purchase price as an item.

Other than that – I would not give clients the full construction sketches, but only a rendered representation of the final piece. that way your design stay within your domain.

Another point is – that your designs stay with you, and can then be reproduced, or offered to other potential customers (maybe at a lower design cost since the plans are already made – a marketing plan).

not the best scenario to go through, but those things happen. best to learn from them what you can to better protect yourself for the future, and maybe improve on your dealings.

Good luck!

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