Surprising Quoting

I received this request for a quote recently:

 “Product Photography Sterling Silver Jewellery with Semi precious Stones. Approx 500 units @ 4 mins a unit PLUS photoshopping Necklaces, rings, earrings, pendants. Required for internet catologue Needs to be cost effective.”  
Four minutes per photo! Not going to be top quality at that speed and she wants PhotoShop work done in that time frame as well.  In those four minutes you also have to pick-up the items, unpack them, check and list them, set up the studio. Then because 500 items x 4 mins is 33 hours (4 days) you have to clean -up each day and set-up again each morning.
You have to wonder if this woman knows so much about photography that she can nominate how long each shot should take, why isn’t she doing the job herself?
I wonder if ‘Cost Effective‘ is applied to the price of her jewellery.

More Surprising Quoting

Received another request for quote: 
“Need someone to make changes to two designs. One is a cd label and the other is a certificate.
Basically it just involves replacing a logo with a logo we have already and removing a watermark. Easy work for someone who knows what he is doing and shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes.”

Amazing, he doesn’t know how to do it, but he knows how long it will take. Remove a watermark? Kind of suggests a stolen logo doesn’t it.