From a conversation with a potential client on Upwork:
They didn’t hire me for the job.
Interesting name. “Lior”
Andreas take this lovingly… you can be such a smart ass!! But your responses make my day. Maybe you should put a warning on your website stating you are an ACQUIRED TASTE!! Keep being you my friend!!
Good for you Andreas!
Our time is one of the most valuable things we have, and should not be disrespected.
A better response could be, “Yes, it is negotiable. If you don’t like my standard rate, you can pay more.”
To me, you’ve missed the point. Andreas would have done it for his stated rate, but that’s what it would take inhis view to improve on the alternative.
Au contraire re your reply being better: his response comes across as intelligent, candid and sincere, true to himself; yours seems, in contrast, simply manipulative/impertinent!
It was meant as a joke, not as an actual professional response, so phrasing it as a professional response wasn’t really necessary.
…of course, at the time I had no idea that Andreas had actually had the same response before to a potential client…
So next time I’ll add a snarky response suggesting, I’ll try not to forget to include all the “sincerely”s, “dear Sir or Madam”s, “pleased to inform”s that I can think of.
“Snarky” – perfect!
I actually like List of X’s suggestion and I have sometimes done this before.
One example: https://andreasmoser.blog/2010/12/29/faq-citizenship-law-in-germany/#comment-29629
It’s not what his/her suggestion was, but the way they put it!
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