People buy cheap trash when they have no choice in the matter. Either because of economic situation or ignorance.
Thanks for proving my point.
They are ignorant to our world and when you set yourself up as a bona fide professional web designer you take on certain responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is not to abuse peoples trust in professionals. By calling yourself a professional you are telling the world you'll do a good job on the things they don't know about so when you don't actually do that you are nothing more than a scam artist in my book.
You do the job that they are willing to pay you to do.
If they want a £200 web site give them a £200 web site. If they want a £400 web site they get a £400 web site. I'm not advocating cheating them just saying don't knock yourself out doing what you weren't paid to do. Explain to them that the £400 pound site will be better value in the long term but if they go with the £200 version give them that.
Do it, deliver it, get the brass and get on with the next one.
If the £200 site needs overhauling in a couple of years more fool them but if you're still about say "Told you so" and do it over.
You're in business to make a living not friends. They won't give you any more for going over the top on the design brief. So just do what you have to.
You are taking their trust and abusing it. It's exploitation. Barely any better than the bogus gas man.
They'll bloody well exploit you if they can.
I heard a story the other day about "ringing" start up businesses. What happens is that a group of turds will scan the small ads looking for a business that has just started up. They will all call up and order work to be done on their houses. The bloke in question is over the moon, goes out buys the materials and does the work. Then none of them pay up hoping he'll go bust before he can get anything off them.
A builder I used to do work for was put through by a couple who had a mass of work done on their property and just before completion declared themselves personally bankrupt. He'd spent £30,000 on materials and labour, always get a deposit to cover this. If they won't pay it, don't do the work. Seems they knew they wouldn't be able to pay, but the work done increased the auction value of the property to pay off the taxman and bank.
When it comes to business and money you can't trust anyone.