OK, speaking of cabinetry quotes
I think this question has been asked and discussed many times before, so my apologies if it's boring.
I'm looking for some guidance on the quotation-process. Because it's not as if asking someone to give you a quote is asking for a smile -- it costs someone a huge amount of time and money to come up with a quote. And in the case of cabinetry sometimes even designwork and a lot of imagination and thought.
I just don't quite get the morality of all of this. As a consumer I would like to maximize quality and minimize cost to me. I also want to support fellow worthy artisans and give the state some overhead money as well .... But to tell the honest truth, I am shy about going out and asking for cabinetry quotes when I know it costs the quoter so much time and money to come up with the quote. I am shy about scrutinizing their work and even judging it not to mention essentially demanding by my purchasing-power that they charge me less.
This whole process is essentially insulting and really uncomfortable. And please don't yell at me Marcolo. There is a question in here, and I was not born yesterday. But this process is still really amorphous.
How many cabinet makers do you go to in asking for quotes? What do you do when your plans are not 100% set before visiting a purveyor or artisan - for them to give a quote requires a bit of intellectual contribution on their part and then if you go to another and use any of their ideas, well, that's not very honorable.
This whole process is incredibly ambiguous. I would like to get, say, 8 cabinet makers' quotes. But that would be really, really mean, no? In reality I will probably get 2 because I just won't be able to take the squirmy feeling of it all.
How is this negotiated??? How is any of this fair?