I've used this forum for over a year now to read many interesting and informative posts but this one just goes on and on.It's a free market and there'll always be a need for cheap, crappy websites.
Most of you seem to be missing the point completely or just choosing to ignore whats being said in terms of what they offer and the type of customer they offer it too.
I also take exception to the blatant bickering some of you keep going on with. I enjoy these boards and enjoy reading them but I think you made you points many postings ago in terms of not liking the offering from Omnisere. Ok we all (readers) get you dont like it and I doubt you ever will.
I guess I take exception as I dabble in building a few websites mainly through word of mouth. My sites are basic and would never win any design awards. Its just what my particular type of customer wants. The pay very little. I host them all with Blacknight as his packages are cheap so in a few hours I can make a small bit of income.
My Websites are probably what you all are calling crap from a visual sense.
Menace - Yes there is always a need for these cheap, 'crappy' sites as you put it. Just as much as there is a market for what you produce but just because you decided to produce what you do and charge what you do is there really a need to slag off those that choose something else.
Niall - I've used TM templates and its not just a simple matter of buying and downloading. There is work involved in tweaking them re slicing etc. but I'm sure you know what already.
I could get free templates from the web probably free hosting too. So in reality I could do it all for free so I dont really think your point on the price has any relevance.
What you seem to miss is that you guys are in this industry, you are technical. My friends, friends/friends who run a small businesses havent a clue what template monster is. (Actually maybe that doesnt matter to you and you just see fit to slag others off) Can you really see a small business manager trying to do all this. Any owner/manager would be better suited to do what they do best and running the company, not trying to build a website. Thats the point you seem to miss. So I take exception to you saying my customers are gulliable. They know in advance what they will get, what the options are and I even recommend they call established designers for quotes.
I'm going to call them tomorrow and get an explanation on their service as to me it actually seems very well priced. If I could get a commission on referrals it make my life a lot easier so for me this is a great idea.
Oh and before you go on again, yes we know you dont like the offering they provide just in case you need to clarify it again.