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RE: bidding [was: (Over-Runs)]

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>Then you say,
>"good, why don't you send over a cost proposal?"
OK, say the potential client wants to talk with two or three other 
engineers--get a second opinion. He asks them all for a proposal, which 
should be OK, and picks the proposal that looks like the best deal. What 
I hear is that getting the second opinion, including the cost proposal is 
bidding, but assuming that the first guy I talk to knows everything is 
professionally ethical.

There must be more to it than that. I'm a tax-and-spend Democrat, but it 
seems like issuing a license to steal is buying _anything_ let alone 
professional services strictly based on the first guy I talk to.

Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant from
chrisw(--nospam--at)        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)