So an old colleague of mine a really fun girl I used to work with at a publishing house) called me and said her sister was openign a spa...could I shoot the opening. That sounded like fun, and I did it in barter for some spa services... So last week I go and do a couple of panoramas, because this is probably the perfect place for a virtual tour, totally on spec at my own expense, so they could see the process etc. So I really want a "centerpiece" for my Web site and I figure an eight-room interactive panorama of a commercial spa would be great, so I offer to do it at my eight-room real-estate rate (about half). The owner is all excited, she talks about it with her "investor" (her pop-in-law) and he said that he had already lined up some possible places to do it. So she e-mails this morning and says "Yeah, he doesn't know whether he wants to go with you..." "That's totally fine, I'd suggest you go with one of the vendors he has chosen." "Oh, no, Gary I really want to use you." "I'm sorry, it really doesn't sound like it will be a worthwhile venture for either of us - besides it's only a few hundred dollars." "Well can I show him the demo you did?" "Sure, just let him know that I did not shoot this as a "final" - only as a demo so you could see how the lobby would look in 360." So I post it and he comes back with "Yeah, not impressed with the quality." "I told "____" to let you know that it was a spec shoot." "Well the image is not really as clear as I would like." "Me neither, it was just a spec." "Why didn't you do it right the first time?" "OK, I really don't think this is going to work, no offense." "Huh?" "I haven't even asked for money yet and you are complaining. In my experience, situations like this go downhill really quickly. I'd recommend you utilize one ofthe otehr vendors." "Their expensive as hell." "You get what you pay for, "___." Hope everything works out with the spa." Asshat Advice - never cheap out. Always bites you in the ass.