I often frequent Deviant Art's Job Offers Forums (Yes I know...) and ran across this posting where a client was "Looking to spend $50-75 depending on skill level and quality". I decided just to check around some of the people who were applying when I ran into a interesting exchange of comments.
"I'll do it for $20 I'll sketch it up and show you if you don't like you won't have to pay then I'll upload a low quality pic if you don't like you won't have to pay then I'll upload a high quality pic you'll have to pay"- This comment came from a very new artist with...Er...Not the best of work. (Not trying to be rude!) Who I say normally charges that much.
In responds he got this "if the client is offering a rate you shouldn't go lowering it to the floor. if you want to apply, show your portfolio. but if the client doesn't ask for bids you should refrain from the unethical behaviour of offering the work for peanuts,
and much less for free, if you don't need the money go to the projects forum where people look for artists but can't afford one."
What are your thoughts about people who over charge clients just because of their budgets? IMO I think an artist should always stick with prices and not alter them based on client. I mean you come up with your prices based off of how much time/complexity/profit you would like to make, so why charge more just cause you can? I think it really takes a hit at the integrity of that artist. I hardly see it as undercutting.
*I also mean this not in industry standards but in terms of DA (Young non-professional artist/not commercial jobs)
Edit* Maybe I'm really saying this weird??? I'm asking would it be correct for this guy who is a beginner (DA beginner, not industry beginner) to charge 2-3 times more because the client has that much money