Yeah, one should definitely do what they feel is best for the relationship with their client. My issue is not so much that the client may have used a “another designer”, it’s the “crowd sourcing” aspect that drives me crazy. Crowd sourcing is a slap in the face to the 50 designers that wasted their time on a project “hoping” their design will be chosen. Time they could have been spent producing results for a “loyal” client. Clients that are crowdsource are typically looking for the cheapest solution, and then value your opinion (for free) when they didn’t choose you and went with the cheapest route. If this is the case, that is totally fine, but don’t expect to come back to me asking for my opinion “for free”. I’ve been in this game for 20 years and loyalty and “time” are hard to come by. I have clients that “will not” use another designer and “value” my experience and expertise. Those are the clients I want to keep and will give consulting and advise for free.
This is just my opinion and take on it… if someone is desperately needing work and absolutely needs this client, then do what you feel is necessary. @praxis seemed like he didn’t want to mess with it for the points mentioned above, and probably wouldn’t have asked “What would you do?” if the answer was evident.
Example… I don’t ask 40 accountants, 50 lawyers or 10 doctors to all do my tax returns, contracts and health diagnosis and I’ll pick the one that has the best outcome! Lol. Seriously, any other profession would laugh… I do the same for clients who do not value my expertise. Those professions mentioned above get recommended and have clients that look to them for expert advise. To me, if a client “crowd sources” a project and only asks my opinion after it’s complete, means a few things: #1. They can’t afford my services, or #2. They just don’t value my service.
Again, this is the way I handle my business and it works for me as I don’t have time to waste
I hope this helps!