Kickbacks from overseas manufacturers...

Here is the situation:

You’re competing with other firms for a design job and you find-out you lost because the other guys were willing to do the design for free if the client will use their manufacturing source. The reason they offer to do this is because they have arrangements with the manufacturer to receive a kickback on work they bring in.

I’m curious what the general feeling is about this type of situation.

It sounds like a pretty good deal for the designer – but what about the profession as a whole?

How does one get started in this type of thing?

Thanks…

been going on for years now. find and hook up w manufacturer.