No one seems to want to talk about pricing. Most designers don’t publish their rates, and most of the companies would never say you how much they paid for their site.
The results of this situation is that it can be pretty hard to know how much to spent on design. Spend too much, and you’ll be accused of wasting money like those $300,000 logos you read about. Spent too little, and you risk ending up with a crappy “designed by my 14 year old nephew” website.