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    Need help getting a rough estimate


    Please let me know if there is a better place to post this question.

    Does anyone have a clue as to how much it would cost to develop a site on the scale of vrbo.com?

    I have the opportunity to take over development of a site similar to vrbo.com but with a different angle. The previous developer took the upfront money($4,000) and ran. I'm thinking he ignored bids with a realistic bids and went straight for the "too good to be true" low bid. I'm trying to convince the potential client that a site on the scale of vrbo.com is a huge investment and he should severely reduce his requirement to match his budget.
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    I would ballpark vrbo.com at $150k - $300k USD.

    $4k wouldn't even cover the architectural design work for a site like that.
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    Thank you


    Thank you for saving me from wasting time. I told the potential client about the 6 figure estimates I got from you and another forum I posted too. I couldn't convinced him to scale down expectation and/or up the amount he is willing to spend. He seems to think that because his craigslist post resulted in multiple people bidding less than $10,000 that it can be done for that amount. Wow, even after being taken by the original developer, he is still in denial. News Flash, craigslist is full of people who will take your money and run. Additionally, there are people who are so desperate for work that they will bid on projects even though they don't have a clue how many hours would be involved.

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