I just had the most exasperating experience.
I submitted a proposal to bid with 5 different companies. The proposal was complete down to a tee. I just had the last company's "designer" insist on a sit-down meeting (second one, had one with the builder when I submitted the proposal and he took notes to clarify his understanding) and just finished that second meeting, and it was nothing but fluff! nothing to add, just wanted to meet and discuss aesthetics and make suggestions for completely changing my design to HIS tastes. He could have handed me the quote never having talked to me. GRRRRR I do not like having my time wasted with BS.