These are issues affecting the industry as a whole, there is no way of regulating the website designers out there. I know of a guy who sells his services as a web developer, but he "develops" using Site Spinner Pro...seriously. For this reason, any school child can ask his mum to buy him the software and be a web developer. This is sickening, this guy has never heard of the term "MVC architecture", he doesnt even begin to understand what MySQL database driven application is. With the release of Artisteer, any idiot can create a Joomla website and have it up and running in 1 hour for R100. it is no wonder that the www is over crowded with useless websites developed by useless "developers".
My Experience is as follows:
A client that truly wants a unique website with unique features will do research about the industry, and soon realise that 80% of the "Developers" will not be able to help them. becuase they only develop static HTML sites or Joomla Site Templates. If they want a non-joomla cms, they are going to come to you.
It is the truth my friend...
There is a lot of "posers" out there making all your money.