I simply was unaware as to how easy or low the price is for the average joes work. This is an indie team and thus our budget is well below $20,000 until our kickstarter takes off. So, yeah
Hopefully this will make you feel better - I'm more than willing to take on a project with highly reduced rates (from my standard rates) if the project is really cool, shows great promise and progress and the team is fun and cool to interact with. This is especially true if I'm doing well financially in other regards. Granted, there's a limit to how much I'd reduce my rate down to but I'm more than flexible. Most guys I know are like this - so even if the "standard" rate is beyond what you can do, if you're cool and easy to work with plus you have a great project, odds are someone will be more than willing to accommodate that.
It's the teams/guys that present their first project ever as a WoW-killer, and are only using open-source, free software. That's a team I'd probably skip over!