Is this common behavior of a web developer/designer?

I hired a developer for a site back in the beginning of August. From the beginning of the project, he assured me (as stated in a contract we both signed) that the project would be complete in six weeks. It is now the twenty-second of October and the project is nowhere near completion. Each time I gripe, complain, or ask for my money back ($700, which admittedly is cheap for a designer), he comes up with tons of excuses, and he says that he cannot refund me because of the work he has already done (however I haven't seen much more than a site that I am completely dissastisfied with (he has a problem following my instructions exactly, usually completely missing the mark entirely), My question to you, the community, is how normal is this? Have any of you had similar experiences with designers? This is my second web developer for the same project and I'm just wondering if I'm picking sorry designers or if this is common behavior. Thank you.

Asked By: ericanj - 10/22/2009
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There are several problems we all encounter in web designs/developments... More
Answered By: just "JR" - 10/22/2009
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If a contract is signed then it is a promise, he has clearly not met the promise.
Answered By: Nick M - 10/22/2009
This is just my opinion, but I think that it is not normal. Sure, things will come up, but a contract is a contract. If you don't choose to go that route, then make sure you meet in person and show him _exactly_ what you want, when you want it, and possibly how you want it. Sit down and talk with him _while_ he is... More
Answered By: dogbot10 - 10/22/2009
I'm going to have to say that it is *normal*, but probably isn't acceptable. In my experience, what's happening here is that your developer is simply procrastinating. He's already spent the money. It's a curse of creative types, but it is what I think is happening. First, you really shouldn't pay 'up front' like that... More
Answered By: Avallon - 10/22/2009
The problem arises when the software "outgrows" the developers mind... More
Answered By: Winston - 10/22/2009
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