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I would say that firstly most customers do not want to pay for a custom/coded design. I use Muse a lot and never feel the need to tell clients that I am using Muse. An odd time I do and I refer to it as Adobe Muse or I say I will build the site using Adobe Software.
You will never win the argument if you are dealing with a "techie techie" in terms of "pure" coding.
If you design websites for your clients you are entitled to charge your own price.
Nearly everyone (speaking generally) uses templates these days, so I think it's absolutely fine.
You are designing a website for a client - believe me clients are not that interested in what tools you used - just the results.
In summary, I would avoid the confrontation and say to that person "maybe you are right,,,,, and leave it at that - you won't convince him otherwise!
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You will always get people like that, it’s fear more than anything. Designers are generally not coders and vice-versa. Muse gives designers the opportunity to put their skills directly to the web, rather than passing the design to a developer.
The same argument has happened with photography, digital art, cgi in filmmaking, etc. The point is whether the client is happy with your work, it doesn’t really matter how you got there.
Thank you for the support! I need to be better at shrugging those comments off. And I am going to take James advice and just walk away. Not the effort and time.