What I'm saying, Tony, and a_a, is that companies have internal wage and salary structures that define what a position pays. The pay range for a position is determined before a decision is made whether or not to use an agency and there are often that take place to make sure that companies follow their policies with respect to internal equity.
I think the context of the article made it clear though that not all recruiters or agencies are alike with respect to the quality of the work that they do or, in some cases, the level of integrity the company/recruiter demonstrates.
We have had this discussion following past articles. I'm not sure if it can be resolved adequately in this manner. Just for your reference, here's a part article about the tendency to want to blame someone as being somehow "bad" when things don't go the way we want them to:
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