I look at templates all the time, and use some from time to time if they fit. Personally, I'd rather have a unique site, but some clients just don't care - they simply want a presence, down, dirty and cheap.
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I agree with Exciter. You can make a template unique by tweaking it a bit. I have a Joomla website using (even) a default template provided by Joomla. I modified it a bit by changing the position of the user1, user2 and left-bar, and I think it looks unique.
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Agreed, templates are great for people just starting out or for anyone that wants to throw a quick site together. When you spend a lot of time and passion on one of your projects you certainly would want a custom template to show your websites uniqueness and individualism to separate you from the other websites in your industry.