Not sure, skype was free, we have time and the parts costs only $40 online. I think any mechanic seeing a desperate person on a Sat. morning with a bad set of brakes would only see dollar signs.
I paid about $450. in the past for just a change of brake pads because I was desperate and they scammed me.( In the 1980's too when $450 was real money)
I know exactly ho they operate, , no pads alone wouldn't work, you need a overhaul, new rotters calipers, crack in the line etc. They are vultures one and all pretty much.