I have listened to the podcast on how it's a bad idea to counter a salary offer. I guess I am asking if this applies to my situation as well. The recruiter initially presented a range that the base salary would be in (which I was pleased with). After several interviews, they asked that I fill out an application, which, of course, included a question on what I was currently making. I did list it (it showed I was making $15k lower base than the lowest point of their range). I did put my salary + bonus + commission.
I now have the offer and the base is less than the range it was supposed to be in. And, I suspect this is because my current base was lower. While the new company did present a higher base salary (by $10k) than what I am currently making, it is lower than the range they initially listed and I feel a little insulted.
So, my question is, is it acceptable in this case to counter because they told me it would be higher?