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Rant: Discounts
Thread poster: Stephanie Mitchel

Stephanie Mitchel  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:06
French to English
Apr 22, 2003

I know the economy is having a bad hangover, but when I see job offers that state \"we expect a discount given the high volume of text,\" and it\'s a (say) 10,000 word package with a 2-day deadline, well, I can hear my blood vessels constricting. As if the increased volume somehow lightened the load. I suppose the \'rush rate\' that rewards the extra panic factor and loss of sleep is a relic of the boom years. Phooey. Maybe I\'ll just give up and go to law school.
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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:06
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Comes up again and again Apr 23, 2003

I think there was just an extensive thread somewhere about the pros and cons of discounts.



I don\'t give discounts, but what I have done when a customer doesn\'t want to accept a price increase was to offer the old rate for a certain type of (easier) text and the new rate for more difficult texts. Would that be an angle for you to try?


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Local time: 03:06
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Here's the thread Apr 23, 2003

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I think there was just an extensive thread somewhere about the pros and cons of discounts.



Spot on - the thread was posted by Bill Greendyk in the Business Issues forum.



Best, Ralf

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Stephanie Mitchel  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 22:06
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Thanks... Apr 23, 2003

..for steering me to that other thread. Very helpful.

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Cidália Martins
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Definitely not on a rush job May 20, 2003

Even if one were to offer a small discount based on volume (for the sake of cutomer relations, of course), common business practices usually dictate a surcharge on rush jobs. Wouldn\'t that cancel out the discount? Funny that they think to ask for a discount but fail to consider appropriate remuneration for the added stress of a last-minute job.

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