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ad hoc interpreting: fees
Thread poster: Rita Bilancio

Rita Bilancio  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:58
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Mar 16, 2009

Dear colleagues,
I was contacted by a translation agency for a job and I was offered a really low late.
I haven't replied yet because I would like to know if you have been offered very very low rates
recently. It really sounds discouraging and I am wondering how I can reply. I cannot accept that rate as I find it disappointing for a professional and it is also offending for a student.
What is your experience?


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Tina Vonhof  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 16:58
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No Mar 16, 2009

I don't see the problem - just say 'no' and tell them why.

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shfranke  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:58
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Second and reinforce Tina Vonhof's good advice -- just say "No" Mar 17, 2009

Greetings.

I second and reinforce Tina Vonhof's good advice: just say "No," and provide an explanation only if that agency asks for it.

That firm's clearly-losing business practice is not worth any agonizing.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Stephen H. Franke
San Pedro, California



[Edited at 2009-03-17 18:33 GMT]


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 19:58
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Have a price tag Mar 17, 2009

Imagine a home appliance store with no price tags. You walk in, call a salesperson, and tell them I'll pay you $ 20 for this 40" flat screen TV with the big speakers." That's equivalent to what this prospect told you. Now react accordingly.

And don't forget to charge for your time/expenses to get there and safely return home.


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