Selling Translation Services on Ebay
Thread poster: Sandra Alboum
| | Sandra Alboum
Local time: 09:25
Spanish to English
I just found this listing on Ebay:
"I am an accomplished professional translator with an honors degree from the University of Michigan in Spanish and more than 10 years professional translation experience in a wide variety of areas, including business, economics, politics and literature.
The $9.95 starting bid is for 2 pages, but you may contract for as many pages as you require, at the same price [$5/page if the auction closes at this price]. This is, obviously, an exceptionally competitive rate.
If you win, I will send you an email asking for the particulars of your project, including number of pages, subject matter and deadline requirements. I will then ask for 50% of the total fee, the remainder to be paid upon completion of the work, which I will email [and/or hard copy] you.
I accept PayPal only, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with me with any questions. I will be glad to furnish you with references, and I do guarantee your satisfaction."
I don't know whether to think that this is a novel idea or to be disgusted that this person is charging $5/page.
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| | lien
Local time: 15:25
English to French
| Translation on Ebay ? || Feb 3, 2004 |
I wouldn't worry. Would you give a translation to someone on Ebay without email adress, identification, who wants first 50% of the fee ?
| I've seen it lots of times || Dec 22, 2009 |
In the Chilean branch of eBay (mercadolibre), there used to be lots of translators offering their services (don't know about now, since I haven't checked in a long time).
The stated rates were basically less than peanuts, which isn't really surprising in most cases, given that the advertisers were claiming to translate "in all areas" (jack of all trades), with a daily output of 5k words or more in highly technical documentation, to and from English, etc.
I find it very hard to believe that serious, quality-minded individuals/companies who know our worth will look in eBay for a professional translator, specially after reading some of those adverts.
[Edited at 2009-12-22 22:17 GMT]
| | Kevin Fulton
Local time: 09:25
German to English
| It's a free market || Dec 22, 2009 |
People can charge whatever they want. My only concern is that translation buyers get the impression that these providers represent the entire market, both in price and quality. On the other hand, people buying translations on Ebay are likely to have very low expectations to begin with, so no harm done to my market segment.
| Selling Translation Services on Ebay || Dec 22, 2009 |
so he (it) is a second-hand dealer, oooops, a second-hand translator ...
clearly, no guarantee at all on second-hand goods and anyway, I'm curious to know who is brave enough to be "its" reference ...
"which I will email [and/or hard copy] you."
and I hope that postal rates are low in US, otherwise it will go bankrupt ...
[Modificato alle 2009-12-22 22:38 GMT]