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Can you really trust the Blue Board records? Guess not?
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They could charge end-clients rates that cover 'European rates' Mar 20

Tom in London wrote:

Today, out of curiosity, I was checking the BB record of an agency in India. It consisted of a long string of 5s with glowing comments every time, including many translators from European countries, and positive remarks about good rates and prompt payment.

My question: how can an India-based agency pay European rates?

If Indian-based agencies pay viable rates to translators in Europe, then in principle at least, they can charge end clients accordingly. This still gives the agency a chance for a good margin if they keep their administrative costs down. They can pay local staff a reasonable salary, run an office outside the most expensive city centres, and even take advantage of the time-zone difference if they are clever.

They can counter the argument that they are not cheap with the old adage about paying for quality...

I would like to think that is how it works, at any rate.

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Here's your answer Mar 20

Tom in London wrote:

...but I have never responded because I simply assume that they will be offering incredibly low rates as compared to European levels. And yet these agencies keep on sending job offers, and in their BB record I see lots of Europe-based translators who have worked for them. What is going on?

More and more people (any) in this "industry" work for less and less money. Everywhere. (You can at least see the offers on job boards for reference. I also get more and more ridiculous emails from prospective agencies/clients.)

I don't and will not work for less than a decent, fair rate. Key is not having to depend on cheap job offers from job boards or even direct contacts for your livelihood. But if the trend holds, until a sudden crash (brought on by poor quality and/or the impossibility of living on 0.01/word), and good projects fizzle out, it will be time to change jobs (at least temporarily).

Can you trust the Blueboard? You need to know how to read it - see comments from Jose and others. But if the outsourcer is already too cheap, it doesn't really matter what else is said about them.

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