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Here\'s the trick: case study on shifting work to the checkers to save money
Thread poster: Daniel Alcaine-Rich, M.V., BSc
Daniel Alcaine-Rich, M.V., BSc  Identity Verified
English to Spanish
Jun 20, 2002

Here\'s the trick - aka, how they do it.

A very clever move in project management.



Say I have 20,000 words for translation into 4 languages.



Case A)

I\'m a project manager.



I contract four professional, reliable translators who charge, say, $0.13 per source word.

Then I contract four professional, reliable editors who charge, say, $0.04 per source word to do the editing.

Finally, I contract four professional, reliable proofers who charge, say, $0.04 per source word to do the proofing.



Cost: $16,800



Case B)

I call myself a project manager.

I contract four so-called translators who charge $0.03 per source word because I say so. I don\'t care if they deliver the poorest quality on planet Earth. The only thing I care about is that they deliver really fast. A fast typist who spent 15 days on a vacation to the target country will do.

Then I contract four professional, reliable translators who are short of work - because I, and many like me, have dumped the market - and I ask them to charge, say, $0.025 per source word to do the editing.

Finally, I contract four professional, reliable translators who are short of work - because I, and many like me, have dumped the market - and I ask them to charge, say, $0.025 per source word to do the proofing.

I\'m very clever and I know that I\'ll surely find such professional, reliable translators who are short of work. I\'m also so clever that I can make up all sorts of stories when these translators start complaining about the despicable quality of the piece of rubbish they\'ll have to edit/proof.

\"This will lead to better assignments in the future\", I assure them. \"Another agency was in charge of the translation, but probably the end-customer will chose us as their language provider after they see how well you (i.e., us) perform, let\'s teach the other agency a lesson\", and so I lure them.

I can make up lots of stories.



Cost: $6,400







Now imagine it\'s 200,000 words instead of 20,000.

Great stuff. Very educative. Most clever.

It calls for a boycott, only no one\'s going to boycott it because it\'s a free market.



\"End-customers will even congratulate me.

Thank you guys!\"





So what do the \"guys\" have to say?

[ This Message was edited by: on 2002-06-20 03:21 ]


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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:22
Member (2004)
English to Italian
The guys... Jun 20, 2002

after a preliminary check of the text to be edited/proof-read, can demand to be paid by the hour. Otherwise, it\'s bye-bye mister clever.



Giovanni


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Alexandru Pojoga
Romania
Local time: 18:22
Japanese to English
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another one will bite Jun 20, 2002

it\'s bye bye from you but there are 100 translators waiting to fill your shoes. The market IS saturated.



This calls for a global \'translator quality\' database. IMHO


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