Translations for 0.004 a word!!!
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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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Jul 2, 2006

Post from Sci.lang.translation and my response:



"xxxxx@xxxx.com" wrote in message news:1151798040.988663.282770@h44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> For your translation needs, the cheapest prices.
> See and compare these prices:
>
>>From English to Spanish: 0.004 US$/word.
>>From Spanish to English: 0.008 US$/word.
>>From French to Spanish: 0.008 US$/word.
>>From German to Spanish: 0.012 US$/word.
>
> You will get a human, carefully revised translation.
> For more information write to xxxxxx$yahoo.com (replace $ with @)
>


Dear XXXXX,

I have a very large English to Spanish job (150,000 words) to translate by next Friday.

I will be paid a proper rate of .10 for this document (or $15,000), but I will gladly subcontract this job out to you at 0.004 per word or $600. That way, I can enjoy my free time, let you do all the work, and still pocket $14,400!

What country do you live in so I can provide you with payment options?

Do you have the latest version of Windows and Word, broadband internet access (this is a large file), and Trados or other CAT software?

I look forward to this collaboration, especially since it means I will never have to work again!


[Edited at 2006-07-02 05:43]


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Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
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you are right... sort of Jul 2, 2006

You said that you'll never work again and you are right, only in a different sense. Subcontracting like that is equal to killing your reputation instantly. You get what you pay for... and there is no free lunch.

EDIT: I'm assuming that the post had an extra zero in each of the rates.

[Edited at 2006-07-02 05:45]


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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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Translations for 0.004 Jul 2, 2006

Maybe he did have an extra zero, or maybe not, you can never tell these days! But even so, if you cannot even write a simple advertisement without making such a basic error - especially in something as important as your pricing structure - how great is your translation going to be?

And he is referring to himself as cheap - I don't consider .12 (if you remove the extra zero) to be "cheap" for German to Spanish or .08 for Spanish to English to be the "cheapest".

Mikhail Kropotov wrote:

You said that you'll never work again and you are right, only in a different sense. Subcontracting like that is equal to killing your reputation instantly. You get what you pay for... and there is no free lunch.

EDIT: I'm assuming that the post had an extra zero in each of the rates.

[Edited at 2006-07-02 05:45]




[Edited at 2006-07-02 05:52]


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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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And this person wants us to believe s/he is proficient in FOUR languages! Jul 2, 2006

This has to be a joke! I don't know whether I should laugh or cry... Very sad...

I really hope that there was one zero too many in the rates - I mean to the right of the decimal sign, not to the left!

However, come to think of it: someone who advertizes their services on sci.lang.translation must be really desperate for work... All I have is a ProZ profile and people bug me all the time with work - that pays at least 15 times more than this!


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Egmont
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USUAL QUOTE FOR SPAIN Jul 2, 2006

It is so...

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smorales30  Identity Verified
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My grain of salt Jul 2, 2006

Last Friday I just got contacted by a US agency. This agency has about 5 opinions in the Blue Board, all of them made by enthusiastic translators willing to work with them anytime. Well, this agency said they usually paid 0.025USD/word for Eng-Sp translations and 0.01USD/word for proofreading. If I was willing to work for these fees, they would be sending me a translation test!

I was speechless!

[Edited at 2006-07-02 13:27]


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Aleksandr Okunev
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Please, move over here Jul 2, 2006

http://www.proz.com/topic/49800
To prevent twin threads from multiplying.
Or drop it altogether, everyone's bored with it.
Stay well
Aleksandr


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Vito Smolej
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"translations for 0.004 a word" Jul 3, 2006

must be darn short words - "I the he hi bye los gatos" (*)

smo

*: going to extremes with the last example


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