The bait-and-switch: Not just for translating
Thread poster: Kaiya J. Diannen

Kaiya J. Diannen  Identity Verified
Australia
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German to English
Jun 18, 2012

I have often seen translators voicing their discontent about the fact that they had been requested to submit CVs and other pertinent information for "potential large projects" (especially EU bids?), only to never hear back from the agent/intermediary. So when I found this newspaper article today, it seemed like something translators might want to know. After all, misery loves company: You are not alone.

Study: Nearly one-third of small contractors report ‘bait and switching’

"Nearly a third of subcontractors reported having at some point been “stiffed” on a contract with a prime, according to a recent American Express survey."

[Edited at 2012-06-18 21:09 GMT]


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Miguel Carmona  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:28
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That is exactly what is happening to us Jun 19, 2012

Janet Rubin wrote:

I have often seen translators voicing their discontent about the fact that they had been requested to submit CVs and other pertinent information for "potential large projects" (especially EU bids?), only to never hear back from the agent/intermediary. So when I found this newspaper article today, it seemed like something translators might want to know. After all, misery loves company: You are not alone.

Study: Nearly one-third of small contractors report ‘bait and switching’

"Nearly a third of subcontractors reported having at some point been “stiffed” on a contract with a prime, according to a recent American Express survey."

[Edited at 2012-06-18 21:09 GMT]


Thank you, Janet.

What is described in the article unfortunately sounds all too familiar. Damn agencies!

Miguel


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Link not working) Jun 19, 2012

The link takes me to what looks like the Washington Post site, but I can't see how to access the article...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/study-nearly-one-third-of-small-contractors-report-bait-and-switching/2012/06/15/gJQASaSqfV_story.html



[Edited at 2012-06-19 09:02 GMT]


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Kaiya J. Diannen  Identity Verified
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Link working for me Jun 19, 2012

Last night the link contained an extra "http", but this was corrected hours ago and after trying it about a minute ago, it worked for me (twice)... sorry, I don't know what else to tell you, perhaps try putting the quote into Google...

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Exactly Jun 19, 2012

Exactly why our office is not interested in EU contracts unless it is agreed, black on white in a written contract, that the agency will send us all work derived from the bid.

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