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Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
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May 28, 2013

This time directly from a long-quit agency:

"We are looking ideally to put together a team of 5 translator per language that can take about 100,000 words (or more) in a 6-week timeframe.

Due to the volume the budget and rate for this job is a little lower than usual.
Unique – $0.04
Fuzzy – $ 0.02
Reps – $0.01"

It seems that they expect that I quit any decently-paid work for this tantalizing offer. Unfortunately, someone will do the job.


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LEXpert  Identity Verified
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At least... May 28, 2013

they pay 25% for reps...

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Benno Groeneveld  Identity Verified
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Of course May 28, 2013

words get cheaper by the pound, just like any other commodity!

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Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
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Cheaper by the pound... May 28, 2013

Benno Groeneveld wrote:

words get cheaper by the pound, just like any other commodity!

Nothing wrong with "volume discounts." The problem with some translation agencies is that the negative diagonal representing the inverse word/price ratio is very steep and only levels off at the very lowest rates. If the same logic were applied in the construction industry, it would cost only 10 times more to build a duplex than a doghouse. In addition, my strong suspicion is that these agencies imposing low-volume discounts don't offer very good rates for small jobs either....

[Edited at 2013-05-28 20:17 GMT]

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