5 Things to Know about Translation Pricing
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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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Paulinho Fonseca  Identity Verified
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Precise Jul 1, 2016

LegalTransform wrote:




This is one of the most reasonable posts I have seen here, regarding the 'weight' idea not only in rates (as a general) factor, but as a localized and not isolated item. Prices tend to vary for a number of reasons and one of the most known is 'Demand'. That relates to deals and locations, source/target languages, etc.

We have seen a general discussion on rates as if everyone were translating exactly one language pair only.

That was very interesting.


Thank you, LegalTransform.


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ATIL KAYHAN  Identity Verified
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"1. Languages
A translator comes from a country where cost of living is lower?
Cost for his/her language is usually lower as well."

I have been translating English/Turkish/English for a long time. It may be a nice country to live but the cost of living in Turkey is substantially high. I believe this is partly due to high tax rates in Turkey. For example, regular sales tax is 18 % which may go up to 25 % depending on what you purchase. I usually compare these figures with single digit sales tax in the United States.

Cost of unleaded fuel in Turkey is $1.60 per liter (around $6.00 per gallon). This is incredibly high compared to any country in the world. Similary, cost of a subcompact car (e.g. Toyota Corolla) is around $28,000. with a 1.6 liter gasoline engine. If the engine displacement increases, the cost of the car increases geometrically because of high taxes again. Needless to say, the cost for an SUV or pick-up truck is very high.

These examples can go on. The moral of the story is that Turkey is an expensive country to live in. Yet, price of English/Turkish/English translations is very low. I have been charging pretty reasonable rates for translation (about $0.08 per source word) simply because I like to translate. However, I have witnessed many translation agencies proposing much lower rates. Of course, I have always rejected such indecent offers, and will continue to do so.

If we go back to the original quote, I come from a country where cost of living is high. Employing the same logic as above, cost for my language should be high as well. Obviously, it is not. I think some people try to take advantage of English/Turkish/English translators here in Turkey. It is time we give them a wake-up call.


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Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
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"It is time WE give them a wake-up call" Jul 1, 2016

ATIL KAYHAN wrote:

If we go back to the original quote, I come from a country where cost of living is high. Employing the same logic as above, cost for my language should be high as well. Obviously, it is not. I think some people try to take advantage of English/Turkish/English translators here in Turkey. It is time we give them a wake-up call.


Problem is there is no "we"... (speaking for several language pairs)


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Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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A few comments Jul 2, 2016

This seems to be a basic info flier for people who want to have their documents translated.
I am not sure mentioning "Repeats" has a legitimate place on such a flier. There is no mention of CAT on this sheet at all, so why confuse the reader?
Also, what is a "word" in Chinese or Japanese texts? What about different rates for translating from vs. into certain languages?
And one more: shouldn't is be "such as" (at multiple places in the text)?

[Edited at 2016-07-02 00:04 GMT]


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