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Poll: Do you change your rates for clients located in different countries?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you change your rates for clients located in different countries?".

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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No, never. Oct 28, 2012

Maybe this is based on my language pair. If e.g. a major German car manufacturer prefers to contract an Asian agency, and such agency then expects a vendor in the US where prices and living expenses are identical to Germany to get the job done at Asian rates - sorry, guys. No can do. Learn math.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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No, never Oct 28, 2012

Like Nicole, I am not adjusting my rates to the lowest possible on this planet.

Why is it that the lowest rate I have ever been offered for J>E worked out to around less than $4/page (200 words) and came from the largest country in Asia? Maybe this would work for some, however, I am not a shepherd in Outer Mongolia and have no intention of leading a nomadic life.

Now, if the rates were considerably higher elsewhere, I might just rethink my pricing strategy!

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[Edited at 2012-10-28 16:09 GMT]


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Sorry, off topic Oct 28, 2012

Julian Holmes wrote:

Now, if the rates were considerably higher elsewhere, I might just rethink my pricing strategy!


I would definitely pick Mars. Their travel agency NASA has great budgets, so I heard. In 2012 a budget of 18 billion for two little passengers. I will be happy to study Martian night and day!

Martianese? Marsish? Martianian?

[Edited at 2012-10-28 09:38 GMT]


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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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Yes, for some clients Oct 28, 2012

But only within some reasonable limits - i.e. 10-15% or so.

Best Regards
Stanislaw


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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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Just a few more words Oct 28, 2012

Unlike in situation quoted by Nicole, in case of a few clients of mine from for instance Czech Republic - it is not a question of outsourcing translation to a different country. Quite frequently Czech (or Hungarian) companies treading with Polish ones conduct business in English, and subsequently assign translation of the final contract to a local translation agency.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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A new pricing strategy Oct 28, 2012

Nicole Schnell wrote:
I would definitely pick Mars. Their travel agency NASA has great budgets, so I heard. In 2012 a budget of 18 billion for two little passengers. I will be happy to study Martian night and day!


Charge out-of-this-world rates. Even discounted, you'll be over the moon.

@Nicole
Good luck with the Martianese and see you at the next Star Trek Convention.


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Teresa Borges
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No Oct 28, 2012

I do not change my rates for clients located in different countries, though occasionally I may be willing to negotiate within reason...

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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Martian Oct 28, 2012

Julian Holmes wrote:

Nicole Schnell wrote:
I would definitely pick Mars. Their travel agency NASA has great budgets, so I heard. In 2012 a budget of 18 billion for two little passengers. I will be happy to study Martian night and day!


Charge out-of-this-world rates. Even discounted, you'll be over the moon.

@Nicole
Good luck with the Martianese and see you at the next Star Trek Convention.


So, there's only ONE language on Mars? Shurely shome mishtake?
Jenny

P.S. No, the rates I charge are the same everywhere.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Martian Oct 28, 2012

Jenny Forbes wrote:

So, there's only ONE language on Mars? Shurely shome mishtake?
Jenny


We don't know yet. So far those little robotic guests up there behave like any other annoying tourist: They touch everything, they take pictures without asking for permission, they never leave a tip and - of course - they forgot their dictionaries at home.


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Louise Péron  Identity Verified
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No, but may be I should... Oct 28, 2012

...raise my rates up for clients out of the Euro zone who pay me by Paypal.
This way the increased rates would compensate for Paypal commission fees.


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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Yes Oct 28, 2012

of course, as the cost of receiving payments is different

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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@EvaVer Oct 28, 2012

EvaVer wrote:

of course, as the cost of receiving payments is different



I don't understand. Following this logic we should charge our domestic clients less than our foreign clients for the same job? Overhead expenses should already be calculated, equally allocated and included in the rate.


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Tatty  Identity Verified
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Yes Oct 28, 2012

I charge any one outside of Spain a higher rate. Firstly, because I can get the higher rate and secondly because it represents the extra liability that I am taking on.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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I do, but only occasionally Oct 28, 2012

First, if I insisted on my best rates with everyone, I'd have very few clients. I like to keep a full roster "just in case." I may charge less when I am interested in the work and I know that rates in the country are low.

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