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43077Re: [Czechlist] Re: Low rates - calling their bluff

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  • Charlie Stanford
    May 4, 2010
      I have got a possible job for an agency but they want a test translation off me - actually it is a test correction but the job is not great. She sent me 1700 words (8NS?) for a test piece... I said that I thought that was rather a lot to do for a test translation and that 1700 words would take me about 2 hrs. and she said she could not believe it would take me 2 hrs to correct 1700 words.

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      From: Liz Spacilova
      To: Czechlist@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 4:30 PM
      Subject: [Czechlist] Re: Low rates - calling their bluff

      Interesting. But don't you think it's like offering Chanel No. 5 to someone who's looking for Fa? I mean, if they are so desperate and absolutely nothing else is around, maybe they would break down. But usually they hold out until they find that Fa.

      Just last week, for example, I wasted time with a woman who I kept telling I would be too expensive for her. She wanted to assign a technical German-English translation, rush (10 pages in 8 working hours), for 1.4 CZK a word -- that is 7 US cents. We had a couple of back and forths, I sent her my price list, and she wrote back to say I was certainly the most expensive translator she has ever encountered with my language combinations.

      I guess she was looking for Fa... but I did give her ample warning that she was looking in the wrong department.

      - Liz

      --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, James Kirchner <jpklists@...> wrote:
      > Last weekend I was at an ATA financial translation seminar where one colleague recounted an interesting story.
      > Like the rest of us, he gets those queries, usually through ProZ.com, offering comically low rates.
      > At first he always deleted the e-mails, but one day, just for fun, he decided to start making counter-offers at his normal rates, which are about four times higher than those specified in the agency queries.
      > To his surprise, several agencies actually accepted his counter-offers and paid him quadruple the rate they had originally asked for!
      > Jamie

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