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Buying translations on eBay

Buying translation services on eBayI recently came across this item on eBay and I thought "Ha, that's funny!"

But then I searched for "translation" and found 17 entries and thought "Holy @#&!, I thought reverse auctions were bad enough! Now translation services are being bought and sold on eBay?"

What's next, cereal boxes with coupons for a free 1000-word translation?

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6 Comments:

  1. Anonymous said...
    Without passing too much judgment on the type of vendors listed, are we to take seriously a translating offer from a babysitting service? I think the professional translator is safe from competition found at these and similar sites.
    Anonymous said...
    I bet this service will give you back your document translated in an automatic translation web page
    Cristin said...
    There has been so much buzz about bidding direct on-line for business services. I was intrigued and decided to give it a try with a fairly straightforward transcription project. While the price was great, I wasted so much time managing and editing the final product that I considered it an awful value. It was a good reminder that there's no substitution for experienced staff and vendors.
    Tomasz Czulec said...
    In Poland, there are many translation offers on Allegro, our local eBay equivalent. I even posted some there too, got a couple of jobs this way.
    YakuYaku said...
    Well, at least this is an original way to sell one's translation services! But seriously, there are better places than ebay to do this...
    That was a funny article to read!
    Kev said...
    A little scary in some ways - the original eBay ad had gone by the time I came across this but I did look at this EN<>PT<>EN ad. It didn't inspire confidence, not withstanding the spelling mistake.

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