For example, I know I can hire locally to find people to do quality work (whether it's programming, videos, graphic arts) for minimum ~$10/hour, but $20-$30/hour I would probably start get decent/quality work. (Of course, the higher you go, you tend to get better quality/what you pay for).
But what I find amusing/almost a bit ridiculous, is that in what would be considered 'developing' countries, the wages being asked are MORE than US/Canada, and in fact usually ridiculously more. (For example, I had one web development project, that personally would have taken me 3-4 hours to do if I was really focused/intent on just getting it done, and if I recall correctly, for that particular project, received bids in excess of $2,000+)...
Also, for example, I posted a video project (very simple project/straightforward, 10-1 minute videos, for someone who knows what they are doing, about 20-30 minutes, max 2 hours if they take their time).
I am getting bids such as this:
~$200 - Egypt
~$400 - India
Even some bids (for the work required/set of 10-1 minute videos) which are $50-$100, is more than it would cost to hire someone in the US/Canada.
For article writing projects, lets say a batch of 10-500 word articles, I've received bids for $100+, for writers whose first language is obviously not english. (I.e., receiving something like: "Hi sirs, I likes very much doing this project, am skilled in writings such as this and have dones many such things. I know lots about Nuclear Fission, have 5 degrees in nuclear physicz and can rights technical articles no problems")
Just wondering... is it just me? Or does it seem that this is where the industry is headed? (And... almost amusingly... 3-4 years from now... Will you start having companies/individuals from India outsourcing work to the US/Canada?)