And each time a thread like that starts, the poster has to face the scrutiny of the warrior writers... who make a lot of excellent points on why it's a bad idea to pay less than $5 for an article.
But I felt like playing devil's advocate: I went ahead and thought about the benefits of getting a $5 article and wrote up a full blog post exploring the thought. Here's part of it:
5 reasons why you should never pay more than $5 for an article
-$5 article writers don't waste your time with pesky research. If you want to look like an innovator in your market, the best thing to do is pay someone to copy and rehash the same tired material that's been written a million times before! Research? Bah. Let a $5 article writer search Google and copy another person's article, and just throw in a few sexy adjectives to make sure it slides by Copyscape.
-$5 articles only take a few minutes to create. Most writers can type 60 words per minute, so after 9 minutes, you should already have a 560 word article! I mean, sure it's gibberish, but as long as they get the keyword density to 3-5%, who cares? Plus, most of the time, they simply use PLRs or spin some content - that takes only 3-4 minutes tops! Heck, you could even set up your dog at the keyboard if you feel up to it. What's the difference?
-$5 articles are great for filling up empty space. It's not like you actually want to sell anything or get loyal readers!. All that matters is you put up something on your website so that people casually passing by don't ask themselves "Why is this page empty?"
-$5 articles help you pretend you're saving money. I mean, of course you're going to have to spend several hours of your own time sorting through plagiarized and unreadable work, and have to go through $100-$200 worth of $5 articles till you find one semi-legible...but unreadable or not, more is always better.
-$5 articles give you a chance to brush up on your grammar proofing skills Here's a fun way to spend the day: cozy up with a glass of Merlot and pull out your red pen as you get to work spending endless hours fixing treasures such as 'I you have ladies shoes is a good way to buy them for feet' and 'Weight loss pro is a good because is for weight loser.' Heck, after you spend a few intense hours working on them, the article might even become readable!
(Be honest -- did the thread title make you grind your teeth a little? )