Someone tell me, why would you pay for this?

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Hi Warriors,
In the last week, I have been working with a client who has asked me to rewrite all his articles because they are HORRIBLE! Fine its good business for me but... Why would you pay for an article that is poorly written and is full of broken English just because the guy charged you $1 for 500 words? This is something that has baffled me a lot. Cheap is expensive! You pay for it then you have to get another writer to rewrite it. Does that make sense? :confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Originally Posted by Phantomwriter View Post

    Cheap is expensive!
    Hey!! That may be a little too much truth there!!!

    If I were in your shoes, I would have told him that he will get better content if he would simply agree to pay you a little more and let you write him some new content from scratch...

    LOL... nice nick name...
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    • Profile picture of the author Phantomwriter
      .... write him some new content from scratch...

      LOL... nice nick name...[/QUOTE]

      tpw, we have actually decided to trash some of them and do fresh articles. What a waste...
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Lee
    Perhaps he ordered in bulk amount to get a "package" discount, without realizing the articles would turn out to be junk.

    I would never pay for poorly written articles, even if they are given for free. It's not worth the hassle.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonmorgan
    because the person was a cheap ass dimbulb... charge 'em double to fix their problems.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      You pay for it then you have to get another writer to rewrite it. Does that make sense?
      Yes, it does for some very cheap buyers.

      They order the cheapest articles they can find and then try to hire good writers to do "quick rewrites" at prices less than paying for a decent article to begin with. They know a good writer will have to start over as the original is crap.

      Writers who charge $15 for a standard 500 word article often charge 7-10 for a rewritten article. So cheap buyers think they are pulling one over.

      I only do rewrites if the original is an article I wrote. It's a good policy to follow.

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      • Profile picture of the author Macple
        I once was quoted £1 per article of 500 - 1000 words. Seemed like a UK company but then digged around and it was all being farmed in India. The company did a good job on directory submissions but that is far too cheap. If it takes an hour to write, I'd expect to pay at least £30
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    • Originally Posted by jasonmorgan View Post

      because the person was a cheap ass dimbulb... charge 'em double to fix their problems.
      Ya, you should charge him $2 to fix them. lol I hate when I see people expecting to get 500 word articles for $1 or even $10. You get what you pay for and when you go cheap you get articles written by someone who speaks English as a second language or someone who dropped out of high school and is willing to work for those low prices.
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      • Profile picture of the author Supernatural_fan
        Originally Posted by Articulate Blogger View Post

        Ya, you should charge him $2 to fix them. lol I hate when I see people expecting to get 500 word articles for $1 or even $10. You get what you pay for and when you go cheap you get articles written by someone who speaks English as a second language or someone who dropped out of high school and is willing to work for those low prices.

        yeah, but you've got to think about the case of new writers who are excellent at what they are doing; these writers charge less since they don't have the experience or the notoriety to get hired by people who are willing to pay a lot; i think there are many writers out there, brilliantly skilled, yet at the same time, charging $1 per article...


        anyway, about the original topic, i have always through that rewrites are many times a lot more difficult to make than articles..in fact, an employer of mine asked me to rewrite an article of his which had such a poor content, that i made a whole new article on the same topic...i didn't care about the fact that the rewrites were paid less than the articles, i simply just couldn't rewrite such an awful article...but that's just me i didn't even tell him
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Phantomwriter View Post

    Why would you pay for an article that is poorly written and is full of broken English just because the guy charged you $1 for 500 words? This is something that has baffled me a lot.
    There are circumstances under which it makes sense (surprisingly!).

    Some people find that they're actually better off buying a huge number of dreadful "articles" for $1/$2 or so and paying an editor about $25 per hour or so to knock them into shape than they were simply commissioning usable articles for about $12/$15 each.

    When I first started working online a bit, about 3 years ago, I did some of this work (the editing, I hasten to add!). It surprised me a little, too, that it should be a viable production-model for anyone, but I think it genuinely can be.

    It looks odd, but it's not necessarily quite as strange as it seems!
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    I've had clients do the same thing. It's actually laughable to go through some of this "content" (using the term loosely ) While it may be a little cheaper to buy a $1 article, then pass it off to be rewritten, it also takes alot of extra time. My guess is that there are better uses of time than dealing with 2 writing services. Why not just pay more in the beginning and get something back that you can publish as-is??
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Right good for too be money making. You will succees!
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  • Profile picture of the author pugsy
    the old saying you pay for what you get.
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  • Profile picture of the author ArticlePrince
    Hey, there's good money to be made fixing junk ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Phantomwriter
    Articleprince .. I agree. But many times I don't feel like working with junk!
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  • Profile picture of the author prmoise76
    well cheap people pay more then they should. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Lothar Evers
    Originally Posted by Phantomwriter View Post

    Hi Warriors,
    In the last week, I have been working with a client who has asked me to rewrite all his articles because they are HORRIBLE! Fine its good business for me but... Why would you pay for an article that is poorly written and is full of broken English just because the guy charged you $1 for 500 words? This is something that has baffled me a lot. Cheap is expensive! You pay for it then you have to get another writer to rewrite it. Does that make sense? :confused:
    Cheap is certainly expensive in the long run.
    And you should pay / charge a fair price for what you get or deliver...
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  • Profile picture of the author RobDB5950
    I got articles before that were something like 1.50 for 500 words and I had to do very little rewriting. It was a value for the time I needed it. But honestly I rather go with a real content generator and spinner and do the work myself. The hardest part of writing is research...
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    • Profile picture of the author wtatlas
      Originally Posted by RobDB5950 View Post

      I got articles before that were something like 1.50 for 500 words and I had to do very little rewriting. It was a value for the time I needed it. But honestly I rather go with a real content generator and spinner and do the work myself. The hardest part of writing is research...
      I agree. If you do a good job spinning a quality article you end up with a quantity of articles that can be used for backlinking, etc. The time involved is less than writing new articles on the same topic.
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    • Profile picture of the author CrhisD
      Originally Posted by RobDB5950 View Post

      I got articles before that were something like 1.50 for 500 words and I had to do very little rewriting. It was a value for the time I needed it. But honestly I rather go with a real content generator and spinner and do the work myself. The hardest part of writing is research...
      That is so true. The writing itself is easy, it's the research that's time-consuming.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Originally Posted by Phantomwriter View Post

    Hi Warriors,
    In the last week, I have been working with a client who has asked me to rewrite all his articles because they are HORRIBLE! Fine its good business for me but... Why would you pay for an article that is poorly written and is full of broken English just because the guy charged you $1 for 500 words? This is something that has baffled me a lot. Cheap is expensive! You pay for it then you have to get another writer to rewrite it. Does that make sense? :confused:
    OK, WHY are you implying that it is so inexpensive? Broken English is NOT the biggest problem. It may be the most obvious BUT..... There are MISSPELLINGS, BAD GRAMMAR, that may even REVERSE the meaning or change it entirely, and "regional dialect" differences. I am being GENEROUS by calling it a dialect, but it DOES tend to pervade the culture like one. And some information is contradictory or even WRONG!

    The thing is that SOME people think that the papers only need the grammar and spelling cleaned up. If the subject were complex, they were a neophyte, and they were RIGHT, then paying to clean it up would be reasonable.

    Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick B
    I've had a few articles that were mostly good but had one or two sentences that were totally incomprehensible. If an entire article was that bad it would take less time to start from scratch then to try to figure out the meaning of the gibberish and then rewrite it.
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