I try to order good quality content, well researched and everything has to be backed by stats. I've never even tried the $5/$10 articles. I generally pay anything from 3 cents to 8 cents a word, depending upon the content and look for very detailed articles (generally 2000+ words a piece).
However, I found this guy (not naming him, at least for now) through a WSO and he looked worth a try. I ordered a 2000 word article and gave him an approval to go above the limit and was happy when he came out with a 4000 word draft.
Acting in good faith, I paid him on paypal the balance amount, before reviewing the article. However, upon review, I could easily find the source of a considerable part of the content, just from google. Now, the content is clearly copyscape proof, and it is a re-write of another report. It looks like 10-12 odd points which are exactly a point by point copy of that report, just that they have been re-written. It going to be 20 days since I made the first payment (12 days since I asked him to do the edit) and I still don't have the final content with me.
My writer says that its what I should expect for 5 cents a words. For original content, he charges thousands of euros. Of Course, considering he is not from the industry, I am not expecting content for which he has never looked at any other website, to learn from. However, my point is that it should not resemble in such a clear way that it took me 5 mins to find the source and any lay man upon reading both the articles can very very easily say that it has been clearly rewritten from this report.
I am looking for your opinion on the matter. What do you guys think? Am I expecting too much for the price?