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Old 12-19-2012, 05:08 PM
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Just griping...

I found this ad on Guru.
Look at the description.
He wants a minimum of 140 images per day. This means for an 8 hour day with an hour and a half out for breaks you would have just over 2 1/2 minutes to do the work he wants on each image.
The job is for 4000 images so it would take 28, 8 hour days to complete.
Now look at the budget.

Is my math wrong?
Am I missing something?
I'd really like a career in this field but I'd also like to be able to eat.





UL- Prod
Posted in Graphic Design & Multimedia 15 hours ago

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7Proposals
Under $250 Fixed Price

Skills Needed

graphics
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photo & image editing

Description

Dear Candidate/Freelancer. We require image editing for approximately 4000 images. Proper product images to be cropped: high-res file, format images will be provided. Task: Product has to be cropped out of the image. A reflection mirror to be created for each image. Task turnover : Min. 140 images per day. ( subject to, if all digital contents arrive at the same time). Project time frame (deadline) : 3 weeks MAX. Candidate must have Skype to touch base on a regular basis. Must deliver and be on time for meetings, good regular communication. Prompt response is much appreciated, also please note our fixed budget before you send in your quotes. Also candidate must have a great eye for DETAILS, QUALITY & PRECISION. regards Bruce Toronto, Canada.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:33 PM
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Re: Just griping...

Price is not just location and skilled fix, economics across the world make this price competitive to some (in my opinion, this could be a false premise). Even location considered, this would seem a risible sum.

That all said I have seen plenty of people just starting on what are considered 'industry' forums offering their services for $1-$3 total.

Chancers will prey on the weak, it's what they do. The weak will be pounced upon, it's what they do. Luckily it sounds like you weren't pounced on!
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:38 PM
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Re: Just griping...

If there were an Action to do the bulk of this, great. If not, seems a total waste of time.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:17 PM
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Re: Just griping...

Someone should tell him if he wants it done right and looking good, there is no retoucher worth his/her salt that would even remotely consider this.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:10 AM
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Re: Just griping...

You'd need to charge $250 just to administer the project. I love the skype bit though; "Anything to report?" "Yeh, I wish I never agreed to do this crap job!"
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:09 AM
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Re: Just griping...

They will have no trouble finding someone to take on this job.

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Old 12-21-2012, 01:30 PM
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Re: Just griping...

Digital sweatshop...
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:25 PM
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Re: Just griping...

Long time without being here... And decided to enter and randomly reply and hi here we're.

It's totally true. Basic tasks such as clipping paths, or basic retouching, is done by a lot of people from cheap of living countries at crazy rates. Just a few do the right job, there are many scammers, from both sides (retouchers and buyers) so, it's like the old wild west, kind of thing. There is a fiber out there, like by the petroleum.

Of course, simple tasks must be very well mastered to do a wise use of them. Having a perfect eye is like having a perfect pitch for a violinist. Well... that's very uncommon in craig lists. Also from both sides: retoucher and buyer.

Have a good year

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Old 12-27-2012, 07:06 AM
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Re: Just griping...

......eh, what did you say?
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:35 PM
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Re: Just griping...

Photographers run up against this sort of thing too. People want services cheap. They usually get what they pay for.
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