Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The writing services section of Craiglist: plagiarism facilitator?

From within a post titled Online ghostwriters make plagiarizing easy, concerning an interview with a ghostwriter named "Roger":

Trained to write to deadline, [Roger] can produce a double-spaced page in as little as 20 minutes, but usually does about two an hour. He says his flat rate can go as high as $30 per page during the manic last weeks of a semester and as low as $15 per page during the academic dog days of summer. This August, Roger said, he had more than 15 jobs.

“The tricky thing is to price it where you’re beating other writers’ quotes, as these students are consulting many people.”

Almost 20 per cent of his clients are ESL students and three-quarters of his essays are sourced from his Craigslist ads, the rest comes from work he does for other essay-writing companies.

Once a student successfully submits one of his papers, they often tell their friends and more than half of Roger’s clients return with requests for more essays.

“I am working with a client right now who has paid me $540 for three essays, and I have five more to write for him by the end of September. He is doing an online business program,” Roger said.


Cross-reference: paper mills


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