I'm a client. I actually used Preston's technique last time I needed to find a new freelancer for a new language I needed supporting. I hired 4 or so freelancers to translate exactly the same file. I paid them all exactly the same (regardless of their bid). I explained that I was looking for a long-term arrangement and that I would be hiring multiple freelancers to find the best fit.
I was paying $50 to do a trial of about 600 words of translation. But I guess that freelancers could see from my history that I have mostly long-term arrangements of several thousand dollars, so the promise of long-term arrangements was legit.
The problem I ended up with was that all of them were good. Clearly, my skills at picking good freelancers are solid. The hardest bit was choosing the freelancer I actually wanted to work with! But in the end I paid $200 to find the best fit for a contract that's already around $5,000 and counting. It was worth it for that specific situation. If I had a $300 budget for a one-off job, it would be a different story.
(I know this is slightly off-topic, but I wanted to answer the question, sorry mods!)
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