Apr 5, 2014 02:17:32 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 06:31:07 PMbyYousof K
Strangely (or conviniently) though, oDesk seems to be doing nothing about it. Other Markeplaces (won't name some) have very clear and much cooler costing system. oDesk is loosing facing without knowing it.
Apr 23, 2012 11:11:23 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 03:00:30 PMbyKristine D
Yep they'll smile at first but will have severe headache after, due to poor quality of the finished job. Hired cheap expect cheap work too. Same with kids.Alright they take the new toy. If it's cheap they'll play with it until it's destroyed they won't care while for expensive toy well they play with it but treasure it.
Apr 29, 2012 07:41:00 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 03:00:33 PMbyPaul John P
The Bidding war has come to its lowest yet...Clients offer lower and lower rate per hour as time goes by...I saw someone working for $0.01!! Now I wonder how much Odesk will get from that contract...This is getting worse friends and If we cannot find a way to solve this problem...our work will just go down the drain
Oct 2, 2013 01:47:17 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 03:32:29 PMbyJohnny A
It really can't all be blamed on the clients. As Katrina pointed out, if they can find people to do it, then why not.
This is the aged old battle between labor and industry. Industry insists on seeking out the lowest cost. Labor bows to the offers out of necessity - usually just the basic necessity to survive.
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I have grown so sick of this site and its exchange of poor labor for what are many times 3rd level or 10th level middlemen. I actually went down today and joined my local Chamber of Commerce, as this site is no longer a reliable platform for new business.
I refuse to lower my cost and keep the same high value. Besides, I can't. I live in the U.S. and still make about half what others charge for the same services.
This site now caters to the volume, rather than the quality. it started doing so in April 2013, and had steadily declined since.
I no longer have faith in the oDesk system for helping to grow a business.
I have posted projects with low offer..... what I mean by that is that the provider should get a picture of the task and then provide a estimate. What happens if if my budget is 1000.- but the job could be done with 300.- then a provider will try to get as close to the max budget..... that is not in the interest of a client.
Apr 30, 2012 06:28:41 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 03:00:34 PMbyAyesha S
While I understand that sometimes the client may not know the going rate for his job, I think posting a minimum amount still doesn't make sense. May be if that is the case you should mention in your job post that the budget is open for negotiation? Or maybe odesk should add this option in the job posting form so that the client can leave the budget "open" for people to bid?
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Apr 30, 2012 06:55:32 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 03:00:36 PMbyMargaret P
[quote=Ayesha] Or maybe odesk should add this option in the job posting form so that the client can leave the budget "open" for people to bid?[/quote]
That feature already exists.
I post jobs and leave the hourly rate empty. Contractors are free to put in whatever hourly rate they want.
May 3, 2012 09:37:06 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 03:00:42 PMbyToni B
Yes, this option exists but still many people put in the description "only bids of $1.00 or less will be reviewed - higher bids will be rejected" Also they put low bids or say "Indian, Asian, Philippines ONLY"
We are not complaining about the people who leave the rate open. We are complaining about the people who low ball the rate and expect quality for minimum rates.