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Outrageous Job Post Of The Week

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 4, 2009, 10:02 AM


This one is courtesy of Odesk - www.odesk.com/jobs/Photo-retou…

Photo retouchers needed - .50 cents/image

.50 cents per image? Holy shit! I can't believe there are people out there who would actually post something like this. The post doesn't say how many images but the total budget is $100, which would equal out to about 400 images. This mother fucker is trying to scam somebody into retouching 400 images for $100! Jesus. And please... don't even think about trying to negotiate a higher rate..... "If you decide to apply for the job, please understand that we will NOT budge on the price. If you can't do all of these images for the price we are offering, then please do NOT apply for the job". Then they say it again at the end for good measure..... "We are willing to pay .50p per image. We understand that some images will take more time than others but we can only afford to pay this much. Please take this into consideration when applying for this job. We will NOT increase this price".

But wait, it's gets better. They also want you to take a Photoshop test too.... "In addition, in order for us to 'interview' applicants for this job, we will need you to complete a test of approximately 10 images. Each applicant will have the same 10 images as the next. The images will be a large size 2912px by 4368 px. This is purely a test which will allow us to judge the best retouchers. Any retoucher chosen to do the test is welcome to put a watermark on the images to ensure that they are not used. We will NOT pay you for this test. So, again, please do not apply for this job if you are expecting to be paid for the test". So not only will you only be paid .50 per image, but you'll also need to retouch 10 other images as a "test".  

Plus there's a "interview process"? WTF???.... "Please feel free to ask as many questions as you would like and I am open to having Skype discussions in advance of your job application or as part of the interview process. We need to choose someone to this fixed price job fairly quickly as our deadlines are looming".

Later today, I'm actually going to open a Odesk account so I can find out who this douche bag is and give him or her a lecture.

Anyone who wants to argues that capitalism and "free markets" are good for everyone need look no further than this job post to see why they are not. When people go into business, they become greedy and unethical. Wake up!

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Stock-Karr Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Commonly known as - not "touching" with a barge pole
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WhiteRabbitInk Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009   General Artist
:iconfacepalmplz:
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jademacalla Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
I'm really glad you post these, both for the entertainment value and as a service to your fellow artists. You rock!
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well thanks!
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Skarpskyter Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
Is it .50 CENTS or .50 PENCE?

Either way, what a shitty pay. You'd get applause for me if you do set them straight!
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, they made it clear it was .50 cents (USD).
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Skarpskyter Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
A step up from .50 Pesos :O
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol:
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CoreyByas Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
like wow :jawdrop: One would make anything on that job at all....by the time you just work in some personal expenses (like if one had to drive to it). Nothing like one throwing dirt in your face!!!
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What possible reason would lead somebody to accept a job that only pays $100 for two weeks worth of work? In the US, Canada, Europe and now even China, you could get a part-time job at McDonald's and still earn 7 times as much. Jesus!
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CoreyByas Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
hehehe yes exactly!! Very true!!
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karanua Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And this is covered under your national minimum wage is it?
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The person who posted the "job" is based in the UK, and it's a freelance job. So it wouldn't apply. But in the US, the minimum wage for legal full or part-time work is $7.25 per hour.

But let's do the math on this anyway.... let's estimate it takes an average of 15 minutes per image... x 400 images = 100 hours. While minimum wage would pay $7.25 x 100 hrs = $725. So this person is trying to get away with paying somebody $1.00 per hour (100 hrs ÷ $100). Retouchers are not minimum wage workers, so $725 isn't even realistic.

When I was a full-time, on staff retoucher my hourly rate ranged from
$26 to $38 per hour. I also worked as a freelance retoucher through staffing agencies. I was never assigned a single retouching project that paid less than $23 per hour. And that was what I made minus the agency fees. So the actual rate was higher.

$1.00 per hour literally is a sweat shop wage, which is why I'm so horrified.
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karanua Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The person who posted the job in the UK could be charged in the UK for the same offences as in the states, its a minimum wage contravention, freelance or not.
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well... in the US, if it's a freelance job the minimum wage law doesn't apply. Historically that wasn't a big issue as freelancers typically earned more per hour than staff workers. But the "free traders" are doing everything possible to lower wages for all US workers down to "emerging markets" levels. In other words, they want to pay us third world worker wages. And they are succeeding, which is truly frightening.
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