You get what you pay for...

By Katharine Swan On Thursday, July 09, 2009 At 4:57 PM

Apparently, with the current economy freelance writers are not the only ones pointing out that you get what you pay for. NPR ran a story today on a new book called Cheap, in which the author, Ellen Ruppel Shell, talks about the hidden ways we pay for it when we buy things at discount prices. It's not about the dramatic reduction in quality — it's also about the risk of deflation.

This reminded me so much of the ongoing talk of writers rates' and that clients get what they pay for. The other issue is, of course, that writers' rates trending downward also downgrades the industry, and makes it more difficult to earn a living as a writer. If we aren't careful, and writers' rates fall too much, will writers from India, who speak English as a second language, be the only way to find a writer — kind of like how discount superstores like Wal-Mart and Target dominate the shopping scene now?

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Blogger Irreverent Freelancer Says:  

This is a good analogy, one I don't think much about when I'm shopping at said discount retailers. The next time I enter Wal-mart, I might be looking at things a bit differently. LOL

 
 
Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Oh wow Kathy, I actually found a way to make you think twice about Wal-Mart! LOL!

 

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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