Hat tip to Michel Baudin for pointing this out (check out his relatively new blog). Freelancer.com is a site where you can outsource tasks or projects. For example, paying somebody to write a marketing brochure for your company would be a legitimate use of this service.
Sadly, a student paying somebody to write an academic paper (a classroom assignment) for them would NOT be a legitimate use. But, it is happening.
See the link to the “job” the student posted: “ERP and Lean Manufacturing – Simple Academic Essay.”
The student is hiding behind an anonymous user name (crazylarry23). He is from Varsity Lakes, Australia (outside of Brisbane). That’s all we can know about him from the profile (that and he just joined the site, apparently for this particular case of academic cheating). Maybe this is a one-time mistake and not a habit.
The description, in case it gets taken down:
Project ID: 1311605
Project Type: Fixed
Budget: $30-$50 USD
This is a POSTGRADUATE MASTERS LEVEL paper.
It should NOT be plagiarised in anyway and references must be stated.
It is relatively simple, it just takes time and a lot of references.
Personally, I am out of time and juggling many other tasks at the same time which would make my work a very average quality which I cannot afford.
The whole paper concerns this question: ‘Is ERP compatible with Lean?
Please follow the guidelines of the attached paper.
Here is the class assignment he attached: Bpassign.docx (you would otherwise have to create a Freelancer account to read it there).
Ironically, the student says the paper he is buying “should NOT be plagiarised.”
Well, at least he has some standards ;-)
This is really sad. I can appreciate being a busy graduate student (as I was one once), but buying a paper is certainly not the right way to address the situation.
Quoting Jonathan (with his permission):
It is crazy. But it’s also very common. However, what makes this unique is that he’s doing it on freelancer.com rather than one of the dozens of essay sites dedicated to this exact behavior.
I have a feeling that this won’t end well for him as I seriously doubt the freelancer.com crowd is going to take kindly to this kind of behavior…
Most students who go this route, using freelancer, essay mill or similar sites to write their papers, often find that the work they buy is plagiarized, despite guarantees that it won’t be. Not only is there no honor among thieves in these cases, but there’s no practical way a person can write a high-caliber paper for the price asked in the time allotted.
Plagiarism, for the person taking the job, is almost a necessity.
Sadly, and maybe not surprisingly, he received NINE bids, offering to write his paper for anywhere from $45 to $150. The cheater selected an author from Pakistan who is doing this for $50. No honor amongst thieves, indeed.
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