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  • Apr 20 / 2012
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Fun for Freelancers: Getting Stiffed

One of my favorite scams is the one employed by a guy who’s putting together a book and wants to see a sample chapter from prospective writers (who were stupid enough to respond to his ad). Say he’s planning a 10-chapter book and gets 100 responses from free-lancers wanting to try out for the project. He divides the respondents into groups of ten and has each group submit a different “sample” chapter. Then he has 10 samples to choose from for each chapter and all he needs to do is pick the best one for each chapter and — presto! — he’s got a book. Then he tells all 100 writers that their samples didn’t work out and stiffs them all.

Classic Craigslist Comedy

Tired of Being Cheated? Part II

Tired of Being Cheated? Part I

  • Feb 15 / 2011
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Classic Craigslist Comedy

A woman posted this ad on Craigslist St. Louis yesterday:

contest for designing logo for husbands co. (st louis)
Date: 2011-02-14, 12:12PM CST
Reply to: gigs-bbq2u-2214107877@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

My husaband is starting his own structural design firm the name is CSS
I am wanting creative people to design a logo for him as well as letterhead and blah blah blah
the winner gets

* Location: st louis
* it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
* Compensation: 100.00

PostingID: 2214107877

An indignant designer responded with this ad:

RE: contest for designing logo for husbands co. (st louis) (yourecrazytown)
Date: 2011-02-14, 2:21PM CST
Reply to: gigs-xrarz-2214399028@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

I’m having a contest too!
I need structural design firms to design a building for me. The winner gets $100.
I have no website or official rules. But trust me, I promise I’ll pay the winner.

Now let’s see some amazing designs!

* Location: yourecrazytown
* it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
* Compensation: no pay

PostingID: 2214399028

  • Feb 15 / 2011
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Tired of Being Cheated? Part 2

Shortly after I posted a sampling of CraigsList complaints from creative types who’ve been cheated by their clients, a friend sent me a link to the video above, which shows how other vendors might respond to the same cheats and chiselers — if the latter had the audacity to try to perpetrate their frauds in their venues. The typical freelancer, however, often delivers all or part of his product or service before payment and frequently lacks the means to press his case when terms are changed by the client post facto. To make matters worse, when times are tough, he feels compelled to accept assignments that he might ordinarily refuse, and shady clients are only too willing to take advantage of his desperation.

  • Jun 10 / 2009
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Tired of Being Cheated? Part 2

Shortly after I posted a sampling of CraigsList complaints from creative types who’ve been cheated by their clients, a friend sent me a link to the video above, which shows how other vendors might respond to the same cheats and chiselers — if the latter had the audacity to try to perpetrate their frauds in their venues. The typical freelancer, however, often delivers all or part of his product or service before payment and frequently lacks the means to press his case when terms are changed by the client post facto. To make matters worse, when times are tough, he feels compelled to accept assignments that he might ordinarily refuse, and shady clients are only too willing to take advantage of his desperation.

  • Jun 01 / 2009
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Tired of Being Cheated?

Boy can I identify with these recent posts from the “creative gigs” section of CraigsList St. Louis:

  • My husband and I work freelance and have for years. We have a mortgage, health insurance, and food bills too (hell- I’m pregnant!), and it does get tiring to read the ‘barely there’ offers of many placing postings for Creative Services on Craigslist. (PostingID: 1195907390)
  • I get asked to write articles for blogs, for a measly $5 a post, and they want me to produce 800-1000 word articles. Sorry, if I can’t write it in five minutes, it isn’t worth doing. That kind of article is worth hourly pay of at least $25, if not more. If you don’t have the skills to do it and want to hire someone, then expect to pay. (PostingID: 1193090406)
  • I think it’s so funny the number of ads I see where the job is “a great addition to your reel/portfolio.” The job is little or no pay and they want to see your reel in order to get the job! At what point is someone’s reel/portfolio good enough to get a job and actually get paid for it? (PostingID: 1191325347)
  • The same thing applies for illustrators and print/web designers. It’s always “We’re looking for someone with 5 years experience, intimate knowledge of photoshop, illustrator, indesign, dreamweaver, corel, powerpoint, excel, flash etc. MUST KNOW actionscript, css/html/xml/perl/c++,” etc., etc. With pay listed as $8 as hour. (PostingID: 1192432710)
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