So this morning this potential buyer sent me a message asking for a quote for my
translation work. Since the translation was for business purpose, I added the gig extra and sent him my reply.
I am completely aware that my rates are higher than some translators here, but for me that is my way of filtering troublesome buyers. If they really need quality translations for business, I would assume they should be willing ( to a certain extent…) to pay for that.
If they complain saying that there are cheaper rates out there, I kindly tell them to go order their gigs instead of mine. Pretty simple.
When I sent him the quote, he asked for a discount. I explained that I don’t give away discounts since that would be unfair to the other buyers who pays in full. I got the feeling he won’t place an order after all, and go ask another person…
but to my surprise he messaged me back, saying something along the lines of
“Please send custom offer if you want to work on this.”
His English was a bit broken so I am assuming that in his mind that’s not exactly what he was trying to say. I mean…"IF I want to work on this?"
Uh, um…yes??? I think??? As long as you are willing to trust my skills???
He did also add that he wants the translation to be perfect, and yes, I will give it my best.
I do appreciate the fact that he decided to go with the quote I gave him.
I’ve never had anyone sent me a message like that before.
I thought that it was…well, interesting.