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Odesk and elance have wasted my time

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by threelancer, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. threelancer

    threelancer Member

    I am sure for the majority of people this has worked well. But when I have ever tried to sub out small specialist bits of work from my clients - have been stuffed both times. Odesk developer had a "car accident" and never got any work back or refund. Elance developer lost her status on elance for whatever reason. Painful. At least on Freelance Alliance on this site workers details are very transparent.

    Has anyone else had a bad experience to share?

    Of course contacting these websites is painful and a waste of time as I found out :mad:
  2. Juniper

    Juniper New Member

    To be honest I rarely use these sites but have dipped in once or twice. The quality of work was poor and although I never paid in full I still didn't get a refund on my deposit :(
  3. threelancer

    threelancer Member

    mmmm, there should be a way which protects the buyer - but doesnt seem to be the case at all. Especially Odesk its very frustrating. Also so many of the freelancers are international with poor English which can be a barrier
  4. MickeyFinn

    MickeyFinn Administrator

    I've usually had good results to be honest. Subbed out a couple of jobs this year and a good way of being able to take on more work and sub it out at profit. I think there is a time and place for these sites, especially if you can win work at £40 per hour and sub it out at £15...
  5. glebe digital

    glebe digital Member

    In my experience, all bid sites suck. If I need to flag work outside my immediate network, this site has always proved to be pretty good: http://www.freelancers.net/
  6. threelancer

    threelancer Member

    I suppose they can definitely work and well - but is really the process of protecting the buyer from sellers who just do not deliver
  7. Opus

    Opus Member

    I prefer to judge the suitability of a supplier based on more than price and a few details that you're largely taking their word on.

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