I have delt with FreelanceWriter for about a year now and I have not received anything beside exceptional work from him(A's on all work). He is by far the most polite and honest person I have met on this board. He will tell you straight up if he can or cannot do something.
I also gravitated toward FreelanceWriter because he comes across as very polite, which I greatly value. Unfortunately that last part was true in my case and he wasn't able to take my particular topic. Well, he said he might have been able to do one of them (I had a few), but I had already agreed to have a different writer do it (for $5 a page more...groan) and I didn't feel right about going back on the agreement (even though no work had been done yet).
Now I'm feeling pretty glum because I'm really not happy about the other writer's work [they didn't use any-not a single one-of the sources/material I provided, and they didn't cover the topics I specifically asked for, and didn't even give their work a read-through to eliminate pervasive grammar and typographical errors (repeated words, omitted words, repeated sentences, sentences where it was apparent that it started out with a different structure and was then changed, but some elements of the previous one were left behind, so the sentence was two mismatched halves)]. I didn't want to ask for a revision, because it took so long just to get the paper to start with and I have other papers that the writer was going to complete after the bigger project. The writer missed nearly every deadline, and now I haven't heard from them in a week even though I paid in full for a 12 page paper. Two days ago I emailed to ask if the writer could meet the deadline, and I haven't heard back. That has been very typical throughout the whole process, which has been ongoing for over a month, even though initially they said they'd reply "within minutes" during waking hours.
I paid $40 a page for the big project (47 pages), significantly more than I would have with a company, even a legitimate one, and yet I feel like I am getting none of the perks of using a freelance writer independent of a company. I have no leverage over the writer--if I email about a deadline, the writer can simply ignore it until they feel like replying because what recourse do I have?
What incentive does a writer have to prioritize a private client (hell, not even prioritize, just treat equally!) if they have taken on a full workload of company clients at the same time? I paid more than those other clients did and yet I get less service. I apologize for my off-topic whining, but I feel really demoralized.
btw, I've often wondered: how does it feel knowing you have a fraudlent degree?
I realize this was asked in a snarky way, but I do think it's an interesting question. I've actually discussed it at length with my psychologist since I struggle with guilt and self-esteem issues, and she worried that by procuring writing services, I would be giving myself another reason to feel inadequate, one that would have long lasting consequences.
However, as it stands currently, I've had to make so many changes and additions to the work I did receive from the writer that I don't believe it will be plagiarism when I submit it, which is actually a huge relief to me. I just hate staring at that blank page, so working from something, even if it's beyond recognition by the time I'm done, is better for me.
Also, even if I were to submit a small paper in a single class that wasn't 100% written by me and me alone, I wouldn't consider the entire degree to be fraudulent. Let's say you'll have an exam over the course materials, which included the reading of two books. You read one but not the other. Lucky for you, the exam was on the book you read and you pass the class. Is your degree fraudulent? Compare that to actually reading both books and understanding all the course material, but having anxiety and depression so bad you can't sit still and concentrate enough to write 10 pages on them. So you buy a paper and then dictate changes to your significant other while you devour chocolate bars to channel your focus--it's all a grey area, isn't it?
I think learning assessments are almost always grey areas--no one will ever learn 100% of every single thing their degree/program had to offer, every "recommended reading for further exploration--optional" book on the list. So no, I won't have a fraudulent degree because I have worthwhile opinions and understanding/perspectives on the material pertinent to my area, which to me is the whole point of education in the liberal arts. Now, if we were talking medicine, yeah, I'd expect a future doctor to read the sections on all
the glands in the endocrine system, not just a selected few and then hope that the exam won't ask about the pancreas. Different needs for different professions.