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Online labour exchanges: The workforce in the cloud

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 5, 2013

“Talent exchanges” on the web are starting to transform the world of work

20130601_WBD001FOR translating a 22-minute video from English into Spanish at short notice, 7Brands Global Content, a professional-translation firm based in New York, quoted “approximately $1,500”. This fee seems in line with the local going rate for the job from a firm which boasts membership of three professional associations and clients such as Chase and Bank of America. Not so long ago, paying the local rate was the only option. Today anyone seeking to get this sort of job done is only a click away from the whole world of professionals competing to do it far cheaper.

That same translation job was advertised on and, the two busiest among several newish online marketplaces for work, or “talent exchanges”. On Elance it soon attracted 25 bids, from individuals in 15 countries. For around half the bidders, this would be their first job, which raised questions about how good their work would be (especially the Uruguayan who promised to “translate your interview perfetly”). But some seemed competent. According to his Elance page, “oswaldo g”, from Colombia, has already completed 31 jobs, earning a combined $4,193 and a satisfaction rating of 4.9 (out of 5). He quoted a tempting $16.44 an hour—though not as tempting as the five bids on oDesk (three of them by five-star-rated workers), from Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and the Philippines. Each of them offered a flat rate for the completed job, ranging from $33.33 down to just $22.22. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Learning Center, Pennsylvania High School, Puts Itself Up For Sale On eBay

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 3, 2012

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The Learning School

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Forget magazine drives and candy sales. A cash-strapped high school near Philadelphia hopes to raise money by auctioning itself on eBay.

The starting bid of just under $600,000 for The Learning Center in Langhorne, Pa., is designed to offset steep budget cuts. A tongue-in-cheek listing describes the alternative school for at-risk teens as “pre-owned” and “slightly used.”

The winner won’t own the facility, which is part of the Neshaminy School District. But he or she will get a plethora of goodies, including a naming opportunity, a free large pizza, a personalized school coffee mug and the chance to deliver a speech at graduation.

Not to mention the satisfaction of “delivering an education to a group of kids who could really use it,” according to the ad. Read the rest of this entry »

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Would You Buy Obama’s Old Car for $1 Million?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 30, 2012

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A typical 2005 Chrysler 300C, fully loaded and in pristine condition, is expected to fetch up to $19,142 on the market, according to Kelley Blue Book, the authority on used-car prices. But what if the vehicle had been leased by none other than the President of the United States of America? An eBay seller is hoping that detail will justify a $980,000 price hike.

Lisa Czibor, a seasoned eBay car seller based near Chicago, is pulling out all the stops to prove that Barack Obama once piloted the grey 300C she has listed for sale on behalf of its owner Tim O’Boyle. She even posted a photograph of the car’s title written in Obama’s name. But the most shocking detail associated with the sale: the price. Owning then-senator Obama’s ride will cost a cool $1 million.

(PHOTOSObama’s First Two Years: An Inside View) Read the rest of this entry »

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२१ बर्षे नेपाली युवा बने इवेको सवैभन्दा ठूलो बिक्रेता

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 14, 2011

नेपालबाट बसाई सरेर लण्डन पुगेका एक नेपाली युवक अनलाइन खरिदबिक्रि गर्ने सवैभन्दा चर्चित साइट को सवैभन्दा ठूलो बिक्रेता बन्न सफल भएका छन् ।

गुल्मी अमरपुर घर भएका सुदिप गौतम इवेको युकेका लागि सवैभन्दा ठूलो बिक्रिता बन्न सफल भएका छन् । १२ बर्षको उमेरमा अभिभावकसँगै लण्डन बसाई सरेका गौतमले १३ बर्षको उमेरदेखि अनलाइनमा मोवाइल तथा त्यसका सामाग्री खरिदबिक्रिको काम थालेका थिए ।

२१ बषिर्य गौतमले हाल बाषिर्क ३० लाख पाउण्डको कारोवार गर्छन भने इबेबाट दैनिक दुईहजार भन्दा बढि सामाग्री बेच्छन् । एक नेपाली मुलको नागरिकले वेलायतमा पाएको यो सफलतालाई बेलायतसहित बिश्वका अग्रणी संचारमाध्यमले प्राथमिकताका साथ प्रकाशन गरेका छन् ।  नामबाट अनलाइन कारोवार संचालन गरिरहेका गौतमले आफ्नो नाम परिवर्तन गरि डारियो लोपेजका नाम राखेका छन् । आफ्नो छुट्टै पहिचान बनाउन आफुले नाम परिवर्तन गरेको गौतम बताउँछन् । केही बर्षअघि आमालाई ढाँटेर क्रेडिटकार्ड मार्फत डोमेन दर्ता गरेका गौतमले त्यसयता घरमै बसेर मोवाइल, सीम तथा मोवाइका सामाग्री खरिद बिक्रिको काम गर्दथे । अहिले उनको कम्पनीमा १३ जनाले रोजगारी पाएका छन भने कारोवारलाई उनले निरन्तर फैलाइरहेका छन् ।

छोराले पाएको सफलता देखेर बुबा दिनेश गौतम र आमा सुशिला गौतम पनि दंग छन् । आफु यो स्थानमा आइपुग्न आफ्ना कर्मचारी र ग्राहकको ठूलो हात रहेको सुदिप बताउँछन् । बजारमा आएका नयाँ नयाँ सामाग्री राख्ने, ग्राहकले किन्नुअघि र पछि पनि राम्रो सेवा उपलब्ध गराउने आदि कारणबाट ग्राहकमाझ आफ्नो बिश्वसनीयता बढेको गौतम बताउँछन् । Read the rest of this entry »

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Bidding for Princess Beatrice’s hat hits £80,000

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2011

An eBay bidder has offered £80,000 for the spiralling Treacy headpiece worn by Princess Beatrice at last month’s royal wedding.

By Rebecca Lefort

The 22-year-old granddaughter of the Queen startled commentators with the swirling hat she wore to the wedding of her

Princess Beatrice at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton Photo: REUTERS

cousin Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The silk Philip Treacy creation has been compared to antlers, a toilet seat and a pretzel, and has been used to create photo montages of scores of unlikely scenarios on the internet.

Beatrice has taken the joke in her stride and put the hat on sale for charity. Proceeds will go to Unicef and Children in Crisis.

With the auction close to its Sunday closing, 39 bidders were competing for the hat, described on eBay as a “unique sculptural celebratory headpiece”.

One of the initial bidders was the Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne, who offered £5,000 for the creation. At 3.30pm on Saturday the bidding had reached £80,100.01.

On the eBay page the Princess has commented: “I’ve been amazed by the amount of attention the hat has attracted. Read the rest of this entry »

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