Custom Online Papers: More Expensive Than Plagiarized, But Likely To Suck Just As Much
from the no-surprise-there dept
A year and a half ago, we pointed to a (not even remotely scientific) study suggesting that the sorts of pre-written papers students buy online were pretty much likely to suck and not get you a very good grade. With professors being a bit more wise to online plagiarism these days, it seems like a different type of homework site is getting more attention: these sites will hire people to write custom papers for you on a topic of your choice. Not surprisingly, it's a lot more expensive than the pre-written ones, but a (once again, not even remotely scientific) NY Times experiment suggests that they're likely to suck just as badly. It's true that the papers do seem pretty weak, but the quotes from professors asked to look at them might not carry much weight, since they knew they were looking at writer-for-hire papers. Still, it probably isn't all that surprising that papers you buy online aren't going to be very good -- so perhaps the best course of action is just to let the students get screwed over twice: first in how much they pay and again in the bad grade they'll get.