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ChrisBooth12
04-01-2009, 11:40 PM
I would never use one but have wondered if they are legit. Those sites that offer A+ quality essays for a fee on any topic you want. Are they all scams?

Animastryfe
04-01-2009, 11:42 PM
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ran an article about them. Many of them are legit, but the assertion that they will provide A+ level essays is dubious at best.

LSLGuy
04-02-2009, 08:21 AM
Not to mention the arms race going on where now many teachers / profs employ scanning tools which recognize essays from the popular essay mills.

RealityChuck
04-02-2009, 08:40 AM
Yes. If your college is using Turnitin or the equivalent, you'd better hope that no one else has ever bought that essay before.

The Great Philosopher
04-02-2009, 08:52 AM
They're mostly legit. One model a lot of them use is paying students a small amount of money to write an essay on a particular question - $100, something like that, but obviously students always need money - and they then charge customers hundreds of dollars to buy the essay. Technically the essays are supposed to be used to give customers the 'feel' of how that type of essay should be written, not copied. But you know.. once it's out of their hands they can't tell you what to do with it! The only issue I have with that model is how they can 'promise' the essays are A+ standard. Maybe they pay a graduate or PHD student to pre-mark the essays for them. Or maybe they just take whatever essays the get and hope they're up to scratch...

Martiju
04-02-2009, 10:19 AM
Yes. If your college is using Turnitin or the equivalent, you'd better hope that no one else has ever bought that essay before.

This is true. The best case I ever experienced was a student who appealed against his penalty for plagiarism on the grounds that he'd paid 200 (about $201 by today's money - ;)) for the essay which was supposed to be unique and A grade.

It had been marked at a C by the first marker and was a 95% match on the plagiarism detection system.

He didn't win his appeal by the way...

Chronos
04-02-2009, 04:55 PM
Also consider: Someone who considers it ethically acceptable to write papers for other people for a price might well also consider it ethically acceptable to slip "The professor is a doo-doo head" into the middle of a ten-page paper where someone just skimming it won't notice.

Bricker
04-02-2009, 05:27 PM
The saga of Laura K "Krishna" (http://www.aweekofkindness.com/blog/archives/articles/the_laura_k_krishna_saga) comes to mind.