Surcharges and discounts
Discounts, my friend, be told, are often added before they can unfold.
We can discuss anything, even my fees. But do not expect any miraculous discounts on my quotations. I have calculated my fees fairly to sustain my very subsistence. Someone who grants discounts too often or too high will lose credibility.
Discounts for matches and repetitions
Computer-aided translation (CAT) software – not to be confused with machine translation – is storing so-called translation units, i. e. a sentence of the source text matched to a sentence of the target text. Translation units like this may be re-used in future translations as so-called matches. Sometimes a sentence in the source text differs more or less from the stored translation unit. Units like this may also be re-used as so-called fuzzy matches.
Sometimes, a sentence occurs several times in the source text. These are the so-called repetitions that computer-aided translation (CAT) software can analyse.
But still, all matches and/or repetitions have to be verified in their own context. Therefore I, in principle, do not grant discounts for matches and/or repetitions. Unless they result in measurable savings of time. So, discounts for matches and/or repetitions are always specific to a certain project.
I do not grant discounts for large projects because the time I have to spend translating 1,000 words is identical, whether the total length of the project is 5,000 or 100,000 words.
Express processing fee
I am usually working during regular business and office hours. At some point, my physical and mental capabilities will be exhausted and, like every other human being, I need some time to recover. Because your translation will not benefit if I lack the concentration. If the date and time when you would like to receive the translation requires me to work in a period for which I have planned recovering or leisure activities, I will charge an express processing fee that depends on your requirements and the circumstances.
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