The guy from Chicago that was doing them. Or rather, he was skimming off the top as a middle man. I thought you were big buddies, guess I was mistaken. My apologies.
I just thought he might be a good resource for you to maybe find out where the work went. Again, my apologies.
Oh, man, I'm so sorry to hear of that! He was the consummate professional.
However, he never told me who the MSC was that I did those highly-paying (and rapid paying!) jobs for. (Yes, I know; ended the sentence with a preposition, but I don't feel like rewriting it, and the meaning is clear enough. Back off, Grammar Nazis, LOL!!! )
Again, this discussion has seriously gone off course. I simply thought your buddy might be able to help you out and suggested him. I apologize for my role in this happening.
Lest anyone think Katie was exaggerating with her post, back in 2008 I inadvertently overheard the owner of an MSC mention he was charging his clients $295, but only paying the shopper $50. Being self-employed and free to accept or reject all offers, that did not bother me, but it surely would some folks.
They have 100% of the expenses -- overhead. Advertising. Employee taxes, worker's comp, all that good stuff. They do ENORMOUS REAMS of paperwork to make sure they are legal with the state, local, and fed governments. The paperwork demands STAFF -- often highly trained, expensive staff.
Rule of thumb in this business: Bill the client approx. 2 1/2 times the cost of the IC.
Looks like that's been inflated to between 5 and 10 times -- but they are in business to make a profit. JUST LIKE WE ARE.
@Sandy Shopper wrote:
I would approach these jobs with extreme caution. Unless you make a purchase, there is no legit reason for you to be in the facility. I know of one person who was threatened by the police with a trespassing arrest. Yes, of course this was at a place that was pirating the game.