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Amazon Mechanical Turk Alternatives
MatchFixer
Brisbane, Queensland
331 posts
Long shot here but does anyone know of a site similar to Amazon's Mechanical Turk which offers cash payment to non US citizens?

At the moment it's only available to 'requestors' in the US otherwise apparently you could only obtain payments through gift certificates, which isn't very useful for the Australian based company that i work for.

Our data entry staff do a lot of simple reptitive tasks which we could potenially outsource to an open ended market via the web for a fraction of the cost (read: slave labor).

I've looked around and found things like gofreelance but it seems very limited compared to Mturk..

Any ideas?
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Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
23947 posts
we outsource our data keying to china

m&y, dunno what sort of rates they charge or what not:

http://www.mydatasolutions.com.au/OurServices1.asp
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trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
25908 posts
MatchFixer, sorry not sure what you're saying - are you saying Mechanical Turk is only available to a work pool of people that are in the US?
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scooby
Brisbane, Queensland
3603 posts
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TicMan
Melbourne, Victoria
4062 posts
I too was expecting Scrubs related material.
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natslovR
Sydney, New South Wales
6045 posts
i hear mturk is good for paying people to positively review your products on amazon.
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trillion
Brisbane, Queensland
421 posts
I dont recall any names but they are around. Wait yes I do 'rent a coder' might bring some good positives from the Googleplex.
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trillion
Brisbane, Queensland
422 posts
apparently theres also

http://www.elance.com/
http://www.guru.com/
and http://www.odesk.com/w/

all linked from http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001190.html in which the author gets chatty with opinion

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MatchFixer
Brisbane, Queensland
332 posts
MatchFixer, sorry not sure what you're saying - are you saying Mechanical Turk is only available to a work pool of people that are in the US?
No workers can be from anywhere around the world, that's what makes it so great. 'Requestors', as called by Mturk, request for jobs or 'HITs' (Human Intelligent Tasks) to be completed by the workers. The requestors need to have a valid US address to be elgible to post up HIT's for workers to complete. The reason for this i assume is due to the complex nature of banks, exchange of curreny etc if they were to be outside of the US.

I'll be going through some of the links provided, so thanks, but any other ideas keem em comin!


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MatchFixer
Brisbane, Queensland
333 posts
i hear mturk is good for paying people to positively review your products on amazon.
You could use it for all sorts of things. For example, for those that are on boostcruising you'll know you're not allowed to bump up your ad unless it's 3 days old. Well i noticed this one job on mturk where the requirements were you had to create multiple accounts and post comments in his own 'car for sale' thread just so it can be continiously bumped, as a result potentially increasing his chances of selling his car (prolly some r32 s***box) for like 4 cents a hit.

There would be plenty more of those hacking/spamming type jobs there too.


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funky
Brisbane, Queensland
421 posts
www.b2kcorp.com - brickwork india, business outsourcing, might help
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