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June 03, 2007

Personal Outsourcing Latest Trend in Globalization: WSJ

GraffitiscissorsThe Wall Street Journal has identified a disturbing new trend in globalization -- "personal outsourcing". Increasingly, individual Americans are subcontracting tasks like tutoring and freelance office work to people in other countries. The reason? They don't have to pay these workers as much.

And what's even more disturbing is that "personal outsourcing" to other parts of the world is being promoted in some online communities as a smart way to buy household assistance. Never mind the fact that your next-door neighbor's tutoring business or secretarial service or web design company may not be around long because you're asking his company to compete with the $2 to $3/hr. wages you're paying to someone on the other side of the world. That's not your problem....right?

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