We at (INSERT SHADY ESSAY MILL NAME) are not responsible for any grades incurred or other consequences resulting from submission of said study guides as your own work…In such cases, we could also point our customers to a link on our company website outlining these terms in dense and official-sounding legalese.
This is the default position for most “legitimate” essay mills.
But I couldn’t argue that I was doing something good, valuable, or worthy of respect.
I couldn’t argue that I was making the most of my life, or that I was using my abilities to help people who deserved it. I’ll admit that I might have occasionally recycled a passage of my own work.
You can identify discrepancies between a student’s writing and other dimensions of their performance.
You can create a strong personal relationship that makes it a lot harder for a student to look you in the eye and claim credit for somebody else’s work. That was my attitude in college, and it was the attitude that allowed me to work as a contract cheater for a decade.
Higher education costs a fortune, and the more you have to spend, the better your prospects.
Once you’ve piled up the expenses of tuition, housing, books, and logo-bearing merchandise, what’s a few hundred, or even a few thousand dollars more for papers from an essay mill?
As for educators, I’ve gotten the full mix of reactions from shock, anger, and skepticism to bemusement, curiosity, and, in rare cases, awareness.
These days, so many years removed from the job, I find that most educators are appreciative that I’m willing to share what I know.