When it comes to custom writing services, you certainly are not limited in your options. However, a lot of companies engage in questionable practices such as providing plagiarized papers or charging mysterious fees. When students are looking for original, high quality content at affordable prices, where should they turn? Our job is to help you separate the reputable companies from those that seek to deceive you.
For this review, we are taking a look at AffordablePapers.com. The first thing that impressed us is that they level with us. In particular, they state that they do not hire award-winning authors or spend money to pretend like they are great. Instead, they just try to do the most effective job possible. Do they succeed? Read what we discovered.
AffordablePapers.com makes it easy to find out what services they offer. When you place the cursor over “Our Services” you can see that they provide 29 different services including essays, research papers, reports, homework, dissertations, speeches, case studies, term papers, creative writing, and much more. They can cater to students from high school all the way through graduate programs and claim to assist students from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Italy (how random!), New Zealand, China, and Japan.
Formats + Spacing & Number of Words per Page
AffordablePapers.com can format the customer’s paper regardless of their preferences whether it is APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard or anything else. They can complete papers using single or double spacing. They count 275 words as being one page (note that many of its competitors count 300 words as a page).
AffordablePapers.com has user-friendly a price calculator that makes it easy to find out how much your paper will cost. The four main factors that determine the price are the academic level, deadline, length of the assignment, and the type of service (i.e., dissertating writing will cost more per page than a standard essay since it is more complex and requires deep research). Their prices start at $9.00 for a high school level paper with a 14-day deadline. You can pay via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal. Prices are in US dollars and it does not appear that they accept any other currency.
They provide a few add-ons for an addition fee including writer’s samples ($5), progressive delivery for lengthy papers (+10%), overnight completion (starting at $13/page) and copies of the sources used ($14.95).
AffordablePapers.com offers some of the standard freebies including a title page, reference page, unlimited revisions within a generous 7-day window. We could not find any information about plagiarism reports.
AffordablePapers.com does not offer any type of discount whatsoever. We also could not find any information about promo offers or friend referral programs.
The ordering process is pretty straightforward. The first step is to click on the order form and fill out all of the information including the type of assignment, the topic, the academic level, number of pages, formatting requirements, deadline, and any additional instructions. The second step is making a payment using the aforementioned methods. The payment options are secure, which means can be confident that AffordablePapers.com is not going to scam you. You can choose one of three categories of writer: the best available, an advanced writer (+25%) or a native English writer (+30%).
Our Experience with the Site
Whenever we conduct a review, we always order a paper so that we can find out for ourselves whether they can deliver on their claims. In the case of AffordablePapers.com, we ordered a 7-page college research paper with a 7-day deadline. The topic was religion and traditions in Mesoamerica before the arrival of the Europeans. We asked for a minimum of 5 scholarly sources and APA formatting. We received the paper back by the deadline and can confirm that it was free of plagiarism. That said, the paper could have been much better. In their defense, they do not claim that all of their writers are native English speakers, and we only asked for a “standard” writer. Nonetheless, the paper lacked a clear thesis statement and the main points were not organized well. It also lacked transitional statements, which is pretty odd considering that you would assume they have a proofreading team that catches those things.
Qualification of the Writer
We cannot vouch for the writer’s qualifications. We just know that our paper was not consistent with what an expert should produce.
Site Usability and Design + Grammar
The website is easy to navigate and the content was generally free of grammar mistakes.
Support Team/Live Chat/Contacts
The customer support department is not available 24/7, which is something that should concern potential customers. After all, what happens if you need urgent assistance but there is nobody around to help? They close the office on Saturdays at 8:00am EST and open again on Sunday evening at 7:00pm. They can be reached via toll-free number, live chat, FB messenger or email.
They actually have a pretty good method for screening the person sending the message. For instance, they ask if you are a visitor or existing customer so that they can connect you to the most appropriate agent.
One of the keys to transparency is providing the customer with clear terms and conditions. In this respect, AffordablePapers.com does a very good job. Everything is laid out on the website. However, if something is not clear you can contact the support team and they will assist.
Revision Policy/Availability of Free Revisions
If your feel that your paper needs to be revised, here are some things to note:
- The revision request must not contradict the original instructions
- Revisions must be requested in a formal matter. This means using the “request revision button” on the customer’s account page.
- There is a 7-day window to request revisions, starting from the time the deadline expires.
Money back Guarantee (Refund System)
If you want to request a refund, here are the conditions for requesting it:
- You wish to cancel your order
- You accidentally paid twice for one order
- You accidentally placed two identical orders and paid for each of them
- The company failed to find you a suitable writer
- Your received your paper past your specified deadline
- Your revisions we completed late
- The paper clearly does not meet reasonable quality standards
Amount of Time in the Industry
According to the website, AffordablePapers.com has been around since 2005. We found that this is a slight exaggeration. According to Web.Archive, the website was actually created in April 2006.
Customer Feedback + Online Reputation
We found a lot of reviews and they are decidedly mixed. Many customers stated that they got what they needed whereas other clients complained that it was not as good as they had expected. Based on our personal experiences, the writing is mediocre. Perhaps you would get something better if you specifically request a higher standard level of writing, but only if you can afford the 25% - 30% surcharge.
Pros and Cons
While this is not the worst company we have come across, we would not recommend their services.
Pros of AffordablePapers.com:
- Low prices
- Large variety of services
Cons of AffordablePapers.com:
- Support team is not available 24/7
- Our paper was not written by an “expert” by any means
Leave Your Comment
I got my essay done within 24 hours and it was just fine.06 Dec 2018 at 3:22 AM
I received already used essay sample. They just rewrote it in other words. I could easily recognize the sample from their page. So tell me, guys, what were you paid for: writing from scratch or rewriting? By the way, I never got my money back.21 Nov 2018 at 6:36 PM
After browsing through 100’s of websites claiming to be the best. I am so glad that I decided to go with AffordablePapers.com. I made the right decision, as they have kept their promise and have sent me amazing work.19 Oct 2018 at 6:58 PM