Plagiarism Inc. 2 (Oxbridge Essays)

A while back I reported about my dislike for the company Plagiarism Inc./Oxbridge Essays (Try Googling the term).

It has been rewarding to learn that I am not the only one finding this sort of enterprise utterly despicable: The Facebook group, Oxbridge Students Against ‘Oxbridge Essays’, has grown steadily and reached more than 800 members.

In the meantime, based on hearsay, it seems that Plagiarism Inc./Oxbridge Essays have intensified their recruitment efforts, at least within the Business School.

It strikes me how the company, despite claims of being a legitimate enterprise, has not been able to deliver one reasonable counter-argument, which is, perhaps, why they choose to hide behind a veil of anonymity.

Surely, a company whose website does not feature a single name, whose employees and ‘clients’ are guaranteed anonymity, and whose self-proclaimed ‘credibility’ is unverifiable is calling into question, if not seriously doubting, its own legitimacy.

For example, by not disclosing data of any sort, it becomes impossible to check whether Plagiarism Inc. really “employs 1000+ Oxford University and Cambridge University educated writers”. Also, what exactly counts as an ‘educated writer'; a first-year undergraduate student? Well, it is impossible to check.

So, Kate Jones (applications@oxbridgeessays.com), are you really incapable of defending what you do for a living?

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  1. Dear Christian,

    you raise a very good point: they cannot advertise the fact that they hire 1000+ Oxford Students if they do not give reasonable proof of such a quality of the service. I am afraid this is not just a matter of ethics, it is also a matter of law. Such a claim can be misleading for the consumers of the service and can be brought to the attention of the Antitrust Authority ( I believe in UK is called Competition Commission) as “an unfair competitive policy”. There are enough grounds for the market regulator to open a file of investigation.
    yours
    ale

  2. The case might be quite good given that they advertise not only 1000+ students, but 1000+ Oxford University and Cambridge University educated writers. If we assume that an educated writer is someone who left Oxbridge with a degree of some sort, then it sounds like a rather high figure.

    It also depends on the meaning of the word “employs”, I wonder if it is ‘enough’ to have the email address of someone stored somewhere in a database.

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