EssayShark.com – 3.5/8
When you seek help with your academic writing assignment, it means you urgently need an essay and you want to get value for money. As soon as you start searching for an online service that can do this work, you find out that there are hundreds of websites and every one of them claims to be a writing pro. This review is meant to clarify some details about EssayShark, one of the most popular custom essay writing services.
To begin with, this company is registered in Nicosia, Cyprus and has been on the market since 2011. It has a pool of almost 1,000 writers. They live all around the globe and not everyone is a native English speaker. You can check their qualifications when you place an order and only after these authors bid it. The same goes about pricing. EssayShark states they have the lowest prices but you never know the cost of your essay until it is bidded. But this is just how the bidding system functions. Well, let’s dive into the paper ocean, a home of an EssayShark.
Types of Services
EssayShark does not offer a great deal of choice. Essays including admission and argumentative ones, annotated bibliographies, article, book and movie review, research papers and proposals, case studies, term papers, thesis/dissertation chapters, courseworks, presentations, speeches, business plans, creative writing and critical thinking. No assistance with homework, lab reports, no tests or math problem solving. They also have an option Other but it’s hard to say what they mean by this word. Anyway, EssayShark will help you only with academic writing. They can format your paper in a required formatting style – MLA, APA or Chicago / Turabian, you have to specify it in the ordering form.
- For an average list of provided services, we grade EssayShark 5/10.
Is EssayShark trustworthy?
The website claims they have a Money Back Guarantee policy but in fact you can get a 100% refund only if you haven’t assigned your paper to the writer. It means you simply changed your mind and decided not to use their services at all. In all the other cases you can request the refund of whatever is left on your Balance account. The payment to the author is released in a few steps depending on the number of pages. As soon as you accept the paper, your money is gone forever. No matter how unhappy you are with the results.
If talking about their writers’ team, they are freelance authors with different command of English. The good thing about the service is that you can test the writer before you assign your order to him or her. You can communicate via website chat.
There is one more issue that you should know about before you deal with EssayShark. You cannot add any comments or changes to your order after the author began writing. If you still need to add something, this order will be stopped and rebidded as a new paper. That’s why you either put down every detail in your order form or simply change it yourself after you receive the essay.
- For the tricky refund policy and inability to properly communicate with your writer during the writing process, we give EssayShark 3/10 for reliability.
What is the Ordering Process?
The ordering process begins with your email. You choose the type of paper you need, the number of pages and the deadline. After that you need to write all the information you have about your essay, as this is the only chance when you can actually do it. Then you publish your order and wait for the authors to bid it. Although the number of the available writers online is usually more than 100, your order may not be bidded right away.
EssayShark says that you can negotiate the price with the writers, but actually they won’t weaken the price. You can test the writer in the chat before you assign him or her. Then you can share the details of your paper and see if this author is capable of doing it.
After you select a writer, you put your money in the account. The payment is delivered to the author in a few steps. You can track your order in your account or in the iOS and Android applications.You can ask for revisions if you are not happy with the finished essay. Once you click Release your money button, the payment is done and you will never see it again. That’s why make sure you do a quality check before you accept your order. After you paid and got your paper, you can rate your writer and leave a comment about your cooperation with EssayShark.
The actual ordering process is really time-consuming and can be quite disappointing. The mobile apps and the option of putting money on your account only after you select a writer make the whole procedure look a bit better.
- Our grade is 5/10 as you never know whether your time was worth a try.
Prices and Discounts
Just as any other custom essay writing service that has a bidding system, EssayShark doesn’t have a set price list. Even more, this company doesn’t give a slightest hint on their pricing policy anywhere. They highlight that you don’t pay your writer until your order is finished and that placing an order is free. But why waste time on filling out forms and sharing your personal data if you have no clue what their prices are? This approach is entirely wrong as it is misleading the students.
We had to go through a whole lot of reviews to find out some approximate prices before we placed our own order. We discovered that the average price you pay per page starts from $25. But it surely depends on the type and academic level of the paper, number of pages and the due date. The price seemed quite fair for a good quality essay. So we asked for a college research paper on the deforestation problem. For a 5-page paper with a deadline of 7 days the minimum bid we had was $130. It was a bit higher than we expected but still within our budget.
- Although the prices appeared to be quite reasonable, we couldn’t grade EssayShark higher than 4/10 for their lack of transparency.
What Payment Methods EssayShark accepts?
The best part about EssayShark and its biggest draw is the variety of payment methods they accept. Like all the other foreign writing services with freelance writers from all over the world, they accept Visa and MasterCard. Unlike their competitors EssayShark has PayPal, ApplePay and GooglePay secure options. We think it makes them look very attractive for the students who do not want to reveal their financial data and still want to be on the safe side when it comes to online payments.
- EssayShark’s payment methods definitely deserve 10/10 from us.
We had doubts about placing an order on EssayShark. But to make the review unbiased you have to go through the ordering process and evaluate its work quality. We ordered a 5-pages college research paper on the deforestation problem. We provided the list of sources and we set the deadline of 7 days. The essay we received was far from satisfactory. The sources were rewritten with numerous grammatical mistakes and the paper itself was hardly comprehensible. We surely asked for a revision. It took the writer 4 days to complete it and still the essay failed to meet college requirements. We had to ask for another revision. If we had a strict deadline, we would never turn in that essay on time. After the second revision the paper was at least readable and we accepted it. The writer didn’t seem to be interested to polish his work and getting a high rate. It took him ages to answer our messages and the conversation was done in a half-hearted way.
- Our grade is quite obviously 3/10.
EssayShark claims that punctuality is their second name and the quickest time they can complete an order is three hours. In fact, the ordering process is unpredictable. It can take you long enough to fail your due date if you are in a real hurry. The quality of the finished papers often leaves a great deal to be desired. It means you will ask for ‘unlimited revisions’. Every revision may take the writer longer than writing the paper. Therefore you have to be ready to edit the essay yourself or have enough time to make your writer complete the order at the appropriate level. In our case the author turned in the essay on time, but the revisions took more than a week. We believe this should not be acceptable when it comes to timely delivery.
- Our grade is 4/10.
Here it gets even more interesting. There is only one way to contact the Customer Service – by email. Nowadays when every website has LiveChats, communication by email seems to take ages if you want to get an answer to a simple question. The service doesn’t reply immediately, so after a few trials you get the feeling you are wasting time talking to a bot or some person who needs to translate every message. Although you might think that everything you need is written on their website, the truth is that lots of information is missing or vaguely worded.
When we came across a few issues with our writer, the Customer Service took longer to reply to our messages than we actually expected. By the time we received an answer from them, we had already agreed with the author about the second revision. Be ready to solve your problems yourself or you should have all the time in the world for your essay.
We believe that the company is considered reliable when a customer is supported and guided on a professional level. Not in this case, as you can see.
- Our grade is justified – 3/10
The only good things we discovered about EssayShark are their payment methods selection and mobile apps to track your order. We tried hard to emphasize the positive sides of their business. The sad truth is they do not stand out from the long list of custom academic writing services located somewhere in an offshore jurisdiction. There is nothing illegal about their business but anyone who entrusts his or her money and grades to this company should be aware of the risk.
There could be a few reasons for blocking your account on EssayShark. You either breached the terms and conditions of the company or tried to contact your writer by any other means rather than EssayShark website. In any case, you should contact the Customer Service by email and ask them to explain their decision.
Unfortunately you cannot delete your EssayShark account yourself. You should ask Customer Service to close your account for you and they will refund you any costs that are left on your Balance account.
EssayShark has trustworthy payment methods and a pool of almost 1,000 writers from all over the world. Their refund system works only if you cancel the order and you will not be refunded if you accept the paper from your author. The quality of the papers depends on the writer’s qualifications and you can test the bidded authors before you assign one to write your essay.
EssayShark is a custom essay writing service located in Nicosia, Cyprus. It hires freelance authors from all over the world, both ENL and ESL ones. It has a bidding system of placing orders, which means your order is bidded by different writers and you choose the author and the price yourself.