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Joined: 23 Jan 2012
Posts: 30
Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
WE: Business Development (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 11 [0], given: 7

Been looking for a consultant and have done a couple consultations, but had some questions before I committed to anyone or made any decisions.

I have read reviews of consultants on the forum, but so many of them are just way too positive to take seriously. Do consultants give discounts or extra services or anything for writing a review? Seems like there would be more motivation behind a lot of these as they just don't seem right .

Do consultants give discounts later in the application season? I am splitting my apps between R1 and R2, but if I hired one now I would do it for a R2 app so I can take advantage of it longer. Would I save significant money by waiting until after R1 is over? Seems like if its the same price throughout the whole app season that signing up earlier is a much better value, relatively of course, as the prices these people charge are insane and hard to justify.
Current Student
Status: Can't wait for August!
Joined: 13 Sep 2011
Posts: 988
Location: United States (MA)
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
GMAT 1: 660 Q44 V37
GMAT 2: 680 Q45 V38
GMAT 3: 710 Q45 V42
GPA: 3.32
WE: Information Technology (Retail)
Followers: 21

Kudos [?]: 343 [0], given: 109

Gern47 wrote:
Been looking for a consultant and have done a couple consultations, but had some questions before I committed to anyone or made any decisions.

I have read reviews of consultants on the forum, but so many of them are just way too positive to take seriously. Do consultants give discounts or extra services or anything for writing a review? Seems like there would be more motivation behind a lot of these as they just don't seem right .

Do consultants give discounts later in the application season? I am splitting my apps between R1 and R2, but if I hired one now I would do it for a R2 app so I can take advantage of it longer. Would I save significant money by waiting until after R1 is over? Seems like if its the same price throughout the whole app season that signing up earlier is a much better value, relatively of course, as the prices these people charge are insane and hard to justify.

I agree, some reviews are waaay too positive. I wouldn't trust much you read on the internet.

Right now, there is only 1 consultant I would use(maybe 2... but the 2nd one is a bit different), if I end up using one. IMO, the best way to choose is to read their blogs, see if your personalities mesh. Make sure you'll trust their opinions, and they'll understand your outlook.

Consultants seems to always be running a special of some sort. They'll always have something like "early bird special", "you came to my webinar special", "so you think you can dance special"... there are always 10% discounts.
Intern
Joined: 23 Jan 2012
Posts: 30
Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
WE: Business Development (Energy and Utilities)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 11 [0], given: 7

highwyre237 wrote:

I agree, some reviews are waaay too positive. I wouldn't trust much you read on the internet.

Right now, there is only 1 consultant I would use(maybe 2... but the 2nd one is a bit different), if I end up using one. IMO, the best way to choose is to read their blogs, see if your personalities mesh. Make sure you'll trust their opinions, and they'll understand your outlook.

Consultants seems to always be running a special of some sort. They'll always have something like "early bird special", "you came to my webinar special", "so you think you can dance special"... there are always 10% discounts.

Yea pretty much every one I have seen is doing the 10% off thing. But it would drive me crazy if I paid $3000+ now for a package only to see it be priced at$2000 in October. I haven't seen this of course, but wasn't sure if it was standard practice or not.
Current Student
Joined: 14 Jul 2010
Posts: 129
Concentration: Healthcare
Followers: 7

Kudos [?]: 29 [0], given: 0

Most are a joke IMO, they just give positive feedback to every candidate and make it seem like polishing essays is all that is needed for acceptance. This is sadly evident just by reading the forums of consultants here. Sandy K and Alex Chu are the only ones that seem to give any real feedback.

If you think you need help, determine what you need from a consultant and select one that fits. If you are a non-traditional, find a consultant that is good at putting together a story that fits for you, if you just need essay editing stick with a service like EssaySnark (much cheaper).

edit: highwyre - I'm curious, which consultants would you recommend?
Manager
Joined: 21 Jul 2010
Posts: 72
GMAT 1: 740 Q49 V42
GPA: 3.1
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 3

It's really hard to imagine that there would be people trying to game a system when there is some economic incentive to do so...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/27/techn ... .html?_r=1
Current Student
Status: Can't wait for August!
Joined: 13 Sep 2011
Posts: 988
Location: United States (MA)
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
GMAT 1: 660 Q44 V37
GMAT 2: 680 Q45 V38
GMAT 3: 710 Q45 V42
GPA: 3.32
WE: Information Technology (Retail)
Followers: 21

Kudos [?]: 343 [0], given: 109

sid05 wrote:
Most are a joke IMO, they just give positive feedback to every candidate and make it seem like polishing essays is all that is needed for acceptance. This is sadly evident just by reading the forums of consultants here. Sandy K and Alex Chu are the only ones that seem to give any real feedback.

If you think you need help, determine what you need from a consultant and select one that fits. If you are a non-traditional, find a consultant that is good at putting together a story that fits for you, if you just need essay editing stick with a service like EssaySnark (much cheaper).

edit: highwyre - I'm curious, which consultants would you recommend?

EssaySnark. I'm curious about thefirstread, I like their blog, and their take on consulting (read through an entire app, and assess like that, not essay by essay). I couldn't see myself using a full on consultant though, too expensive. Essaysnark and thefirstread are both affordable. Still doubt I'll use anything on essays, but we'll see how I feel in a month...
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