Essay writing service’s ad banned for implying ‘guaranteed’ grade

An advert for an essay writing service has been banned for implying that students had a money back guarantee that they would get the grade they wanted, The Guardian reports. Oxbridge Essays, which claims to have produced 64,106,500 words for more than 16,000 “happy” customers since 2006, offers custom-made undergraduate and masters essays, and even PhD theses. The company, which charges from £95 to more than £10,000 for its services, said that its essays are only meant to provide an “example” of how an “experienced and accomplished academic would approach the question or project you have been set”. In its advertising the company says “we guarantee that you will receive at least the grade you order (1st class, 2:1, 2:2). If not, we’ll give you your money back.” However, its terms and conditions stated that this “in no way represents any guarantee … that were the same written material to be submitted to the client’s university or school then the client would receive that degree mark.”

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