I saw a funny response to one of these low-paying jobs on Craigslist:
IN RE: Horse Racing Article Writer Wanted
Reply to: email@example.com [?]
Date: 2008-09-10, 11:08PM PDT
You are looking to hire a person with extensive knowledge of horse racing and excellent writing skills. You want to pay $0.01 per word through paypal.
This might become a long term gig.
OK ... lets me get this straight - YOU WANT TO PAY ONE CENT PER WORD.
Since I am a writer, I am terrible at math. Hang on, let me get my calculator...
Back ... OK, for a 1000 word article, you are willing to pay $10.00!
You have a deal! Here is my first article:
And the Horse You Rode In On.
Please credit my 7 cents to ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let me know when you are ready for my second article.