I love numbers, so here we go: 53 orders, 9 cancellations, currently 2 very promising ongoing orders and 1 I am ready to kick to the curb. All of those cancellations were pretty exhausting except the few that were “not delivered on time”.
Some of the sellers who delivered outstanding and unique jobs (manual sand animation being at my very top of the list), are not on fiverr anymore, so are the majority of sellers resulting in cancelled orders, all gone for good?
Let’s dive in and start with THE GOOD
There are MANY gold nuggets in the marketplace. Often, I find that the very best (I know, it’s subjective) are not necessarily listed as the very first within search results. The marketplace seems to be a little “cleaner” now compared to how it used to be when I first signed up but, even back then, it was always possible to find quality gigs from sellers who actually cared about their profession and on top of that, the pricing is and was more than fair.
Good, I find that I can contact each seller individually to discuss my projects vs having an open chat with multiple “sellers” as I know it from another platform.
Enough with good, now comes the bad, Bad, BAD
As stated above, there are many good sellers on here BUT; someone can have a giant PRO badge, be promoted to the sky by fiverr and still, I find many new and lower ranked sellers to have lot’s of potential and it is a pity that, I need to dig so deep into the marketplace just to find them.
Also worth to mention: the vetting process of sellers can be very time-consuming. The marketplace is much cleaner now but I wish, at some point, someone would just grab a broom and start filtering out all of the sellers that are pretty much guaranteed to deliver poor work.
This is something that really gets to me. It is one thing to risk a poor experience with a seller on here and as one can tell by my stats, cancellations are not really rare. It is not like I like cancelling orders. I’d rather have useable results in the end but, some of the experiences I had were simply beyond bad, involving scam, stolen work and when someone delivers such work, there is no way I could possibly accept it, for so many reasons.
There are currently two categories in particular within the marketplace, I’d call very scammy. According to what I can see, roughly 90% of those sellers declare to help you but in reality, using their services will potentially punish you and your business permanently. The cake goes to SEO-related-work. Once buyers find out what those services do to their business, they will not only doubt the quality of that particular categoriy but, chances are they will question fiverr as a professional platform altogether. Sure, you can blame the buyer for buying such services but generally, wouldn’t it be much better and easier to get rid of such scams in the first place?
These are my two cents. Not really expecting a reply on this but, feel free to share your own thoughts and stats as I am curious to see if you’ve had similar experiences.