Thanks for taking the time to clarify your point.
I don’t think the OP of this thread was intending to say they’re losing out on a consistent income as it seemed your response was implying. I never said it was a badge of honor. It’s a financial reward a buyer MAY feel you deserve for going the extra mile in their eyes. My key issue was how you implied that a way to make a consistent tip was by raising prices which are two different things. One is an optional reward, the other is gig progression which should happen when a seller feels they’re delivering more value. The tip function will always be there regardless.
As for the system manipulation, any seller who attemps to do such a thing will quickly find out the hard way that it’s not viable. As you yourself said, they can easily be scammed out of hard work. I can see how this may be abused between sellers and buyers with consistent work relationships, I’ll grant you that. But at the same time, wouldn’t a regular $95 tip be suspect? Surely automation can take care of that. If Fiverr’s systems can flag and hide a sentence containing the phrase “outside of Fiverr”, I’m quite certain they can do similar things with other functions on the platform.
I feel in the end, regardless of the angle we want to take, the truth is that the Tips system isn’t here for us. It’s for Fiverr. And that’s fine, really. It’s our choice to use their platform just as much as it is to progress to setting up our own shops if we make it that far. It’s also fine, though, to feel that a reward you received for good service was something you deserved to get in full.