Fiverr is definitely one of the largest online market on this side of the planetary bodies, if not arguably the largest and the best. A couple of buyers and sellers are happy. Sellers get paid, buyers get awesome jobs. Strangely but expected, some buyers are “amazing”.
I am a seller and a a buyer, so I definitely know how it feels at both sides of the coin. I kick started this photoshop editing fiverr account about two days ago, but I used to operate a " writing" account where I wrote lots of blog posts, articles, news letters and even ebooks. But I got wearied and burnt out after some months as it was ridiculous and unbearable.
I once had a dude who wanted me to write two articles, 700 words each for $5. He added that he wanted original articles, copyscape passed, no errors, and 24hours express delivery. When he insisted on $5 only, I threw it back at his face. It would take me several hours to make necessary researches before I start scribbling. Why in heavens should I work for 4-5 hours to earn $4? (Fiverr will deduct 20%). I have received several requests of such and accepted some, just to make few dollars for my self but I always regretted it.
Several sellers accept such ridiculous offers, especially the newbies who are desperate to have orders on fiverr. I think it’s inhumane to expect a $100 job for $5. I’d once proofread a 240page non-fiction book for less than $150. I thought $150 was huge because I only got $5 orders before then. I eventually completed the Job after 4weeks, working for almost 8hours each day. It was such a completely messed up book and I practically rewrote the whole book. I also formatted and wrote a synopsis for the book.
I almost wept when I realized that I had wasted a month of my life, just to earn less than $150. It was my most painful and regrettable experience on fiverr. Since then, I grew cold towards Fiverr and more importantly, towards “writing” gigs. Therefore, since I am also a professional Photoshop editor, I created this account and I was pretty happy with my first sale. It was worth the time and the price.
You are just a buyer on fiverr. That’s all! Some buyers act as if their sellers are slaves and treat them as such. We all buy and sell. You also sell things, maybe physical, tangible or intangible products. No one loves to lose, no one loves to be cheated. Sellers on fiverr are also trying to make few bucks, to meet ends needs; not because they have extra time to spare for you. Please, treat them as such. Stop exploiting them because they are very desperate to sell. Pay the appropriate amount for job you are giving out.
As a buyer also, I noticed some attitudes of different sellers. They charge in excess, I mean way too much. I wanted to order a gig and I asked for his price. He charged $70 after he already described in his gig that it was for $5. As a considerate buyer, I offered $10, which he accepted without further negotiations. I knew it was an easy job which I could do, only that I want all my works handled by professionals, and $10 was enough for the service required.
This is a charge to buyers to be considerate with funds. It’s called FIVErr doesn’t mean you can buy and ship a Jaguar on the site for $5. And, treat your sellers with respect. Stop threatening them with negative reviews or cancellation, especially those who don’t deserve the kind of treatment. Just politely ask for a refund, ask for modification or cancel the order if you are not satisfied. Be nice to them.
I know some sellers need not only to be treatened with negative reviews, but to get their accounts banned, their bank accounts frozen, and their hands clipped with handcuff, yet they are only a negligible minority. Majority don’t deserve such treatments. .
Sellers, please accept offers you can deliver. Don’t waste people’s time and money. If you can’t do it, don’t bid for it, don’t accept it. You know your level. You don’t have to be a pro to make money. With your skill, you can still find jobs that fits your level and skill.
I wish myself and other millions of buyers and sellers on fiverr a Wonderful experience.