I’m new to Fiverr, so forgive me ignorance, but I came to this site because I’ve read reviews on how you can get various design work, architecture work, etc for a reasonable price being offered by people at an agreed upon offering. My experience so far has left me thinking it’s a bait and switch marketplace (but I’m willing and would love to be corrected). Here’s my exact experience:
I need a floor plan created for a small, 1-story 1,347 SqFt, 2 bed/2 bath home. I sketched one by hand, but want something better to work with. I search for “floor plan” on Fiverr, which brings up dozens of people offering to create not only a 2D, but also a 3D floor plan for anywhere from $5-$25 (many at $5). Some offering various package tiers, that are well explained. Because I’d like to find someone to work with more projects in the future, I decided to order the basic floor plan package from 4 different people. All 4 of them have responded saying that the cost will be anywhere from $100-$250. When I tell them that I only want their basic offering advertised, they say something to the effect of, “that’s just a number Fiverr makes us write in to get communication going to better understand what you want.”
So, I clarify that I want exactly what they list in the package I ordered, and nothing more, and they all try to negotiate down from their initial number, but nowhere near what they agree to when I pre-purchased their package.
Can someone explain to me if this is acceptable and customary Fiverr practice? If so, how can that be ethical when they sell nothing for their price that I already paid for? These are the packages I ordered (at the lowest amount):