I’m back at fiverr as a buyer, after taking a break for a year. I had to take a break because I was so discouraged by my experiences, I couldn’t stand it any more. Logging back in, I was reminded why I left. There are at least a dozen inquiries that I sent and never got a response on. Since logging back in for the first time last night, there are at least another 1.5 dozen that have yet to be answered.
Maybe it’s the particular category that I shop in, but there are so many flaky, irresponsible people on fiverr, a serious buyer like myself winds up wasting a lot of time trying to find someone who will get the work done. I know there must be good sellers out there, but it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack. You have to move a ton of hay before you find that needle.
I am looking for illustrators. What I often find is that they only have 1-2 illustrations in their portfolio. If I like the style, I may send them a message asking if they do the type of characters I need. Then – I wait. And wait . . . . and wait. As I said, I came back after a year and still had a bunch of unanswered messages. Why sign up as a seller if you’re not even going to deal with buyers?
Another thing is that a lot of these people rip off other people’s artwork. I remember reporting to fiverr that there were 5 different sellers using the exact same illustration and claiming it was theirs. I found this type of deception more than once. In fact, it seems to me to be rampant.
Sometimes illustrators will say they have illustrated numerous books, but they only have 1 or 2 illustrations in their portfolio, so I’ll write asking for the names of the books so I can look them up. IF I get any answer it all, it’s usually something like, “I like your project. Order me now.” And they of course ignored my request for info on the books they supposedly illustrated.
And what is with all the glamour shots? I don’t care what you look like, only if you can draw. As soon as I see a model, I refuse to buy from that seller. It’s so ridiculous. There are two different sellers currently using the same photo of Selena Gomez as their profile picture. I don’t even know how many Angelina Jolie’s I have seen. And even if it’s not someone famous, it’s obvious it’s not YOU!
So if you are going to sell, my advice is, be honest. Post your own picture. If you don’t want to do that, post a flower or something, NOT someone else. ANSWER your messages. Charge a fair price AND actually get the work done. It really doesn’t seem like too much to expect. Cheers.