I started writing on Fiverr in Decemer 2020. A week later, a buyer messaged me on Fiverr and wanted to lock in a fixed price in exchange for guaranteed monthly work through 2021. Since I was just starting out on Fiverr, I didn’t know any better and agreed to lock in a fixed price per article for this buyer. I wrote these exact words to her:
“I’d be happy to lock in a price for you. I recently raised my rate for a 700-word article to $35 to adjust to my increasing demand, but I’d be willing to do $30 per article for this request due to the volume and commitment. I could create a custom order each month with 4 articles (1 per week) at the price of $120. Does that sound okay to you?”
She agreed to this offer, so I “locked in” a price of $30 per article for the rest of 2021. I didn’t create an order for the whole year or anything — I just agreed to send her a monthly custom order with her fixed price of $120 (4 articles). Well, now, due to my increasing demand, my price for a 700-word article is $60 so she’s getting articles for half the price of what I now charge facepalm
My question is, does anyone know if I’m legally bound to honor the agreement I made with her over Fiverr chat? Or can I tell her that I can no longer honor this deal because circumstances have changed and my prices have increased? I just want to be sure that if I tell her I can no longer honor the price of $30 that she can’t come after me legally. I Googled it and it seems an agreement made in an email is generally legally binding, but I don’t know if there’s any loophole since it’s on Fiverr. Does anyone know?
This is definitely a lesson learned to never “lock in” a deal. Ugh. Rookie mistake. Any advice would be super helpful!
Note: I previously posted about this issue, but didn’t include enough info, so I’m asking again with all the facts. Thank you!