Just a small … rant. Anti-rant? Anyway. Just seen, once more, rants about Fiverr being greedy and ripping off buyers.
I don’t know.
The fees are clearly stated in the terms of service, it’s not as if they are hidden.
If I decide to buy a coffee at Starcoffeething, I don’t lounge in their - extremely comfy, by the way, don’t get that at the cheaper coffee places and not even at some of the equally or more expensive ones - armchairs and rant at other coffeedrinkers at the surrounding tables about how the coffee is a rip-off because they don’t just add 1% to the price of the ingredients, neither at the staff (who, by the way, make a pretty content impression at the Starcoffeething places I know, and need to be paid as well, just as the “free” wifi, the managment, the machine maintenance guy, and all the other overhead).
If it was a rip-off, there should be some real competition on the horizon but as there isn’t, probably there’s nobody who can manage to set up something like Fiverr and just take 1% or 2.5% or whatever some ranters would consider as not a rip-off.
I bought four gigs lately, and you know, even with the fee and a tip and a fee on the tip, you still get a good or even great value if you find the right gig/seller. If I compare what I could have bought “in real life” with some of the money I spent on some gigs …
I wouldn’t know where I could get the same thing, convenience, and everything for less money as a buyer, also I’d not know where to get the same thing Fiverr provides me as a seller for less money.
Sure, if Fiverr managed to reduce their overhead, profits, etc. and decided they can and would reduce the %age they take from buyers and sellers in order to keep the machine running, certainly few buyers would say no to paying 3% instead of 5, or sellers to getting 90% instead of 80% but we all want the machine to run, don’t we.
It’s even more astonishing to me when buyers rant who don’t just buy a gig here and there as do I, but who buy gigs to run an actual business around those gigs and I’d be really interested in knowing how much those who think 5% is too much ask from their own customers compared to what they pay for whatever they sell. 5% doesn’t seem like an outrageous markup at all if you’re selling something, be it physical items or services?
As someone else posted in one of the ranting threads - if you can afford US$90, especially if you’re investing them into your business, chances are you can afford US$94.50. When I get out of the comfy and warm S-place after having had convinced myself I deserve half an hour of leisure and rest from walking (I rather save on the public transport fare by using my own two legs) being dry and warm, people, wifi, and a coffee, I also have a euro for the next homeless person on the way home. If not, there’s perhaps something wrong with your business plan and I shouldn’t have had that coffee in the first place.
Just some musings, if you find illogicalities, faulty comparisons and the like, you may keep them, it’s December and the time of giving, after all
Couldn’t find a glass is half full meme featuring a cat …
so take this cat …
Cause there needs to be at least a cat if I’m already wasting your time and …
I don’t know.
I cat be pretty pozzitive. Even when ranting.
Feel free to rant about greed or about people ranting about greed, or about your greedy cat, or to post cat memes. Dog memes are fine, too, this is an inclusive rant.