Maybe I misunderstand how buyers are finding me, but the messages always auto-start with (paraphrasing here) “This message is in regards to [gig]”. So, presumably, they had to go through the gig page to send me a message and the price is -right there- on the page. They’ve seen it before we’ve spoken. It’s not a mystery.
I currently sell my gig product at $10 per. My multiples are 1 ($10), 5 ($50), and 10 ($100) - and honestly, I’m raising my rates this week because the consistent volume of work has been astronomical. Maybe some folks do volume discounts, but I’m busy enough that honestly it makes no sense for me to do that, financially.
At LEAST 1-2 times a day, I get someone that has some variation of “I have (200/300/etc) items I need your gig for, what’s the price?” And I say, well, you need # items, I charge per item, so # x would be (amount).
“OMG that’s so much!” (It’s my rate x the number of jobs you want me to do? Where’s the surprise here?)
“You’re crazy, I can’t afford that, I’m a new business!” (Not to be a B, but that’s…really not my problem?)
“Can’t you take (20-40% of my rate) instead because it’s a big job?” (So…I work more for less money?)
It’s hard not to get irritated - I always stay professional, but sometimes I’m like…wtf, guys? I’m an established provider that has worked very hard to get where I am, why should you get a massive discount because you…decided to start a business? I can’t go into the grocery store and tell them I’m new to cooking and expect them to chop my bill in half. I don’t roll up to the dentist and explain they should give me hundreds of dollars in discounts because I’m getting my first root canal.
I also frequently get the “Provider X told me they’d do it for (significantly lower amount that isn’t at all in line with industry/quality charges)!” - I’ve just started agreeing that hey, that’s a great price, you should absolutely take advantage of their services. I’m not here to be manipulated or do some race to the bottom bidding war, thanks.
I’ve had to set firm boundaries because these random would-be clients slide into my messages asking me to take a look at their site, make suggestions, what would I do different, etc. I’m thinking of going even further and setting a message response limit for myself - five back-and-forth messages before I send an offer, and polite refusal to continue conversations if they don’t take it. If I don’t draw a line in the sand, they bother me -all- day and never end up buying anything. It’s really frustrating, because I hate being the “bad guy,” but I need to at this point for my sanity.