First bait your hook, message a Seller and tell him you have a really, really big project. You might even want to throw some big number$ in there, you know, like a big fat, juicy worm. Within a few minutes, an hour at the most, you’ll have a nibble… your Seller messages you back with questions. If he sounds polite and professional, then you’ve got yourself a prize catch indeed! Of course answer his questions, yada yada yada, then at the very end is when you set your hook! Here’s how. Tell him you need a sample/audition because you’re considering other Sellers; sometimes you don’t even have to mention the other Sellers because Fiverr is like a shark tank and you’ve just dumped in a bucket of chum. At this point the overly-eager Seller will message you back asking what you need in the way of a sample/audition. Go ahead and give him the details of everything you want, he hasn’t caught on at this point because he’s so hungry for an order he can’t think straight. Now, you can sit back with a beer and wait for your free work to arrive as an attachment. You’ll be surprised at how fast he’ll get it to you too. Awesome, right? The best part is when you put a whole project together like this, mark it up, and sell it to a client. Pure freakin profit!!! And don’t sweat getting into any trouble with Fiverr, I swear to you that NOBODY there is paying attention. Now, the next part is completely up to you. You can write to the sod and tell him that you feel bad, but you went with another Seller. Then if you’re really clever, you’ll tell him you have another project he might be interested in!
I realize that some of you Buyers might be thinking… “yeah, but what if he puts a watermark or something on it?” Trust me on this, that rarely happens because Sellers on Fiverr undervalue their work.
Humorous sarcasm. The point of my post is that we should not give our work away under ANY circumstances. If a Buyer wants a sample/audition of your work done to THEIR specifications, then they need to pay you for it. C’mon folks, of course there will be times you need to give a free sample/audition, but it should be to YOUR SPECIFICATIONS NOT THEIRS!