So this buyer buys my first gig. He buys my proofreading gig, which is very cheap because I need to get some sales in for promotional value. The buyer will just be known as Buyer from now on, to preserve anonymity.
I spend a very long amount of time on his gig and return it, and then he gives me a 5-star review stating he would give me 10 stars if he could. He also leaves a comment: ‘Always remember I am your first buyer’.
Next, he asks me to rewrite a document. I see I would happily do this for 2 gigs, as this was going to take me quite a long time to do well. He accepts and gives me an order. I do the gig. I deliver his order very early and have done a good job. Here comes the blow;
what happen man? are u serious about that job? you have to rewrite every single word of that’
And he arranges mutual cancellation. As much as I see nothing wrong with my work and it is impossible for me to actually ‘rewrite every single word of that’, I agree to the cancellation to preserve ratings. The customer is always right. Then he removes my positive review on my other service. HOW IS THIS ALLOWED? IT’S NOT LIKE THAT SERVICE CHANGED AT ALL?
The next thing that happens is he asks me why my proofreading gig, which was originally 7500 words, has now been reduced to 2500 words. I tell him: 'that was because 7500 words took me 3.5 hours and I was understandably not willing to work for $1.14 per hour’
He replies: 'well there is too much competition in the market. as you can see there are 100 of people doing the same thing for cheap.'
It’s a reasonable reply, but he’s also from a developed country, and I’m surprised he honestly expects people to work for 75p/hr!
I tell him that I will be launching other gigs as well in less competitive niches.
The next thing he sends me is this:
I just upload the document that you have done. as you can see I scan your document through turnitin the it gave me 57% similarity, what ever mark in the document in red need to be rewrire, once you have done that I will scan it again, by the time similarity should be less than 5% or 0 . actuall zero is better. but some of the technical words we cannot change they will remain same, therefore I think we can drop down to less than 5%
so would like to give a go? I will buy a gig. what you think?'
So I reluctantly continue, as perhaps he’s the only buyer I’m going to get, but I realise that it is going to take about 8 hours to rewrite a 1000 word document with 5% similarity or less, so I send him a custom offer at $40. Admittedly a bit steep, but at $4/hr for me, I was not willing to go longer and I was determined to show him my time wasn’t worth that little.
He declines and says I must be joking, as there is all that competition out there apparently willing to do his job for $5, which I don’t think is true, but anyway…
I explain it to him in my terms, and after this the rage begins:
Seller: well petrus thanks a lot. I don’t think me and my friends will contact you again. you have to compete with others mate. looks like you are out of your mind now for some reason. bye.
Me (I’ve lost it now; the customer is always right unless they change your review on one gig because they dislike another for which they got mutual cancellation): I’ve got to compete with others, but I can get a job at Tesco for more than 6 2/3 times what you seem to think I’m going to accept for this gig. Competition is one thing, but working for less than 1/6th of minimum wage is another!
Seller: If you have that sort of attitude and you are more concerned about how much you are getting each hour and all sort of things what the hell are u doing in the fiveer. this is cheaper service to everyone like ebay. so you better have a quick wank and sleep under the quilt, dont bother here.
Me (I just want to end this stupid and unpleasant conversation): fiverr is value, not cheap. I don’t think anyone in their right mind in this country would agree to work for 90p. Bye
Seller: soon or later you will realise this is not the right place people like you to stay
Me (I’m sick of being told its strange for me to believe I’m worth more than 90p/hr): I don’t know any sellers living in developed countries who would offer their services on here for less than $4-$5 per hour except for promotional value. Even if I’m wrong, I know my time is worth more than $1.50/hr. This conversation, however, is not achieving anything so I am closing it here. I will not dignify your responses with a reply or even a view. Bye
And this is the bit that is making me stop selling - 'Thank you very much for your advice. I left feedback you deserve. bye’
And he left negative feedback ON THE SAME GIG WHERE HE HAD ORIGINALLY GIVEN ME 5 STARS! And I quote:
‘Not a good service, poor quality of work, I am not happy with the service received, Seller rude too, I never use him again. Profile says I’m a bright and cheerful person and have many skills. Unfortunately I cannot see any skills apart from arrogant. Waste my time and money. put me in a hell…!!!’
- ‘Not a good service, I am not happy with the service received’ - yet he originally rated me 5 stars
- ‘Seller rude too’ - says the guy who advises me to masturbate, says I’m out of my mind, and exercises sarcasm
- ‘I cannot see any skills apart from arrogant’ - I’m so arrogant for thinking my time is worth more than $1.50/hr! It’s shocking!
- ‘Waste my time and money. put me in a hell…!!!’ - yeah, completely contradicts first rating
tl;dr guy is rude to me, thinks I’m worth $1.50/hr. Writes a positive review and then removes it when he doesn’t like another service I gave him and replaces it with a contradictory negative review in spite.
UPDATE: I am closing this account and opening a new one. I will add a comment to the bottom of this thread from my new account. Thank you, everyone!